Why Skiing From Innsbruck Gets Even Better This Year

A complete guide to the Innsbruck ski resorts

Skiing from Innsbruck certainly make for a different kind of ski holiday in Austria. The reason is that there are more than ten ski resorts, totalling over 300 km of ski runs, within a 45 km radius from the city. Furthermore, skiing from Innsbruck is now made even more attractive by an all-in-one ski pass which includes major tourist attractions like Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

Schäferhütte Glungezer.
Skiing from Innsbruck also means relaxing in the sun like here at the Schäferhütte of the Glungezer resort.

The Innsbruck Ski Area At A Glance

Innsbruck is the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. The locals also love to refer to Innsbruck as the capital of the Alps. The mountains certainly have an overwhelming presence no matter where you are in or near the city. Therefore, it’s also not surprising that you can be skiing from Innsbruck within 30 minutes after arriving in the city.

Having hosted the Winter Olympics twice (in 1964 and 1976), the Innsbruck ski area is also known as the Olympia SkiWorld. Previously, nine Innsbruck ski resorts were included in the OlympiaWorld ski pass.

Innsbruck colourful houses on the inn.
Sightseeing and skiing go hand in hand in Innsbruck in winter.

However, skiing from Innsbruck, combined with sightseeing, just became more affordable with the introduction of a new SKI plus CITY Pass in 2019. It covers thirteen ski resorts near Innsbruck, while free entry to 22 tourist attractions is thrown in for good measure. A 2-day pass will set you back €110, while a 5-day pass costs €230.

Innsbruck Ski Resorts Included In The SKI Plus CITY Pass

  • Nordkette/Seegrube
  • Patscherkofel
  • Glungezer
  • Muttereralm
  • Axamer Lizum
  • Rangger Köpfl
  • Kühtai
  • Schlick 2000
  • Stubai Glacier
  • Serlesbahnen
  • Elferbahnen
  • Hochoetz
  • Bergeralm

Except for Hochoetz (57 km), these ski resorts are all within 45 km from Innsbruck. The Nordkette directly above the city is the closest, with Kühtai (40 km) and the Stubai Glacier (45 km) further away.

The Innsbruck ski season typically runs from early/mid-December to March/April. The Stubai Glacier, which is generally open from October to June, is the only exception.

Always check the individual ski resort websites for up to date opening times.

7 Reasons to Consider Skiing From Innsbruck

  1. The SKI Plus CITY Pass with its 13 ski resorts makes it possible to be on a different mountain every day.
  2. The Innsbruck ski resorts cater for all types of skiers – from families and novices to intermediate and advanced skiers.
  3. Different Innsbruck ski pass options allow you to combine your skiing holiday with other activities such as sightseeing, spa days, sledding or snowshoe hiking.
  4. Skiing from Innsbruck is made easier with a free ski bus to at least 11 of the 13 resorts included in the SKI Plus CITY Pass. Sometimes you are required to carry a Welcome Card (the free guest card issued by accommodation establishments), and sometimes the carrying of ski equipment is sufficient. Find the detailed bus schedule here.
  5. Regular flights to Innsbruck from various European destinations get you to the slopes in no time.
  6. The fact that you are spoiled for choice when skiing from Innsbruck means you can go where snow conditions are best. The Innsbruck SKI Plus CITY Pass is valid from the beginning of October to the beginning of May.
  7. Children up to 7 years ski for free in the company of at least one parent with an Innsbruck ski pass, while those up to 14 years only pay half price. In fact, most Austrian ski resorts have very attractive ski pass options for families.

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The 13 Innsbruck Ski Resorts

Nordkette/Seegrube

Ski Runs 1 blue, 4 red, 1 black
Opening Times 08:30 – 16:00
Night Skiing No
Normal Day Pass Price €36,50
Other Attractions Freeride runs, Skyline Park
Public Transport The Nordkette Cable Cars
Parking Free parking in the Congress & City Garage when you buy a ski pass
Official Website Nordkettenbahnen

Shortly after moving to Austria, a local told us you couldn’t consider yourself a good skier if you didn’t learn on the Nordkette. Maybe that’s why, even with eight seasons of Innsbruck skiing behind me, I still feel like a beginner?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you: The Nordkette may be the closest and most easily accessible Innsbruck ski resort, BUT it’s not for beginners and families looking for a relaxing day on the slopes.

