Skiing In Tyrol (When, How, Where...)
Tyrol is one of the most beautiful regions in the World to visit, not just Austria. It is a haven for mountain lovers in both Winter and Summer, but today, we focus on Tyrol’s main winter attractions, skiing and snowboarding.
After this, you will know when is the best time to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to do and most importantly where to ski!
Everything You Need To Know About Your Tyrol Skiing Vacation
If you are already up to speed on the Tyrol region, but want to know the absolute best places to ski in Tyrol this year, check out our in-depth guide to the 50 best Austrian ski resorts near Innsbruck, as judged by our team of experienced skiers.
For those of you who are considering a ski trip to Tyrol for the first time, then we cover everything you need to know here…
How to Get to Innsbruck in Tyrol
The nearest airports to Innsbruck include;
- Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport- 5km away (15 minutes)
- Bolzano airport –128 km away (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Salzburg Airport – 178 km away (1 hour 50 minutes)
- Munich Airport – 202 km away (2 hours)
Even though Innsbruck Kranebitten is the first choice for everyone, its capacity is limited. This means that you need to book your flight early to get a great price and the best flight time. For those who want to see a bit of the country, Munich Airport is a great choice. You’ll have 2 hours of travel to Innsbruck.
To avoid lots of stopovers and flight changes, here’s a list of airlines that fly directly to Innsbruck:
Direct from the U.K
- British Airways
- Austrian Airlines
If you don’t have to cross a water body, you can access Innsbruck by land. Here is how;
The FlixBus Company has numerous comfortable long-distance buses traveling to Innsbruck from different locations in Europe. The buses operate during the day and follow specified routes. FlixBus is perfect for traveling from Munich Airport into Innsbruck. Additionally, you can use it to explore Italy and South Tyrol.
Arriving into Innsbruck by train is comfortable, relaxing and safe. The intricate rail connection and the attractive rates make train travel ideal for those looking to take in the beauty of the country on their way to Innsbruck. Numerous capitals in Europe are connected to Innsbruck via train.
How To Get Around Once there
You can choose to use public transportation or hire a car/motorcycle. Innsbruck public transportation includes trams and buses. The buses will get you around pretty fast and cheaply. Trams, on the other hand, are designed for tourists. Their lines run past major city attractions.
The bus system in the city has about 20 buses which serve all areas in Innsbruck and its environs. The bus system is catered to by InnBus, and the information about the routes is available on their official website. You’ll pay a standard fare when traveling within the city limits, which doesn’t exceed €2. This zone is referred to as the ‘Kernzone’.
There’s also the option of getting 24 hour passes. You can get the passes and tickets from local vending machines located at tobacco stores, government offices, convenient stores, newspaper kiosks, tourist offices, transfer terminals, and stations.
You can also get single trip tickets directly from the tram or bus.
If you have a car or motorcycle, getting around is easier and convenient. However, you should note that most locations in Central Innsbruck sports have restricted parking. These parking spaces are highlighted by a blue line, and you can only park for a maximum of one and a half hours. At times, the parking time can be extended to 3 hours. If you opt for parking garages, you’ll need about €2.50 an hour or €17 per day.
Where To Stay
Innsbruck is full of accommodation options. You can choose to stay in a holiday apartment or a hotel with a bed and breakfast. There are also options to camp or stay at the ski resort. Your choice will be determined by your budget, the location of the hotel and the amenities offered.
Some of the hotels include Altstadthotel Weisses Kreuz, and Hotel Ibis Innsbruck.
Here’s a list based on accommodation cost
- Hostel Marmota
- Hotel Alpinpark
- Alphotel Innsbruck
- Hotel Maximilian
- Hotel Appartement Nahe Olympiaworld
- Hotel Sailer
- Hotel Bierwirt
- The Penz
- Hotel Grauer Bar
- Adlers Hotel Innsbruck
- Grand Hotel Europa
Best Time To Go
The skiing season begins in December and ends in Late March.
The high season is between 25th of December to 2nd January. However, February is usually quite busy as well courtesy of university and school vacations.
The low season is usually the beginning of December and late March. This is the time when it’s usually less crowded.
Tyrol has a great nightlife. Instead of getting cooped up in your hotel room, you can go out and have a good time with friends or make new ones. Tyrol has lots of pubs and bars. You could try out the apres ski bars, which are quite popular during the winter.
If you are not a party animal, you could go see a movie in the cinema or go to the theatre and enjoy some dance performances
It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach. Well, the same is true for women as well. And the good thing is that Tyrol is not only rich in ski resorts, but it also has some of the greatest foods that you can try out when you are not on the slopes.
The must-try foods include;
Tiroler Speckknodel – this is a staple food in Tyrol. It is basically bread dumplings, boiled and rounded with bacon. It is enjoyed with sauerkraut alongside a salad or broth
Tiroler Grostl – this tastes as good as it looks. It is a potato, onion and bacon fry up, and is served with a fried egg. Tiroler Grostl makes for a great mountain lunch
Kaspressknodel – this has been a favorite Tyrol food for ages. They are simply flatbreads studded with mountain cheese. They are cooked until they turn golden brown, and served with green salad
Kasspatzln – this is a variation of soft egg noodle mixed with some grated cheese. It is oven baked and adorned with some onions.
