Igls Ski Holidays

Igls Ski Holidays

Fancy a skiing mini-break? Igls, unlike more remote Austrian resorts, is well-situated for a long weekend, thanks to its short transfer times and great connections.

Not only is it easy-to-reach but, even by Austrian Alps standards, this Tyrolean village is stunningly beautiful, too. Its unspoilt, plateau location and backdrop of the Nordkette Mountains lend themselves perfectly to idyllic days on the piste and cosy nights curled up with a glass of gluhwein.

If the name Igls seems unfamiliar, it’s because this tiny village is only just starting to make a name for itself, having been opened up to a wider clientele in recent years due to an increase in budget carriers flying into Innsbruck. Igls is located 2250m above sea level, with views of the equally beautiful city of Innsbruck. With just 12kms of pistes and seven ski lifts, Igls is perfect for a whirlwind visit. While the diversity of pistes won’t wow those who like a challenge, the real beauty of Igls is in its convenience and laid-back attitude.

The resort itself has minimal skiing opportunities, but it’s part of the Innsbruck Glacier pass, which opens up the skiing options immensely. The glacier pass has 130kms of runs, including the Stubai Glacier, which offers snow-sure skiing opportunities from October to July. The glacier is reachable by bus, so get up early to make the most of this beautiful area.

Igls makes a relaxed getaway and, while it isn’t the biggest resort and doesn’t have the most infamous nightlife; it can certainly hold its own among Austria’s most charming resorts. One of Igls’ appeals is its un-crowded slopes, even during peak season, and if there’s only a weekend to get to grips with the area, then that’s the kind of bonus that might just be the clincher.

Its limited pistes and lack of crowds make it the perfect place for beginners and intermediates to build up their confidence and take their skiing and snowboarding to the next level.

Off-piste, the extensive cross-country skiing is a dream. Quiet, beautiful and covering 200kms, it doesn’t get a lot better – it’s hard to believe big cities are just hours away.