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Visitor reviews for Stubai Glacier Ski Resort
August 11, 2017
Chris from United Kingdom
I have been skiing at Stubai glacier since 1999 including one full year living in nearby Neustift. It's one of my favourite ski areas.
The Stubai pistes are nearly always in perfect condition. They are neither over easy or challenging for the average skier. The lift system is excellent. The new 24 person gondola on the Eisgrat is great for moving you up the mountain at speed and in comfort.
For the past 2 years we have been taking our child to the ski school meeting at Gamsgarten. It's been a great place for him to learn to ski. Free kids passes extend right up to 10 years old.
Our favourite time to visit is mid-March when temperatures are a little warmer. The snow late season is also very reliable. The area doesn't attract many expert skiers, hence you will often find deep untracked powder long after snow has fallen. In a good season the off-piste opportunities to the side of the long Wilde Grub'n ski route back to the car park are also fantastic.
The only thing that I don't like is the quality of food at the mountain restaurants run by the lift company. The one other lunch choice is the Dresdner Hutte is a much better option.
Accommodation in Neustift is easy to find, lots of self catering apartments and hotels. This is one of the easiest resorts for a ski weekend from the UK when using nearby Innsbruck airport.
You will meet hardly any other British skiers here unless the British army are having one of their training (holiday) camps there at the same time.
Stubai Glacier Ratings
Overall: 4.3. Based on 10 votes and 15 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Stubai Glacier.
Public Transport: 4.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Stubai Glacier, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Stubai Glacier, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Stubai Glacier.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Stubai Glacier, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Stubai Glacier is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Stubai Glacier relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Stubai Glacier, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Stubai Glacier are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Stubai Glacier is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Stubai Glacier, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.8
(1) Stubai Glacier usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Stubai Glacier are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Stubai Glacier are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Stubai Glacier has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Stubai Glacier, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Stubai Glacier, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Stubai Glacier, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Stubai Glacier has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Stubai Glacier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Stubai Glacier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
September 29, 2013
Will from United Kingdom
Stubai is very good! Bearing in mind before you go this resort is all glacier! So if you don't like wide open huge motorway type runs it may not be for you. With that in mind, Stubai is unrivalled in glacier skiing! The biggest skiable glacier in Austria and maybe the world means there is 150km of slopes! When we went it had been snowing all night and had resulted in a mega 1m of snow. The glacial ski area itself is huge with vast expanse of ice and snow. The mountain restaurant we went to was self service but very good. The only downside at Stubai was the incredible 16km red run down from the glacier to the bottom lift. This run was huge in terms of length but very narrow in parts and we made the mistake of going back down at the end of the day just as everyone who had been on the glacier was coming down as well! It was pure chaos in parts and because of the carnage snow cover even after the 1m of snow was wearing away, However, snow cannons where blasting away. The run itself was in poor maintenance with stones in places, howvever, if there had been fewer people I might have actually enjoyed it!
Accommodation: There is no accommodation at the foot of the bottom lift, instead you have to stay in Neustift just down the valley.
January 2nd 2013.
October 20, 2012
mooseyboy from Canada
Stubai in October is busy but otherwise great. There are five other ski areas in the valley, none of which are glacial, so are consequently closed, hence the business of Stubai Glacier.
Despite the business it is a great place to ski. The staff are friendly, the terrain is pretty extensive and great for intermediates.
The only issue has been the number of race training groups and the speed with which they ski on intermediate terrain on their way back to the cafe for lunch. Fortunately, they're all awesome skiers so no collisions have been seen by ourselves.
As for falling in crevasses, that is simply not going to happen provided you stay on the marked runs. Crevasses form on convexities, and even then only on fairly major ones. The topography and layout of marked runs makes it highly unlikely that anything is going to open up on the runs themselves. Off the groomers though there is tons to fall in.
I know that most North Americans are used to a roped boundary all the way round a ski area and around any hazards. That is not how it works in Europe. It is probable that the poor guy who fell in a crevasse was skiing off a marked run, and simply didn't get that some dangers off the groomers go unmarked. He probably thought that as he hadn't ducked a rope he was on controlled terrain. It's a very understandable mistake for a North American to make.
