Stubai, Kingdom of Snow.
The Stubaital is an alpine valley in Tirol, Austria. The river Ruetz flows through this 35-km long valley from the Stubai Alps to Schönberg im Stubaital, near Innsbruck. The High Stubai valley is still heavily glaciated and a classic high mountain touring region in the Eastern Alps.
Situated right at the very end of the Valley, only 45 minutes by car from Innsbruck, is the majestic Stubai Glacier. Its ski resort extends all the way up to 3,210 meters above sea level and is the largest glacier ski resort in Austria with 65 kilometers of slopes and 26 lifts.
Thanks to the new 3S Eisgratbahn (2016), with a length of 4.7 kilometers is the longest lift of its kind in the Alps, it takes only 12 minutes from the base station to the Eisgrat top station (2,900m). During the ride, its panorama gondolas offer fabulous views of the mountains.
One of the highlights of Stubai is the 10km "Wilde Grube" descent from the Wildspitz mountain station (3,210m) to the valley station (1,750m). (Piste No. 7 - Daunferner and Sk Route No. 14 - Wilde Grub'n + Piste No. 27).
The Ski piste nº. 22 (Daunhill) with a maximum gradient of 60% and a fall of 1.60 km is the steepest run in the Stubai Glacier Ski Resort.
The Stubai Glacier is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in Tirol. In the BIG Family Ski-Camp trained carers look after the ski kids (children to 10 years of age ski for free if accompanied by a paying parent). Many blue pistes and lifts that are easy to get on and off introduce children gently to the world of skiing.
Fun and action can be also enjoyed by little experts. On the BIG Family Slalom, the BIG Family Fun Slope, a track with many bends, waves and jumps. Or on the permanent racetrack with time-taking.
The BIG Family Slopestyle on the ensures fun and action. The little freestyle stars of tomorrow can, like the pros, slide across small obstacles and jump across kickers.
Snow safety, a great variety of lines and numerous freeride possibilities make the Stubai Glacier in the Tirol a freeride hotspot in Austria., with the "Powder Department" attracting skiers and boarders addicted to backcountry adventures.
The Powder Department offers 13 GPS-tracked freeride runs, route videos, 2 checkpoints at the Eisgrat and the Gamsgarten with info panels with route descriptions, transceiver check and information on avalanche situation, and an LVS training facility.
Nowhere else in the world do city and mountains blend so seamlessly together as in Innsbruck, and Stubai glacier is part of the Freeride City Innsbruck, four freeride areas around the Capital of the Alps.
Thanks to the proximity of untouched slopes and powder snow Freeriders head out from the city and test a different freeride paradise every day.
Food loving skiers can also look forward to sampling the delights of the world’s highest Gault-Millau-rated restaurant, the Schaufelspitz, as well as events such as the Dine & Beer gourmet night.
Snowboarders and freeskiers flock to the Stubaier Glacier because of the Stubai Zoo Snowpark. It is one of the largest parks in the world in autumn and spring with its Jib, Medium and Proline.
Hidden in the glacial ice, the ice grotto near the Eisgrat station on the Stubai Glacier gives visitors a fascinating insight into the world of snow and ice. 30m below the ski piste is a 200m-long tour that is a breath-taking experience for the whole family.
The Stubai Glacier is included in the new SKI plus CITY Pass Stubai. It includes 13 ski areas (Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Hochötz, Muttereralm, Bergeralm, Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, Serlesbahnen, Elferbahnen, Patscherkofel, Oberperfuss - Rangger Köpfl, and Glungezer), 22 city experiences, 3 indoor pools, the use of the entire ski bus network as well as the Innsbruck Sightseer hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
The White 5 ski pass gives you access to the five Tirolean Glaciers. Is valid for 10 nonconsecutive days between October and May for all the lifts and cable cars in the glacier ski resorts of Sölden and the glaciers at Kaunertal, Pitztal, Stubai, and Hintertux.
The ski areas in the Stubaital are members of Tirol's biggest ski pass network. The Snow Card Tirol offers a huge choice of superlative highlights: 4,000 Slope Kilometers with a Single Ski Pass in 90 Ski Regions spread all over the region.
The season’s events traditionally begin at the Stubai Glacier with the “Weißen Wiesen“ on October. The series of openings continues in the Snowpark with the ”Stubai Premiere“ also in October.
The Stubai Glacier ski season stretches until early June.
One more thing. A Tip for Instagramers. The TOP OF TIROL summit platform towers at 3,210 meters offers magnificent panoramic views of 109 3,000m-peaks from the Stubai Alps to the Dolomites. The GEO magazine ranked the TOP OF TIROL platform among the 10 most beautiful viewing platforms in the world.