Innsbruck and Kühtai – The Remarkable Ski Vacation Combination
When booking our annual ski trip, we often tend to go to the same well-known destinations, usually famous resorts with large ski areas.
But if we were to think a little off the beaten track, what would we want? Guaranteed snow maybe? Lower price? High quality? Oh, and maybe a very short transfer after a quick flight to a quiet and efficient airport?
Well, the good news is that it’s all here for you! The Innsbruck region around the beautiful capital of Austrian Tyrol is also a major ski destination in its own right.
There is a remarkable regional lift pass covering no less than 13 ski resorts located in the mountains surrounding the town. Between them, they offer 308 km of slopes served by 111 ski lifts and cable cars. They also include Austria’s highest resort, Kühtai, located over 2,000m above sea level, as well as glacier skiing at the Stubai.
Thirteen ski areas allow you to stay for a fortnight and ski a fresh area every day if you wish. Several were venues where Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympics on several occasions, and there are some suitable for novices and beginners, others with plenty of long cruises for better skiing. The town’s ski slopes also include areas renowned for their challenging freeride terrain as well as renowned World Cup racetracks that anyone can ski on outside of race day.
Nor is it an old pass that is limited to the ski slopes. Known as the “SKI plus CITY” pass, it includes 40 attractions beyond the snow – entry to public swimming pools, numerous museums, historic buildings and even a guided bus tour of the city are all included in the pass, which, by the way, costs less than a lot for European ski areas of comparable size.
How come? Well, Innsbruck is a bustling city with summer tourism but struggles to maintain visitor numbers in the winter, hence the generous conditions to encourage more people to visit when the snow is there.
Ah, making decisions…
So you can choose a ski and city break by staying in the city or on the slopes of the mountains and benefit from the same access to the incredible range of skiing and services offered in the Innsbruck region, depending on your choice. You could, for example, stay on the slopes of a ski area like Kühtai, or base yourself in the town itself. On the one hand, you can escape to a cozy high alpine mountain village and immerse yourself in the many attractions of the city of Innsbruck itself, or you can stay in the bustling city and be right next to the many shops, bars, restaurants and attractions, then take the free bus to one of these ski areas each morning to hit the slopes. The choice is yours.
The welcome card
Before even considering purchasing your SKI plus CITY pass, if you are staying in the Innsbruck region, including Kühtai, most accommodation providers will give you a free Visitor Card for any stay of two nights or more.
The free Welcome Card includes services such as free public transport in the city and region, free lifts in the mountains and a wide variety of leisure activities even before you hit the slopes! (With a stay of 3 nights or more in our partner establishments, you receive the Welcome Card plus, which includes 4 free journeys on a selection of ski lifts and cable cars. This includes 4 free journeys on a selection of ski lifts and cable cars.)
If you want to try something different for a day or even half a day, or if you have non-skiers in your group, the Welcome Card gives you access to hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or ski touring on beautiful, scenic routes, some with free guidance by professional guides also included.
As the Welcome Card also includes free use of public transport, including ski buses, this means that a mixed party of skiers and non-skiers can each choose their card and meet at the foot of the ski areas to lunch or anytime non-skiers. skiers want a break from shopping, cafes and other city attractions while skiers also want a break from their exertions.
Besides public transport and guided hikes, the Welcome Card also has more to offer, with many discounts for cardholders on other winter sports activities, family attractions, swimming pools and wonderful urban cultural attractions.
Kühtai, with its pristine high mountain environment, is a beautiful place to stay, and for skiers and snowboarders, this altitude means safe snow conditions from the start to the end of the season.
The fabulous AlpinLodges Kühtai are an ideal base for exploring the slopes, or even the whole Innsbruck region if you wish.
Comfortable, modern, bright and airy, they offer ski-in ski-out accommodation and much more. The spacious apartments have generous bathroom space as well as a large balcony from which to admire the magnificent mountain view. Technology may not be the priority here, but in keeping with the crisp, modern Alpine design, you’ll find flat-screen smart TVs and high-speed internet plus those little extras that make a big difference, like bread fresh rolls delivered daily. If you choose to drive yourself from the UK or rent a car in Tyrol, an underground parking space is also waiting for you here. Some apartments even have a private sauna and an open fireplace.
If you don’t get enough exercise on the slopes, the AlpinLodges Kühtai also have their own fitness room, and to make the most of the whole region, a shuttle service is also provided to Innsbruck.
For even more value, the AlpinLodges offer free lift passes for those arriving in the first three weeks of December, before Christmas week, and staying three nights or more.