Axamer Lizum

Axamer Lizum is a crazy name for this ski area, just a half hour from Innsbruck, Austria, up a crazy mountain road loaded with switchbacks. It’s’ called the Golden Roof of Innsbruck for its lofty position high above the historic city.

Axamer Lizum is also famous for hosting the Winter Olympics 1964 and 1976, specifically the Women’s Downhill and Slalom events. You can ski these race hills, the Women’s downhill run is especially long and fun.

A dozen prepared ski runs on two peaks, served by a mix of modern and 70’s vintage lifts is Azamer Lizum’s offerings. The Olympiabahn funicular was surely state of the art in its day. This ski funicular climbs quickly to Axamer Lizum’s 7,677-foot summit from the base village, up 2,000′ vertical, every 10 minutes.

The Alps views from the high plateau at 2,340 meters, where the skiing is centered, are amazing. The upper mountain terrain at Axamer Lizum hosts two quads and a three double chairlifts and some huts serving snacks and lunch.

The Panoramic Hoadl Haus Lodge at the summit is impressive, café style dining with the largest covered deck in Austria affording stellar 360 views to Innsbruck. The Sunnal is popular more classic Austrian chalet, ort eh Dohlennest  Or dine at the authentic mountain chalet Birgitzkopfhaus, reached by the double chair on the other side of Axamer Lizum’ ski valley.

Après ski at the base, The Check Point is Axamer Lizum’s meeting place at the umbrella bar and sun terrace for a drink and music. Kids can play in the snow nearby while parents relax.

You can lodge slopeside at Axamer Lizum at the 4-star Hotel Lizumerhof or the Olympic Hotel – a vintage 70’s property at the base of the lifts. This small base looks popular with ski groups, casual, not fancy, but affordable.

We recommend staying in nearby Innsbruck for a more city style après ski vacation to enjoy visiting historic sites with global dining options. Plus you can make day trips to Innsbruck’s 9 ski areas within an hour.

Other Innsbruck ski resorts near Axamer Lizum include Nordkette in Innsbruck, Stubaier Glacier – the highest, and Kuhtai, Patscherkofel, Glungezer, Mutteralm, Schlick 2000, and Rangger Kopfl. You can also lodge in Innsbruck for a more city après ski vacation if you enjoy visiting historic sites and having global dining options.

From Innsbruck you are also close to more Tyrol ski resorts, Kitzbuhel, SkiWeltSki Juwel, and the Zillertal – MayrhofenHintertux Glacier , and Zillertal – Hochzillertal-Hochfugen, and the Arlberg of St. Anton – Stuben- Lech Zurs, Ischgl’s Paznaun ValleySerfaus Fiss Ladis

Axamer Lizum Stats:
Summit 7,677’
1580-2,340 meters elevation
Vertical 2,480, 757 meters,
10 Lifts, 40 kilometers of trails
30-minutes from Innsbruck Austria
On the Olympic Super Pass and the Tirol Snow Card