Skitourers at the Nordkette Innsbruck ski resort. © Tirol Werbung Mario Webhofer
Skitouring on the Nordkette. © Tirol Werbung Mario Webhofer

However, go for it if you’re an intermediate or advanced skier up to a challenge. The thrill of skiing on the Nordkette, I’m told, is that there’s a lot of safe off-piste skiing going on. The Hafelekar run, with an incline of 70%, is one of the steepest ski runs in Europe.

Freestylers will have a ball at the Skylinepark at the Seegrube, while the Cloud 9 igloo bar is a popular après ski venue.

If you’re a beginner who insists on checking out the Nordkette, the short practice run at the Seegrube should suffice. Alternatively, you can simply take the Nordkette cable cars to enjoy the views from the top and watch other skiers strut their stuff.

If you do consider skiing on the Nordkette, read this excellent review by Sean Newsom of welove2ski.

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Stubai Glacier

Ski Runs 12 blue, 7 red, 3 black
Opening Times 08:30 – 16:30
Night Skiing No
Normal Day Pass Price €50
Other Attractions Stubai Zoo snowpark, touring, ice cave, Top of Tyrol viewpoint
Public Transport Special ski bus or Bus 590 from Innsbruck
Parking Free
Official Website https://www.stubaier-gletscher.com/en/

The crown jewel of the Innsbruck ski resorts, the Stubai Glacier, isn’t called the kingdom of snow for nothing. With 35 ski runs totalling 43 km, there is enough variety to keep all types of skiers happy.

Skiing on the Stubai Glacier.
M is in his element on the Stubai Glacier.

The Stubai Glacier ski resort is at the furthest end of the Stubai Valley. Even so, it’s just a 45-minute drive from Innsbruck. The beginner’s area at Gamsgarten is one of the biggest and best-equipped areas for novices in Tyrol. Here, you can progress from magic carpets to a short practice slope with a button lift to a longer practice slope with a chairlift. Find the entire ski area map here.

The modern lift system and restaurant operations mean the Stubai Glacier is easily able to handle big numbers of skiers. This is especially important early and late in the season when it’s the only open Innsbruck ski resort.

For the more advanced and adventurous skier, the Stubai Glacier offers 15 freeride runs and the Stubai Zoo snow park. Moreover, if you don’t like being on skis all day long, you can visit the ice cave or walk to the Top of Tyrol viewing platform from where you can see no less than 109 mountain peaks of over 3,000 m.

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Schlick 2000

Ski runs 4 blue, 6 red, 3 black
Opening times 8:30 – 16:30
Night skiing No, but tobogganing and “Night of Colours”
Normal day pass price €40,50
Other attractions Touring, snowpark, paragliding, snowshoe hiking
Public transport Special ski bus or Bus 590 from Innsbruck
Parking Underground garage at a fee or free open parking
Official Website Schlick 2000

Schlick 2000 is my favourite of the ski resorts near Innsbruck. It’s easily accessible, in a stunning setting in the Stubai valley, and offers a good variety of runs for beginner and intermediate skiers. Add to that some traditional mountain hut restaurants beside the self-service ones, and you can be sure of an enjoyable day in the mountains.

Schlick 2000’s valley station is in the village of Fulpmes, only 15 km from Innsbruck. It’s the first ski resort on your right in the Stubai Valley. If you arrive early, you are almost certain of getting a spot in the underground parking garage. This means you can be in a cable car within 5 minutes from leaving your car.

Schlick 2000 ski resort.
What’s there not to smile about on a sunny powder day at Schlick 2000?

I particularly love the long blue Panorama run at Schlick 2000. It’s a very long blue run going all the way from the Kreuzjoch mountain station to the Froneben middle station. M and C leave me to do my (slow) thing, while they take the Sennjochbahn to do some of the red runs. Click here for a map of all the runs.

Although there’s no night skiing at Schlick 2000, the resort is famous for its “Night of Colours” event held on different Wednesday nights throughout the ski season. On these evenings the 3 km downhill valley run is also floodlit for tobogganers. Watching motorbikes race over the snow and ski instructors strutting their stuff is quite entertaining, especially for kids. We attended once, and I’m happy to say we survived the night tobogganing 😊.

