If you are wondering where to go skiing, think about the Stubai Valley. There is snow guaranteed from October to June, lots of wide and well prepared slopes, and it’s just in the middle of Europe, so you can get there easily by car, bus or plane.
1. How to get there?
The route to the Polish “winter capital” Zakopane from Warsaw is 450 km and takes 6 hours driving + huge traffic jam. On the other hand, route Warsaw-Innsbruck is 1200 km, but 10 hours driving on the highways. Even if you are going for an extended ski weekend, and certainly if you are planning a family vacation for a week or two, it is worth thinking about taking these few hours on the road longer, for empty, wide slopes, no queues to ski lifts and no traffic jams on the way. You can get to the Stubai Valley by plane to Munich or Vienna and from there you can go by train or bus. Or fly to Milan-Bergamo, where there are many cheap connections from all over Europe. We flew to Bergamo (1.5 hrs), rented a car at the airport, and in 4 hours via highway, we got to Stubai.
2. Getting around
From Innsbruck, a free ski bus runs through the whole valley up to the Stubaier Gletscher (it is free all along the valley only the section on the motorway from Innsbruck costs a few euros). Just have a ski outfit or equipment and you can hop free of charge. Buses run every 15 minutes during rush hour. There are also free car parks under the ski resorts if You use your own car.