The mountain chain of the Stubai Alps stretches south-west of Innsbruck and covers the area between the upper Valle Isarco valley in South Tyrol and the Oetztal valley in North Tyrol.
The Stubai and Oetztal Alps together represent the largest mass elevation of the Eastern Alps. It is an area that is covered by glaciers. The highest peak of the Stubai Alps is Mt. Pan di Zucchero (3,507 m a.s.l.), which is characterised by its elegant form. Other giants that rise more than 3,400 m a.s.l. into the sky, are Mt. Schrankogel, Mt. Cima del Prete and Mt. Cima Libera. This mountain chain, made up of gneiss and limestone, is surrounded by the Tux Alps, the Zillertal Alps, the Oetztal Alps and the Sarentino Alps as well as the Mieming Range and the Karwendel Mountains.
The Stubai Alps owe their name to the eponymous valley, the largest side valley of the Wipptal valley. Also the largest glacial skiing area of Austria can be found in the Stubaital valley - the Stubai Glacier skiing area is open from September to May. For all those who love high alpine tours in summer as well as ski mountaineering in winter, the Stubai Alps - Stubaier Alpen in German and Alpi dello Stubai in Italian - are a real paradise. A very popular destination for hikes on South Tyrolean territory is the Gino Biasi Mountain Hut (3,195 m a.s.l.), the highest located mountain hut of South Tyrol. The 6-hour tour starts in the hamlet of Masseria in the upper Val Ridanna valley.
Highest peak: Mt. Pan di Zucchero (3,507 m a.s.l.), first ascent in 1863 by Joseph Anton Specht and Alois Tanzer
Major mountains: Mt. Schrankogel, Mt. Cima del Prete, Mt. Cima Libera, Mt. Wilde Leck, Mt. Stubaier Wildspitze, Mt. Habicht, Mt. Tribulaun di Fleres, Mt. Gamskogel, Mt. Serles
Area: North Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy)