Hintertux Glacier

Ski Resort in Austria

Introduction

The Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only year round ski resort and offers winter sports enthusiasts perfectly groomed, snow-sure runs 365 days of the year, great food and a fascinating experience of nature. Especially in autumn, the Hintertux Glacier is the place to be for everyone who can't wait untill the coming winter season!

With a peak altitude of 3,250m, the Hintertux Glacier is one of the highest ski areas in Austria, offering all-year round skiing within an hour and a half of Innsbruck. There are 60km of pistes on the glacier, and plenty more off-piste opportunities in good conditions.

The resort is peacefully located at the end of the Tux Valley, with little more than a cluster of hotels either side of the road up to the glacier. It is a 15 minute drive to the nearest town - and 25 minutes to its busier neighbour of Mayrhofen.


Hintertux Glacier info card

  • Vertical (m)
    1,500 – 3,250 (1,750m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7m+ (Unofficial)
  • Lifts (19)
    6 Gondolas / cable cars
    6 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    All year round.
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    Winter Season - Oct 7 to May 11.
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 60km (piste)
    Longest run – 10 km
    Advanced - 9%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 33%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Includes Mayrhofen (Zillertal 3000)
    Adult - €52 (winter season)
    Child - €23.50 (winter season)
    Child under 6 - Free


Best time to visit Hintertux

When you’re in a ski area famed for being open all year long, it really depends what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for. The north facing slopes make spring skiing conditions wonderful, but you can also expect the ski area to be busier with skiers from lower nearby resorts flocking here for better snow. When Mayrhofen has its advent events and festivals on, the Hintertux villages make for a much quieter base, which can be brilliant if you prefer quiet evenings and long ski days.


Hintertux Snow and Weather

Hintertux Glacier’s location, high altitude and northerly aspect guarantee excellent snow depth and quality, especially above 2000m. Snow making ensures high traffic areas and the new Schwarze valley run is well covered whilst mother nature sorts out the rest. With no trees, the mountain is very exposed in poor weather, but in sunshine is absolutely glorious.


Hintertux Village

The small village of Hintertux is home to a cluster of traditional guesthouses and hotels and is peacefully located at the end of the Tux valley. The village is a quieter alternative to the busier and larger resort of Mayrhofen – a 25 minute drive down the winding mountain roads – and offers access to the nearby – and all-year round – Hintertux glacier ski area.

Hintertux has a relaxing and remote feel, with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and walking routes for those who wish to explore them. The village is no more than a few hundred metres long, with hotels and a couple of shops situated either side of the main road which passes through the village.

The ski lift up to the glacier is a 10 minute walk or a short bus ride from Hintertux village, while there are a handful of hotels – but little else – situated by the lift base station. Visitors looking for a livelier base may prefer to stay in Mayrhofen, or even in the slightly busier villages in the Tux valley which sit between Hintertux and Mayrhofen.


Hintertux Ski Resort

At the end of the Tuxer Valley, visitors soon see a white dream looming large above them – the Hintertux Glacier, a place that promises fun on the slopes all year round. It is open 365 days a year and offers close to 60 kilometres of runs. The exhilarating slopes start as high as 3,250 metres above sea level and are memorably framed by the fascinating glacial surroundings.

From the valley station, take the Sommerberg gondola and Gletscherbus up the mountain. Beginners are best advised to first find their feet on the Sommerbergalm. Several blue-marked runs start from here towards the Tuxer Joch. Quite apart from these runs, we highly recommend everyone taking a trip on the Tuxerjoch chairlift. The seven-kilometre “Schwarze Pfanne” run down into the valley to Hintertux starts just below the Tuxerjochhaus, and is a must for all visitors.

From the Sommerbergalm, an extensive ski area is also accessible in the other direction. In several steps, skiers first reach the Tuxer Ferner before continuing on towards Gefrorener Wand. At 3,250 metres above sea level, the panoramic views from the terrace speak for themselves! From here, advanced skiers can explore numerous red-marked runs or even give the black-marked Buggelpiste (no. 8a) or Sonnenhang (no. 11b) a try.

