SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof

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SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof is a stunning 5-star Spa hotel located in the tranquil village of Neustift, Austria, surrounded by the high ridges of the Stubai valley and with panoramic views of the glacier at its end. Facing the magnificent Stubai glacier, the hotel is ideally located to benefit from the region’s climate of crystal clear air and water amidst pristine Alpine nature. The hotel has been beautifully designed in traditional Tyrolean style, with open and comfortable rooms that create lots of light. The hotel is second generation owned and managed by the Pfurtscheller family, offering time honoured Tyrolean hospitality with a contemporary twist. The Pfurtscheller family have gradually extended the buildings over the last 50 years and the latest addition is the new 700 sqm SPA-Chalet with a romantic Private-SPA-Lounge, tea bar, panorama relax lounge and an idyllic sauna garden with loungers and benches.

70 generous rooms & suites are decorated with individual flair in Tyrolean country house style, most with balconies offering stunning panoramic mountain views. Guest rooms at SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof are cosy and feature traditional wood panelling in a welcoming chalet style. The rooms provide every modern comfort combined with many antique furniture, creating a real country house elegance. There are 7 suites, 10 junior suites and 53 rooms with comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms that include corner baths, double basins and Molton Brown toiletries. Higher rooms have mountain views. All rooms and suites have generous living space, ensuite bathrooms and Wi-fi is accessible throughout this romantic 5-star escape.

The hotel’s restaurant serves top quality gourmet food and has been awarded two toques by the Gault Millau guide in recognition of its high standards. Gourmets can look forward to creative new Austrian cuisine based on a bounty of locally sourced & organic produce, the Berglamm was bread by the senior chef, the venison come from one of the hunting grounds and other meat products from farmers in the Tyrol region. For private dining with unforgettable views, embark on a delicious fondue trip in the Fondue Ski Gondel. Alternatively, creative new Austrian cuisine using local produce can be sampled in Hubertusstube, perfectly accompanied by the sommelier’s recommendations from the hotel wine cellar. The wine cellar is superbly stocked reflecting the best that Austria and France have to offer. Many of the top Burgundy wines both white and red are represented here, in fact the impressive wine cellar is stocked with over 20.000 bottles including Romanée Conti and Château Mouton Rothschild vintages.

A sumptuous breakfast offers the ideal preparation for an adventurous day on the slopes or a hike across breathtaking mountain scenery. Afterwards, guests can unwind in the extensive hotel spa where a massage or a visit in one of the many saunas or a beauty treatment, promise perfect rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Covering over 3.000 sqm, the award winning jSPA is one of Austria’s largest Spa with amazing facilities like beautifully designed indoor and outdoor pools, marble steam rooms, saunas and a vitality area with various Spa treatments on offer. There is also a large garden for guests to come and unwind in amid the tranquility of the surrounding landscape.

Nestled in Stubaital, overlooking the splendid Stubai glacier, the SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof is set in Tyrol, the perfect winter sports destination for all the family, snowcapped mountains surround this luxurious wellness retreat which is situated near the Italian border, 150 km from Merano, 20 km from Innsbruck. It is 20 minutes away from the Stubai glacier, which is one of the largest and highest skiable glaciers in the Alps with guaranteed snow from October to June, offering year round all-ability activities including mountain & e-biking, hiking & walking plus 5 nearby Alpine golf courses. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service which will pick up guests from Innsbruck airport or railway station, which are both 30 minutes away.

There are 7 suites, 10 junior suites and 53 rooms divided into the 4 room categories (Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Junior Suites/Suites and Family Apartments). Some with Tyrolean stoves, seating area or private sauna. Sizes from 18 to 115 sqm. They provide comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms include corner baths, double basins and Molton Brown toiletries. Higher rooms have mountain views.

Kartnall (Single Room)

With 1 Queen bed, 18 sqm, North-facing balcony, Courtyard view, Bathroom with shower and toilets, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite television, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Radio, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, per 1 Person maximum.

Kartnall Luxus (Single Room)

With 1 Queen bed, 20 sqm, South-facing balcony, Stunning view on the glacier from the large balcony, Bathroom with bathtub, shower and toilets, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite television, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Radio, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, per 1 Person maximum

Burgstall (Double Room)

With 1 Double bed, 40 sqm, Separate living and sleeping area, East-facing balcony, View to the East, Luxurious bathroom with bathtub and shower, Separate toilets, Walk-in closet, Complimentary WiFi, 2 TVs, Radio, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, per 4 Persons maximum.

