During the chillier months, the temperatures fall to below freezing in the Austrian capital of Tyrol. Huge flakes of snow fall from the sky, carpeting the ground entirely within 24 hours. The heavy snowfall lies undisturbed throughout the night, save for the occasional fox or bird – but not for long. The skiing season has begun, and soon the smooth blades of amateurs and professionals alike will be cutting into the ground as they skim dramatically down the hillside.
Welcome to Innsbruck. This capital of the Tyrol state is located on the west side of Austria, straddling the Inn River. Nestled in a fold between the Stubai Alps and the Tux Alps and with the Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains to the north, its geographical location makes it the perfect skiing location. So what are you waiting for? Book a flight to Innsbruck and ski your way to happiness.
Innsbruck is home to a number of large resorts that are exceptionally well-connected with the ski culture. Offering excellent instructors, top-of-the-range equipment and a wonderful learning atmosphere, you can’t help but develop your skills. The city itself has access by cable car to the resorts of Seefeld. Tulfes, Igles, Axamer, Lizum and Stubai, meaning you have plenty of choice as to which slopes you’d like to glide down. With instructors equipped to teach children aged between five and 15 years of age, it’s an activity the entire family can enjoy. For a really incredible experience, be sure to book into the ski stations of Igls or Muttereralm, as these offer the opportunity to ski at night – an unforgettable activity that will leave you breathless in every sense of the word.
But skiing isn’t half as fun unless you know you’ve got a good apres ski atmosphere to enjoy later. In Innsbruck, you can be guaranteed of this. The linked ski resorts all have their own restaurants and facilities to make you comfortable, but if you should venture into the city during the evening, you will find an enviable range of fine eateries, bars and lounges at your service. It’s an authentic Austrian experience – a place to enjoy the native cuisine, kick back and relax while rubbing shoulders with the locals. The Goldener Adler features in our list of recommendations – a traditional atmosphere and a wide range of delicacies make for a fantastic night out. Kenzi Restaurant also ranks highly, with both tourists and Austrians alike flocking to enjoy its Japanese and Korean dishes.
But skiing isn’t the only fun to be had in Innsbruck. Just like any city, it has its own collection of culturally important landmarks, which are fun to view if you fancy a break from the slopes. Mountain biking and hiking are other activities offered by the resorts and venues in town, just in case you can’t shake off the sports bug, but are tired of skiing.