Personally, and I know I speak for most professional skiers, I hope Europe continues to place a little of the responsibility for skier safety on the skier themselves.
March 11, 2012
BarbWilson from Canada
Avoid this resort. Do not end up a victim.
Someone I knew snowboarded here in 1989.
He died here on the slopes.
The resort, police and law officials are still denying the truth about his death.
November 10, 2010
Nico from Belgium
This year I will go over to Stubai Glacier for the 11th time.
I would like to make one remark to another reviewer. The ski resort is well known all over the world for its excellent conditions and facilities. Why do you think that the many international ski-teams come over there to prepare their season?
It's true that the more experienced skiers visit the place. But instead of giving negative comments I suggest that you, a rather unexperienced skier, go to more "easy" slopes to have fun and ski on groomed slopes.
For the Stubai resort: way to go. Every year I'm coming back enjoying the snow and having a great time.
March 08, 2010
Remus from Romania
Been there 7 times :)
Stubai Glacier is the best ski resort I've ever been at. Great snow, great weather, great people, great conditions. If you wanna ski or snowboard, this is the place to do it.
It is cold because it is winter :) But the temperatures are in the normal avareges for that height and season :)
January 13, 2010
Lynda MacPherson from Canada
I would definitely caution anyone thinking of skiing or snowboarding at this resort in summer.
On 9 August 1989, our son Duncan MacPherson rented snowboard, boots, and protective clothing from the ski operator; and took a two-hour private snowboarding lesson. Sometime between 14:30 hrs (when he was last observed) and 16:00 hrs (closing time), he broke through a snow bridge over an open crevasse on the Schaufelschuss piste, and was subsequently buried in the crevasse during grooming operations.
The ski operator, and police, said the rented equipment had been returned. They could provide no evidence to substaniate their claim.
Fourteen years later (18 July 2003), Duncan's body was found on the Schafelschuss piste, 35 meters east of the tow. The rented equipment was found with his body.
Police did not attend the death site; Four slope workers conducted unsupervised recovery of the body, contaminating the death scene, and destroying pertinent evidence (lift ticket, receipt for snowboard rental, serial number of snowboard, driver's license, car keys.)
To reconstruct the accident, police relied only on the speculation of three slope workers, all of whom blamed Duncan. According to these slope workers, Duncan climbed over a fence that supposedly secured the crevasse area. Evidence contradicts their theory. There was NO security fence in place on 9 August 1989.
January 06, 2010
matt from United Kingdom
Went to Stubai (Stubai Glacier) in December 2009 - had a really good day out. Beautiful drive up the valley, super efficient lift system to get the masses up and away. Huge, wide rolling blues, short steeps with some of the best mountain scenery I've ever seen. Long route ( 16 ? ) back to the carpark was a highlight - after a big dump would be absolutely mental. I enjoyed the packed powder off-piste, the quality mountain restaurants, helpful staff and oompah-techno as we had a drink before our bus left. It may seem a long way from Innsbruck but it's well worth the trip. Would like to go again.
March 13, 2009
Derion from Greece
Have been to Stubai Glacier twice. Once in November 2006 and second in March 2009. First time the snow was very icy, but this is normal, because of the season. In March 2009 there was a lot of fresh snow, approximately 3 meters. However, I did not enjoy skiing in March 2009 either, despite the great snow depth. The reason is that no piste was groomed. In about 45 times I have skied, up to now I have never seen so many bumps. It was really annoying. The whole Stubai Glacier ski center offered off-piste ski conditions. Some skiers may like that. But I, who am used to groomed pistes, did not like it at all. I would not recommend it, nor would I go there again. I would instead prefer Axamer Lizum, which is much closer to Innsbruck and pistes there are really well groomed. Transportation from and to Innsbruck is not satisfactory either in Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier). The journey takes almost 90 min because the bus driver makes too many stops and it is not free if you take the bus from and/or to Innsbruck.
Overall impression: Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier) offers much less than what I was expecting from an Austrian ski center. I definitely prefer other ski centers in Tirol, like Axamer Lizum.
February 20, 2007
granny ming ming from Sri Lanka
It is very cold! The whole resort is very nice and big! All of the people are very nice.