Ski Holidays in Axamer Lizum
A pretty and traditional ski town, Axamer Lizum is located on a plateau above Innsbruck offering stunning views across the Tyrolean Alps. It shares the Axamer Lizum ski area with Gotzens linked together by pistes and by a bus link.
The Axamer Lizum ski area was a major part of the 1964 and 1976 Innsbruck Olympics in which it hosted much of the downhill races.
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Skiing in Axamer Lizum
The main Olympic site has a variety of slopes for all abilities, although it does favour intermediates despite some challenging runs of the championship courses. The Patscherkofl is the other of the two Olympic sites which extends above Igls.
Axamer Lizum is a good choice for family ski holidays as the resort has a ski kindergarten with childcare included by the ski school for children aged four and above. Its short transfers from Innsbruck is also a plus as you can combine a ski holiday with a city break to Innsbruck.
Beginners have a nursery area in Axamer Lizum served by a drag lift, but there is more options further up in the base area at Axamer Lizum where the ski schools practice.
40km of its slopes are at an intermediate level and are wide and exposed to the sun. Intermediates to advanced skiers will want to get the Glacier Lift Pass if staying in the area for more than 2 days as it opens up many more opportunities. It includes the pistes and lifts of the 8 ski resorts around the capital of Tirol, Innsbruck, as well as the year round Stubai glacier.
For long cruising pistes, the Glungezer area at Tulfes is the place to go, with 1,367m of vertical.
For more varied terrain, the Stubai Glacier has 1,474m of vertical that is spread over a large area. Slopes on Stubai glacier also cater for all abilities as well as having some difficult off piste. Also for more varied terrain is Schlick 2000 above Fulpmes which is accessed via gondola and T bar lifts.
For advanced skiers, the local area has a few blacks such as the men’s Olympic slalom run from Birgitzkopfl as well as off piste routes from the top of Hoadl led by a guide.
When heading back to the resort, there are two long runs which aren’t served by lifts and run into Axams and Gotzens villages.
For snowboarders, there is a snow park in resort to practice tricks and the long tree-lined runs into Gotzens and Axams are also great for snowboarders with some natural jumps off the sides.
Snow conditions in Axamer Lizum
As Axamer Lizum lies between 1583m and 2340m, the area has snow sure conditions from mid November to April. Snow making machines also cover 75% of its pistes.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Axamer Lizum
Apres ski is the liveliest in Austria, but there are about half a dozen hotel bars and a pub, the First Pub. For more of a lively scene, try the Lizumstubn and the Alte Mühle and Disco Beiler clubs.
There are plenty of restaurant options for all sorts of cuisine from simple cafes, pizzerias and upmarket restaurants.
Off the slopes, visitors can try out ice skating, curling, tobogganing, bowling, as well as swimming as its leisure centre. Visitors can also combine their ski holiday with a city break to Innsbruck down the valley.
Transfer times to in Axamer Lizum
Innsbruck (INN) - 35 mins
Bolzano (BZO) - 2 hrs
Salzburg (SZG) - 2 hrs 20 mins