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Stubai glacier

Stubaital’s crowning glory, this is the biggest glacier in all Austria and it holds onto snow superbly. An October – May ski season and a whole host of terrain keep skiers and boarders busy, with smaller ski areas along the valley for a change of scene.

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At a glance: • Long ski season • Austria’s biggest glacier • Quiet village bases

Great for: • Snow sure • Intermediates • Short transfers

Stubaital’s crowning glory, this is the biggest glacier in all Austria and it holds onto snow superbly. An October – May ski season and a whole host of terrain keep skiers and boarders busy, with smaller ski areas along the valley for a change of scene.

Stubai glacier Resort

The Stubai Valley - or Stubaital – is a 40km valley in the Tyrolean alps, home to Austria’s biggest glacier ski area.

There are a couple of lodgings near the foot of the glacier, where you’ll find a sizeable car park, ski shops and two main ski lifts. But most people opt to stay in one of the nearby villages along the Stubaital Straße road that leads up to the glacier.

Neustift is the closest, a 20-minute drive from the glacier base station. There’s also Fulpmes (a 30-minute drive) and Mieders, Telfes and Schonberg (each about a 35-minutes away). None of the bases are known for their lively atmosphere, but you’ll find the main hub of bars and restaurants in Neustift.

This relaxed environment makes the area terrific for families, helped by the fact that Innsbruck airport’s only 20-50 minutes away by car (depending on where you’re staying). Last time we checked, the Winterbus Stubaital linked Innsbruck town, the villages and the ski areas – making getting around easy.

There are four different ski areas shared between the villages in this neck of the woods (Stubai Glacier, Schlick 2000, Elfer and Serles) – all covered by the Stubai Super Skipass which usually includes access to local indoor swimming pools and the ski bus.

(Images from Stubaier Gletscher & Andre Schönherr)

Stats & FAQ

Location: Tirol, Austria

Established: 1973

Open: October - May

Downhill: 59km

View our detailed Stubai glacier snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Stubai glacier snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Innsbruck (INN)43km, 1 hour
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  • 19km 32%

  • 15km 26%

  • 4km black runs, 21km ski routes 42%

Top Altitude:3210m
Bottom Altitude:1750m
Resort Altitude:1695m
Longest run:10km
Slope Orientation:
Vertical Drop:1500m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:Yes!

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Downhill Runs:59km
Beginner slopes:32%
Intermediate:26%
Advanced slopes:42%
Lift Pass Price: €243 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Neustift, Fulpmes, Innsbruck

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Stubai glacier

There’s a learning area near the Gamsgarten cable car, where gentle slopes and magic carpets are used to help beginners pick up the basics. You’ll find more blues than any other run on the glacier, meaning early skiers and snowboarders can really explore the mountain. Two easy trails lead from the highest point, Schaufelspitze, down to the Mittelstation for a fabulously confidence-boosting descent.

Intermediates will find red runs ribboning all over the glacier, with favourites including the ‘Daunenhang’ (#9) and ‘Gamsgarten’ (#3), flanked by rugged rock face.

For experts, the steepest piste is black #22 or ‘Daunhill’ from Daunkopf. With the Schartenschuss (#21) and short Wildspitzschuss (7b), this makes up the glacier’s black run offerings. There’s more to test you, with ski routes like Wilde Grub’n and Fernau serving up a powdery challenge. Freestylers won’t be disappointed with Stubai Zoo, which is one of the biggest snow parks in the world and used as a training base by international freeski and snowboard teams. XC skiers have 2km of skate tracks in Gamsgarten.

With the Stubai Super Skipass, you’ve also got access to the ski areas of Neustift, Fulpmes and Mieders to explore. All are smaller and less varied than the glacier (generally more suited to beginners and early intermediates), but nonetheless well worth experiencing for a change of scenery.

Stubai glacier Apres Ski

There are five restaurants and five huts and ski bars in the vicinity of the Stubai glacier. The Schirmbar’s umbrella bar at the valley station usually opens from 2pm – 7pm, and those who want to continue the evening can move onto the Stadl for DJ’s and dancing. The surrounding villages aren’t known for having wild Apres scenes, but you’ll still find decent venues like Neustift’s Dorf Pub and Leo’s Stadl Bar in Fulpmes.

Activity-wise, scale the ice climbing tower or zoom down some terrific sledding runs in Neustift’s Elfer ski area. Over 80km of winter walking paths keep non-skiing legs occupied, while Fulpmes’ StuBay Freizeitcenter has indoor pools, slides and more.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Stubai glacier

When is the best time to ski Stubai glacier?

This is the biggest glacier in Austria, and with a ski season that usually runs from October to May, the presence of good snow is rarely a worry whatever time you visit. If you like the sound of exploring the nearby Schlick 2000, Elfer and Serles areas too, the best time to visit is usually the middle of the ski season, between January and March.

Peak Dates

If you’ve asked Santa for a shedload of snow, Christmas at the Stubai Glacier might be just the ticket.

See in the New Year at the Stubai Glacier, skiing on some of Austria’s highest pistes with views that’ll knock your socks off.

Spending Half Term at the Stubai Glacier is all about exploring the valley’s four ski areas and enjoying quiet evenings in your hotel or apartment.

With the ski season usually going strong until May, Easter at the Stubai Glacier tends to see some of the best snow conditions in the Alps.

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Families in Stubai glacier

One of our favourite things about the Stubai Valley for families is that under 10’s can usually ski free with a full paying adult. The ticket office often also sell a youth pass for 15-18 year olds, making the week away much more affordable. Another thing we love is the glacier’s family ski area by the Gamsgarten cable car, complete with a gentle boardercross and fun slope.

The surrounding villages are traditional and quiet – perfect for relaxing evenings and quality time together. Don’t miss the toboggan runs in the Elfer area, which are some of Austria’s finest and funnest.

GroupsGroup Holidays Stubai glacier

With the Stubai Super Skipass in hand, your group can explore the surrounding ski areas to their heart’s content. And last time we checked, you could benefit from offers like a free ski pass for every 10 people. Austria’s biggest glacier caters for all ski and snowboard levels, with oodles of groomed and powder runs and a socking great snowpark.

Winter walkers have miles of prepared trails to get stuck into, and activities like sledding make for a cracking group activity. Make Schirmbar your meeting point for the week and enjoy snacks and drinks together, then head back to your base for a quiet evening. Eat, sleep, repeat!

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