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Neustift, Austria

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The Stats

Altitude: 1000m

Top Lift: 3333m

Ski area: 130km of piste

Adult lift pass: 216.50€-238.20€ for six days

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In a Nutshell

A cute village in a stunning valley, Neustift is tailor-made for first-time families. But the only other people who’ll warm to it are those who want to ski out of season, on the nearby glacier.

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The attractive little village of Neustift is located in the Stubai Valley and is great for young families, and out-of-season skiers. But few other Brits will warm to it. It doesn’t get more Tirolean than this: a steep, wooded valley, topped by craggy peaks and scattered with cute, traditionally-styled villages. There are four ski areas including the Stubai Glacier at the far end (one of the best for skiing in the Alps) which is reached by ski-bus from Neustift, followed by gondolas, and is open almost year-round for skiing. Access from Innsbruck is almost instantaneous: the commute from the airport takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Even so, its appeal for most Brits is limited, largely because the skiing is so bitty (“Not many lifts and very crowded slopes. Very friendly people the Austrians though and always ready to help” said a reporter). A few nursery slopes here, a couple of interesting pistes there, and then the glacier – they’re scattered right along the valley, and over the course of a week a group of mileage-hungry intermediates will be driven mad by all the commuting required to get between them. Advanced and expert skiers won’t like it much either. This is a long way from the convenient, integrated and exciting lift systems of the A-list resorts.

Good for children, but dress them warmly

That said, however, there is one group of skiers who’ll love the place: parents with young children. This is the first Disney-franchised resort in Europe, and it’s also one of the bases for a British tour operator which specialises in family-friendly holidays, Esprit. It’s tailor-made for anyone wanting to give their children a gentle introduction to snow. Don’t leave a visit here until your children are already skiing well, however: that’ll mean heading to the glacier, and chances are they won’t enjoy the cold.

One other interesting thing about the valley: one of our editors knows lots of Czechs, many of whom ski extremely well, who insist on coming to the Stubai Glacier every season. They won’t don’t care about the limited extent of the pistes. Glacier skiing is what they’re after – it has a glamour for them which just doesn’t translate to the British skiing psyche.

The Loveometer

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We Love

We Hate

tick The easy transfer from Innsbruck airport – just 30 minutes.
tick The pretty village – a great introduction to the Alps for families.
tick The wide, fast pistes up on the glacier, perfect for carving.
tick The scenic variety – from pretty pastures to high and hoary mountain summits.
tick The guaranteed snow provided by the glacier – very reassuring if you’re planning an early-season trip.
cross The itty-bitty skiing – made up of lots of little areas scattered the length of the valley.
cross The commute from Neustift up to the glacier.
cross The numbing cold up on the glacier in mid-winter.

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  • If you ever have an opportunity to go to Neustift, go! I went when I was a teenager with School and it was one of the best holidays, ski-ing trip I have been on.