Axamer Lizum Ski Holidays

Axamer Lizum Ski Holidays


Set nine kilometres from Innsbruck in a Tyrolean valley surrounded by the towering peaks of the Austrian Alps, the ski station of Axamer Lizum was purpose-built for the 1964 Winter Olympics, hosting all the skiing events except the men’s downhill. Twelve years later, the Winter Games returned to the same slopes. Axamer is as far from the stereotyped built-up, commercialised and après-ski-focused winter resort as is possible, to the extent that the ski area has no resort as such, boasting just one four-star hotel on the slopes. Although there are a few enjoyable après-ski opportunities in Axamer Lizum, the serious night-time action is centred in Innsbruck, a short journey down the valley.

The romantic village of Axams and its neighbour Gotzen are traditionally Tyrolean, set at around 900m above Innsbruck and gateways to the breathtaking ski area soaring from 700m to over 2,400m. Most visitors stay in the hotel or in a choice of lodges, inns and chalet-style accommodations in the villages, taking the short bus journey to Axamer Lizum’s single ski station. Those desperate to party ‘till dawn choose nearby Innsbruck, connected by scheduled ski-bus service to the villages and the eight local ski areas.

The mountains of Axamer provide 40kms of downhill skiing, set in 41 individual runs, with six chair lifts, three drag lifts and one gondola, all coping with up to 12,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour in the peak season. The highest lift runs to 2340m and the lowest piste is at 1580m. The main Olympic site holds nine of the lifts and one funicular, taking skiers to a 762m vertical with diverse terrain, mainly intermediate level. Advanced skiers will be happier with the championship runs or the two longer runs without lifts which end in the two valley villages, giving a fun finish to the day’s skiing.

At Axamer’s base area is a good ski school with nursery slopes set on a sunny plateau wide enough for grasping the basics and raising the confidence levels of beginners. Other activities here include excellent snowboarding on exciting trails plus a snowboarding school for beginners, skating, tobogganing and trekking in the forested valleys.