In the southern section, the sometimes incredibly challenging slopes extend across the Schlegeis Glacier. In the area around the Lärmstange lift, there are also off-piste ski routes marked which take to the deep stuff. If you prefer something a little more gentle and relaxing, Olperer 1+2 and Kaserer 2 are enjoyable and easy runs.

The Hintertux Glacier also caters well to freestyle riders. Snowboarders and free skiers can get their kicks 365 days a year at the Hintertux Glacier, while pros and experts enjoy the perfect training conditions available here, many heading for the Betterpark Hintertux every autumn to prepare for the upcoming season. Betterpark Hintertux is open from April until the end of May and from mid-September to December.

In the Tuxer Valley, the Eggalm and Rastkogel ski areas are additional hills to explore on top of the area around the glacier. While the Eggalm is more geared towards beginners and skiers who enjoy some peaceful carving, the Rastkogel offers very varied terrain thanks to its connection to Mayrhofen. The best way to explore this varied ski region is undoubtedly the “Gletscherrunde”. It encompasses some 72 kilometres of runs, and 15,000 vertical metres as it passes through Penken, Rastkogel and Eggalm before ascending to 3,250 metres and the Hintertux Glacier.


Skiing in Hintertux

First timers can get to grips with the basics in the Flea park, where the easy to use lifts and gentle slopes are usually free to access.

The Olperer blue runs at the top of the area are some of the most scenic we’ve skied, while the Kaserer drag lift serves more gentle runs. Further down, Tuxerjoch is a lovely long run down to the Sommerbergalm – stop for a rewarding hot chocolate before taking the Rasmoos drag for blue #15.

For red run skiers and snowboarders, the 6km Schwarze valley run (#1) leads all the way back to base – ski it mid-morning or mid-afternoon to avoid the traffic of people heading back for lunch and supper. There are plenty of runs to enjoy all over the ski area, from Gefrorene Wand and Kaserer well above 3000m. The local area only has one black piste – Sonnenhang – a wide, steep slope where you can really build up speed. But that’s not your lot if you’re an advanced skier. The Lärmstange freeride trails open from October to May, served by their own double chairlift and without a grooming machine in sight. For freestylers, Betterpark features some of the nation’s highest obstacles up at 3200m above sea level, with five lines including pro, medium, easy and jib lines.

Some find that Hintertux has more than enough to enjoy, while others like to make the most of the proximity to nearby resorts and set off to explore. The Zillertal 3000 ski pass includes access to the glacier as well as Tux, Finkenberg and Mayrhofen, where legendary runs like the Harakiri await.


Hintertux Apres Ski

Starting from the top (altitude-wise) at 2660m, Tuxer Fernerhaus has a self-service and a la carte restaurant for both those who want to grab and go and those who want to sit and be served. Wrap your fingers around a Glühwein by the fireplace or head out to the panorama bar’s sun terrace and drink in the views from a deckchair. Spannagelhaus at 2351m has a glorious outdoor seating area, where Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian pancakes) are a must-try. Further down at 2100m, the Sommerberg Arena’s a good spot for après ski, with a DJ and party atmosphere.

For a livelier après atmosphere, spend an afternoon in Mayrhofen which is home to the legendary Scotland Yard Pub and Bruck n’ Stadl bar.

There are some truly unique activities in this neck of the woods – head inside the glacier to ‘Nature’s Ice Palace’ from the Gletscherbus 3 top station to see ice stalactites and frozen waterfalls. The Spannagel Cave’s the highest publically-reachable cave on the continent and the biggest mountain cave system in the Central Alps – well worth touring.

Transportation - Get In


By car

Driving to Hintertux Glacier from all points of the compass is easy. From either west (Innsbruck) or east (Salzburg/Vienna) or south (Italy), one needs to get on the main A12/E45/E60 motorway and then take the B169 into the Zilllertal and continue past Mayrhofen, where a right turn toward Persal/Finkenberg will get you to Hintertux in less than 30mins. Total journey time from Innsbruck should be less than 1.5hr.

