Young holiday-makers on Stubai Glacier can look forward to a special adventure: right by Eisgrat top station, a six metre (20 feet) mammoth made of numerous wooden shingles provides a fun space for climbing, sliding and playing.
The absolute highlight of the attraction, a 12m/40ft chute, allows kids to slide down the mammoth's trunk. To get to the inside of the wooden construction, you simply climb up the legs using wall bars, a climbing route or a rope route. Playing tables and a game of Connect Four are waiting inside. Once you've had enough of that, simply chute back out down the trunk slide. In autumn, the mammoth is moved down to Gamsgarten, where it can be foud at the BIG Family Area during the winter.
The playground was designed and planned by NaturIdea from Stubai valley. More than 3,000 wooden shingles of Tyrolean larch, said to be particulraly weatherproof, were used on the 12 ton mammoth. The attraction was opened on the 14th of July 2019.
How to get there
The play mammoth is located at Eisgrat top station in summer, and at BIG Family Area in Gamsgarten during the winter. You get to Stubai Glacier as follows:
Stubai Glacier is only around 45 minutes from Innsbruck. Follow motorway A93 and keep left at the fork. Continue on motorway A13, which you leave at exit 10 Schönberg. Follow the signs pointing towards Stubai Glacier. At the roundabout, take the third exit.
Take a train to Innsbruck main railway station. Buses go to Stubai Glacier from there on a regular basis.
The nearest airport is also located in Innsbruck, only around 45km/28mi from the glacier. From there, you can usa a hotel shuttle service or hire a taxi.