Located close to the City of Innsbruck, this skiing area has twice been the venue for Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976) and offers something a little different from many other Tirol resorts.
It is located on what is known as Tyrol's sun terrace yet enjoys a skiing season, which begins at the end of November and continues through till end of April.
Whether you are a deep powder fanatic or just a holidaymaker who enjoys fine pisted runs, this area offers something for all. And what is more, you have a choice of villages to stay at - Gotzens, Birgitz or Axams. The main skiing area begins close by to all three and even connects in with the area of Mutters.
You can drive from these valley villages to the main ski centre which is about 8km up a well maintained mountain road, usually kept clear of snow. At the top is a vast car park close to the various lifts. The Axamer/Lizum ski circus starts at 1583m and ascends to Hoadl (2340m) on one side or across to Neue Birgitzkopfl at 2035m on the other. There are connecting red runs across to Pfriemskopl (1801m) and then you can ski down to Mutterer Alm (1608m) and further down to the resort of Mutters before taking the modern gondola back to Mutter Alm and then enjoying a long red back to Gotzner Berg at 1058m.
The people here are extremely friendly, the village is everything you could imagine about a typical Tyrolean resort with horse-drawn sleigh rides and plenty of aprs ski activities.
The drive is about 10/11 hours from Calais, either via Fussen and the Fern Pass and then the motorway, direction Innsbruck, before turning off at Vols. Alternatively, you could drive via Munich and down to Innsbruck, which, although slightly further, ensures you remain on motorway from Calais to the resort turn-off junction at Vols. From here the road slowly climbs to the village of Axamer but from this point on the climb is steadily steeper for about 11kms although there are no nasty hairpin bends and you should be able to get to the top most of the time without chains and without difficulty as the road is kept clear unless there is heavy and sustained snowfall.
Chains must be carried and you must remember to purchase your Austrian vignette (motorway tax disc) before using anyway Austrian motorway. The cost of the vignette is small - BUT the fines are heavy!
The hotel to stay at is the Lizumerhof direct on the slopes. Outside the front door are the "twin" lifts for the nursery slopes together with a double chair to the top of Birgitzkopfl at 2098m (6884ft). Alternatively, just below the Hotel Lizumerhof is the funicular which takes you to Hoadl 2343m (7687ft) in just seven minutes. From the top there is a choice of a gentle blue or a challenging red back to the base station outside the hotel. Four star Lizumerhof offers a very high standard of accommodation and food with friendly staff and music with typically tyrolean accordian playing on a Monday and Thursday evenings. On a Thursday there are guest ski races with prizes! On a Wednesday evening the hotel has a fantastic "buffet" with an excellent choice of dishes from salmon to cold or hot meat dishes. The hotel director/owner is Mr.Ferdinand Zsifkovits who runs this extremely good hotel with his wife, Beate. Guests arriving at Innsbruck Airport can arrange for the hotel to do a direct transfer at a cost of Euro 35, - which is up to four people. Contact them on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. For further information please contact the Tourist Office in Axamer/Lizum on tel: 0043 5234 8178.