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CITY AND SKI, PART TWO - James Cove, Innsbruck
Tuesday April 17, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

We love cities & we love ski resorts. Where do they come together in perfect harmony? Innsbruck in the Tirol. PlanetSKI is in town & on the slopes.

I have never seen a road to a ski resort so littered with evidence of huge snowfall and large snowslides.

They were so many on the way up to Stubai.  

The resort is under a hour from the city centre and there's even a daily ski bus that goes there and back from Innsbruck.

It is a great resort for late season skiing with its extensive glacier and high-altitude terrain.

This has been one of its snowiest winters in recent years so the slides on the way up shouldn't have come as a surprise, but they did. 

The snow was mixed with earth, rocks and trees and was a bit of an eyesore - but evidence of a fantastic winter.

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria


"Why hadn't I been here earlier in the season?" I asked myself.  

And as we got into the new state of the art gondola: 


As a point of note I rode this lift back in 2016 and was one of a handful of invited VIPs and dignitaries as the ribbon was cut. 
But back to today. 

Here is the resort with all the runs open:

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

And when I reached the top of the resort at over 3,000m there wasn't a bare patch of slope in sight, and it wasn't just due to poor visability. 

The coverage was exceptional for the time of year and the resort is planning to be open to mid-June.... (tempted?)  

This may well be the last day of my season and it kinda summed it all up - tons of snow, a brief glimpse of the sun and fabulous skiing. 

I crusied the slopes of the high-altitude glacier resort thinking back on my winter of 2017/18 and enjoying potentially my last turns of the winter.

I had the swiftest of lunches, dumpling broth and a selection of breads is enough- for me there was skiing to be had with laughs a plenty.
Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

Stubai is a resort I have been to several times before and not just for the opening of the gondola. It's a personal favourite.   

Maybe, because I often start my ski season here in October.  
And it's  also under an hour from my favourite city in the mountains, Innsbruck. 

I am here on a city as ski break as I reported in my first blog:  
As it is potentially my last ski of the winter I am concentrating on the ski side of things today rather than the city.   

That's for later in the week.   

Elsewhere on PlanetSKI I have posted a video snow report from Stubai and here it is again as it sums up my day.

And here we were trying to find out way down in the zero viz:

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

All too soon the ski day ended.

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria


Now since I recorded the video and put it in the PlanetSKI snow report earlier there has been some reaction from friends and industry colleagues.

One of my big ski buddies saw my sad plight of my season ending and has invited me on the Intersport ski tests in Tignes at the end of the month to put next year's models through their paces.   

Another from Chamonix has pointed out that Argentiere is open into May and then of course Val Thorens goes on until the first weekend in May and I'm lucky enough to have many friends there. 

I have already looked at mid-week flights into Geneva and they are under £30.

I feel my winter ain't over yet.  

Even more reason to enjoy the city of Innsbruck as I visited Maximilian's tomb in the Hofkirche, the Olympic ski jump, the Tirol Panorama museum, Nordkette, the numerous churches and museums and anything else that takes my fancy.  

Do check back as I think the next couple of days are going to be rather special... and I won't even have skis on.             I

Things you need to know:

Crystal Ski Holidays ( 020 8610 3123) offers a week's bed&breakfast at the four-star Hotel Grauer Bär in Innsbruck, Austrian Tirol, from £728 per person (based on two sharing).

It including flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers (price given is for departure on 5 January 2019). Direct flights available from all major UK airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle.

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Return flights (London to Innsbruck) cost from £62 pp, with easyJet.

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