Innsbruck, a lovely old city on the River Inn, has cable-car access to world-class skiing right from its center. Six different ski areas surround Innsbruck, each accessible by a short bus or cable car ride. A single OlympicWorld ski pass gives you access to more than 300 kilometers of ski trails in nine areas, including 50 kilometers of intensive skiing on the Stubai Glacier for experts.
Closest to the city center is Nordkette, reached by a funicular and cable car, but with some of the Tyrol’s steepest runs and off-piste terrain, it’s not for beginners. The Hungerburg-Seegrube is also for experts, leading to the challenging terrain of the Hafelekar. Intermediate skiers should head for the Axamer-Lizum, 10 kilometers from town in the village of Axams or the Muttereralm area. All levels of skier will be happy in the village of Igls, where Innsbruck’s most popular ski area, Patscherkofel, was home to the 1964 Winter Olympics. It’s a short tram ride from Innsbruck and a good base for families with both skiers and non-skiers.