1) Air: book a direct flight from the U.S.
Many airlines connect the U.S. with Innsbruck and the nearby airport of Munich, including Continental, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, UNITED, KLM, and British Airways.
Flying to Munich is often preferable as flights are cheaper and non-stop. It is just a two-hour drive to Innsbruck from Munich Airport. Alternatively, Intercity and Eurocity trains connect Munich with Innsbruck in two hours. Innsbruck's main railway station is close to the downtown area.
OnTheSnow has partnered with Lufthansa to provide special discounted fares to the Munich (MUC) and Innsbruck(INN) airports.
Lufthansa flies non-stop to Munich from New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington ,Philadelphia and San Francisco.
To take advantage of these special rates click on the Special Flight Rates link below. Once you've logged in you will see two Book Now buttons. One is for the Munich airport, the other is for the Innsbruck Airport. Click on the applicable button to go to a page where you can enter departure aiport and travel dates and search for flights.
2) Lodging: hostels, hotels or apartments?
Innsbruck has 18,500 beds ranging from youth hostels to five-star luxury so there is something to suit all price ranges. The city's hotels have a daily arrival system which means you are not restricted in your travel days.
3) Getting around: how will you access the slopes?
Ski shuttles: Free!
You can hop on and off the ski shuttles free of charge with a valid ski pass or Club Innsbruck Card (free with accommodation). Shuttles run from Dec. 12 2009 to April 4, 2010 and pick-up from outside selected hotels in the city and transport you to and from the nine resorts of: Nordpark (Seegrube-Hafelekar), Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Kuehtai, Muttereralm, Rangger Kopfl, Glungezer, Schlick 2000, and Stubai Glacier.
A good selection of car hire firms is available at both Munich and Innsbruck airports, including Avis, Hertz, Sixt, and Europcar. Check in to your hotel and then drive yourself to the nearby ski resorts in your own time. Hiring a car will also give you the freedom to explore resorts not accessed by the ski shuttles as well as scenic mountain roads and idyllic Tyrolean villages. GPS makes navigation around the Austrian alps a breeze. More car hire companies at Innsbruck Airport; Munich Airport
Group travel: tailored to the group's desires, each guided trip will be custom built. Everything will be arranged from the moment the group arrives in Innsbruck or Munich For transportation group inquiries visit www.lueftner-reisen.at, or for more general group inquiries email: email@example.com.
4) Ski Passes: individual passes or a ski pass package?
Individual resort passes are available from kiosks at the bottom of the ski slopes; it is possible to pre-book and avoid the queues.
Individual Passes: €20-43.50/per day
St. Anton am Arlberg; Serfaus Fiss Ladis; Ischgl; Soelden; Zillertal Arena; Kitzbuehel; Seefeld; Nordpark; Patscherkofel; Axamer Lizum; Kuehtai; Muttereralm; Rangger Koepfl; Glungezer; Schlick 2000; Stubai Glacier; Wilder Kaiser-Brixental; Kaltenbach-Hochfugen; Garmisch Partenkirchen; Samnaun; Val Gardena; Kronplatz
Innsbruck Glacier Pass: from €114/ six days
This pass covers nine resorts of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck, with a total of 282 kilometers of pistes. The nine resorts (all within an hour's drive of Innsbruck) include: Nordpark (Seegrube-Hafelekar), Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Kuehtai, Muttereralm, Rangger Kopfl, Glungezer, Schlick 2000, and Stubai Glacier.
Innsbruck Super Ski Pass: from €168/ six days
Those who want to stretch their legs further can opt for an Innsbruck Super Ski Pass which offers access to Kitzbuehel and St. Anton am Arlberg (both within an hour's drive of the city) as well as nine resorts of the Olympia SkiWorld. This pass offers a total skiable area of 735 kilometers.
5) Ski style: want a personal guide or ski lessons?
Personal ski guide:
Experience the best of the Tyrol with a personal ski guide. a licensed ski or snow sports instructor will meet you on a daily basis and ski with you in all the resorts. There is an additional price for this. Their job will be to show you the sights and take you to the cool runs, but not to teach.
- Guide meets clients in the hotel
- Drive to the selected ski resort
- Flexible start times
The guide spends the day with you, and takes you to the local secrets, both on and off the slopes.
2 people - 1 Day € 210,--
3 people - 1 Day € 264,--
4 people - 1 Day € 288,--
5 people - 1 Day € 300,--
6 or more - 1 Day € 300,-- (€50/person in a group of six or more)
Ski schools: from €35-40/four-hour group lessons
Austria is famous for its ski schools and instructors like the legendary Hannes Schneider. Ski lessons in English are available from Austria's most talented ski instructors. Austrian ski schools offer the highest standard of teaching in the world, and have set the standard around the world. Ski, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, as well as numerous new-school techniques such as Snowbike and shortcarver are taught. Instruction is available for all levels of ability as well as child and group programs. Ski Kindergarden is also on hand to teach even the youngest family members
6) Ski/Snowboard rental: hit the slopes in the latest gear
Innsbruck and its surrounding ski resorts feature a wide range of shops offering the latest ski and snowboard equipment from major brands. The rental shops in and around the area are friendly and almost everyone speaks English. Many offer discounted packages for multi-day rentals and special offers for groups.
Rental shops In Austria set the industry standard for quality and service. Many of the largest ski manufacturers are based in Austria, as a result Austrian ski shops operate to extremely strict standards, and offer the the latest equipment.
Die Boerse: from €28/per day
Die Boerse on Leopoldstrasse is a one-stop-shop for all your skiing and snowboarding needs. Here you can hire the latest skis/snowboards, boots, and helmets, clothing, gloves, and goggles. Rates start from €28 per day. Children aged up to 10 years enjoy 50 percent off; juniors (11-15 years) get 30 percent off. The shop also offers a handy equipment pick-up service from the hotel for €3.