What makes the experience of winter in the skiing region of Innsbruck so enjoyable is the successful harmony of city and mountain. Nine ski areas with 90 lifts and cable cars contain 260 kilometres of ski slopes. At the Ski Resort Kühtai, at an altitude of 2,020 m, the slopes are virtually outside the hotel. Kühtai, the highest ski resort in Austria, provides its guests with guaranteed snow from December to mid-April, sunny ski slopes and cross-country ski runs, and ski tourers and freeriders can enjoy adventures in the powder snow - all just 30 minutes by car from the city centre. The KPark gets snowboarders’ pulses racing, and children and professionals love slopestyle, superpipe and obstacles under a sparkling winter sky.

The Axamer Lizum has a close connection with the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, and the Olympic Park is a great attraction for winter sport enthusiasts. Carvers, snowboarders and freeriders all love their "Lizum" which currently has two highlights to offer freeskiers, snowboarders and freestylers: the Golden Roofpark and the new Funslope trail. The Funslope, with its twenty-seven exciting elements, provides just the right kick and, together with the Golden Roofpark, is a great addition to all the fun and action that the Axamer Lizum provides.

No one should miss the Patscherkofel, the “gentle giant” that rises so strikingly to the south of Innsbruck. Opened in 2017, the new lift takes skiers, ski tourers and anyone keen to enjoy the winter sun and snow at first hand up to the summit. Savouring refreshments on the sun terrace, breathing in the winter air or setting off on a winter hike: on the Patscherkofel, in the Vital Park for pleasure lovers, winter lays out its treasures.

The Muttereralm ski area is clearly laid out, making it a wonderful playground for families, and it’s easy to get to from both Mutters and Götzens. Perfect first turns, a relaxed day’s skiing for parents and children and lots of fun, especially for the latter. There are two toboggan runs, which also pose a physical challenge, and the Snow Park and Kids Snow Park. If you want to tackle the slopes on a snowbike, then the Bikepark Innsbruck on the Muttereralm is the perfect place. Easy to learn and great fun, snowbiking is suitable for all ages. The fatbikers also love the Innsbruck Bike Park where they can take part in tours led by the Snow Bike School.

As a freeriders’ lounge and the highest sun terrace of Innsbruck, the Nordkette has a magical attraction for locals and visitors alike. From the city centre, the Nordkette lifts whisk you up to the summit station at an altitude of around 2,000 metres in no time at all. The Hafelekarrinne downhill (70% gradient) provides freeriders with the ultimate adrenaline rush, whilst the Skylinepark offers more relaxing fare. The magnificent view of the city also makes the heart beat that little bit faster, whilst the Cloud 9 with its igloo bar and relaxation zone (January - April) is the perfect place to chill out. Every Friday DJs raise the temperature for clubbers. A must for all visitors to Innsbruck.

The 9 ski areas, which can be accessed with 1 ski pass and the free shuttle, also include the slopes of the Oberperfuss Bergbahnen on the Rangger Köpfl which are ideal for families and beginners. This is also true of the Schlick 2000 in the adjacent Stubaital valley where there’s plenty to keep alpine skiers, cross-country skiers, bobsleigh riders and winter hikers more than happy. The Stubai Glacier, also part of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck, is another top attraction, taking visitors up to the remarkable height of 3,210 metres.

Sport lovers are attracted by the many opportunities that the winter region of Innsbruck provides for physical activity, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freeskiing, snowboarding and freestyle. Families can enjoy more leisurely activity in the fun parks and snow parks and on the slopes. Ski tours are finding more and more aficionados, and in the ski touring paradise of the Sellraintal valley you’ll find destinations just as rewarding as those in the Kühtai or on the Mieming Plateau.

Fun lovers can enjoy cross-country skiing on the trails of the extensive Mieminger Plateau or visit the cross-country skiing area in the Olymparegion Seefeld near Innsbruck (free for holders of the Welcome Card!). There are lots of toboggan runs where you can have winter fun even at night. If the sparkling sun and the crunching of the snow under foot are enough activity for you, you can switch to “Slow Winter” and set off on an extended winter hike.

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