Tyrol Ski Touring Week

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Early season ski touring in the Tyrol region of Austria, based in the Stubai Valley, near the mountain city of Innsbruck.  This is one of the best locations in the Alps for accessing a wide variety of ski tours and major resorts within a short daily drive.  Regular flights, easy transfers and high altitude glacier skiing all make for a straight forward and reliable trip.

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Trip overview

Early season ski touring in the Tyrol region of Austria, based in the Stubai Valley, near the mountain city of Innsbruck.  This is one of the best locations in the Alps for accessing a wide variety of ski tours and major resorts within a short daily drive.  Regular flights, easy transfers and high altitude glacier skiing all make for a straight forward and reliable trip.

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Trip Info

The Tyrol region of Austria is home to many internationally famous resorts and several classic multi day ski tours.  However, it’s less well known that there’s also a huge variety of excellent early season day touring in the region.  Using the Stubaital/Wipptal as a central base allows quick access to hundreds of great day tours across the region, as well as several high altitude glacier resorts nearby, which provide snow sure conditions throughout the winter. During the week, we will reach the touring venues via the local uplift and a group minibus.


This is an intermediate level trip. To take part you should be at Fitness Level 2-3 and Tech Level 3 (see our Fitness/Experience guidelines below) and have some alpine day touring experience.  You must be able to handle all off piste conditions whilst carrying a day touring sac.  The trip includes 5-6 hour days with typically 700-1000m of ascent a day, at ~300m per hour ascent rate – so you can expect to be skinning for 3-4 hours a day. Type of ascent: 70-100% skinning on this tour – approx. 6000m of skinning up 6-9000m of skiing down.

Guiding ratio

One IFMGA guide skiing with 6 clients.

Included in price

  • 6 days of guiding
  • All guides expenses
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation, including breakfast and evening meal.
  • Transport during the trip

Excluded from price (see course factsheet for extra cost estimates)

  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Flights to Innsbruck
  • Airport transfer (a short bus journey to your hotel)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment hire


To make arrival and departure straightforward, we will spend Saturday night in Innsbruck in the 4* Alphotel, which is quick and easy to reach from Innsbruck airport or the train station. After the final days skiing you will return here on Friday evening , before departure on Saturday morning.

On Sunday morning you will transfer to our main hotel base for the week in the Stubaital or Wipptal – TBC, lying close to a huge selection of local tours and ski areas.  The hotels provide comfortable, high standard rooms, with an excellent breakfast and evening meal.

Hotel rooms are provided on a twin sharing basis, but if you wish to book a single room please let us know and we will confirm availability. Hotel details can be found on our Accommodation page.

ABTOT Protected

This trip is protected by ABTOT – Alpine Guides Ltd, Membership Number 5394.  For further information, please visit our Financial Protection page.

Detailed Itinerary


Fly from UK to Innsbruck, transfer to the hotel.  Evening Briefing – your guide will run through kit checks and safety routines, before going on to discuss the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our plans.

Sunday – Friday

Ski Touring in Tyrol

Transfer to our main hotel base on Sunday morning, for the first days skiing, or tour closer to Innsbruck en route.

A great variety of day touring and off piste skiing is available within an hours drive of our hotel.  We’ll choose tours and locations to made best use of the current conditions – typical venues include:

  • Nordkette and Axmar – lying right next to the city, these two local ski stations both have great off piste terrain.  Axmar in particular is north facing and a great powder venue after fresh snow.
  • Stubai Tal – on our doorstep, the Stubai valley offers reliable day tours, as well as extensive glacier skiing and lift assisted touring at the well known Stubai glacier resort.
  • Wipptal – a diverse area with a huge range of ski touring options of all standards, closer to the Brenner pass and less than an hour from the Stubaital area
  • Kuhtai – a real hidden gem, Kuhtai has excellent off piste terrain and lift assisted tours, plus some lovely day touring nearby with extensive tree skiing.
  • Lusens Tal – this high north facing valley boasts varied and reliable touring throughout the season, with an excellent cafe to finish the day!
  • Obernberg Tal – this local ski touring mecca lies up near the Brenner Pass and often has different snow conditions to the valleys further north, making it a useful venue for varied conditions.

Friday PM

Transfer back to Innsbruck for the final night.


Morning departure.

Location and Travel

Your trip is based in the Stubai valley, within east reach of Innsbruck. The most convenient way to reach Innsbruck in winter is fly directly to the city airport, then take a bus to our hotel. Alternatively fly into Salzburg or Zurich and catch the train to Innsbruck.



There are two options for travelling between the airport and your hotel in the Stubaital:

  • 25 minute taxi ride 
  • Approx 1 hr 30 mins by bus: take the shuttle bus (Line F, as above) to Innsbruck train station. From the train station take bus line 590b towards Stubaier Gletscher. Get off at the “Milders Ort” bus stop, from the bus stop it takes 1 minute to walk to the hotel. Bus timetable here.