Habicht (Double Room)

With 1 Double bed, 40 sqm, Separate sleeping and living area, South-facing balcony, Glacier view, Apartment furnished in modern country style, Luxury bathroom with bath and shower, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 2 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Radio, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Walk-in wardrobe, Fan on request, 1 or 2 extra beds and 1 sleeping couch possible in the living area, per 4 Persons maximum.

Zwölfer (Double Room)

With 1 Double bed, 54 sqm, visually separate living area with traditional farmers oven, South-facing balcony, Mountains view from the balcony, Luxury bathroom with corner bathtub and shower, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite television, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Stove, Fan on request, 1 Extra bed possible, per 3 Persons maximum.

Ring (Double Room)

With 1 Double bed, 60 sqm, visually separate sleeping and living area with traditional farmers oven, South-facing balcony, Mountains view, Luxury bathroom with corner bathtub and shower, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite television, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, 1 Extra bed possible, per 2 Persons maximum.

Serles (Junior Suite)

With 1 Double bed, From 45 to 55 sqm, Separate living room with cosy corner seating, East or South-facing balcony, View to the South or to the East, Romantic atmosphere and loving details which invites you to start dreaming, Luxury bathroom with separate shower and toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 2 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Minibar, Safe deposit box, Spacious wardrobe, Fan on request, 1 extra bed and 1 sofa bed possible, per  4 Persons maximum.

Zuckerhütl (Romantic Junior Suite)

With 1 Double bed, 50 sqm, visually separate lounge area with traditional farmers oven, Balcony, Garden and valley view from the balcony, Beautifully appointed interior, Luxury bathroom with sauna and Jacuzzi, Separate shower, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 2 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Radio, Minibar, Safe deposit box, Fan on request, no extra bed possible, per 2 Persons maximum.

Kessel (Family Suite)

With 2 Separate bedrooms, 1 double bed in the big room, the separate second bedroom is equipped as a single or double room, 85 sqm, Separate sleeping and living area with traditional farmer oven and oriel, South-facing balcony, View to the South from the bigger room, North-East view from the smaller room, 2 Luxury bathrooms: Parents’ room with bath and shower/Children’s room with shower, Sauna, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite television, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, per 4 Persons maximum.

Jagdhof (Suite)

With 1 Double bed, 104 sqm, Cosy living room with its homely fireplace, South-facing balcony, Mountains view, Luxury bathroom with bath and shower, Sauna, Separate toilets, Guest toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 2 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Walk-in closet, Fan on request, per 2 Persons maximum.

Kirchdachl (Master Suite)

With 2 Bedrooms, 1 Double bed in the first room, 2 Twin beds in the second room (children’s room), 94 sqm, Separate cosy farm style living room with homely fireplace, Tyrolean sitting corner, South-facing balcony, Stunning view on the glacier from the large balcony, Rustic and elegant ambiance, Luxurious bathroom with bath, shower and sauna, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 3 Satellite TVs (1 in the living room, 1 in the double room and 1 in the twin room), CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Walk-in closet, Fan on request, per 4 Persons maximum.

Giebel (Family Suite)

With 3 Separate bedrooms, 1 Double bed in the first room, 2 Twin beds in the second room, 1 Single bed in the third room, 115 sqm, Separate and spacious farm style living room with a homely farm oven and cosy sitting corner, South-facing balcony, Majestic mountains view, Homely ambience reflecting a feeling of wellbeing, Luxury bathroom with bath and whirlpool shower sauna, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 3 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, per 5 Persons maximum.

Enzian (Family Apartment)

With 2 Separate bedrooms, 1 double bed in the parents room, children´s room with bunk or twin beds, 70 sqm, Separate screened living area with a traditional farm oven for relaxed days with the family, Balcony or mansarde room, Small kitchenette, View to the South or to the West, Cosy and comfortable atmosphere in traditional country side, Bathroom with separate shower, Separate toilets, Independent apartment from the main house, Located in the adjacent “House Silberdistel”, Complimentary WiFi, Satellite TV,  Radio, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, Connected to the Jagdhof by a heated underground tunnel, per 4 Persons maximum.

