Skiing in Tyrol Part III: Bergeralm, Rosshütte & Muttereralm
The days are getting longer, and the sun is getting warmer. Still, we are not ready to let winter go completely and so, once more, we will tell you a little more about the ski areas around Innsbruck. Luckily, despite the sun, it is very cold most of the times so the slopes are still in great conditions. Grab your skis, snowboards, or whatever you use to enjoy the beautiful mountains and let’s start with all the fun in the white powder.
SKI & FREIZEIT ARENA BERGERALM
The first ski area we want to present to you this week is the Bergeralm, located about 20 km south of Innsbruck, right before the Brenner and the border to Italy. If you have ever been around Innsbruck, you surely will have seen the resort, as one of the slopes is just next to the motorway. While looking at a ski resort when driving on an Austrian motorway might not be that impressive, skiing right next to the road is surely a different kind of experience. Also, the parking area and main gondola of the resort start right under the motorway bridge, which is an impressive view from down there.
But now let’s focus a bit on the slopes and lifts. One thing that seems to be unique, or at least we can’t think of any other one like that, is the “Kombibahn Hoher Turm”. As the German name already implies, it is a lift that is a gondola as well as a chairlift, meaning there’s one gondola followed by two chairlifts and so on. Why, you might ask? Well, we were not too sure at first how useful it really is, but as it is a very new chairlift, the footrests are very narrow. For every seat there’s a tiny footrest, perfectly suited for skiers, but for snowboarders these are not too comfortable, so we suggest boarders take the gondola. Also, everyone prefers a different way to get up a mountain and here you are free to choose. In summer, there’s only the gondola bringing hikers to the top of the mountain.
The slopes were in perfect conditions when Natascha was there a few days ago and you can also find slopes of different difficulty levels. There’s even one slope named after Manfred Pranger, a very successful Tyrolean alpine skier who retired just a few years ago. This slope is marked as “very difficult to ski on” and only suited for experienced skiers.
Honestly, we think the Bergeralm is a resort that might be a bit overlooked as it is located a few minutes outside of Innsbruck, but you can truly enjoy yourselves there. One thing you have to keep in mind is that, due to its location on the Brenner motorway, we do not recommend going there on a Saturday as you risk being stuck in traffic for a very long time on the way there and back. Especially, as soon as it gets warm enough for people to head to Italy for spring vacations.
The SNOW CARD TIROL & FREIZEIT TICKET TIROL are valid for this resort.
For this ski area, we’re heading a bit west of Innsbruck, to Seefeld. We guess most of you know Seefeld already, but mostly not for alpine skiing, but for cross-country skiing and Nordic combination (cross-country skiing and ski jumping). Currently, (from 20th February until 3rd March) the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2019 is taking place there.
But you can go skiing in Seefeld as well, and one of these ski areas is the Rosshütte. To be honest, we might have forgotten about that area ourselves if Natascha hadn’t started going on ski tours a few weeks ago. When starting with such a sport, it’s very important to not overdo it the first time you try it and to look for a resort that offers you enough possibilities to stop for a break if you feel like it’s too much. Luckily, her parents told her to go there, which definitely was the right choice. The route for ski touring is separated from the slopes, so neither one gets disturbed by the other. Only the very last part of the way up, you walk alongside the slope. Natascha can honestly recommend going there if you are trying it for the first time. It took her about 2 hours to get to the Rosshütte, the main restaurant of the area. This, of course, is way longer than skilled ski tourers need, but still it’s a great accomplishment, considering she’d never done anything like that before.
One thing that is quite rare is that even ski tourers evenings take place there (Wednesday until Saturday)! Please be careful and only take the marked slopes as on others, snow groomers with cable winchers might be operating. Normal night skiing evenings take place at the same time, so look out for each other.
Like at the Axamer Lizum, there’s a funicular railway bringing you up the mountain. These kind of cable cars have become a rare occurrence, sadly, since they’re also pretty to look at. The area is perfect for skiers of all kinds of levels, only expert skiers might get a bit bored as there are only very few advanced slopes. Still, you can have so much fun there, as the area is very big and the view of Seefeld and the surrounding valley is quite amazing. And of course, there’s also a designated area for the little ones who just started skiing.
The SNOW CARD TIROL, FREIZEIT TICKET TIROL & SEEFELD CARD are valid for this resort.
This is another, rather small ski area located just at the outskirts of Innsbruck, about 15 minutes from the city centre. As you might have noticed, this time we focus a bit more on medium or smaller sized resorts, as they are the first ones to close if the weather gets too warm. For the big resorts there is still some time left for us to write about, especially since Easter is pretty late this year and therefore, the season lasts mostly until April.
The Muttereralm is a very underrated area, like most of the smaller ones that only offer a few lifts. Despite not having a vast variety of gondolas to choose from, you can ski for a very long time as the slopes are very long and, again, of different difficulty levels. Your starting point into the ski area can either be Götzens or Mutters, two different villages, just be sure to remember where you parked your car, so you don’t head to the wrong parking area at the end of the day. Which village and starting point is closer to you, depends on where in Innsbruck you are located.
A few years ago, there were discussions about a fusion of ski areas, in particular the Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm and Schlick 2000, but in the end, this was not realized as there’s a nature reserve, the ‘Kalkkögel’, in between. For the ski areas, this would have been an economic success, but nature protection won, but this is an indicator to understand how close these ski areas are to each other.
Honestly, high season of the Muttereralm is in summer, but winter is quite pretty there as well. You have a great view of either the Kalkkögel, and sometimes even until the Axamer Lizum, the Wipp valley, and Innsbruck and all the little villages it is surrounded by. Of course, there are restaurants and some bars as well, so you can take a break from skiing once in a while.
For a quick break from the city buzz, the Muttereralm is definitely a great choice, especially due to its close location to the city and great public transport connections to get there and back.
The SNOW CARD TIROL, FREIZEIT TICKET TIROL & INNSBRUCK CARD are valid for this resort.
This year, spring is approaching us very fast, so we’re not too sure how many skiing posts we’re able to post before it gets too warm to enjoy the slopes, but we are really happy we started this little series as it also motivated us to try out some ski resorts we normally wouldn’t go to, as we somehow, most of the time, stick to the same ones.
We really hope you enjoy this little excursion with us as well.