Innsbruck winters are cold and snowy—but this is prime time if you’re looking to hit the slopes. February and March are the best winter months to travel here, as January lays claim to the lowest average temperatures (around 19 degrees). Innsbruck’s International Four Hills Tournament, held around the New Year, and the Air & Style Snowboard Contest, held in late January, both make good use of the massive Bergisel ski jump, opened here in 2001 on the site of the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Games. The contests shoot skiers and boarders off the 50-meter tower, which also houses a restaurant that serves up panoramic views of Innsbruck.
On the flip side, summer is delightfully comfortable with average daily temperatures in the mid-70s, perfect for hikers and bikers. Innsbruck gets an average of 34 inches of precipitation each year, with July being the wettest month (and March the driest).
The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are great times to visit, with moderate temperatures and fewer crowds.