Innsbruck is great for outdoor activities; the tourist office has a wide range of brochures. Of Innsbruck’s nine ski areas the closest to the city is Nordpark (w www.nordkette.com), accessible via the Hungerburgbahn, with its fabulous panoramas, impressive half-pipe and taxing expert-level runs. The other eight ski areas – including the Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Muttereralm, Schlick 2000, Kühtai and Rangger Köpfl. – are all on the opposite, southern, side of the valley and tend to offer much mellower terrain ideal for relaxed, wide-turn skiing. At Stubai Gletscher (w www.stubaier-gletscher.com) glacier skiing is possible during much of the year – Die Böerse at Leopoldstr. 4 (Mon–Fri 9am–6.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am–5pm; t 0512/581 742), arranges skiing day-trips (€75).

In winter, lift passes cover all these ski regions individually or in combination for one or more days. The Nordpark, for example, offers day-passes for €28 (less for part of the day). The Stubaier Gletscher Skipass covers the whole of the Innsbruck area, includes ski shuttles from the town centre, and costs €111 for three days. Passes are available from all lift stations or from the Innsbruck tourist office.

Many cycling and mountain-bike routes are accessible from central Innsbruck, though some of the trails are for experts only. For rentals try Die Böerse. Innsbruck’s tourist office runs an extensive programme of free guided walks – including sunrise and night-time hikes – from June to September.

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