Axamer Lizum - Ski Area Guide
Axamer Lizum, Austria
Ski Resort in Austrian Alps - 40km of Piste (1,580m to 2,340m)
Axams is a pretty, traditional Tyrolean village located on a sunny terrace above Innsbruck and surrounded by the breath-taking scenery of the Tirolean Alps.
Both it and its neighbouring village of Gotzens share, the Axamer Lizum ski area 700 vertical metres above. This was a major centre for the Innsbruck Olympics of 1964 and 1976, hosting many of the downhill events. It's possible to ski back down to both villages when snow cover is adequate on black and red runs.
The Axamer Lizum ski area suits all standards but there is no slopeside resort, just one very nice four star hotel and several restaurants. Most people choose to stay down in Axams, Gotzens or even Innsbruck. All villages, the city, seven surrounding ski areas and a bus service connecting them all are included in a multi-region pass.
Axamer Lizum Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Axamer Lizum is 8cm, expected on 24 February, with around 26cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is significant snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.
Who is Axamer Lizum good for?
Axamer Lizum Ski Area
|2||Black Pistes (8km)|
|5||Red Pistes (20km)|
|6||Blue Pistes (11km)|
Axamer Lizum Ski Area Height
|880m||Resort Altitude (Axamer Lizum)|
The Austrian Ski Resort of Axamer Lizum has direct access to 40km of downhill skiing, with 40 individual pistes, served by 10 ski lifts.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Axamer Lizum are perfectly feasible. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Axamer Lizum
The main Olympic ski site, Axamer Lizum, has a relatively modern funicular and nine ski lifts serving a 762m (2,477 ft.) vertical. There is a variety of terrain, mainly of the intermediate persuasion, although there's some challenge in emulating the championship courses. There are two much longer runs to be reserved for day's end (not served by lifts) which end in the neighbouring villages of Axams and Gotzens.
There is a small nursery area with drag lift in Axams but most beginners will head up to the base area at Axamer Lizum where the good ski school works on wide, sunny plateaus.
Intermediates will find the most to enjoy here with 40km (25 miles) of mostly intermediate level cruising) on wide, sunny slopes. There are black level attractions however, including the men's Olympic slalom run from Birgitzkopfl and local guides will be keen to show you off piste routes from the top of Hoadl after fresh snow has fallen.
Most intermediate level skiers or above staying more than 48 hours will wish to purchase the 'Glacier Lift Pass' however, which includes the lifts and runs of eight ski areas around Innsbruck are available on the, including as it does the glacier lifts on the Stubai, open 365 days a year for guaranteed skiing.
The areas are scattered at distances varying from 15 to 60 minutes travel time from the city centre. Free scheduled ski buses pick up at points convenient to the main hotels and proceed via a central transfer point to all the ski areas. The single lift pass, valid for all eight ski areas, offers some of the best value in European skiing. The premium Super Ski variant from the basic lift pass throws in a day's skiing in Kitzbühel and St. Anton (Arlberg Region) including the one-hour transfer.
Innsbruck has been unfairly branded a wimpy destination for skiing, although it is true that the mountains offer predominantly intermediate territory. However, only a few very skilled skiers are up to the narrow steep crétes and couloirs atop the Hafelekar, and locals can point out lots of other challenges at Stubai. A funicular from Innsbruck city centre runs to the Hungerberg plateau and a two stage gondola carries on to the Seegrube-Hafelkar area on the Nordkette mountain range. Midway, the Seegrube is good beginner and intermediate terrain, favored by Innsbruckers on their lunch-break. Signs warn that only very skilled skiers should proceed to the top.
The Patscherkofl is the other of the two Olympic ski sites extending above the plateau village of Igls, and is the location of Kaiser Franz Klammer's famous all-out victory in the 1976 Men's Downhill.
With 1,367 m (4,442 ft.) of vertical, the Glungezer area at Tulfes is best for long cruising runs. At a peak altitude of 3,240 m (10,532 ft), the Stubai glacier area has 1,474 m (4,790 ft.) vertical spread over a broad area served by 19 lifts. In bad weather, conditions can be severe, but the area guarantees skiing in Innsbruck throughout the winter (and the summer!). Stubai offers trails for all skill levels and some challenging off-piste runs.
Finally the Schlick 2000 ski region above Fulpmes, served by a gondola and six T Bar lifts and recently added to the pass, offers varied and interesting skiing opportunities.
The resort added a new ski jump stadium at Bergisel in September 2002. It is a state of the art facility with lifts for jumpers and visitors as well as a spectacular panorama café. The Kuhtai and Oberperfuss ski areas were added in 2004-5
There are long term plans to create a skiing link from Axamer Lizum to a new centre to be created at neighbouring Mutters.
Snowboarding in Axamer Lizum
Snowboarders have a snowpark and to practice freestyle tricks on at Axamer Lizum. There's something for all ability levels here from first rate tuition for first timers through the off piste powder treats from the top of the Hoadl peak for the more advanced boarder accompanied by a guide. The long runs down to Gotzens and Axams through the trees open up plenty of exciting hits in the trees.
Axamer Lizum Aprés Ski
There are half a dozen hotel bars in the resort and one dedicated pub - the First Pub
on Syl.-Jordan-Strasse. Lizumstubn is a usually lively après ski hangout at Axamer Lizum whilst the rustic Stamperl has an excellent choice of beers and wines.
The two night clubs are the Alte Mühle , which stages a Five O´Clock Tea Dance on Sundays as well as late night dancing; and the Disco Beiler on Pafnitz which is open until 2am.
Axamer Lizum in brief
Axamer Lizum Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Axamer Lizum Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Axamer Lizum.
Usual opening - Late Nov Opening depends on snow conditions.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Axamer Lizum.
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Axamer Lizum Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Axamer Lizum is able to augment natural snow, on 6km of ski runs, with 1 Snow Cannons.
Axamer Lizum Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 10 Ski Lifts of Axamer Lizum are able to uplift 12,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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