Silberdistel (Family Apartment)

With 2 Bedrooms, 1 Double bed in the first room, 2 Twin beds in the second room (for children), 90 sqm, Separate and cosy living room with traditional Tyrolean farmers oven and round bay window, Spacious south-facing balcony, Small kitchenette, Majestic glacier view from the balcony, Country house style to make you feel right, Bathroom with bathtub and shower, Separate toilets, Complimentary WiFi, 2 Satellite TVs, CD and DVD Player, Telephone, Minibar, In-room safe, Fan on request, Independent from the Main House and linked via an underground passageway, per 4 Persons maximum.

jSPA

3.000 sqm of wellbeing, luxury and the utmost privacy. Spreading JOY is easy in the right surroundings. The jSPA is all about wellbeing, bliss and renewal, about finding time to satisfy the longing for intense regeneration. At the service of sanctuary, comfort and a sense of ease: bespoke private spaces, cocooning areas on two levels, 20 different SPA facilities, interconnected pools and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Water: a purifying and healing element that boosts energy and restores equilibrium.

Vitality World

The excellent facilities in the Vitality World include 20 saunas and steam rooms, invigorating ice and water explorations and the hydrotherapeutic SPA Fountain of Youth with relaxing underwater music. A relaxation area is a further invitation to recharge your batteries. Snuggle up on one of amazing waterbeds under the starry heavens ceiling feature and discover supreme relaxation. Vitality World is also where you will find the Aqua Meditation Room as well as the Tepidarium, Laconium, Cisterna, Finnish Sauna, Amethyst Steam Grotto, Salt Inhalation Grotto, Herbal Steam Room and more.

SPA Chalet

Privacy is a luxury, which is why we have made even more sanctuary space for you, 700 sqm dedicated entirely to rest and relaxation. Nature, tradition and zeitgeist come together in their spacious SPA Chalet with stunning views of the glacier and the surrounding mountains. A unique hideaway coupled with ultimate luxury and absolute privacy, it is a place of comfort, space, light and tranquillity with cocooning areas in beautiful surroundings. Like the hotel itself, the SPA Chalet follows the traditional and authentic huntsman’s theme. Deer antlers combine with other natural elements to convey a free-spirited atmosphere dedicated to nature. Original Weidinger images adorn the walls of “My Private Spa Heaven”, while “Bibliotek”, “ruetz one” and the “Panorama Relax” with its two balconies offer plenty of space to rest and relax. Natural materials deliver comfort throughout: the décor combines the seasoned timber of ancient Tyrolean barns with hay, lambswool, Alpine herbs, hunting motifs and fires places to reflect their mountain environment and natural scenery. Picture windows allow spectacular views of the Stubai glacier and the mountain scenery. A comfortable panoramic seating area and spacious relaxation loungers await in the SPA Chalet’s Tea Bar & Lounge. The outdoor lounge area offers a fresh water plunge pool as well as an idyllic sauna garden with loungers and benches. Relax in gently swinging hammock loungers, snuggle up together in front of the fire on the island of tranquillity, and experience your togetherness with all of your senses. Take pleasure in the moment with a glass of Champagne. Breathe in the fresh air and admire the picturesque mountain scenery from the spacious, private balcony. The superb “My Spa Heaven” steam cabin is a true haven for heavenly feelings à deux, where a symphony of light, music, heat, fragrant steam and an integrated sensory shower delights the senses.  The “Infinity Duo Pool” offers a range of experiences, from revitalising to relaxing. Indulge in atmospheric chromotherapy and feel the gentle vibrations: Lie down and relax together on the two treatment beds for a “Lovely Moments” treatment programme for two.

Parkland & Gardens

The 5.000 sqm parkland & gardens change every season and showcase stunning rare flowers, oversized plants, floral masterpieces, all lit under skylights.

Sun Terraces

The 2 Sun Terraces of SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof , where colours blend with the blue of the sky, are the ideal place to spend the day in the sun, waiting to enjoy the view of stunning Stubai glacier.

Kitz-Club

At the Kitz-Club the little ones can frolic, play and have fun, play table tennis and bounce on trampolines. Expeditions in the adventure-filled nature of the Stubai Alps are a particular focus. There is also a shared lunch and dinner spread with delicious healthy meals for the young guests. In particular, the Kitz-Club activities keep the children from getting bored in the day. An adventure garden, children’s workshop, an excursion to the raptor park, summer tobogganing or an excursion to the Alpine zoo in Innsbruck are just some of the activities on offer.

Youth Club

Young people are also welcome at the Youth Club.  They can chill and be cool to their heart’s content. In the youth room there is a Playstation and Wii games. There is also a dartboard available.

