Innsbruck

The federal state of Tyrol (Tirol) in western Austria has the capital to Innsbruck, located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km (18.6 mi) to the south.

Innsbruck lies about half way between Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy). Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called North Chain in the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) to the north, and thePatscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m or 8,917 ft) to the south.

It is located along the A12/A13 corridor, providing freeway access to Verona, Italy and Munich, Germany. The A12 and A13 converge near Innsbruck, at which point the A13 terminates.

The city is well known for its sporting opportunities, especially alpine sports, as it is in the Alps and surrounded by mountains. Several ski resorts are situated inside the city territory or within short distance. Innsbruck was one of the centers of snowboard boom in the 1990’s and the derived disctinct subculture endured until today.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The word bruck comes from the same root as the modern German word “Brücke” meaning “bridge” which leads to “the bridge over the Inn”

There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, with the Nordkette served by a cable car and additional chair lifts further up. Other ski resorts nearby include Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm, Patscherkofel, Igls, Seefeld, Tulfes and Stubai Valley. The glaciated terrain in the latter makes skiing possible even in summer months.

Other notable events held in Innsbruck include the Air & Style Snowboard Contest from 1994 to 1999 and 2008 and the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2005. Together with the city of Seefeld, Innsbruck organized the Winter Universiade in 2005. Innsbruck’s Bergiselschanze is one of the hills of the famous Four Hills Tournament.

Ski Stats Skiing:
Highest Lift: 3200m/10498′
Lowest lift: 850m/ 2789′
Vertical Drop: 2350m/ 7710′
Total Runs: 270 km
Beginner: 70 Runs (35%)
Intermediate: 84 Runs (42%)
Expert: 46 Runs (23%)
Cross Country: 30km
Snowboarding:
Axamer Lizum: Half Pipe, Natural Jumps & Kickers
Schlick 2000: Nature Ride Jump Race
Nordpark: Skyline Park; Quarter Pipe, Straight Jumps
Kühtai: 1 Corner, 3 Kicker in different sizes, 6 Rails
Beginner: 70 Runs (35%)
Intermediate: 84 Runs (42%)
Stubai Glacier: Boarder’s Paradise; Half Pipe, Quarter Pipe, Straight Jumps, Spine, Table Top, Snowboard Racing Course
Innsbruck Ski Resorts Elevation and Skill Levels
Ski Area
Top Elevation
Skill Level
Nordpark/ Seegrube
2260m/ 7415′
Intermediate/ Difficult
Igls/ Patscherkofel
2247m/ 7372′
All Levels
Axamer Lizum
2340m/ 7677′
All Levels
Tulfes/ Glungezer
2304m/ 7559′
Beginner/ Intermediate
Schlick 2000
2230m/ 7317′
Beginner/ Intermediate
Stubai Glacier
3200m/ 10,500′
All Levels
Kühtai
2520m/ 8268′
Beginner/ Intermediate
Rangger Köpfl
2000m/ 6562′
Beginner/ Intermediate

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