Skiing in Autumn

Stop briefly to enjoy the view and the sun on the Stubai Glacier. Photo: Stubai Glacier - Andre Schönherr

What could be nicer than conjuring up your first turns into the snow! The panoramic view, the sunshine, the glistening white – the world seems limitless. Even better that such experiences are already possible in early autumn. This year, the Stubai Glacier starts skiing operations on 8 October. On skies or with your snowboard – the pistes are calling!

Skiing in autumn? Sure!


What could be nicer than conjuring up your first turns into the snow! The panoramic view, the sunshine, the glistening white – the world seems limitless. Even better that such experiences are already possible in early autumn. This year, the Stubai Glacier starts skiing operations on 8 October. On skies or with your snowboard – the pistes are calling!

Every day in the snow counts

Particularly pros and clubs are impatiently waiting for the start of the season on the Stubai Glacier. “Now at the beginning, we have only few day guests”, reveals Stefan Gietl, operations manager of the Stubai Glacier and vice-director of the lift company, “but the international top teams and the young ski stars of the future find perfect conditions on almost 3,000m of altitude. It is the perfect time for first training camps on snow.” If you want to copy some tricks of the pros, or want to get your skis edges used to snow and chill out in the sun afterwards, then you should use this transitional period extensively. Already by the end of October, more and more people are found on the slopes. “This is the time when many winter sports enthusiast from Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and all of Europe meet at the lifts”, says Gietl.

Between mountain and valley

Another noteworthiness of skiing in autumn in the Stubai Valley is the mixture of mild Indian summer in the valley and refreshing early winter on the glacier. Stefan Gietl advised: “I recommend taking the first lift uphill and enjoy the perfect conditions on the pistes. In the afternoon you can enjoy hiking, cycling, running, exercising or simply relaxing in the sun. Where else can you enjoy this combination? While the temperatures are pleasantly cool in the morning (minus degrees between 0 and 7 degrees), you can enjoy a relaxing lunch break on a sun terrace. If you ask yourself now whether this white magic is “real”, then I can assure you: The piste basis on the Stubai Glacier is always natural snow. One some spots we have to use artificial snow or snow from snow depots from last spring. For starting ski operations we need a snow cover of 20 to 50cm – luckily the Stubai Glacier has sufficient snow cover from October to June!

We just can’t wait to get started

If the guests can’t wait to get started then of course the team of the Stubai Glacier feels the same! “There is a big demand for autumn skiing, we notice this already now. In particular in Germany, people had to do without unlimited skiing pleasures for a long time now, but we also want to get back on the Glacier”, Stefan Gietl describes his anticipation of the months to come. The operations manager and his team are ready, the temperatures decrease and first snow has already fallen – what could stop an unforgettable ski season for 2021/22 now?

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