For the most authentic lunch or beer spots at Schlick 2000, try the Zirmachalm or the Galtalm. The latter is not on a ski run, so it has the added attraction of getting there by holding onto a rope behind a tractor.

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Serlesbahnen

Ski runs 3 blue, 2 red
Operating hours 09:00 – 16:00
Night skiing Yes (check website for days)
Normal day pass price €32,00
Other attractions Tobogganing, touring
Public transport Ski bus
Parking Free
Official Website Serlesbahnen

The Serlesbahnen is the first ski resort on your left as you enter the Stubai Valley. With only 5,7 km of slopes in total, it’s one of the smallest Innsbruck ski resorts. Despite a few drag lifts, families and re-starters who like quiet slopes are attracted to the Serlesbahnen. And it’s also a place where locals escape to during the high season.

Serlesbahnen ski area.
A family enjoys the winter landscape in front of the Serles mountain. © TVB Stubai Tirol / André Schönherr

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Elferlifte

Ski runs 1 blue, 2 red
Operating hours 09:00 – 16:00
Night skiing Tobogganing
Normal day pass price €31,50
Other attractions Tobogganing, touring
Public transport Ski bus
Parking Free
Official Website Elferbahnen

The Elferlifte is the last of the four Stubai Valley ski resorts near Innsbruck. It’s small like the Serlesbahnen, but caters to advanced skiers rather than beginners. However, there are two practice lifts in Neustift and Krößbach which fall under this resort but aren’t right at the Elferlifte.

Advanced skiers love the challenging and long red run on the Elferspitze mountain’s northwestern slope. It takes you 1,000 vertical metres down to the cable car valley station from an elevation of about 2,080 metres.

Elferlifte toboggan run.
Ready for action at the top of the Elferlifte toboggan run.

The Elferlifte’s attraction for families lie in the two extraordinarily long toboggan runs. You can rent the toboggans at the valley station for €6 each for the day. The one run comes down the front of the mountain and gets you back to the lift, while the other goes down the back into the Pinnistal. We love these toboggan runs. After I went rolling down the hill due to an icy track on one occasion, we now only return after fresh snow has fallen.

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Kühtai

Ski runs 5 blue, 18 red, 7 black
Operating Hours 09:00 – 16:15
Night Skiing Yes, Wednesday and Saturday
Normal Day Pass Price €41,50 (Including Hochoetz)
Other Attractions Touring, tobogganing, snowshoe hiking
Public Transport Special ski bus or Bus 4166 from Innsbruck
Parking Free
Official Website Kühtai Ski

Kühtai is both a ski resort and a village. At 2020 m, it’s also the highest ski resort village in Austria – a mere 30 minutes by car from Innsbruck. One of Kühtai’s biggest attractions is that you can easily ski to your hotel door. Not many Innsbruck ski resorts can boast with as many ski-in/ski-out hotels as Kühtai. You can even sleep in an igloo village. Click here to book your icy but warm bed in the Kühtai Igloo Village.

Kühtai is the highest Innsbruck ski resort. © Tirol Werbung Klaus Kranebitter
Kühtai is a popular ski-in-ski-out ski resort near Innsbruck. © Tirol Werbung Klaus Kranebitter

Unfortunately, Kühtai doesn’t have many blue slopes for novices. Then again, the red slopes aren’t all that challenging. Send a more advanced skier ahead to test them first. I once almost got stuck on a short, but very steep, part of an otherwise lovely red slope of the Drei Seen Bahn.

With over 80 km of runs in Kühtai and the neighbouring Hochoetz, there is more than enough choice for everyone. Freestylers will love all the off-piste options. Check out the ski area map here.

Finding a parking spot can become challenging on busy ski days. Arrive early if you’re not staying in the village!

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Hochoetz

Ski runs 4 blue, 7 red, 1 black
Operating Hours 9:00 – 16:15
Night Skiing Yes, Tuesdays from 20:00 to 22:00
Normal Day Pass Price €41,50 (Including Kühtai)
Other Attractions Fun park, race track, ski trails
Public Transport Free ski bus from various villages
Parking Free
Official Website Hochoetz Ski Area

Hochoetz is only about 8 km from Kühtai and can also be reached from the Oetz Valley. In fact, the two ski resorts are now marketing themselves as the Kühtai-Hochoetz ski region with one ski pass and free shuttle busses transporting skiers between the two.

