07.00 a.m. – I wake up with the shrill sound of my alarm clock. But that's irrelevant today, because two happy children in colourful ski underwear and even more colourful ski socks have already been jumping around the flat for ten minutes. They’ve known for a few days that we’re going to use this day for a ski trip to the Stubai Glacier. As the first rays of sunshine peek through the window, it goes without saying that the young and old ski fans in the house can hardly keep themselves in their seats.
After a quick breakfast and packing our ski gear (skis, ski boots, poles, helmet, ski goggles, gloves, clothing) prepared the evening before, we're ready to go. The Stubai Glacier can be reached by car from Innsbruck in 45 minutes. The journey first takes us along the autobahn and then past the idyllic villages of the Stubai Valley until the picturesque winter landscape opens up at the end of the valley. Snow as far as the eye can see. The children's eyes start to light up:
"Mom look - there's a lot more snow on my side! It's going to be a great day of skiing today - the gondola also goes up this side - hooray!"
Today, the children have opted for a ride up the mountain on the modern 3S Eisgratbahn lift. This is the most modern lift in the ski area and transports guests from the Mutterberg valley station at 1,750m via a stopover at the Fernau middle station at 2,300m to the Eisgrat mountain station at 2,900m in a short time. A certain level of skiing ability is required for the ascent to the Eisgrat. Although blue and red pistes lead from the mountain station to the other lifts, there are a few challenging passages in between, which is why safe skiing or snowboarding is recommended.
If the children are making their first attempts on skis or are not yet quite fit on blue and red slopes, the ascent with the Gamsgarten gondola lift is a good option. The 6-seater gondola lift is just as comfortable for families and takes guests directly to the Gamsgarten mountain station at 2,620m. There is a paradise for children and families.
Leni (8) and Noah (6) have been skiing since they were three years old and are looking forward to the challenge on the Eisgrat. We swing and wedel down the red 1b Eisjochzunge slope directly to the entrance of the winter snow park. Noah has been looking forward to improving his tricks on the fun boxes and jumps all fall. A blue glacier creature is everywhere - as it turns out, the children have long known that this is Zottel, the mascot of the BIG Family Stubai Glacier. Leni and Noah were able to get to know this companion last year during the BIG Family Pistenbully ride.
Leni would like to try out the BIG Family Funslope next. This is a slope with figures to slap off, steep turns and small obstacles - great fun for adults too. As it has snowed in the last few days, there is also some powder snow right next to the slope, which you can track to your heart's content. We explore the entire ski area and ski on all five glaciers - Fernau, Gaiskar, Windach, Eisjoch and Daunferner ("Ferner" is the Austrian term for glacier, by the way) - until the lunch break.
For refreshments, head to the Gamsgarten market restaurant, a cozy parlour somewhat removed from the general lunchtime hustle and bustle. The spacious sun terraces invite you to linger, especially in spring. In the afternoon, we explore the Daunhill black piste on the Daunjoch before turning into the Wilde Grub'n downhill run with plenty of momentum. When both children sing "weil Skifoan ist das Leiwandste" by Wolfgang Ambros from the back seat of the car on the way home, you know the day has paid off in full and will certainly not be the last ski trip to the Stubai Glacier.