The village of Igls sits above the city of Innsbruck, six kilometres away. The resort is only a short ride from Innsbruck Airport and two hours from Munich, Germany, the location of the nearest international airport. There are train connections all the way from London but the most convenient option is to fly into Innsbruck and take the free Skibus.
The nearest international airport is Munich’s FJ Strauss Airport, which receives flights the world over and has a direct rail link with the city. Five trains a day make the three-hour journey to Innsbruck from where the free, hourly Skibus goes to Igls. Alternatively, Innsbruck Airport has direct flights from London, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt, among others, with a bus transfer from the terminal.
If you are travelling by car from the UK, Calais is over 1,100kms from Igls; although major highways line the route, tolls work out fairly expensive. From Munich Airport, take the Munich bypass and head south on the A-8 and A-93, and then take the A-12 southwest to Innsbruck. From the A-12 at Innsbruck, take the L-33 south to Igls. From Innsbruck Airport, Igls is 10kms along the B-174 and L-33.
If you want to travel by train from London, take the Eurostar which leaves Waterloo Station at 17:09 daily. An overnight train leaves from Paris’ gare de l’Est to Munich, from where five Eurocity trains go to Innsbruck daily, taking three hours. If your connections are good, you’ll be in Innsbruck at 11:20, local time. From here, take the free Skibus to Igls.
Igls ski resort has a superb setting beneath the famous Patscherköfel Mountain and is only six kilometres from the city of Innsbruck, in the Austrian Alps. Igls remains a popular skiing destination for those who appreciate great skiing in a more laid-back Alpine village resort.
The town itself is situated 908m above sea level in an attractive setting with a good choice of accommodation. Igls is easy to get around on foot and also has a number of quality year round attractions away from the slopes. An excellent children’s ski school is on hand.
Igls isn’t a ski resort for the thrill-seeking expert skier, but there are quality slopes for beginners through to those with intermediate skills, on varied terrain. There are also 20kms of cross-country trails and some tree skiing. There are seven lifts in all, including two chairlifts, five draglifts and a cable car.
Après-ski facilities include: a huge natural toboggan run; natural ice-skating rink; Alpine curling; riding stables; an indoor swimming pool; tennis hall with three courts; and a spa park, with deer park. The nightlife here is geared more towards the discerning skier but there are several bars, discos and dance halls to choose from.
The ski season begins in mid-December and runs until the beginning of April. The best conditions are in February and the cheapest times are two weeks before Christmas and towards the end of the season.
Igls ski resort is six kilometres from Innsbruck, which receives numerous flights from European destinations, such as London, Amsterdam and Paris. Free transfers are available by Skibus to the resort.
Igls ski resort (a part of the greater Innsbruck ski area) is a small Alpine resort situated on a sunny plateau at the foot of Patscherköfel Mountain. Igls attracts a slightly older and more sedate skiing crowd. It was here, in 1976, that Franz Klammer won a gold medal at the games on the four-kilometre course.
Commercialism hasn’t yet taken over this charming resort town, nestled in the shadow of the imposing 2,268m Patscherköfel Mountain and surrounded by stone-pine forests, and it’s not prohibitively expensive. Attractive walking paths leading through meadows to nearby villages add to the relaxed charm and genuine sense of retreat.
There are well appointed five-star hotels and a good selection of hostels and affordable accommodation at Igls. There is a varied programme of entertainment and a few local nightspots, including dance halls and discos; however, Igls is more of a laid-back ski resort with a quieter après-ski scene. As a cultural centre, Igls hosts many folkloric and cultural events. There is also a children’s ski school with experienced instructors on hand.
Situated at over 900m, Igls ski resort provides skiing for beginners and more experienced skiers with several kilometres of well-groomed runs of gentle slopes to good intermediate terrain; skiers are transported via cable car, two chairlifts and five draglifts. In addition to the pistes, there are 20kms of cross-country trails.
A free Skibus connects Igls to the five other ski areas and one pass is valid for all six areas. The resort of Kühtai has night skiing on Wednesdays, and skiing on the Stubai Glacier is also a highlight. Away from the slopes, the city of Innsbruck is a wonderful place for sightseeing, with plenty of palaces, museums and historic churches. It also boasts every imaginable shop and service.
The ski season at Igls runs from mid-December to the beginning of April with cheaper rates before Christmas and after New Year’s Day. The most convenient way to get to Igls ski resort is to fly to Innsbruck’s provincial airport and take the free bus to the village.