Together, Kühtai and Hochoetz cover 85 km of slopes, making them two of the most sought after ski resorts near Innsbruck. Beginners or those visiting the area for the first time, might want to start at Hochoetz with its 12 km of blue slopes compared to Kühtai’s 7 km.

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Axamer Lizum

Ski Runs 5 blue, 8 red, 1 black
Operating Hours 08:30 – 16:00
Night Skiing Only for tourers
Normal Day Pass Price €35,50
Other Attractions Snowpark, fun park, tobogganing, night touring
Public Transport Special ski bus and Bus L1 from Innsbruck
Parking Free for skiers
Official Website Axamer Lizum

Axamer Lizum is just 19 km from Innsbruck above the village of Axams. It’s also called the “white roof” of the Olympia SkiWorld. I always get the idea this is the Innsbruck ski resort favoured by the “cool” local youngsters.

Most of the 40 km prepared ski slopes at the Axamer Lizum are red slopes. However, there is one very long blue slope from the Hoadl mountain station to the valley station. First-timers can also learn the ropes on three short beginner practice slopes at the valley station. Click here for the ski area map.

Sledding at Axamer Lizum.
Perfect conditions on the Axamer Lizum toboggan run.

Axamer Lizum was a venue for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. The black Birgitzköpfl slope is a challenging black downhill run, while slalom races were held on the Hoadl.

Free WiFi, three toboggan runs, a photo point and the Golden Roof Park all add to the attraction of the Axamer Lizum. Moreover, you won’t struggle to find good food. The Panorama restaurant Hoadl House was voted the most popular mountain restaurant among skiers in the Alpine region in 2016.

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Muttereralm

Ski runs 3 blue, 3 red, 1 black
Opening times 09:00 – 16:00
Night skiing No
Normal day pass price €35,50
Other attractions Fat- and snowbike parkour, touring, tobogganing
Public transport Bus L3 or special ski bus from Innsbruck
Parking Free
Official Website Muttereralm

I know many local families who favour the Muttereralm for a day on the slopes. It’s also a popular resort for school ski courses (yes, every school in Tyrol closes for at least three days in winter for the children to hit the slopes). The Muttereralm, like Patscherkofel, is one of the Innsbruck ski resorts that overlook the Inn Valley and the Nordkette mountain range. It’s a small ski area above the town of Mutters, which is only a 10-minute drive from the city.

Fat- and snowbiking near the Muttereralmpark ski resort near Innsbruck.
The Muttereralmpark is a favourite mountainbiking spot in Tyrol. In winter, there is a fat- and snowbike trail beside the ski slopes.

The Muttereralm is a favourite mountain biking spot in Tyrol. This is a part of the mountain resort I’m more familiar with since M started participating in downhill events.

For a small ski resort, there is a lot going on at the Muttereralm. While the prepared slopes range from 700 m to 4,200 m in length, there are also some nice freeride runs. Modern lifts and a big children’s ski area make for a fun and relaxing day on the slopes.

Click here for the ski area map.

Muttereralm is a great place to combine tobogganing and skiing from Innsbruck. There are both a sport and a family toboggan run. It’s also one of the few Innsbruck ski resorts geared for fat- and snowbike riding.

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Glungezerbahn

Ski runs 1 blue, 5 red
Opening times 08:30 – 16:30
Night skiing No
Normal day pass price €33,00
Other attractions Great ski touring area
Getting there Bus 4134 from Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol or free ski bus from Wattens, Volders, and Fritzens
Parking Free
Official Website Glungezerbahn

We have a special affinity for Glungezer. Not only is it where we learned to ski, but the bottom lift station used to be walking distance from our home. On busy skiing weekends and holidays, Glungezer is also one of the Innsbruck ski resorts most favoured by the locals.

Glungezer has beautiful wide and long red slopes covered in natural snow. These are red slopes that even I can manage. Find the Glungezer ski area map here.

Glungezerbahn Tulfes
The new valley station of the Glungezerbahn – home to the long-awaited 10-seater gondolas.

Glungezer’s big drawback used to be the antique lift system. No matter whether you want to ski the excellent blue slope or get to the top of the first red slope, you must take at least one very long drag lift. This is not an issue for the experienced locals, but children and novices find it tiring.

