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Igls Ski Resort Guide

Igls, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Igls Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length12km7 miles
Highest Lift2,250m7,382ft
Resort Height900m2,953ft
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Bolzano
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Pretty village above the beautiful city of Innsbruck and was the Olympic centre at the 1976 Olympics where Franz Klammer took gold. The regional lift pass covers other areas around the Olympic capital and the Stubai glacier. There are a total of nine ski areas.

Igls Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Igls is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 900m2,953ft, with 12km7 miles of marked runs.

Igls has direct access to 12km7 miles of downhill skiing, with 11 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,250m7,382ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Igls Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Igls?

The next notable snow forecast for Igls is 21cm8in, expected on 25 September, with around 52cm21in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Igls Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Igls
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 3 8km5 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
12km7 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
200km124 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Igls Altitudes

Igls Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Igls
Highest Lift2,250m7,382ft
Lowest Piste900m2,953ft
Resort Altitude (Igls)900m2,953ft
Max Vertical1,350m4,429ft

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Igls Overview

Igls is a small, pretty village surrounded by forest, on a plateau above the beautiful city of Innsbruck, which lies to the north. The tram and bus link between the two, only 5km (3 miles) apart, means that you can enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed village and the cosmopolitan city. Although small, this is no typical Tyrolean village, even if it may appear so at first glance. Twice an Olympic venue, its cluster of hotels includes half a dozen luxurious establishments graded four and five star.

The local ski area is small, and yet it has been a venue for two Olympic Games, including the 1976 Olympics where Franz Klammer took his heroic 'all out' Gold. There is an Olympic bobsleigh run which remains a venue for competitions and training. You can even try the bobsleigh run for yourself. The regional lift pass covers another eight other ski areas around the Olympic capital and the Stubai glacier. The local mountain is the Patscherkofel, which has a giant vertical served by a cable-car, chairlifts, so it's remarkable for many to find such a small area with just three additional drags to serve the runs. The local trails are basically two seven kilometres long runs, one easy, one intermediate standard.

Skiing in Igls

Beginners will enjoy Igls's local skiing on the Palschertkofel, with the nursery slopes right next to the village centre (there are more up the mountain reached by cable car if village level snow cover is inadequate, although snow making has appeared in recent seasons). After you have mastered the basics, the long blue from the top of the two stage gondola (due to be replaced by a high speed quad shortly) down the wide run through the trees, is something solid to progress to.

You may be able to tackle the red on which Klammer won his medal by the end of your first week if things go well! Intermediates will find a day or two of enjoyment on the two long runs, but are likely to be drawn to the opportunities in the surrounding resorts, all included on the Innsbruck 'Glacier Lift Pass', 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 45 minutes travel time from Igls and they surround the city of Innsbruck like numbers around a clock face. A free scheduled ski bus links Igls to the other areas. The high value pass includes, going clockwise from Igls, first neighbours Fulpmes and Neustift with the Stubai Glacier beyond then, across the valley and back closer to Innsbruck, there's Axamer Lizum and the Seegrube area to the north of the city.

The premium Super Ski variant on the basic lift pass, throws in a day's skiing in Kitzbühel and St. Anton, including the one-hour transfer, and gives Innsbruck visitors access to a total of 200 lifts serving 500 kilometers (313 miles) of downhill trails.

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 crêtes and couloirs atop the Hafelekar (in the Seegrube-Nordkette sector), and locals can point out lots of other challenges at Axamer Lizum and Stubai. A funicular from the city centre runs to the Hungerburg 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, favoured by Innsbruckers on their lunch-breaks, and there is a halfpipe. Signs warn only very skilled skiers to proceed upward to the top.

The main Olympic ski site, Axamer Lizum, has a relatively modern funicular and 9 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.

The Mutter Alm has a 858 m. (2,970 ft.) vertical served by a two-section gondola, one chairlift and three draglifts. The runs are gentle beginner and low intermediate fare. 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. Innsbruck's full-service ski rental is a pleasant surprise.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Igls

Although Igls has no terrain parks or manufactured features, the fact that you can get right to the top of the long vertical by gondola and chair makes it a reasonably good choice for the less demanding 'boarder. There are some natural hits at the edges of the trails which are wide open cruisers. Innsbruck as a whole has worked hard successfully to position itself as a prime 'boarding venue. In early March, the Seegrube halfpipe is extended and enhanced to challenge the world's top 'boarders in the Innsbruck Extreme contest. Accompanied by members of the large local student population, 'boarders find lots of on-and-off-piste challenge in virtually all the Innsbruck areas.

Location and Map

Where is Igls?

Igls is in the Austrian Alps in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria.

Map of Igls

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How to get to Igls

 By Air

The nearest airports to Igls are Innsbruck Airport, Bolzano and Salzburg. There are eight airports within three hours drive. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts of Igls are able to uplift 1,600 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Igls is able to make snow, on 14km9 miles of ski runs, with 18 snow cannons.

Igls Season Dates

When is Igls open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Igls.

Usual opening is mid December (Open weekends from mid-November to early December), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Igls.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Igls, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Igls Aprés Ski

There are around a dozen bars and restaurants to choose from in Igls. Central choices include the Bon Alpina, the rustic bar of the Agidihof or the original Tyrolean wine stüberl of the Batzenhäusl. The luxurious five star Schlosshotel features a Hunters Lodge cocktail bar with log fire whilst the Gruberhof has a conservatory style bar. The atmosphere in general is sophisticated but friendly.

For a more raucous night life, or just more variety, you need to head down to the big city. With its major university, Innsbruck has a student population that enlivens the evenings there and dozens of bars to cater for them. The centre of activity is in the Old Town in the bars and cafés on the square and along the side alleys. Zwolver and the Piano Bar are popular. There is always an active crowd for drinks, good food, and dancing at the Hofgarten Café, a pavilion in the old palace garden. Later the action moves to Filou, or one of the dozens of other hot spots. I

nnsbruck's state-of-the-art Casino offers stunning evening mountain views and modern murals to accompany slot machines, roulette, and blackjack. If you stay out until after the funicular and buses stop running it's a relatively inexpensive taxi ride back up the hill to Igls. The late night dancing spot in Igls itself is the disco in the five star Sporthotel.

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