Skiing in Stubai Glacier

Skiing in Stubai Glacier

Skiing Stubai is an absolute pleasure, with its deep snow and fabulous vistas. While it might be a little tricky for a beginner to get to grips with, there are some gentle slopes at Gamsgarten.

Kids can also get a bite of the action in the Mickey Maus Park, where little ones are guided through a series of progressively challenging slopes to improve their confidence and get them out of parents’ hair.

Wide and thick with snow, the glacier’s pistes are excellent for intermediates. Despite the height of the glacier, there aren’t many scary gradients, and those that do exist are off the runs.

Though there few black runs on the glacier – and some people don’t consider them to be black runs at all – Stubai is a favourite with advanced skiers because of its long season and snow-sure conditions. There aren’t many European destinations that can claim to have ski-perfect weather in June.

For those feeling brave, tackle the off-piste areas of Stubai. A local guide in-the-know is needed to avoid the area’s dangerous crevasses, but off-piste is the best way to experience some of the more white-knuckle skiing and snowboarding available. Those who know where to look can locate some steep areas to get their hearts racing and to build up some real speed. It is also possible to attempt the narrow runs that lie on the right of the Gamsgarten gondola; these will cause those who try to eat their words if they had thought Stubai didn’t have any challenges.

On the whole, though, the glacier itself is flat and fairly featureless, but there are a few black runs of up to 12kms long including a steep, un-groomed run, and one of the most popular runs, the Wilde Grub’n, a twisting route which drops 1,500m in its 10km length. Be warned, though – it gets busy in the afternoons.

Early birds get the most out of the Stubai Glacier. Catch the early bus the 15kms to the glacier lifts. With people coming from the surrounding villages as well, the lifts can get a little crowded in the afternoons.

But the fun needn’t begin and end with the glacier. There are loads of great runs over the surrounding villages, where beginners will be able to enjoy the smooth slopes and more advanced skiers can hunt out some more challenging terrain.

Stepping off the glacier, snowboarders will be keen to put Gamsgarten’s terrain park to the test. It sits on the edge of a natural bowl, and boasts a half-pipe, tabletop and spine.