The good news is that the old, two-seater chair lift from the bottom to the middle station has been replaced by a gondola in 2018. This year, there is a big investment in snow canons, with the plan to replace the long drag lift with a chair lift at the end of 2020.

Glungezer has somewhat of an old-world charm. You’ll find no horrible self-service ski resort food here. Excellent Tyrolean food is served in two traditional wooden mountain huts – the Tulfeinalm and the Tulferhütte. At the middle station, the bigger Gasthof Halsmarter makes a good pizza. For a great day of skiing from Innsbruck, Glungezer is only 20 minutes away by car or 35 minutes by public bus from the main train station.

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Patscherkofel

Ski Runs 3 blue, 4 red, 3 black
Opening Times 08:30 – 16:00
Night Skiing 17:00 – 21:00 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Normal Day Pass Price €39
Other Attractions Snowshoe hiking, slalom race tracks, bobsleigh track
Getting There Special ski bus or Bus J
Parking Free upon presentation of ski pass
Official Website Patscherkofel

As the second closest Innsbruck ski resort, Patscherkofel rose to fame during the Winter Olympics of 1964 and 1976 when it was the venue for the downhill competitions.

Patscherkofel, also called Innsbruck’s Hausberg (resident mountain) lies just above the village of Igls. The ski bus or public Bus J drops you in front of the new multi-million Euro ski lift. I haven’t skied at Patscherkofel, but C and M have. On both occasions, they were home within 2 hours. The reason? Icy ski runs. Unfortunately, the artificial snow that Patscherkofel rely on when there isn’t enough natural snow doesn’t always make for the best conditions.

Snow rugby at Patscherkofel ski resort.
Believe it or not, but Patscherkofel is also home to an annual snow rugby tournament.

Another reason why Patscherkofel isn’t our first choice is that the runs are quite narrow and steep in parts. Combined with lots of ice, this is no fun when the runs are busy.

Even so, with four blue runs, Patscherkofel is more suited to beginners and families than the Nordkette. Admittedly, two of these blue runs are very short practice runs. Being next to the old valley station of the ski lift in Igls, the Kaserer Lawn (11) is technically not part of the general ski area.

The blue practice run near the new bottom lift station is known as the children’s park. This is where the ski schools train and look after your kids while you hit the more challenging slopes. Patscherkofel is also home to four red, and three black ski runs. Find the Patscherkofel ski area map here.

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Bergeralm

Ski runs 4 blue, 5 red, 2 black
Operating hours 08:30 – 16:30
Night skiing Yes, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Normal day pass price €41,00
Other attractions Tobogganing, touring
Public transport Train and ski bus
Parking Free
Official Website Bergeralm

This is one of the few Innsbruck ski resorts we’ve only visited in summer. The Bergeralm is at the start of the Wipptal (Wipp Valley) close to the Italian border. If you’re driving through the Brenner Pass near Steinach am Brenner you’ll see the Bergeralm gondola and the valley ski run to the right of the motorway.

Bergeralm ski resort Innsbruck. © Tirol Werbung / Lisa Hörterer.
The Bergeralm, Steinach am Brenner. © Tirol Werbung / Lisa Hörterer.

The Bergeralm ski area covers around 30 km of slopes (get the ski area map here). Locals like it because it’s less crowded than the bigger resorts with hardly any lift waiting times. Cross-country skiers love it for the almost 100 km of trails covering all levels of difficulty.

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Rangger Köpfl or Oberperfuss

Ski runs 1 blue, 3 red, 1 black
Operating hours 09:00 – 16:30
Night skiing Yes, Tuesday and Friday
Normal day pass price €33,50
Other attractions Tobogganing, touring
Public transport Bus 4165 from Innsbruck
Parking Small free parking area
Official Website Rangger Köpfl

Just after we learned to ski, our landlady sent us to Oberperfuss. According to her, this little Innsbruck ski resort is the best place for beginners to practice their newly-learned skills. It’s small and quaint, with one long blue slope its main attraction.

The toboggan run at Rannger Köpfl is in a ski resort near Innsbruck.
Families love the 10 km toboggan run at Rannger Köpfl. © Innsbruck Tourismus Klaus Polzer

If you don’t take skiing that seriously, Rangger Köpfl provides the perfect opportunity for laid-back skiing from Innsbruck. Bergfex provides this ski area map.

