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Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Austria
Skiing Patscherkofel above Innsbruck.
Skiing Patscherkofel above Innsbruck.
Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Austria
Modern lifts at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Modern lifts at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Innsbruck is a tram, bus and train transport hub.
Innsbruck is a tram, bus and train transport hub.
Nordkette ski resort has the most challenging terrain near Innsbruck.
Nordkette ski resort has the most challenging terrain near Innsbruck.
Historic Innsbruck includes the iconic Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).
Historic Innsbruck includes the iconic Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).
Stubai Glacier has the best overall terrain near Innsbruck.
Stubai Glacier has the best overall terrain near Innsbruck.
Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Austria
From Patscherkofel across to Muttereralm ski resort above Innsbruck.
From Patscherkofel across to Muttereralm ski resort above Innsbruck.
Get high at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Get high at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Mountains soar 2000m above Innsbruck.
Mountains soar 2000m above Innsbruck.
Stubai Glacier has some of the best facilities in Europe.
Stubai Glacier has some of the best facilities in Europe.
Olympic heritage at Patscherkofel above Innsbruck.
Olympic heritage at Patscherkofel above Innsbruck.
Welcome to Stubai Glacier.
Welcome to Stubai Glacier.
Bars, vinotheks (wine bars) and restaurants abound in Innsbruck.
Bars, vinotheks (wine bars) and restaurants abound in Innsbruck.
Innbruck's central train & bus station - gateway to Europe's best ski resorts.
Innbruck's central train & bus station - gateway to Europe's best ski resorts.
Innsbruck ski resorts have wonderful children, family and beginner facilities.
Innsbruck ski resorts have wonderful children, family and beginner facilities.
Three Innsbruck ski resorts are accessible by tram from the city centre.
Three Innsbruck ski resorts are accessible by tram from the city centre.
Cosmopolitan Innsbruck. One of the world's best ski cities.
Cosmopolitan Innsbruck. One of the world's best ski cities.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck Austria is the capital city of the Tyrol and surrounded by some great skiing at nine different ski areas, collectively called Olympia Ski World. The city is in a narrow valley surrounded by rugged mountain peaks that soar dramatically 2000m above the city.

Innsbruck skiing is only part of the vacation; Innsbruck is a European cultural experience in a city that offers both beauty and old-world charm.

Innsbruck Skiing & Snowboarding - Olympia Ski World

Innsbruck has hosted the Olympics twice (in 1964 and 1976), so it’s a city with plenty of experience when it comes to winter sports.

Innsbruck's Olympia Ski World includes 9 diverse ski resorts ranging in size, terrain and altitude. There are small local ski resorts of Patscherkofel (Igls), Muttereralm, Rangger, Schlick 2000, Glungezer and Nordkette. Medium sized resorts like Axamer Lizum and Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria) and the large glacier based ski resort of Stubai Glacier.

The Innsbruck ski resorts, regardless of size, have excellent lifts, pistes and facilities. Nearly all of the ski resorts have impressive skiable verticals of between 1000 to 1500m.


Most of the Innsbruck ski resorts are small enough to only warrant a one day visit, unless of course it is a powder day. The exception is the Stubai Glacier ski resort, with its 26 lifts, 1515m vertical, superb terrain and facilities, warrants at least a couple of days visit. Having said that, even some of the smaller ski resorts have a huge skiable vertical. Nordkette has nearly 1400m vertical in good snow conditions.

The Innsbruck ski resorts of Patscherkofel (Igls), Muttereralm, Kuhtai and Rangger have long open trails and appeal to families, novices and intermediates. Axamer Lizum ski resort has the Olympic tram lift which enables access to the women’s downhill course, and a variety of other trails, some of which are for advanced skiers. Nordkette (funnily enough to the north of Innsbruck!) has some iconic steep and challenging runs for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.

An Olympia Ski World lift pass, which is for a minimum 3 days, 
conveniently allows access to all 9 ski resorts using the one lift pass. 

Summer Skiing at Stubai Glacier

Stubai Glacier ski resort offers skiing all the way through to the start of summer, generally at least mid June (an vary depending on snow conditions). Once closed for the remainder of summer, the lifts start turning for skiing again in early October at the latest.

Where is Innsbruck, Austria?

Innsbruck is in the heart of the Tyrol (Tirol) and is perfectly located to access some of the best ski resorts in Europe. Innsbruck is 150km south of Munich, nearly 500km west of the Austrian capital Vienna, 400km north east of Milan and 300km east of Zurich. Gateway airports are at Innsbruck or Munich in Germany. Travelling to Innsbruck from anywhere in Europe is easy by train. Click below to search and book train tickets.


For more information see the Travel to Innsbruck page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Innsbruck is centre stage for a huge range of Austrian and even Italian ski resorts. It is a train transport hub that allows easy travel east to the Zillertal (with Mayrhofen and Hintertux Glacier), and further to KitzbuhelSkicircus Saalbach, Kaprun and Zell am See. Or perhaps west to St Anton and the huge Ski Arlberg area, or south to the Dolomites and PloseGitschberg-JochtalKronplatz and 3 Peaks - not to mention all of the other Dolomiti Superski resorts.

