Ski Guide: Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is beautiful, a place with elegant streets and a square full of brightly painted buildings, but you can reach Nordkette directly through the funicular Hungerberg, which starts as an underground and then walks through the hilly suburbs to ride the cable car. to connect.

This is one of the 13 ski areas in the new Ski + City Pass, a ski track with 22 attractions (including the Grand Imperial Palace, which was completed in 1500 under Emperor Maximilian I), and several large swimming pools and public transportation to cover the area the.Innsbruck is located in the heart of Austrian skiing and the Bergisel ski jump is on a ridge with beautiful city views (towers with tall cafes designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid are on the Ski + City Pass).

The closest ski area is Nordkette, whose peak is 2,256 m after two cable cars. The farthest, about 45 minutes by bus from the city, is Stubai Glacier. There is everything from the famous resort (beautiful Kuhtai) to the small learning area of ​​Kinderland Rinn and three lifts from Elfer in the village of Neustift.

The others are Patscherkofel (on a bare peak with a radio pole above the city), Axamer Lizum (about 30 km slopes), the adjacent Mutteralm (ideal for students), neighboring Glungezer, small Sonnenberg, beautiful peaks of Oberferpuss, Hochoetz, alpine charming, same addition to Kuhtai, decent Schlick 2000, Bergeralm (30 km away, on the way to Italy), some easy slopes at Mieders, children’s fun area in Grünberg and the sunlift pull lift on Axams.

Ski: Ski + City Pass is available for at least two days and is ideal for short breaks or even full vacations.Nordkette is a ski resort for short visits, the trip itself is a must, driven by futuristic cables which call for a more futuristic station designed by Zaha Hadid, and then a cable car to the magical winter land in trees with stunning 360-degree views of the city and the Alps.

There are only six slopes, but it is dramatic – plus Hafelekarrinne, Europe’s steepest ski route, off-piste offspring. Everywhere in the city and in the Valley Inn, Patscherkofel offers spectacular views and special breeds (route 7.5 km) where races are held at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

For a more traditional day of skiing, Kuhtai is a village (over 2,000 m, the highest holiday resort in Austria with large snow blankets) with slopes on both sides of the main road. The slope is easy, but take a long step above the reservoir to burn the steep and intoxicating powder through the dam.

Ten minutes away by regular shuttle is Hochoetz, another ski area with a reasonable amount of skiing (30 km) and many tree lanes. Schlick 2000 is unknown to most Englishmen, but an enchanting place with beautiful views to the villages of Fulpnes and Neustift in the Stubai valley on one side and on the other side of a beautiful cruise ship beneath the towering, rocky rock face with 2,611 castles m high. Conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1949, four years before Everest. Families will love it and there is also a black slope.

The Biggie is the Stubai Glacier, the largest glacier ski area in Austria with an altitude of 3,210 m. Although the glacial melt tower – the elevator sits a good three meters above the slope on reinforced ice – snow is guaranteed from October to June.

Stubai Valley c Chris Frenzel
There is a view of the connection from a height of more than 3,000 m to the Italian Dolomite. The descent is usually fast, but family friendly. They are great for cruises in a totally different environment – and there is the pleasure of 10 km descent from the top back to the base station.

Why leaving
Odd skiing: these places are definitely not skiing all day without touching the same slopes, but they are still interesting. And don’t just stay in a bigger place – look at small places, especially if you have a rental car.

Convenience: Innsbruck is easy, cheap flights are far away, the city center is only a stone’s throw from the airport and there are all kinds of places to be found on slopes and off-road, all with one pass.

Tyrolean style: This is one of the most beautiful regions in Austria and you can experience it from the city road to the top of the mountain. Before Christmas, Innsbruck was a lively market world that lasted into the night

X-Factor: a magical blend of city and skiing like elsewhere and the possibility of riding on slopes by ski bus or public transportation. Rent a car and you can mark 13th in a few days. The trick is to design your time so that you can admire tourist attractions, from the city’s historic buildings to the luxurious Swarovski Crystal World, a fusion of caves, parks and playgrounds that resemble amusement parks. If you arrive before Christmas, you will find the empty slopes and Innsbruck Christmas market entertainment.

Where should we eat?
ADLERS: A view of almost 360 degrees through a huge glass wall on the 12th floor and on the top floor of a curved Innsbruck building in the 1970s style. Not in the ski area, but you can see it from here – the place for an elegant yet relaxed après-ski night, both in the bar and in the restaurant. Modern and chic cuisine with a local touch (tartare beef from Tyrolean gray beef), but also vegan creations. The roof is a party hotspot, while the aDLERS 75-room luxury hotel is on the ground floor.

Zur Goldenen Gams: This large, airy, wooden paneled place with modern art is located at 2,600 m above sea level on the Stubai Glacier and is a dream with large windows filled with sun and reflections covered with snow. It is claimed to be the largest waiter service restaurant in Tyrol (400 seats, without a large terrace), but it is quick to include crispy, wafer-thin pizza, gröstl (a mixture of Tyrolean potatoes and meat), sizzling, or a chilled wasabi foam and grilled almond.

Dorfstadl: Traditional restaurant and bar in Kuhtai, on the main road, but apart from the elevator – also the nightly pleasure with your own apartment building. The place is all old wood, except chunky stone. Trad Food – Wiener schnitzel, sausage and chips, gröstl, and large yeast donuts for dessert.

Level 12: Right in the heart of the city, level 12 is cool and modern and is regularly rated as one of the best in the city. Located behind the historic facade of the large pedestrian zone Maria-Theresien-Straße and opening to the elegant Rathausgalerien shopping arcade. Contemporary rooms (often with mountain views from large windows), lively bars and stylish spas. Double room from € 100, room only, breakfast around € 20 for two people (

Hotel Mondschein: Hotel Mondschein is located in a row of colorful houses on the River Inn on the edge of the old city. A five-minute walk from Hungerbahn, ideal for skiing at Nordkette. Only 31 stylish rooms. Some have solar-powered stars on the ceiling for fairytale nights with a buffet breakfast. Double rooms from € 90, B&B.

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