Skiing in Igls

Skiing in Igls

Skiing in this area is not generally thought of as the most difficult for those who crave a challenge on the piste. However, intermediates will be in their element on the long, gentle slopes that are quiet enough to help build confidence and practise those flashy moves, whereas advanced boarders and skiers may become frustrated with the lack of options – until they chat with the locals about where the real challenges lie.

Beginners, on the other hand, will be delighted with the manageable size of the area and the smooth nursery slopes of nearby Palschertkofel. Palschertkofel is perfectly placed for the next progression, as there are several wide, tree-line blue runs in the area too.

There are 11 pistes in total, covering just 12kms. It’s not surprising, then, that there are no green slopes for beginners and no black slopes for those who like to get the adrenaline pumping. But for those who simply must get on those diamond runs, the bus links to Stubai Glacier offer a few more black run options, though the pistes are not nearly as intense as the off-piste action can be.  Those who hire a guide to make the most of the glacier’s steepest and narrowest areas can show off their moves. It takes a brave skier to negotiate the narrow and steep couloirs at Hafelekar.

The area is part of the Innsbruck Glacier Pass, and while Stubai is the main attraction, there are eight other must-see areas which should be enough to keep experts on their toes. Back in Igls, cross-country skiers are spoilt with over 200kms of unspoilt territory to explore. If opting to take a guide, any misconceptions about Igls offering nothing for experts will be forgotten.

While Igls doesn’t have any terrain parks, snowboarders can get in on the action around the village’s long vertical slopes. Venture a bit further out to find out just how welcoming Innsbruck is to boarders, as the local student population have encouraged the extension of the Seegrube half-pipe and the area periodically hosts an extreme snowboarding event to showcase the area’s talent boarders and the natural features of the glacier pass.