If you don’t have a car and wish to rent, the closest car rentals are in Innsbruck, either at the airport or in the city centre. Click below for more details and book online.


By Train and Bus

One of the best ways to access the Zillertal and Hintertux Glacier ski resort is by train. From Innsbruck HBF (central station), trains leave for Jenbach (direction Wörgl, Kufstein or Salzburg) every 15 to 45min between the hours of 6.10am and 7.20pm. The journey generally takes around 26min.

At Jenbach station, change to platform Z3, where a Zillertalbahn will likely be waiting for you. Trains leave for Mayrhofen (and hence Hintertux Glacier) regularly, every 22 to 60min (depending on time of day) from 6.30am to 7.56pm every day during the ski season . The 32km journey from Jenbach to Mayrhofen takes about 50min.

From Mayrhofen station, buses and taxis await to take you to Hintertux (or wherever you are staying). The local transit bus route 4104 from Mayrhofen to Hintertux Glacier stops everywhere and is usually quite empty. The cost is a few € one way. Around 10 to 12 services run per day from about 6am to 7.15pm. There is room for luggage in the bus.


By air

The nearest airports are:

Transportation - Get Around

The Hintertux Glacier base area is quite small and so walking is all that’s required to get around. If you need to go further afield, the local public transit bus between Hintertux Glacier base and Tux (Rastkogelbahn) is free for skiers and runs regularly through the day. If heading to Mayrhofen, the Green Line is a free bus for skiers and stops at Finkenberger Almbahn, Rastkogelbahn and Mayrhofen train station. If not in ski gear, the 4104 public transit bus to Mayrhofen is your best bet. Around 10 to 12 services run per day from about 8am.

Accommodation & Hotels


The Alpenhof is a four star superior hotel at the foot of the Hintertux glacier 1.500 m. It was completely rebuilt in 2006 and provides 63 classy rooms and suites in typical Tyrolean style with balcony oven spacious bathroom and many more amenities. Numerous saunas steam baths solariums a large indoor swimming pool with children area and relaxing rooms with panorama view are expecting you in our SPA Vitalis area 1.600 square metres further we offer high class massages and beauty treatments. In addition there is a modern gym 120 square metres a XXL sports hall 140 swaure metres a childrens room a teen-loungeand the fantastic Alpenhof garden with direct view onto the Hintertux glacier. The delicious Alpenhof- gourmet board leaves nothing to be desired. With a rich breakfast buffet products from our own farm show-cooking bio and whole wheat products you will start into the day. The afternoon buffet with sweet and hearty meals and of course our 5 course gourmet dinner completes the perfect Alpenhof day. Summer is all about hiking and outdoor activities our hiking guides look forward to accompanying you from Monday until Friday in our beautiful landscape. Also in winter our ski guide shows you the best slopes in the Ski- andg lacier world Zillertal 3000. The ski bus is running for free between the hotel and the lift station. We already reserved a place in our deep ground parking for you for free. . At some point youll have had enough of it all and thats the time for very special moments. With this maxim in mind we would like to take you off on a foray through our hotel and invite you to let these very special moments of joy sink in moments you would expect here with us. In the Alpenhof in the peace and quiet of the bizarre Alpine realm you will find the time and space to re-discover the pure pleasure in lovely views. The everlasting beauty of the natural surroundings in the course of the seasons.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL ALPENHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 97, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Set in a prime location of Hintertux Glacier, Sport Vital Hotel Central puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. Photocopying, fireplace, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas are there for guest's enjoyment. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including yoga room, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, indoor pool, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Discover all Hintertux Glacier has to offer by making Sport Vital Hotel Central your base.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Well-maintained rooms
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Professional service
  • SPORT VITAL HOTEL CENTRAL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.


