Innsbruck: A First Timers Trip to the Alps


One of the things on my living in Europe bucket list ( and before that my life bucket list) was to ski the alps. This February, I achieved that goal with a trip to Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. Due to the uncertainty of our expat situation and desire to visit so many places before leaving, we didn’t want to spent a whole week skiing. This ruled out a lot of destinations, as they are remote and require long transfers, making it only worth it for a week long trip.  We toyed with the idea of resorts in France and Italy, but when I finally researched best places to go for a weekend, Innsbruck topped the list. The airport is only 5 km from the city and a free ski bus brings you to the surrounding mountains and glaciers every morning, most of which are around a half hour away. In addition to this, the city had some historical sights and museums AND the city’s tourism department put together ski and stay packages.  The city itself is beautiful and sits in a valley that has excellent views.  It really couldn’t get any easier. We booked  Trend Hotel Congress which was also a ski bus stop, found flights and got ready to go. 

I was worried that the deal we’d gotten was too good to be true, and that the ski bus would be extremely difficult to use or that the mountains wouldn’t be challenging enough, but it was great fun skiing the old Olympic slalom courses and the food on the mountains was both delicious and very reasonably priced. We spent a day each at  Patscherkofel and Axamer Lizum. I have to say I preferred Patscherkofel’s trails and restaurant although the wind was intense. Our third day was a wash due to high winds closing the lifts at all surrounding mountains, but we entertained ourselves pretty well in the city, but more about that in another post.  Both mountains offered intermediate and beginner terrain, although I found the slopes steeper than what I was used to in New England. Lessons for both children and adults were available, and Lucas was happy with the lesson he took at Axamer. For an easy 4 day break of skiing I’d definitely recommend Innsbruck, and I’ve already started dreaming about next years ski holiday…


6 Comments Add yours

  1. buffaloschnitzel says:

    Looks like a beautiful trip! I wish I knew how to ski–it really seems like such an awesome skill to know how to do. So many travel opportunities! 🙂 You seem to be making the most of your time, abroad.

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    1. Thanks! It was a blast. We have been traveling at a breakneck pace but there’s so much to see! My fiancĂ© is still learning to ski, it’s never too late!


  2. AnnaJ says:

    So beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! The photos don’t do it justice!!


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