The Stubai valley is one of the most famous areas of the Tyrol and is certainly one of the most scenic. Sitting just off the Brenner Pass the valley consists of 4 main ski areas including the imposing Stubai Glacier. Situated in the valley, the town of Neustift is a resort to entertain skiers of all ages and abilities, including those looking for a real challenge.
With 130kms of piste and access to some challenging high altitude terrain, this resort will keep skiers and boarders occupied for more than the duration of one visit. The area has 5 ski schools, so there is no shortage of tuition for any level. If you visit the Stubai glacier, it has over 100kms of piste and is accessed by ski bus and cable car – the altitude means that you have guaranteed skiing conditions.
Rising to a height of 3.150m above sea level, there is something on the glacier for everyone, surrounded by spectacular views. Ice climbing is popular on the glacier and there are 2 mountain climbing schools in the resort offering instruction in this exhilarating sport.
The Elfer Mountain with its rope lifts, offers entertainment for skiers and boarders and there is something on these slopes for all the family. Night time tobogganing takes place here on its 8km run; tobogganing by floodlight is a real experience for all ages. Neustift has the longest tobogganing run in the Tyrol.
The Elfer Mountain is also ideal for hang gliders and paragliders. The Serles lifts take you to an area which offers 8km of prepared pistes of all levels and is also the starting point of the ski tours to the Jochl, Blaser and Kalbnjoch which have some deep snow runs. You can also cross country ski from here, at a height of 1600m above sea level over 45km of tracks. The area has a floodlit toboggan run.
The Schlick2000 are the party slopes as they are dotted with 10 huts and bars offering apres-ski on the mountain itself. A cable car will take you to the mountain scenery of the Kalkkogel where the high valley offers protection from wind and snow. 18kms of piste feature runs for all abilities, from beginner to expert.
Off the slopes, the visitor has the option of taking a sleigh ride drawn by the traditional and pretty Haflinger ponies through the snow covered streets, curling at the local rink or taking some different exercise in the indoor swimming pool.
Show shoe walking is also available out of the town. Accommodation here ranges from hotels to private apartments. The 3 star Garni Krossbacherfof is a newly constructed luxury hotel with views of the glacier.
This hotel offers a sauna, solarium and a buffet breakfast. A ski bus operates to the ski lift areas for your convenience. There are also plenty of smaller ‘pensions’ to chose from. The Hummelhof, is in a quiet area outside the town near the lake. It is a good base for those who want to be a little further from the action and would like to take in some walking in the scenic surroundings.
Apres ski in the Stubai valley is a fun affair. The local bars are geared for this important part of the day and have regular entertainment to keep visitors entertained. Neustift has no less than 9 apres-ski bars, 11 pubs and 4 discos. The bars and pubs range from the traditional, to ‘O’Malley’s Irish Bar’ and an American bar which is one of the most popular meeting places.
The resort is not constantly buzzing with nightlife despite the plentiful facilities so you are still able to relax at your leisure if you wish in the evenings. There are a number of excellent restaurants in Neustift ranging from traditional to international cuisine. A 3 course meal will cost around 18 euros.
Neustift is a faily large resort with something for everyone and the quality and range of activity on the slopes makes it a popular destination for sports lovers year after year. Combine this with the short transfer time from the closest airport at Innsbruck (less than quarter of an hour) and the town continues to grow in popularity.
If you are looking for a skiing holiday that offers variety, quality skiing for all levels and a friendly welcoming base to return to, then this is a good place to head.
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