Kiachl – Kiachl is a traditional dough pastry that is fried in hot lard. You can have it with cranberry, jam or sauerkraut.
To wash down those foods, you can try the following drinks:
Gin and Tonic – this is a custom-made drink that is commonly served at the Kater Noster. It contains pepper, tonic, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and Star of Bombay Gin.
Vanilla Cinnamon Iced Coffee – this drink has a perfect amount of sweetness. It’s perfect for when you are chilling outdoors
Herbal Highball – this is a dry gin with lemongrass, Schweppes Ginger Ale, ginger, and lavender vinegar
Fenitmas – this is a curiosity coke
Eizbach Crystal Coke – this is a transparent coke from Munich, Germany
Events & Festivals
Aside from skiing, you can also attend some fun festivals and events, including;
The Snow Festival happens every year in February. The locals gather at the Market Square and participate in different sports. The Square is divided into Safety, Science, and Try Outs.
Air and Style Snowboard Contest
This event is organized every year in February. It is held in Seefeld and Innsbruck. It’s an open-air concert for both snowboarding and skateboarding.
This is held every year between mid-March and early April. The festival has lots of choirs and concerts in different venues, including churches in Innsbruck.
This is an Alpine World Cup that happens every January in Kitzbuhel- a town located 30 minutes from Innsbruck. The ski race is quite technical and demanding. In fact, most people vouch for its difficulty. It’s a fun event to watch.
The Fasnacht is held after four years. It’s a traditional Tyrol event which is used to show the common struggle between evil and good. The locals wear masks and dance together as they parade the streets in costumes
Our Favourite Ski Resorts In Tyrol
Here is a list of our most favourite ski resorts in Tyrol, but for more indepth details, please read our 50 Best Ski Resorts Near Innsbruck (Tyrol Region) guide.
1. Hintertux Glacier ski resort
The Hintertux Glacier is an all-year-round ski resort (there are only two 365 day ski resorts in the world). This alone makes it a highly sought after ski resort. It is located at the bottom of the Zillertal Valley and close to the Olperer Mountain that stands 3,476m tall. It offers skiers powder skiing during winter and has great conditions even during spring. If you want to escape the heat ‘scorching’ the valley, a cruise to the cool mountains will do you some good.
And if you are a powder hound, you’ll fall in love with the freeriding in Better Park. The ski routes measure 57 km and the piste area is 233 ha.
The resort also features kids’ land and a ski school to get beginners started. You can use the White 5, Super Skipass Zillertal and Snowcard Tirol passes.
2. Kaunertal Glacier ski resort
Although the resort may be on the beaten track, it is worth making the journey to the Kaunertal Valley, which is in itself an adventure and an awesome experience. It’s true that the resort is not the easiest to get to but of all the hotels in Tyrol, it’s one of the most snowsure resorts.
You’ll enjoy perfect conditions on the black, blue and red pistes at 3,108 above sea level from September to June.
Despite its popularity, the resort has pretty short (if any) lift queues. Beginners enjoy the easy slopes marked blue while expert and advanced skiers take on FIS race piste. One of the best highlights of the resort is the black run which extends to 2.2 km. The run leads to Ochasenalm via a floodlit tunnel.
3. Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee ski resort
This resort has got experts and beginners covered on the slopes. The resort is the highest in the region being located 3,440m above-sea-level. With such altitude, you don’t have to wonder why expert skiers are always sure of excellent snow conditions from September through to May.
At the peak, the view is breathtaking. The pistes are mainly red but there are some that are black and blue. The glacier features a halfpipe and a fun park. If you are a confident free rider, you can give the long descent from the Taschachferner glacier a shot. Or you could try the 1,500 m freeride run from Mittagskogel Mountain to the Valley.
4. Sölden ski resort
If you’ve watched ‘Sceptre’, the James Bond movie, you already know what this resort has to offer. Now all that’s left is to experience it for yourself. Solden has an impressive ski area. It is located in a somewhat traditional environment, but with innovative and efficient lift systems which give it a modern feel.
Solden Ski Resort has some of the highest Pistes in Tyrol. It does not disappoint when it comes to off and on pistes. The fact that it’s only 90 km from Innsbruck makes it easy to access. The resort has new lifts which reach skiing areas in Rattenbach and Tiefenbach. This addition makes it an all-season skiing destination.
5. Stubai Glacier ski resort
Consider Stubai if you are after a resort with perfect freeride terrain, advanced challenges and excellent snow parks. Stubai is only an hour away from Innsbruck. It has over 50 km of well-maintained slopes with varied difficulty levels.
If you are an advanced rider, you’ll enjoy the 60% gradient on the Dunhill slope. You’ll also fall in love with the off-piste runs through the open terrain.
It’s worth noting that the resort features a luxurious snowpark with facilities for pros, beginners and entry-level skiers. In addition to this, Stubai features family facilities, including BIG Family Ski-Camp. In this area, there are lots of magic carpets for kids to learn how to ski. And in case they get tired, there’s a kid’s restaurant on the slopes.