The Stubai Valley boasts good and skiing boarding including the largest high glacier skiing area in Austria. With skiable terrain from 1,000m to 3,200 metres, this superbowl of snow is a sure thing. Come on down, the season's long - open from October through July!
The Stubai Valley has come of age. It has built its reputation on the solid bedrock of traditional Tirolean family holidays 30-minutes’ drive from Innsbruck Airport and the picturesque old town itself, with outstanding mountain scenery including 80 glaciers and over 100 peaks above 3,000m. And guaranteed long season skiing on the Stubai Glacier itself. But that is just to scratch the surface. This scenic valley, which is only 35km long and is topped by the Zuckerhütl peak at over 3,500 m, offers something for skiers of almost every age and all abilities from novice to expert.
Stubaital has made a huge effort over recent years to improve just about every aspect of the visitor experience and it really shows. As well as its downhill skiing and amazing freeride trails, Stubai Valley also offers a high freestyle snowpark - Stubai Zoo, 72km of cross-country trails, 80km of winter hiking, 12 natural toboggan runs and loads of snowshoe hiking, as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides, tandem paragliding and hang-gliding.
Comprised of a string of villages, all connected by an excellent bus service, which delivers to all Stubaital ski lifts, the Stubai Valley offers four separate Stubaital ski areas: principally the Stubai Glacier and Schlick 2000 but also th small but family oriented Serles and Elfer and all these on the one Stubai Superskipass.
The main Stubaital villages are Neustift and Fulpmes but this does not capture the sense of what the Stubai Valley is about, since some hotels are positioned between villages or on the edge of the valley with stunning views and staying close to centre village location is less important here than in many other ski resorts.
The Stubaital accommodation offering includes 14,000 hotel beds and nearly another 5,000 beds in apartments and B&Bs. The choice of hotels includes one 5-star hotel - the truly outstanding Jagdhof in Neustift, two 4-star superior hotels, thirty-two 4-stars, two 3-star superiors, and twenty-eight 3-star hotels. And all these are set in the peace and tranquillity of this steep valley.
Stubaital is clearly very family oriented – voted ‘most family-friendly ski region in the Alps’ by German motoring organisation ADAC - and they make much of this with their ‘BIG Family’ childrens’ theme (more of this below) so in truth it isn’t going to suit groups of teenage skiers out to party every night. Given the quality of its snowsure high skiing on the Glacier and off it and ease of getting there, it will always attract good and active skiers out to pack in as much snow action as they can in a few days.
The Powder Department shows 15 runs up at Stubai Glacier, which also offers plentiful opportunities for all mountain skiing around its pisted descents. And to finish your day here descending from Wildspitz down blue 7 or, to include some steep gradients, from black ‘Daunhill’ just below the Daunkopf at 3,225 m. and then turning into skiroute 14 (‘Wilde Grub’n’) at Gamsgarten, all the way down to the valley station, is special, as these are among the best longer ski runs (over 10 km) in the Alps.
Add to this plenty of other activities including the largest tobogganing arena in the Tirol, the winter hiking and snow-shoeing, the high cross-country and freestyle snow park, ice skating and paragliding and great bars and restaurants and you have a winter sports destination of some variety and importance.
Recommended Hotels in Stubaital
Relais & Chateau Hotel Jagdhof
Alpenhotel Kindl Neustift
Alpeiner Nature Resort Tirol Neustift
Happy Stubai Hotel Neustift
Vitalhotel Edelweiss Neustift
Schönherr Haus Neustift
Hotel Forster Neustift
Hotel Angelika Neustift
Hotel Erika Neustift
Hotel Waldhof Fulpmes
Hotel Montana Telfes
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Stubaital Pros (+) Cons (-)
+ Good skiing for all abilities
+ Snowsure glacier ski area
+ Wide choice of quality accommodation
+ Good transport infrastructure
+ Easy to get to
+ Good facilities for families and beginners
- Limited apres-ski
- Not a central hub resort
- Commuting by ski bus or car to main ski area
- Limited piste skiing for experts