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Overview

The small but beautifully formed Tyrolean village of Neustift lies some 25 km south of Innsbruck and is one of the many satellite resorts that lie around the city. The village stands close to the main road that runs between Innsbruck and the Stubai Valley at the head of which the famous Stubai Glacier is located.

Skiing is available all year round at the glacier, and consequently Neustift and the other nearby villages are fully geared up to cater for the tourist trade. The village contains all the usual facilities of bars, shops and restaurants, although most of the latter are within the hotels. Accommodation is almost exclusively hotel based and is plentiful with a surprisingly large numbers of good class hotels, mainly within the 4 and 3 star ranges.

Profile

The resort village stands at 1000 km and provides direct access to its own small expanse of local slopes and the local lift pass covers you for the other resorts in the area that are all linked by inclusive ski bus, providing a total area of pistes covering 217 km. and served by a total of 75 lift systems. The resort management boast that there is an absolute certainty of snow here between October and July of each year, mainly thanks to the close proximity of the 100 km of glacier slopes that also provide top class off piste opportunities.

Access to the main Stubai Glacier itself is at nearby Mutterberg where a gondola takes the skier up to the slopes. As one might expect in such a large and varied area, there is plenty to do for every category of skier, although it must be understood that only the glacier is snow sure, while the rest of the region can suffer from thin cover, unless the season is exceptionally good. Snow boarders have a good choice of terrain parks all over the region and cross country skiers have plenty of area here to explore. The region has 130 km of trails with almost 5 km on the glacier itself. There are also 6 separate toboggan runs to try. Para gliding is available.

Mountain Information

The region possesses numerous different ski sectors and it is impossible here to describe them all in full. On the far side of Innsbruck, the Seegrube-Nordkette has some excellent red runs and the Karinne ski route to test the experts. Closer to the village, the Stubaier Gletscher has a wealth of interesting, wide open blue runs to please the intermediates as well as the best off piste areas for the experts. The runs at Axamer Lizum in the next valley to Neustift are famous for their variety and are suitable for experts and intermediates alike. This is where some of the best novice facilities are also situated.

Apres Ski

Apres ski within Neustift is very restrained. The few bars do get crowded early on but there are seldom any entertainments or live bands in evidence. Even if you are prepared to travel further afield, you are unlikely to find much improvement in any of the other resort villages. The only place where a relatively lively time is to be had is in Innsbruck which does have a number of decent bars and clubs.

Resort Information • Neustift

Resort Height Resort Height 990m
Top Station Top Station 3210m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1000m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1450m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 5
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 1
High Capacity High Capacity 2
Opening Dates Opening Dates Mid Dec - Beginning April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 5
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 8
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 7
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 6
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7