Meetings

Business travelers and executives choose SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof for successful client meetings thanks to 2 meeting rooms: Zirbe for 20 pax, Hubertus for 80 pax theatre style while meetings & private dining in the wine cellar are for maximum of 10 pax.

Wine Cellar

Around 20.000 bottles of wine are in the wine cellar, one of the best in Austria. Among these are exquisite rarities from around the world and extensive collections of Romanée-Conti and Châteaux Mouton-Rothschild wines, two of the most prestigious wineries in the world. The wine cellar, housed in the former nuclear bunker in the hotel, is today furnished with rare bricks from the K&K time and hand-painted tiles and ceramic tiles from the Mouton-Rothschild dynasty. Enjoy wine tasting in this unique atmosphere and capture your senses by candlelight with the variety of selected wines: different colours of gold to deep red, smells of peach, licorice, chocolate and taste of herb with endless possibility.

Awards

Best Spa in Austria 2016” – awarded by Connoisseur Circle
Best Family Spa of the World 2016” – awarded by Condé Nast Traveller
2 Toques/15 Points 2016” – awarded by Gault Millau
3 Forks/92 Points 2016” – awarded by Falstaff Restaurantguide
3 stars/85 Points 2016” – awarded by A la Carte

News

The history of SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof :

Purpose built, opened 1977 by Leo & Margot Pfurtscheller on site of family owned Café Gletscherblick. Extended to include farm in 1991, spa in 1998. Spa extension late 2014.

The philosophy of Armin and Christina Pfurtscheller:

Armin and Christina Pfurtscheller are your hosts. Since its founding in 1977 by Leo and Margot Pfurtscheller, the Jagdhof has represented quality and ease. They all feel bound by this tradition and so are committed to your well-being. To achieve this, respect for nature and honesty in their dealings with guests are a requirement for all employees and partners. They keep this in mind as they go about their daily business. They believe in what they do, relying on their many years of experience as hoteliers. They want to satisfy all your needs and wishes. Individuality, flexibility and dedication are therefore key for them. They place high demands on themselves. They are only happy that they have got it right when you are satisfied with their service. So the Jagdhof continues to be an exceptional place of luxury with a Tyrolean atmosphere. This is what they represent as a family and as a team, now and in the future.

When to go:

The question of when to go depends on what you want to do, really. Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Tirol, both in summer and winter. Hiking and rock climbing are popular activities in the warm summer months, while in winter many people come to Tirol for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and tobogganing in the enchanting snowy landscape. Skiing is recommended from between Christmas and New Year′s Eve (this is also the time at which many Austrians join the tourists on the slopes), as well as from late January to late March. The low season runs in good years from as early as early November until Christmas, the early weeks of January and from late March until end of April. Especially during low season you can possibly encounter snow-less mountains in warm years, so if you are a last minute person, it′s worth checking the snow situation before heading off. However, the Stubai glacier, which is one of the largest and highest skiable glaciers in the Alps with guaranteed snow from October to June, offering year round all-ability activities including mountain & e-biking, hiking & walking plus 5 nearby Alpine golf courses.  From the Ötztal, Paznauntal, Pitztal, Zillertal and Stubaital Valleys to East Tirol, Lake Achensee, the regional capital Innsbruck and the legendary resort of Kitzbühel: Tirol’s villages, towns and regions are famous for their traditional customs and celebrations as well as for being home to museums and other cultural attractions of the highest quality. Local inns are the ideal place to sample some of the delicious local specialties and relax after a long day out and about in the fresh air. And when things hot up in summer, there are plenty of crystal clear lakes to cool off, let your thoughts wander and simply lose yourself in the moment.

Restaurants

In their 6 comfortable wooden panelled restaurants with their cosy atmosphere you can experience typical Tyrolean hospitality. The chef and his team predominantly use regional and home grown products to create the meals. Even at the opulent breakfast buffet there are tempting milk products from Tyrolean farmers, cereal from local flour mills or egg dishes prepared à-la-minute. In the evening they prepare a 5 course menu with loving care. The Berglamm was bread by their senior chef, the venison come from one of the hunting grounds and other meat products from farmers in the Tyrol region.

Hubertusstube

Only the best regional products are prepared in the creative “new Austrian” style with respect for tradition and open for international influence. As a result of this, the kitchen has been rated by Gault Millau. The wooden panelled Hubertusstube with fine fabric covers and decorative antiques offers the perfect ambiance for these exquisite dishes and a culinary experience of the highest quality.

