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Innsbruck as a base for up to 3 months? (or anywhere at hostel prices)

 Poster: A snowHead
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I'm a solo carless travelling trying to find somewhere in Austria to come for a few months, possibly late december/early jan until end of feb/march/season depending on finances. I've been looking all over the place for somewhere to stay at around £30 per night (or less ideally). There's a few hostels in Innbruck that could work, and one in Pettneu, just outside St Anton. I'm also waiting to hear back from Gasthof Zillertal in Mayrhofen about long term accomodation. I will be working remotely 3 days a week during this time so will at least have some money coming in (£900-£1000k pm), but not enough to really push the budget. I've had a number of plans this winter, but due to covid, costs and everything being booked up, I'm down to these few options.

My priorities are good playful/steep terrain/powder/off piste/maybe some tree skiing if they have it, basically I love the BC Canada approach of skiing and am looking for somewhere similar in Austria. Not too interested in endless groomed runs.

I do really like the look of Innsbruck and was somewhat planning on moving there pre-brexit, but bailed on the plan due to covid (and now regret that), but also for this trip the boarding is the priority.

So I suppose my question is, how is Innsbruck as a longer term base? Or would it be better to stay in a surround village to St Anton such as Pettneu? If Gasthof Zillteral in Mayrhofen get back to me I think that would be the play, for the moment I'm assuming the worst on that front.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
We've stayed in pettneu a few times as a family . Nice and cheap compared to Anton. Great ski buses. Worked fine.

Not directly relevant yo what you're planning to do, but might be worth bearing in mind.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@patch_uk, if you dont have an unlimited budget then I think Pettneu is the perfect spot for the Arlberg. Access to the skiing is as easy as from most of St Anton, certainly from those parts of town with the cheaper accommodation. There are night buses back from St Anton for a couple of Euros but Pettneu has its own bars though not the full on night life of St Anton (not that is likely to be an issue this year). The skiing, especially off piste, is the best in the eastern Alps. The problem is lots of others think so too, after a decent dump the best lines get rapidly skied out and crowds can get tedious at busy times.

The person to ask about Innsbruck is @clarky999, . He regularly posts here about various trips to the mountains in & nearby Innsbruck. He even seems to manage to squeeze a run before going to work from time to time! Most of his trips are off piste / touring. The mountains might not be as well known as the Arlberg or Zillertal but there seems to be more than enough to keep the keen locals occupied.
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