7 months of thrills begin

The opening of the Stubai Glacier, the biggest glacier skiing area in the Alps symbolises the onset of winter and with it, the joys of mountain life – the views, the dining, the shared experiences. Today the Stubai Glacier opened for skiers and the 23/24 ski season feels officially open.

Those in the far south of the Zillertal valley might feel aggrieved by the fanfare of the Stubai Glacier opening, after all they enjoy year-round skiing on the Hintertux Glacier. Yet the Stubai Glacier is something more symbolic, its proximity to Innsbruck sees the city switch from summer to winter almost overnight. Race teams descend on the glacier and the après ski bars clear the snow and plug in the speakers.

Autumn skiing

In Tirol alone, 5 glaciers offer skiing from autumn onwards, and along with the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun, these openings kick off a winter season that lasts more than half of the year. Conditions on the glaciers in autumn can be anywhere from good to epic, as the highest peaks in the Alps get blanketed in fresh snow.

Christmas parties in the Alps

The mad scramble for Christmas party venues and ideas at this time of the year is all too familiar for many event planners. Trying to create something memorable amongst familiar terrain is a daunting challenge. Yet from October onwards the Alps offer the scenery, activities, and events to make a truly special Christmas party. 

Backdrops to corporate ski events

As well as the skiing, events such as the FIS season opening ski race takes place on the Rettenbach glacier above Sölden – an incredible spectacle to combine with a day on the snow and topped-off by a whopping party. From November onwards Christmas markets open in the towns and villages across the region offering fantastic backdrops for Christmas events.

The traditional season for corporate ski events runs from January to March, yet there are fantastic experiences and discounted prices for the corporate ski event planners who take the plunge and go early, or late!

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