Best place for a short ski break in Europe: Innsbruck
Innsbruck is known not only for its modern and imperial architecture, but it is also very popular amongst winter sports and hiking enthusiasts. It is an ideal destination if you are in need of a quick skiing getaway and a great place to visit if you enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains whilst being within easy reach from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Having skied in other places like Les Deux Alpes, Alpe D’Huez and Tignes before, Innsbruck has been the best experience for me so far. Here is why:
5 reasons why Innsbruck is a great skiing destination
Getting there is easy and transfers to hotels and resorts are short
Innsbruck airport is small, easy and close to the city centre. You can stay in the town or just outside the city. Either way, you will still be very close to any resort surrounding the Innsbruck area. Take a look at Götzens if you fancy staying just outside the city (10-15 minutes drive from the city centre). There are also free ski shuttles which takes you to your desired resorts.
You can go to any resort around the Innsbruck area
Innsbruck can be a great choice for your skiing holiday because it offers a variety of ski resorts catering to all abilities. You can try different resorts each day, meaning you will have an endless choice of pistes throughout your whole stay. These are some of the resorts you can visit which are not very far from the city centre: Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000 – Fulpmes, Glungezer – Tulfes, Muttereralmpark – Mutters/Götzens, Stubai Glacier (Stubaier Gletscher), Bergeralm – Steinach am Brenner, Rosshütte – Seefeld, Kühtai.
Slopes are not crowded and there are no queues for the ski lifts
Does the thought of huge crowds and massive queues fill you with dread? Yes? Then Innsbruck might be the right place for you. If you are skiing during the weekdays, even better! If you wake up early enough and get ready for the first lift up, much much better! It will literally just be you, the mountain and fresh powder.
Great value for money on the ski lift passes
There is an OLYMPIAWORLD SKIPASS you can get which costs around 135 euros for 3 days and it gives you access to 9 ski resorts in the Innsbruck area, covering 300km of slopes. You may also get a discount on the lift pass if you have an Innsbruck card, which is provided by some hoteliers. With the discount, our passes cost 120 euros for 3 days, which is great value for money compared to other lift passes in Europe.
Visit the city if you fancy a little break from skiing
Take a stroll around the Altstadt von Innsbruck (Old town). There are palaces, cathedrals, Baroque and Renaissance style buildings – in which some are over 500 years old – all surrounded by snowy peaked mountains, making it all a very picturesque experience.
Where to stay
Stay at the Alp Art Hotel to enjoy great views, breakfast and spa
Where to Eat
Try the Taverna da Guzzi for amazing homemade style Italian food
When to Go
Anytime between December and March, except during the school holidays, and you may get yourself an empty piste like the image below