Nine ski and snowboard regions represent Innsbruck’s Olympia SkiWorld.
They call it ‘the Kar’. This is how the residents of Innsbruck refer to one of the most challenging and steepest ski runs in Europe. Boasting a gradient of 70%, the ski run from the Hafelekar down to the Seegrube remains reserved for the real pros. The Hafelekar forms part of the Nordkette ski region and can be reached directly from Innsbruck’s city centre in just 20 minutes, by funicular railway and cable car. The Seegrube is situated just below the Hafelekar. A popular chill-out arena, it is also a renowned ski and snowboard area. A ‘Kids-Arena’ and numerous beginners’ slopes provide a place to take it easy. The more courageous can kick back and absorb the cool vibes of the Skylinepark. (www.nordkette.com)
A stark contrast to all that excitement is the ‘gentle giant’ (Patscherkofel mountain) opposite the Nordkette, at the south of the city. Both the Olympia-Express and the Patscherkofel cable car take guests to the slopes, while a floodlight system enables night skiing and the Snowpark Innsbruck makes freestylers’ hearts beat faster. (www.patscherkofelbahnen.at)
Just 12km from Innsbruck, and in the immediate vicinity of Patscherkofel, lies the Glungezer mountain which entices visitors with numerous slopes and a breathtaking view over the Inn Valley. A special treat not to be missed here is the longest ski run in Tyrol, over 15km in length. (www.glungezerbahnen.at)
Also very popular with families is the Muttereralm ski region. Conveniently accessed from Mutters and Götzens. (www.muttereralm.info)
Easy to average ski runs are awaiting at Rangger Köpfl, 15 minutes’ drive from Innsbruck. Amenities include an 8-seater gondola cable car, four T-bar lifts, and a snow park. (www.rangger-koepfl.at)
More than 12,000 people are transported to Axamer Lizum ski resort every hour, resulting in hardly any queuing. The ‘Hoadlhaus’ provides an impressive Panorama Restaurant that boasts a fantastic 360 degree view over the area. (www.axamer-lizum.at)
Up the valley we go – heading for the unrivalled heights of the Kühtai. This village is located just 20 minutes away from Innsbruck and snow is guaranteed well into spring. (www.schneegarantie.at)
Schlick 2000, in the Stubaital Valley, has become synonymous with trendy winter sports. You can enjoy fun activities like tobogganing, cross country skiing, paragliding and much, much more. The ‘Kinderland’ kids park at the Stubai Ski School is a favourite among visitors, expertly catering for children as young as 3 months old. (www.schlick2000.at)
At the summit of the Stubai Glacier there are guaranteed clear views ‘as far as the eye can see’. Visitors stand stunned by the immeasurable vista of no less than one hundred and nine 3,000-metre peaks, providing an incredible view of the glacier. This area is home to one of the most famous glacier ski regions of the Alps, featuring downhill runs totalling 110km, 25 cable cars and lift facilities.
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Winter Events in Innsbruck
This winter will be piping hot in the Capital of the Alps as there are some exciting events taking place.
On 3 January, Innsbruck hosts the annual Four Hills Ski Jump Tournament at the Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump. Watch the athletes jump down the hill into the cheering stadium, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid.
The 7th annual Children’s Winter Games take place 12-16 January. The famous ski areas of Axamer Lizum and Kühtai, the highest ski resort in all of Austria, are among the venues.
From 4-6 February the world renowned Air + Style Snowboard Contest at the Olympia World Innsbruck will mark another highlight of the winter season. Pros of the scene will show off their tricks and stunts, with accompanying international music acts.
Channel 4’s The Jump will return to Innsbruck in January/February for the third season and takes some stars through sporting disciplines only the professional athletes usually dare to do.