Rangger Köpfl is popular among local families. There is a small kids park with a magic carpet where children can attempt their first ski runs in a fun fashion. A short run of 2,5 km is floodlit on Tuesday and Friday evenings, as well as 8 km of the 10 km toboggan track. The track is open until midnight, leaving you enough time to enjoy a hot drink or meal in one of the restaurants.

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The New Innsbruck Ski Pass

The new Innsbruck ski pass is called the SKI plus CITY Pass. It’s arguably one of the best value for money ski passes in the European Alps. Then there’s the Innsbruck Card sightseeing pass, including 22 attractions, basically thrown in for free.

Innsbruck Ski Plus City Pass.

Covering 308 km of ski runs in thirteen Innsbruck ski resorts, you won’t easily find a more varied and affordable ski holiday in Europe. The Innsbruck SKI plus CITY Pass is flexible, easily obtainable, and it gives you instant access to 111 cable cars and ski lifts, free public transport, 22 tourist attractions, and 3 swimming pools.

Note: The Innsbruck SKI plus CITY Pass not only replaced the Olympiacard but also the Stubai Super Ski Pass. The reason is that all four ski resorts in the Stubai Valley are now included in the new, all-in-one Innsbruck ski pass.

Innsbruck SKI plus CITY Pass Prices And Options

Number of Days Adult Child (8-14 yrs) Teenager(15-20 yrs)
2 €111 €55 €78
3 €153 €77 €107
5 €230 €115 €161
7 €300 €150 €210
10 €380 €190 €266
14 €466 €233 €326
21 €568 €284 €398
  • Click here for the full list of options and prices.

Top Attractions Included in the Innsbruck SKI plus City Pass

  • Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • Imperial Palace
  • Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art
  • Bergisel Ski Jump
  • Ambras Castle
  • Tyrol Panorama Museum

Where Can You Buy The SKI plus CITY Pass?

The SKI plus CITY Pass is available online here, as well as at the ticket offices of all 13 Innsbruck ski resorts. You can also get it at the Innsbruck Tourism office in the city and some hotels.

Read more: For an overview of some other skiing regions in Austria, also read this post by fellow-blogger Dorota of Born Globals.

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Ski rental in Innsbruck

Ski equipment can make or break a ski holiday. You don’t want ski boots giving you blisters after a few hours on the slopes. And what if your skis are too long or too short? Renting from a reputable and knowledgeable provider is crucial.

All the Innsbruck ski resorts included in the SKI plus CITY Pass have shops or ski schools where you can rent equipment. If you’re staying in the city and plan to ski in more than one resort, then I recommend an Innsbruck ski rental company. Die Börse in Leopold Street is a good option.

Reserving and paying for your ski rental online is even more convenient. Alpinresorts.com offers ski rental at discounted prices at most resorts. Furthermore, Intersport has shops with ski rental facilities at the Stubai Glacier, Patscherkofel, Kühtai, Axamer Lizum, and Schlick 2000. You can also book online with them.

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Innsbruck ski hotels

Most hotels in Tyrol are geared for skiers in the form of special rooms where you can store and dry your equipment. Normally, this comes at no extra charge. Also, be aware of signs asking you not to walk in the passages, lounges and dining rooms with your ski boots on.

Of course, not everyone wants to stay in a hotel. Self-catering apartments are plentiful, as well as private rooms in the homes of locals. I did some homework to find you some of the most popular hotels and apartments in some of the Innsbruck ski resort regions.

Note that the price of ski accommodation in Austria can almost double over Christmas and New Year. Also, the 2nd week in February, when it’s the Tyrolean ski holiday, can be even more expensive.

Nordkette/Innsbruck

  • Close to the slopes: Hotel Grauer Bär – A hotel with a 5th-floor swimming pool with a panoramic view. And that a 3-minute walk to the Congress station of the Nordkette cable car. In the evenings, the restaurants of the Innsbruck old town are only 2 to 5 minutes away. 
  • Budget option: Hotel Goldene Krone – A family-run 3-star hotel with views of the Triumphal Arch and the Bergisel ski jump, only 300 m from the train station. The walk through the Innsbruck old town to the Nordkette cable car won’t take longer than 15 minutes. Hotel Goldene Krone Innsbruck
  • Self-catering apartment: Appartement Anich – This spacious apartment is a 10-minute walk to the Congress station of the Nordkette cable car. On your way there, you can marvel at Innsbruck’s famous Golden Roof. If you don’t feel like cooking, the very good traditional restaurant called Gasthaus Anich is around the corner. 

