Stubaier Gletscher is one of those ski areas where it’s immediately obvious that the operators have put some thought into making things as convenient and enjoyable as possible. For instance, the lift operators listened to the demands of freestyle fans and built a dedicated lift to serve the terrain park in autumn 2014. A free shuttle bus also runs from the free parking in the valley up to the base station of the lifts. When you get there, you can immediately log in to the free Wi-Fi service which is provided on all of the most important lifts and in most of the mountain restaurants.
A free ski bus connects all the villages in Stubai Valley with the lifts
From the start of October until the end of May, a bus service runs between Schönberg im Stubaital and the base station of Stubaier Gletscher, and it’s free of charge for anyone holding a valid ski pass. Timetables are available from Stubai Valley tourist information or online at www.stubai.at/en/
Very modern lifts for a glacial ski area
Skiers exploring a glacier ski area for the first time are often disappointed by the many surface lifts. It should be pointed out that Stubaier Gletscher also still relies on nine surface lifts to carry skiers up the hill. This is because it is often simply impossible to build other types of lift on a glacier. The glacier flows several metres down the valley every year, carrying the masts of the surface lifts with it – something impossible for chairlift systems to withstand. However, wherever the underlying ground allows it, the lift operators have already replaced surface lifts with modern chairlifts and gondolas here. The new eight-person Rotadl chairlift even boasts under-seat heating, which is a real boon on cold days.