Visitor reviews for Axamer Lizum Ski Resort
May 06, 2015
Jilly from United Kingdom
Just had to put an up to date review and stress there were no queues here. Stayed nearby, in Gotzens, in March 2015; got the bus to Axamer every day. No queues and no hoards of kids or ski schools. Lots of lovely locals; quite a different ski resort and prices generally cheaper than known ski hotspots. Ok but not a lot to do. However, Innsbruck is only 20min away if you want retail therapy. Fantastic skiing; wish we had gone earlier in March when other linked areas were still open. Great food at the Gotzernhof.
Axamer Lizum Ratings
Overall: 3.9. Based on 5 votes and 16 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 Axamer Lizum.
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Axamer Lizum, (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 Axamer Lizum, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Axamer Lizum.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.4
(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 Axamer Lizum, (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) Axamer Lizum is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Axamer Lizum relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Axamer Lizum, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Axamer Lizum 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) Axamer Lizum is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Axamer Lizum, 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: 4.0
(1) Axamer Lizum 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: 3.8
(1) The staff at Axamer Lizum are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Axamer Lizum 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: 4.2
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Axamer Lizum 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 Axamer Lizum, (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: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Axamer Lizum, (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 Axamer Lizum, (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) Axamer Lizum has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(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: 3.2
(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: 4.5
(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, Axamer Lizum 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Axamer Lizum 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.
March 12, 2013
daveH from United Kingdom
Just returned from a short trip to the Tirol and skied Axamer on the Saturday.
We were warned it may be busy with locals but didn't really expect to experience the biggest lift queues we have seen anywhere! Not the greatest start and it then wasn't helped by the 2man lift from the resort centre breaking down whilst we were on it, and it taking 1hr for us to get off! Fortunately the sun was shining and it wasn't so cold.
Apart from the long lift queues and the broken lift, this is quite a nice small pisted ski area for intermediate skiers and would probably make a great day out mid week when it's likely to be much quieter. For intermediate and advanced skiers, however, it's not a place to go for much more than a day or two because you will get bored.
There is only one tiny hotel in the resort centre so it's also not a place to go and stay for a week's holiday!
The nursery area is very small and the one blue run would be red in other resorts so couldn't recommend this resort as a destination for beginners either.
April 07, 2012
lenny87 from Austria
The Axamer Lizum is a great area! It has stunning views and great slopes and awesome off-piste possibilities.
I just made a film about the area and the Dohlennest (best bar on the slopes). Enjoy watching if you got time!! Duration is only 90 seconds
On Youtube type: axamer lizum Dohlennest
March 09, 2012
Andrew from United Kingdom
Visted Axamer in late Feb 2012. Stayed at Gotzens which was very quiet and the bus link to Axamer, although not too long, 15 mins or so, was a little hit and miss whilst we were there. Skiing is fine for intermediates, and there is good off-piste opportunity if the snow conditions are right, which they were when we were there.
The lift system shows it's age, and has not been improved much since they held the Olympics in 1976, but on the plus side there were very few queues. Prices are very good for on mountain and if you want a day off the slopes, Innsbruck and its fabulous Old Town is only 10 mins away.
There is talk of lift improvements, which will make a huge difference, especially if they go ahead with the link from Mutereralm to Axamer, at present you can only ski from Axamer to Mutters, not the other way. But the ski back and the final red into Gotzens going back is to be recommended.
If you're staying in Gotzens, my tip would be to get the bus to the GotzenerBahn gondola, take this up and ski down into Muttereralm, then get the bus from the bottom of this run to Axamer - you'll miss any rush, minimise walking, and have a guaranteed seat on the bus to Axamer.
January 02, 2012
Steve from United Kingdom
Just back from Axamer Lizum (Dec 2011) after booking a cheap last minute deal from Crystal. You get what you pay for! The resort is small so I decided to buy the extended AGM ticket which gave access to two more ski 'areas'. How an area can be described as such with only one run is beyond me but the access to the off-piste in the great snow conditions made up for the lack of on piste skiing. I was staying in Gotzens which is at the bottom of the valley and the efficient bus service was both prompt and friendly. The driver even dropped us off at the hotel on the way back as the bus stop was a 500m from the hotel on the return journey. I would not recommend this resort for people that are used to larger ski areas and for beginners most of the pistes are too steep. The lift passes are much better value than in France where children have to buy an adult pass once they are 13 years old (3V).
February 22, 2011
dog from United Kingdom
Went to Axamer (Axamer Lizum) at the end of Jan 2011 and the snow was brilliant. prices not too bad, slopes great fun and not too difficult.
Off-piste was really good fun even for beginner/intermediate and early morning hardly anyone out so lots of fresh, fresh powder.
Views really nice from some of the slopes and great little bars/cafes half way down (as all slopes should have).
Night life leaves a lot to be desired but Innsbruck is near and plenty of bars.
There is even one with regular Beerpong tournaments.
February 19, 2011
Hary from Greece
Axamer Lizum: the best ski resort I've ever been to!
Huge pistes, great plateaus, experienced groomers, many restaurants and efficient lifts!
Everything a skier or snowboarder could ask for is in Axamer Lizum (even a snowboard park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders to get "stoked")!
Even though the snow was poor, up to date snowmaking equipment make the snow perfect. If you go to Axamer Lizum early in the morning you will enjoy something amazing!
Axamer Lizum is a destination worth going more than once!
Bis zum nachsten Jahre Axamer Lizum!
February 03, 2010
Derion from Greece
Again back to Axamer Lizum on 1st February 2010. Perfect weather, sunny, cold and very good visibility. However, the snow was not of good quality this time. Unfortunately, in most pistes the snow was very icy, which made skiing difficult and a bit dangerous.
January 06, 2010
matt from United Kingdom
We went to Axamer (Axamer Lizum) on the 30th December 2009 - had a great day out. Efficient lifts, stunning views and one of the best mountain restaurants I've been to - James Bond lair rather than Tyrolean charm!! Self service but the spread inside was seen to be believed. All this with no queues, charming staff and half the price of France or Switzerland.
As mentioned by other reviewers - the long blue from the top lift is most certainly a red!! Something for all abilities here at Axamer Lizum.
March 12, 2009
derion from Greece
I was at Axamer Lizum in March 2009. It is a very good ski center, only 45 min from the central bus station of Innsbruck. Regular (about every hour) connection with central bus station of Innsbruck with free shuttle bus. Very bright and nice pistes, lovely view over Innsbruck, lots of snow. The most important fact: all pistes were very well groomed. It is very convenient for intermediate skiers, as most pistes are red. The only negative point not related to the ski center itself was INTERSPORT ski rental: they charged us 25 euro per person for ski equipment (ski, ski boots, sticks). If possible, rent ski equipment elsewhere. But otherwise, I had great time at Axamer Lizum and I look forward to going back again soon.