For flights and other travel options, including train, coach and driving, visit our Travel Planning page.

Fitness and Experience

To enjoy this trip you should be comfortable operating at Fitness Level 2/3, and Ski Tech Level 3:

Fitness Level 2
You do 2-3 hours cv training/sport per week. At this level you should be happy doing either a 3-4 hr hillwalk, cycling 30-40 miles or mountain biking 2-3 hours without being exhausted. On foot: you should be able to walk from Ogwen Cottage in North Wales up Glyder Fach – Glyder Fawr – Y Garn – Ogwen in ~5hrs. Or in the Lake District Langdale – Bowfell – Esk Pike – Angle Tarn – Langdale in ~ 6hrs. On skis: you are capable of off piste skiing all day or doing a couple of hours skinning with out finishing up exhausted – ie you can do this for a number of days without taking a rest day.

Fitness Level 3
You do 3-4 hours cv training/sport per week. At this level you are happy doing a 5-6 hr hillwalk, 40-50ml cycle or 3-4hr mountain bike ride without being totally exhausted. If you are into challenges – then the thought of doing a road sportive, or training to do a 1/2 (or maybe even a full) marathon, wouldn’t seem too ridiculous. On foot: you should be able to do the full Langdale Horseshoe: Langdale – Pike of Stickle – Angle Tarn – Bow Fell – Crinkle Crags – Pike of Blisco – Langdale in a day without finishing up exhausted. On skis: you can skin uphill at 300-400m/hr for 3-4 hrs a day (ie 8-1200m of ascent each day)

Tech Level 3
Confirmed Off Piste Skier. You can put down a reasonable set of tracks in powder, but difficult snow types – eg heavy wet snow, crusts, poor visibility or 40dg slopes – can all cause problems (though you can cope with them safely, if not elegantly!) *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Purple – Advanced*
Likely to say: ‘I’d like to handle difficult snow/steep slopes more confidently in better style’
Our Advice: Off piste coaching still useful. Intermediate off piste weeks are at your level too. If you want to get into ski touring, try a touring course or intro level ski tour. If you’re an established ski mountaineer, then intermediate level tours are generally suitable.

To view all of our Ski Fitness Levels and Off Piste Technical Levels, please visit our Ski Ability page.

If you need to top up your fitness for this trip, please see our Ski Touring Training Advice page.


Day Touring/BC Ski Course Equipment List

Just remember, every extra kilo on your back knocks 10% off your enjoyment on the descents – so try and keep the weight down!

Technical Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket – preferably lightweight and breathable
  • Overtrousers/ski pants – preferably with side zips
  • Fleece mid layer or equivalent
  • Spare fleece or lightweight insulated duvet jacket
  • Socks – specialist ski socks or a warm loop lined pair of mountain socks
  • Wicking thermal top – not cotton please…
  • Thermal leggings or ski pants
  • Thin inner gloves
  • Warm ski gloves or mittens, if you suffer from cold hands
  • Warm hat

Personal Items

  • Water container – at least 1 litre
  • Personal medications and blister kit – regular meds, zinc oxide tape, compeed and painkillers etc
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
  • Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
  • Wallet, passport and insurance docs

Technical Equipment

  • Rucsac 25/35l – try and avoid ones covered in too many features, just ski and ice axe attachments required
  • Freeride boots or ski mountaineering boots – check detailed factsheet kit list for preferred boots
  • Skis with touring bindings – check detailed factsheet kit list for preferred skis and bindings
  • Ski strap – to keep skis together on your rucksack if we need to carry them
  • Ski poles – with good size 5cm+ baskets (telescopic poles are not needed)
  • Climbing skins – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Harscheisen (ski crampons) – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Metal snow shovel – must be a full metal shovel (plastic blades don’t work in real avalanche debris!)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche transceiver – must be a modern digital model (older analogue models are now obsolete)
  • Harness, with 120cm sling and locking karabiner
  • Crampons – bring them if you have them
  • Ice Axe – bring if you have one
  • Ski helmet – a lightweight helmet is recommended for off piste skiing

Your guide will have all other safety kit, first aid and survival equipment.

Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website, where we publish an annual review of the years best new skis, boots and touring equipment, plus a range of other interesting tips and recommendations. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!

Purchasing Equipment
Backcountry UK in Otley offer an excellent ski touring boot fitting service, one of the best ranges of ski mountaineering equipment in the UK and top notch advice.

Hiring Equipment
Please visit our Equipment Hire page for recommended hire shops in your resort, and Alpine Guides hire equipment price list.


For this trip you must have specialist travel insurance providing medical, emergency search/rescue and repatriation cover for off piste skiing and ski touring, as outlined in the trip itinerary. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury. Please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.

Further details can be found on our insurance info page.

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