Stubai Glacier

  • Close to the slopes: Alpensporthotel Mutterberg – A traditional Austrian hotel only steps away from the Gamsgarten cable car station. There are an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi to soothe your sore muscles after a day on the slopes, and an après ski bar and disco will keep you entertained until late into the night. 
  • Budget option: Ladestatthof – This guest house is a 15-minute drive away from the Stubai Glacier, but who cares when the stop for the free ski bus is only a 2-minute walk from the hotel. You will get to taste local farm produce and even meet some farm animals. A bonus is a spa area with Finnish sauna and a steam bath. You are also only 10-minutes away from Schlick 2000 if you want to try a different resort. 
  • Self-catering apartment:  Gästehaus Barbara Apartments — Near Neustift in the Stubai Valley, and about a 25-minute drive to the glacier. But hey, you can see the glacier from its windows. And if you fancy some tobogganing in between skiing, the Elferlift that takes you to the top of an 8 km toboggan run is only 700 m away. You can also opt for the buffet breakfast or order fresh rolls to be delivered in the mornings.

Schlick 2000

  • Close to the slopes AND budget option: Adler Hotel Pension – This little hotel offers great value for money only 500 m from the Schlick 2000 parking area. The indoor swimming pool makes it even more attractive. 
  • Self-catering apartment: Zinner-Pale Apartments – Modern and traditional meet in these very neat and well-equipped apartments. One of them even has its own sauna. The best thing about Zinner-Pale Apartments for skiers is that the free ski bus stops right in front.

Muttereralm

  • Close to the slopes AND budget option: Sporthotel Schieferle – Only 500 m from the Muttereralm cable car, this hotel in the quaint Alpine village of Mutters is also easily accessible to Innsbruck. The interior may not be the latest, but guests love the location, the food, and the friendly staff. And yes, there is an indoor pool. 
  • Self-catering apartment: Apartment Pittlanderhof – Some more Tyrolean-style apartments to make you feel at home in Austria. They are close to the shops and restaurants in Mutters and Innsbruck is only 10 minutes away by tram. There’s a ski storage room for when you return from the slopes. It’s a 5-minute drive to the Muttereralm cable car. 

Patscherkofel

  • Close to the slopes: Hotel Gruberhof – With ski-to-door access and an on-site ice skating rink, the Hotel Gruberhof is perfect for families. The bus to the Patscherkofel cable car and Innsbruck stops 100 m away. If you love staying in scenic surroundings, the mountain views from Hotel Gruberhof is hard to beat.
  • Budget option: Hotel Pension Leitgebhof – In a stunning natural setting, the Hotel Pension Leitgebhof is a 7-minute walk from the center of Igls. Here you have access to a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, and the free ski bus. 
  • Self-catering apartment: Apartment Gisi – Guests love Apartment Gisi’s location in Igls. It’s a spacious 1-bedroom apartment with dining area and kitchen. When it snows, the area around Apartment Gisi is a winter wonderland. 

Glungezer

  • Close to the slopes: B&B Apartments Glungezer – This cozy little aparthotel is only a 5-minute walk from the valley station of the Glungezer ski lift. While you can cater for yourself for lunch and in the evenings (the supermarket is 30 m away), a buffet breakfast is usually included in the price. 
  • Budget option: Gasthof Neuwirt — A small hotel in a beautiful setting next to the church on the Tulfes town square. The ski bus stops at the front door. However, the ski lift is only a 10-minute walk away if you miss the bus. It’s possible to have dinner in the Gasthof Neuwirt restaurant most evenings.
  • Self-catering apartment: Haus Flörl – This apartment house is in a immaculately restored old Tyrolean farmhouse. There are three very comfortable holiday flats of which the biggest can take up to 10 people. It’s about 1,5 km from the ski lift but there’s also a bus stop nearby if you don’t fancy walking. 

