Skiing in Axamer Lizum

Country: Austria

In a nutshell: A compact area with intermediate-friendly skiing, and just a 30 minute airport transfer

We like:

  • The transfer time from Innsbruck is incredibly short, making Axamer Lizum a good choice for ski weekends
  • Upgrade to the “Olympia Skiworld” ski pass and you have an impressive 260km of piste to explore across 9 different resorts
  • Axams is a traditional and pretty Tyrolean village

We don’t like:

  • The Axamer Lizum ski area is small, and good skiers will have skied it in a day
  • Accessing the other ski resorts on the Olympia World ski pass requires a car or bus rides
  • Stay in Axamer Lizum and there’s nothing to do off the slopes, stay in Axams and you’re a 10 minute bus ride from the slopes


  • Resort altitude: 1,580m
  • Highest lift: 2,340m
  • Lowest piste: 1,580m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: 30 mins
  • Number of lifts:
    • Axamer Lizum: 10
    • Olympia World: 90
  • Number of runs:
    • Blue: 3
    • Red: 15
    • Black: 1
  • Ski are size: Small – 40km of piste


  • High altitude
  • Traditional charm
  • Great for intermediates


Axamer Lizum is a small, purpose built resort above innsbruck. It hosted most of the ski events in the 1976 Olympics and as a result, most of the skiing is well suited to intermediate and advanced skiers.

For an Axamer Lizum ski holiday, most skiers will stay in the pretty village of Axams, which a 10 minute bus ride from the Axamer Lizum ski area. Axams has a number of hotels, along with a selection of shops and restaurants and of course a number of bars offering jolly Austrian apres-ski. There is a large four star hotel in Axamer Lizum itself, which offers ski-in / ski-out convenience.

With some exhilarating red runs, the skiing in Axamer Lizum is best suited to intermediate skiers. Advanced skiers will find some good challenges too, and the rugged mountain scenery is also home to some of the best off-piste skiing in the Innsbruck area.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Axamer Lixum ski area is small, and that’s where the Olympia Skiworld pass comes in. For a small surcharge, skiers can upgrade to a pass that covers 9 local ski resorts and over 26km of piste (i.e. a lot). This includes some of Austria’s highest-altitude skiing in Kuhtai and on the Stubai Glacier. All resorts are connected on the local bus service, so a car isn’t necessary, but having a car does make life more convenient.