Neustift/Stubai Ski Resort
Neustift makes for a great base from which to explore the small local hills, off slope activities and the iconic Stubai Glacier.
The local slopes at Elfer directly above the village of Neustift are home to a couple of draglifts and a long gondola, giving access to some well groomed pistes – ideal for a quick morning blast. There's also two of Austria's best sledding runs, both hitting 8km in length and one of them is floodlit for the nighttime. Further up the valley, the Stubai Glacier is around 20 minutes away and is home to one of the biggest and best glacial ski areas in the Alps. Accessed via the impressive Eisgrat 3S gondola, the 42km of blue and red slopes are an early, late and also mid-season paradise for people looking to develop their skills. The lift system is very good and the world-famous Stubai Zoo Park is one of the best in the world.
Neustift itself is a quiet village nestled in the deep Stubai Valley, with traditional old buildings and small, family run hotels dominating the accommodation on offer. There's lots of winter walking trails, cross country routes and off slope activities, including the aforementioned toboggan runs at Elfer. Access from Innsbruck could not be easier – head directly south and you'll be in Neustift within half an hour.
Resort website: www.stubai.at