Located just a quick drive from Tirol’s capital Innsbruck, powder hounds are hard-pressed to find a more perfect location to point their skis and boards toward than Axamer Lizum Ski Resort. Towered by craggy Kalkkögel Mountains, the tiny resort hosted Alpine downhill competitions for the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games.
The resort is playfully known as Innsbruck’s "White Roof", a reference to the famous Golden Roof in the heart of town. Located just 19 kilometers out of Innsbruck on the edge of the Stubai Alps, Axamer Lizum boasts a fantastic Alpine setting crowned by lofty and jagged Kalkkögel Peaks. The skiable terrain at Axamer Lizum features a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced areas, ensuring skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will find a wide range of runs to suit their comfort levels.
Rising from 1,600 to 2,340 meters, Axamer Lizum’s elevation advantage and north-facing location translate to an abundance of natural snowfall every season and consistently good snow conditions all winter long. Some of the trails have been named after the races they hosted at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. The majority of trails are rated red (advanced), but there are also some long blue groomers (beginner) and one black run for expert skiers. After heavy snowfalls, the backcountry terrain of Birgitzköpfle Area is a haven for those who live for waist-deep powder dumps. The freeriding terrain winds all the way down to the base for some awesome big mountain riding. A particularly long top-to-bottom run takes in Mutterer Alm Ski Resort and delivers skiers and riders at the village of Götzens.
Be a part of the resort’s freestyle culture and master your tricks in the expertly designed and maintained Roofpark Funpark, which spreads out between Karleiten and Pleisen ski lifts. Beginners have access to gentle novice terrain with two easy to use practice surface lifts down at the base. Fresh mountain air is sure to give you a healthy appetite—pause for a rest, and eat a hearty meal served with stunning mountain views in one of the cozy mountain restaurants or huts. Sitting atop lift-serviced Hoadl Peak at an elevation of 2,340 meters, Hoadl Haus Lodge is one of Tirol’s most beautiful on-mountain eateries with spectacular panoramic-view seating and a sun-drenched patio with bar. For your convenience, Axamer Lizum is readily accessible by complimentary shuttle bus trip from Innsbruck.