Stubai Glacier Ski Resort Austria
Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier ski area in Austria. Snow guaranteed for skiing between October and June, plus loads of off-piste options in winter combine with top class lifts and facilities to make Stubai a first rate ski resort. Stubai Glacier is located south of Innsbruck
, from where day trips are possible to the mountain, but its size is deserving of a multi day visit.
Stubai Glacier Skiing And Snowboarding Terrain
As it is Ausstria's largest glacier ski resort, Stubai Glacier has terrain and variety for all levels of skier and snowboarder and is worthy of several days stay to fully explore it. A modern lift system and the brand new (for season 16/17) Eisgrat gondolas, move one to the top of the mountain at 3210m in style and comfort. The views out of the new gondola cars is extraordinary, allowing clear scoping of all the terrain possibilities. At the 'Top of Tyrol', views extend across to the Dolomites in Italy.
Magnificent children's and beginner terrain and facilities are all over the resort but particularly noticeable at Gamsgarten. Long groomed pistes will delight all intermediate skiers. Due to the limited on piste advanced trails, advanced and expert riders will find the challenging terrain is in all of the off piste areas. Aside from marked routes (9 in total), any other off piste riding requires full avalanche gear and knowledge. Stubai Glacier's terrain is generally snowboarder friendly however some glacier T bars could present challenges to the uninitiated.
For more information and ratings see the Lifts & Terrain
Stubai Glacier Snow and Weather
Stubai Glacier’s many glaciers, location, high altitude and northerly aspect guarantee excellent snow depth and quality, especially above 2000m. Snow making ensures high traffic areas are well covered and mother nature sorts out the rest. Lower valley runs can become quite plocky (stoney) in lean years. As with all high altitude alpine areas, the upper mountain can be very exposed in poor weather, but in sunshine is absolutely glorious.
Where is Stubai Glacier, Austria?
Stubai Glacier is located in the Tyrol region of south western Austria, approximately 42km south west of Innsbruck. By car it takes approximately 45mins to reach Stubai Glacier from Innsbruck and significantly longer (almost double) by the public bus.
Gateway airports for international travelers are Innsbruck, Munich and even Verona and Milan in Italy.
For more detailed information see our How To Get There
Summer Skiing at Stubai Glacier
Stubai Glacier offers skiing through to the start of summer - generally mid June, however this can vary depending on snow conditions. Once closed for the remainder of summer, the lifts start turning for skiing agian in early October at the latest.
Interlinked Lift Pass with Olympia SkiWorld
Stubai Glacier is part of Innsbruck
's Olymia SkiWorld area which includes 9 ski resorts ranging from the small like Patscherkofel
(Igls) to larger resorts like Axamer Lizum and Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria). An Olympia SkiWorld lift pass is for a minimum 3 days and allows access to al 9 ski resorts.
Nearby Ski Resorts
Stubai Glacier is intrinsically linked to Innsbruck, which 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 Kitzbuhel
, SkiCircus Saalbach
and Zell am See
. Or perhaps west to St Anton
and the huge SkiArlberg area, or south to the Dolomites
, Gitschberg-Jochtal, Kronplatz
and 3 Peaks
- not to mention all of the other Dolomiti Superski resorts.
Stubai Glacier Accommodation
Stubai Glacier presents some interesting questions as to where to base oneself. As it worthy of several days exploration, staying closer to the resort base may be worthwhile. Equally if chasing nice weather and snow conditions and want greater flexibility, Innsbruck may make more sense.
Neustift im Stubaital is the closest village to the Stubai Glacier ski resort and has several wonderful hotels.
Living and Spa Vitalhotel Edelweiss
- Exceptional full service hotel and spa located only 10 minutes by free shuttle to the ski area. Closest to the Stubai Glacier ski resort.
Alpeiner Nature Resort Tirol
- Superb full service hotel and spa near the centre of Neustift im Stubaital. Free shuttle to Stubai Glacier.
- Traditional family run hotel located in the centre of Neustift im Stubaital. Minimum 3 nights in winter, but has excellent value breakfast, dinner and accommodation packages.
- Beautiful hotel featuring a sublime spa and pool area in a quiet location in Neustift im Stubaital.
Stubai Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.
Innsbruck Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.
The resort base area caters superbly for day visitors. Storage lockers, gear rentals, restaurants and toilets are all perfect at either of the two bottom stations (Eisgrat or Gamsgarten). The nearby hamlet of Neustift im Stubaital has a range of full service hotels and facilities that cover all other eventualities.
Summary of Pros and Cons
- Snow sure from October to June.
Superb snow quality, groomed terrain and challenging alpine off-piste.
Excellent restaurants and on mountain facilities.
Modern lift system.
- Great family friendly centre at Gamsgarten top station.
- Glorious scenery on a sunny day.
Exposed in poor weather (wind, extreme cold or poor visibility).
- Snowboarders and small children may find the T bars challenging.
- No accommodation near the lift base.
- Limited snow making on the valley runs.
Pro or Con (depending on your point of view)
No major village at the base.
- Limited après scene off the mountain.
The Powderhounds reviewed Stubai Glacier in 2017, stay tuned for more detailed information.
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