Gondel

With only six places to sit, the delightful Gondel is the smallest gourmet restaurant in Tyrol. It is situated on the panorama terrace and offers an unforgettable view of the magnificent glaciers on the white mountain summits. The former ski gondola with Stubai spruce reclaimed wood has been lovingly transformed into a cosy mini Tyrolean parlour with coffered ceiling and elegant carvings. They will indulge you with culinary delights such as fondue specialities in the winter season and in summer they have Tyrolean Schmankerl for you.

The hotel is on the edge of a small town in the Stubai valley, just 20-min from Innsbruck. It’s an easy 25-minute drive to the base station in the Stubai valley for access to the glacier ski area and and mountain walking or you can hike from the door. Whether you go skiing in Stubaital, snowboarding, hiking, biking or golfing, you can enjoy activities at SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof in winter and summer. Enjoy the ski area which is guaranteed snow and in particular the Stubai glacier, the largest glacier ski region in Austria and at the same time is the most family friendly ski area in the Alps. The Stubaital is quick and easily accessible via the Brenner motorway. Despite this extremely convenient location, the valley has preserved its quaint originality. Neustift is around 1.000 metres above sea level and has the best quality air even for those with allergies and for training activities. The altitude gives the area eight months of snow and makes it especially attractive for all winter sports enthusiasts. With its forests, streams and waterfalls, the area is of great interest to hikers and cyclists in summer. Keen golfers will find everything they need.

Ski at Stubai GlacierThe Stubai glacier with over 100 kilometres of ski pistes and a 100% snow guarantee from October to June, leaves nothing to be desired for. Accredited with the Tyrolean seal of approval for ski pistes, the Stubai glacier guarantees well, looked after pistes for the ambitious skier. In total over 110 kilometres of marked piste kilometres can be enjoyed by the skiers. Everybody can find what`s right for them on pistes of all levels of difficulty. 25 modern ski lifts provide smooth transportation and take you up to a height of 3.150 mt above sea level. The popular Stubai Super Skipass is valid for all 4 ski areas in the Stubai Valley: Stubai glacier, Schlick 2000, Elfer and Mieders.

Hiking – 850 km of hiking trails, the best conditions for a diverse hiking holding in the Stubai Valley. Discover a hiking paradise in the fascinating mountains of the Stubai Alps. Whether it’s relaxed hiking, Nordic walking or ambitious high-altitude hiking, the Stubai Valley offers the finest of them all. This is also guaranteed by the hiking trail seal of quality (Bergwege-Gütesiegel). Travel in comfort in the four gondolas from the Stubai Valley to the splendid mountains and hiking world.

Biking and E-Biking – There are 720 km of bike trails to entice both beginners and professionals this summer. With many attractive mountain bike routes, the bike park and the bike academy, insiders consider the Stubai Valley to be a biking paradise with a perfect range of services. Gletschertal is the starting point of over 300 km of mountain bike routes for extreme bikers, ambitious, sporty riders, or those cycling for pleasure, the network of mountain bike routes in the Stubai Valley offers suitable trails for everybody. Those who like things to be a little more comfortable can experience the Stubai Valleys on E-Bikes. With E-Bikes, you can reach some great heights with little effort. At first glance, the E-Bike is a completely normal bike. Equipped with an environmentally friendly electrical motor and a high-performance battery, these electrical bikes increase the rider’s pedal power by up to 150%. With E-Bikes, everyone can move around the Stubai Valley under their own steam, men and women, young and old.

Visit Innsbruck – The SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof is only 20 minutes from Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol. The capital attracts visitors with the beautiful old town and numerous sights such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the triumphal gate, the Ambras Castle and the landmark of the Golden Roof. The olympic Bergisel ski jump and the extraordinary Hungerburg cable car, designed by the star architect Zaha Hadid, are other attractions.

Explore the Neighborhoods – Take a stroll through the salt town of Hall in Tyrol (30 km) with the romantic old town and the Hasegg castle. Only 36 km from SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof, visitors can be charmed by the Swarovski crystal world in Wattens. Go into Schwaz silver mine (50 km) underground, where silver and copper were mined over 500 years ago. Brixen, only 90 kilometres away, is the oldest town in Tyrol with many baroque buildings.

