Stubai Glacier Ski Holidays

Stubai Glacier Ski Holidays

Ask any keen skier what their ultimate skiing experience in Austria would entail, and they’re bound to mention the Stubai Glacier. Rising up from the end of the Stubai Valley, it draws hundreds of thousands of winter sports enthusiasts every year.

Stubai, in the Tyrol region, is Austria’s largest glacier, and peaks at a huge 3200m above sea level. Up until a few years ago, it was one of Austria’s best-kept secrets, but the word is out, and now every skier worth their salt is heading over for long, snow-sure seasons on endless terrain.

The Stubai Valley is made up of five tiny villages: Schonberg, Meiders, Neustift, Fulpmes and Telfes. They can’t really be considered ‘resorts’ as such, but each village has enough in the way of amenities to ensure a well-run getaway in a beautiful location. Après ski may be a little lacking for those used to party towns such as St Anton but, for those who enjoy the simple pleasures of a warming drink in a friendly spot, then Neustift fits the bill wonderfully.

The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, and Tyrolean architecture accentuates its charm, whatever time of year. It’s remote enough to offer peace and quiet from the roar of motors but connected enough that should the après ski be too quiet, it’s possible to be in Innsbruck city in under an hour.

The glacier itself is made up of 23 pistes and a variety of trails which total around 55km of runs. The majority cater to the intermediate skier, with around 55 per cent of the long, winding pistes offering wide slopes and gentle gradients. That said, there are harder runs, including the steep Fernau Mauer and – for those in the knoww – some off-piste skiing to is sure to get the pulse racing.

Away from the glacier, each village has ample skiing in the popular areas around and above them, but lift passes also allow access to the glacier. The ski boom is still relatively new here, but the area is fantastically well-run and looks set to keep on getting better.