Travelling Around Innsbruck and the Olympia Ski World Resorts

Innsbruck has an excellent bus, tram and train network so a car is generally unnecessary if just staying in the city and/or skiing nearby resorts like Mutters, Nordkette and Patscherkofel.

All the Olympia Ski World resorts are connected by a free ski bus network from major hotels (with a 'Welcome Card') and some public bus and tram network services. so staying in Innsbruck has the distinct advantage of offering a variety in ski experiences if you visit all the resorts. However the associated disadvantage of not staying on-mountain, is having to travel each day. Depending on your circumstances, travelling by bus each day may be the most attractive option. There is on-mountain (or nearby) accommodation in each village associated with a ski area, but this then restricts accessibility to other resorts unless you hire a car. Having your own vehicle can make travel decisions easier when based in Innsbruck. Car hire and rental is available at several locations in the Innsbruck city centre and airport. Click below to search, select and book online.

Innsbruck Accommodation

Innsbruck is a large cosmopolitan city with a full range of hotel, apartment and guesthouse accommodation options. Delightful hotels are located in the 'old town' and make for a pleasing all round visitor experience.


Hotel Maximilion
 $$ - $$$$
Family run 4 star hotel located in Innsbruck’s ‘old town’. Range of comfortable budget and deluxe rooms, many with great city skyline views. Old town pedestrian zone and major sights are just across the road from the hotel ...

Hotel Grauer Bar
 $$$$
Modern 4 star hotel located on the edge Innsbruck’s ‘old town’ in the city centre. Features a rooftop pool and spa area plus a range of other superb facilities including onsite parking ...

If having a short stay or transiting through Innsbruck, there are excellent hotel options located opposite the central train, bus and tram station.


Grand Hotel Europa
 $$$$
This 5 Star hotel is perfectly located near Innsbruck’s main central station. The hotel is one of the best in Innsbruck with all the luxury, style and facilities one would expect from a quality Austrian 5 star. Step out of the door and onto a taxi, bus, train or tram to a ski resort...

Budget room options that still provide quality are available at a number of hotels located across the river from the Old Town.Many great hotels are located out of town near the ski resorts.

For more information on the best places to in Innsbruck, see the Innsbruck Hotel, Apartment & Guesthouse page.

See all Innsbruck Accommodation Listings - options for lodging only.

Innsbruck Activities

The city of Innsbruck has plenty to offer with a history of over 800 years, and many attractions including the castle, palaces, theatres, opera houses, museums and the iconic Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) dating from 1500.

In addition to the inner city attractions, there are other things to do such as a ride on the Olympic bobsled run at Patscherkofel or visit the Olympic ski jump and the viewing platforms that afford fabulous views of the city and the spectacular natural beauty surrounding it. 

An unmissable journey is the tram, funicular and cable car journey from the Innsbruck city centre (560m) up to the top of Nordkette at Hafelekar (2256m). Stupendous views, great dining and if you are up for it, some serious ski and snowboard off piste terrain await.  Another enjoyable journey is the Line 6 tram to Igls. It meanders through the forest past a castle, small villages, sculpture gardens and other points of interest. Winter walking from one tram stop to the next makes an enjoyable non ski day out. Other winter walking opportunities to restaurants high above Innsbruck include to the top of Patscherkofel and Glungezer.

The Rangger ski resort west of Innsbruck has a 10km rodelbehn (sled run) that is illuminated at night for some exhilarating family fun.

The Innsbruck old town has beautiful architecture, and many cosy bars, vinotheks and restaurants. The après is centred in Innsbruck rather than slope-slide (aside from the rollicking Hotel Alpensport below Stubai Glacier), and is fairly vibrant. 

More Reasons to Ski Innsbruck

Innsbruck is a great place for a ski holiday because it offers so much more than just an enjoyable and diverse skiing or boarding experience. It provides the opportunity to lap up the Austrian culture.

To experience more Austrian culture there are daily excursions to Vienna and Salzburg plus you can discover more of Europe with a day trip over the Brenner Pass into Italy to visit Venice or the Dolomites.

Ski Tours in or near Innsbruck

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
St Anton Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 7 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,042
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Get the most out of a ski trip to St Anton with a knowledgeable guide and visit nearby ski areas such as Zurs, Zug, Lech, Oberlech, Stuben and St Christof. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,339
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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    Innsbruck (Olympia Ski World) Ski Resort Map
  • Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map
  • Vertical (m)
    800m – 3210m (2410m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown (varies greatly)
  • Lifts (86)
    19 Gondolas/cable cars
    29 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Oct to June
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 164 (260km)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 50%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Local ski resort tickets
    Adult - €29 - 46
    Child - €17.50 - 23
    Child under 10yrs - Free

    Olympia Ski World (min 3 days)
    Adult - €132
    Child - €80
    Child under 10yrs - Free

    Innsbruck City Map
  • Innsbruck City Map