Scheibe 44
A-6167 Neustift, Tyrol (Austria)
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The Stubai Glacier for your early-season escapade

For skiers and snowboarders, October/November are often defined by anticipation. Watching webcams, waiting for winter weather to arrive and for the mountains to turn white. But if you’re lucky, November is the month when the first turns of the (hopefully long) season are made. Usually the October storm which deposited snow across the Alps meant that it is time to wax up the skis and head to Stubai Glacier, one of the ski areas in the Alps that are already open for business. The Italian Dolomites loom far off on the horizon in one direction, while in the other direction the wide Inn Valley makes its way north towards the German border. From a vantage point at 3.210 mt, the Alps stretch out in every direction. There aren’t many views that can beat the one from the very top of the Stubai Glacier but do you know the best things about standing at the top of Tyrol? So here are 7 reasons and 1 video why you should visit Stubai for an early-season escapade.

Getting a head start

Stubai is not a summer skiing area as such, but due to its high altitude and glacial slopes, it typically operates from December until May. How much of the terrain is open entirely depends on snow conditions, however Stubai is known for offering some of the best conditions during the autumn season (October and November) and again in the spring. At the start of November, usually it is already possible to ski down to the Middlestation Fernau at 2.300 mt, meaning only one gondola to download at the end of the day. At this time of year in the other resorts there are the Ski and Snowboard Shows, ski movie premieres and the shops fill up with all the latest kit. All of which aims to create a bit of buzz ahead of the coming winter. But do you know what’s a much better way to get buzzing about winter? Actually go skiing.

Austria’s largest glacier ski area

Hintertux Glacier take the honours for the longest season, open 365 days of the year (weather permitting) but Stubai Glacier is actually Austria’s largest glacier ski area. 25 lifts serve 100 km of pistes, though the amount of terrain open obviously depends on snow. There might not be any frighteningly steep black runs but Stubai’s terrain is more varied than most glacier areas, and as soon as the off-piste starts filling in up high there’s the chance to get away from the groomed. There are enough surface lifts on the glacier that even when the car park in the valley fills up, the crowds can spread out across the ski area.

Gourmet at altitude

The Schaufelspitz restaurant, with a Gault Millau toque to its name, brings fine-dining to the high alpine peaks. At an altitude of nearly 3000 mt, the Schaufelspitz serves Austrian classics done to the highest standard using regional ingredients, a solid wine list, and an expansive sun terrace. Surely some of the best Knödel anywhere in the Alps.

Soak up the last rays of summer

The days are getting short but at this time of the year it is still possibly to feel the warmth of the sun’s rays. The lifts are open for all the day, so there’s no harm at all in taking an extended lunch break, parking up on a sun lounger outside the Eisgrat Restaurant at 2.900 mt and catching a few rays.

Worth it for a weekend

It’s only a 20 minute drive from Innsbruck, meaning that it’s very easy to base yourself in the city and travel up to Stubai for the day. There are hotels in Neustift like the SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof . This 5-star SPA Hotel is an adventure for the senses! 70 lavish bedrooms, suites and apartments in traditional Tyrolean style offer premium comfort.  At SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof relax in the spacious Spa area, enjoy the Hauben-awarded gourmet cuisine and choice of rare wines from their exquisite cellar, one of the best in Austria. Be inspired by nature with the spectacular alpine world of the Stubai Glacier, in the heart of Tyrol, every Guest will find peace and relaxation, or can take advantage of the many recreational activities. However Innsbruck itself has a stunning location and plenty to offer besides skiing. Mix a bit a skiing into your city break or add a bit of history and culture to your skiing break, make a long weekend of it and escape the dreary November weather in the rest of Europe. During the ski pre-season there are quite a few glacier ski areas to choose from across the Alps, however none are as convenient to get to as Stubai.

U can see your house from here!

Not quite, but the views are incredible. A picture tells a thousand words, so for the sake of brevity.

Sit back and watch the show

The guys and girls who you saw tearing up the Slopestyle course in Sochi surprisingly enough didn’t just turn up at the Olympics, throw themselves off those huge jumps and hope for the best. The top freestyle athletes train just as hard as top ski racers, and it’s places like Stubai where they hone their skills. Stubai’s freestyle park, with kickers sculpted to perfection, is a gathering place for the best freestyle skiers and boarders in the autumn and again in the spring. The park is located on the sunny Gaisskarferner, at the very top of the ski area, and it’s well worth stopping by to check it out, even if you prefer to keep your own ski attached to the snow! Regarding it, now watch the show by the video by Michael Ten Calka at Stubai Zoo during his winter pre-season!

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