Axamer Lizum

  • Close to the slopes: Pistenhotel Lizumerhof – The name says it all – it’s a hotel on the slopes. If you book into Pistenhotel Lizumerhof, there’s no need to go anywhere else. There are an après ski bar and a restaurant in the hotel, as well as a spa area. 
  • Budget option:Lizum 1600 Kompetenzzentrum Snowsport Tirol – The cheaper of the 2 ski-to-door hotels at the Axamer Lizum valley station. It’s a modern hotel with simple room décor, an après ski bar, a gym, and a spa. 

Kühtai

  • Close to the slopes: Mooshaus Winterresort – If you like to have every comfort nearby on a ski holiday, look no further than Mooshaus Winterresort. It’s right next door to one of the Kühtai ski lifts. That means you can be relaxing in the huge spa area with an indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool within minutes from leaving the slopes. They even look after your kids in the evenings. 
  • Budget option AND close to the slopes:Hotel Sonne & Schnee – A reasonably priced ski-to-door hotel opposite the beginner’s slope and the ski kindergarten in Kühtai. Actually, it’s an aparthotel with little kitchenettes in the room. However, a buffet breakfast is also served.
  • Self-catering apartment: Landhaus Ostermann – It’s not in Kühtai, but for the price and the facilities it’s worth driving the 10 km. Also, if you don’t like to spend every day on the slopes, the famous Aquadome thermal baths are close-by. 

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Niina

Thanks for a thorough article, very useful information. The sceneries are gorgeous and I love the photos! I’d love to visit any of those spots but based on pics, I’d go to Axamer Lizum first 🙂

Debbzie Leksono

I went for a day trip to Innsbruck a couple years ago. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time for a ski lesson. The scenery in Stubai Glacier looks stunning, I’d definitely choose this one. And also I’ve never heard about snow rugby before, so The Patscherkofel ski resort would be on my list too, hahaha. Thanks for crafting and sharing such a detail post like this 🙂

Lydia Smith

Skiing broke my knee,I don’t want to try, I thought I screamed hard. But after seeing your pictures, I feel like doing it again. Innsbruck seems to be home to skiing, any article I come across about Innsbruck must mention skiing. All of these ski resorts are beautiful that I don’t know which to favorite. You did well with your unbiased list and the tips.

Danila
Danila

Innsbruck has been on our bucket list for the longest time but I’d love to see it in winter! While we don’t ski, the view is stunning especially from the cable car on the Stubai Glacier and there’s so much to do!

Hannah

Innsbruck looks like it has everything a skier could ever want! I don’t ski, but love the sound of the tobogganing at Axamer Lizum, or perhaps the fat biking at Muttereralmpark! I’ll be the one hanging out at the Cloud 9 igloo bar with some mulled wine, waiting for my friends to finish flinging themselves down the slopes!

Bella W

I don’t know how to ski and honestly, I don’t really want to learn because I’m too afraid of falling. But I like very much the snow and the Austrian Alps. I didn’t visit Innsbruck, but I went to other nearby resorts and I really enjoyed it. I would love to get here during the winter

Val

I’m not that into skiing or snowboarding (WAY too cold for me!) but I so enjoyed reading about your experience. And I especially loved the amazing photos on your post! The Hafelekar run sounds like my worst nightmare, lol. I can’t even imagine trying to sky down a 70% angled slope! I”m more of a “hang out at Cloud 9 Igloo Bar” kind of gal, ha! This will be very helpful ski run info for my hubs someday (and apres ski bar info for me).

Suruchi

That is a quite detailed and informative article on Innsbruck Ski resorts. Innsbruck seems to be a home to skiing and all resorts look great. The view from the cable car on the Stubai Glacier is breathtaking.

Elisa

What a nice and informative post about Innsbruck’s ski resorts. It is true that nature looks great in Tyrol and I like the idea of skiing in a different mountain each day. However they sold me with their different ski pass options including other activities than skiing. I am not that fan of ski pistes so I would prefer a combination of ski, wine and spas

Megan Jerrard
Megan Jerrard

Wow 300 km of slopes is quite epic! I would love to learn to ski at some point, and I think that Innsbruck is probably one of the best places to do this. Can’t beat the capitol of the Alps right! And I do love that you’ve highlighted that the area is good for all skill levels – I will definitely be a beginner for a while! Thanks for highlighting each slope – it’s really helpful to know which are and aren’t good for getting started. I might start with Muttereralmpark and then work up to some of the others… Read more »

Adrienne

I like that you included the best budget option in all categories for those of us trying to spend wisely while travelling.