The closest sizable village (second largest in the Tyrol) to the Stubai glacier, which some claim to be Europe's best, and at the Eastern end of the continent's largest year-round ski centre. It also has one of the world's biggest verticals down from it (off piste, conditions permitting). The ski area directly by the village itself is small and only suited to beginners and early intermediates. Nightlife is lively and the village has a leisure centre with indoor pool, shooting arena, two tennis courts, two squash courts, and bowling alley.
Two modern gondolas are running in parallel from the base-station at Mutterbergalm (1.750m) to the first stage at Fernau (2.302m). From here, you can either continue towards the top-mountain stations Eisgrat (2.900m) or Gamsgarten (2.600m), where the trail for cross-country-skiers has been tended. The ski area combines five glaciers: "Eisjochferner", "Daunferner", "Fernauferner", "Windachferner" and "Gaiskarferner". ("Ferner" is the Austrian word for "glacier".) Besides the five gondolas, the resort is equipped with three six-seater-chairlifts, one four-seater-chairlift, three double-seater-chairlifts, nine T-bars and rope-lifts. The trend of innovation and replacement of T-bars by chairlifts will be continued. The two-seater-chairlift "Pfaffengrat" is closing the gap of lifts between Fernau-glacier and Gaiskarglacier. With this lift it is possible to ski uninterruptedly around the spectacular Schaufelspitz-peak (3.333m). Most of the slopes are "family"-runs, marked in blue and red. The Tyrolean Mark of Excellence for ski areas, which has been awarded to the Stubai Glacier, is proof of their quality in preparation. Last year, in addition to that, it is quality as "Snowboard Resort" proofed by a "mystery boarder" has been rewarded by the Tyrolean Tourist Board. Fans of more difficult tracks concentrate on recently open black runs, powder freaks turn to several ski routes (neither tended nor patrolled) with such illustrative names as "The Wall", "Fast Corner" or "Steep Glacier Tongue". The 10 kilometres (6 miles) "Wilde Grub'n"-trail is Austrias longest run from the top (3.150m) to the base of a ski-resort (1.750m). Permanent snow-making-facilities in its lower parts guarantee skiing to the bottom-station until late April. For "easy-riders" among skiers and snowboarders, the Neustift mountain guides will be offering their most rewarded programme "More safety - More fun", that is a practical daily excursion off-slope in order to judge appropriately risks of avalanches. The Stubai-Superski-Ticket (available from December until April) comprises the local ski-bus-system, two public indoor swimming pools and winter sport facilities . The "Elfer"-mountain with its two chairlifts, two T-bars and a brilliant beginners'ground with artificial snow making facilities right in the centre of Neustift. Also included are the Serles bahnen, Mieders and the slopes of the "Schlick 2000" in the neighbouring Fulpmes. On every Thursday you can take part in the "How fast am I"-race organized on one of the permanent race courses on the Stubai Glacier. Courses for snowboard and the whole range of ski sports (big foot, carving, alpine, telemark, skwal and cross country skiing) can be obtained from the ski-schools "Neustift - Stubaier Gletscher" and "Olympia". One mountaineering-school provides guided variations. "Special interest days", ski touring for beginners, snowshoe-walking during the day or in the dark, introductory lessons for carvers and the "freeriding day" for snowboarders make the tiny difference to average ski-school curricula. Cross country skiers find more than 40 km of slopes in the valley ground and 50 km on various high altitude parcours, both classical and Skating-style.
Children who don't ski can be looked after at the "Kinderland Gamsgarten" on the glacier which is cooperating perfectly with the glacier-ski-school: If baby-skiers do not yet have the persistence to follow skiing lessons the whole day, they can be put into the childrens' crèche without paying separately. Nursery classes are held on a beginners' slope reservered for children. Every new week brings about a childrens' party at the top mountain station Gamsgarten. Together with partner hotels and the Stubai Glacier resort Neustift created the unique "Ski Club Micky Maus" for all kids from three to 12 years. When accompanied by their parents, children under ten years have free admittance to ski lifts. Children under the age of 15 pay 30% less for Stubai-Super-Skipasses and 50% less than adults for Stubai-Glacier-Passes. On the glacier, young people under 19 and senior skiers (over 60 years) are still granted a 35% discount. For Stubai-Super-Skipasses people under 18 and with more than 60 years pay 20% less.
Various restaurants serve international such as Tyrolean food, offer candle-light dinners, fondue-evenings and for a change even "supper without cutlery". "Umbrella"-bars and romantic after-skiing places along the road to the glacier are worth a visit. Several discotheques, bars and pubs attract the late-night crowd. For a time out at any elevation on the slopes, there are the panorama restaurant "Eisgrat", the restaurant "Gamsgarten", the service-restaurant "Zur goldenen Gams" with a large sun terrace and its umbrella-bar "Eissee", the "Dresdner Hütte" near the middle-station, originally built at the end of the last century and the "Jochdohle", Austrias "highest" snack bar at 3.333m. A new gondola for eight people from the top-mountain station Eisgrat brings diners up to the highest restaurant of Austria which is called "Jochdohle".
Those, who prefer to dance to live-music rather than disco sound will find several occasions during the ball season. If weather turns out nasty, local shopping facilities are more than a substitute. Mostly all people love the big umbrella bar at the bottom station of the Stubai Glacier and the new disco in Mutterberg. The Grawa alm, Tschangelair alm, Bruggeralm, umbrella bar at the bottom station of the Schlick2000 and the Serles cable cars offer a nice opportunity.
The Stubai opens up a myriad of opportunities for snowboarders from novice to expert standard, including deep powder fields and the 10km long touring slope - Wilde Grub'n'. The 100m long half-pipe, was designed in collaboration with local snowboarders.