Located in Madseit, Alpinhotel Berghaus is a perfect starting point from which to explore Hintertux Glacier. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. To be found at the hotel are luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, airport transfer. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and some offering convenient amenities like television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating, wake-up service. The hotel's peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include fitness center, sauna, skiing, massage, solarium. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Hintertux Glacier, Alpinhotel Berghaus will make you feel instantly at home.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice sauna
    • Professional service
  • ALPINHOTEL BERGHAUS SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Property Location: Located in Tux (Hintertux), Hintertuxerhof is minutes from 8er Sommerberg and Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Sommerberg Cable Car and 4er Tuxerjoch.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 41 guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hintertuxerhof. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Nice kids facilities
    • Pleasant hotel grounds
    • Great childcare
    • Professional service
  • KINDER- & GLETSCHERHOTEL HINTERTUXERHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Property Location: When you stay at Sporthotel Kirchler in Tux, you'll be in the mountains and minutes from Lanersbach Church and Eggalm Skiing. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort and Sommerberg Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 31 guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages. This Mediterranean hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Spacious rooms
    • Great menu
  • SPORTHOTEL KIRCHLER SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Beds need improvement
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • AKTIV- & WELLNESSHOTEL BERGFRIED SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, food and service.

 

 


Der Rindererhof Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Hintertux Glacier, whether exploring or just passing through. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as heating, balcony/terrace, telephone, satellite/cable TV, in room safe. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, sauna, spa, massage, solarium. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Hintertux Glacier has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Der Rindererhof Hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Well-maintained rooms
    • New rooms
    • Clean rooms
  • DER RINDERERHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 15% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Property Location: Located in Madseit, Wellnesshotel Bergland is on a river and convenient to Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort and Sommerberg Cable Car. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Lanersbach Church and Eggalm Skiing.

Rooms: Stay in one of 48 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an indoor pool and a lazy river. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, complimentary babysitting/childcare, and ski storage. The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.

Dining: You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Wellnesshotel Bergland, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Clean hotel facilities
  • WELLNESSHOTEL BERGLAND SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 93. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


The 4-star Hotel Tirolerhof offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Hintertux Glacier. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Facilities like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, fireplace, postal service, ticket service are readily available for you to enjoy. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, closet, heating, wake-up service to ensure a restful night. Access to the hotel's hiking trails, ski equipment rentals, ski lessons, fitness center, sauna will further enhance your satisfying stay. Hotel Tirolerhof combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Hintertux Glacier unforgettable.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great dining experience
    • Friendly service
    • Comfortable beds
    • Spacious rooms
  • HOTEL TIROLERHOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, food and service.


Property Location: With a stay at Hotel Neuhintertux in Tux (Hintertux), you'll be minutes from 8er Sommerberg and Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Sommerberg Cable Car and 4er Tuxerjoch.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 65 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a health club and an indoor pool. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and ski storage. The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Planning an event in Tux? This hotel has facilities measuring 947 square feet (88 square meters), including meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Clean rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice sauna
  • HOTEL GLETSCHER & SPA NEUHINTERTUX SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 91. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.

Ski Area

Hintertux’s famous glacier and 365 day a year skiing make it a great snowsure destination, particularly outside of the peak season. But with a relatively limited 60km of prepared pistes, most visitors will need to travel the short distance to access 196km of pistes within the wider Ski & Glacier Zillertal 3000 area, encompassing nearby Mayrhofen.

The Hintertux ski area is set high up at the top of the Tux valley, predominantly above the tree line. Its runs are characteristically wide, open cruisers suited to intermediates. While most pistes are classed as red runs, there are generally few steep sections and  their width makes them a possibility for more confident beginners.

Many of the runs in the Hintertux area are situated in the glacier bowl itself, between the Gefrorene Wand and Grosser Kaserer peaks. Compared with many other glaciers, Hintertux offers a variety of pistes, and confident beginners and intermediates will be happy for a day or two – although the runs are fairly short and most lifts are t-bars. This area, above the 2660m station, is the limit of skiing in the summer.

The area between the Sommerberg at 2100m and the top of the Gletscherbus 2 lift at 2660m, offers only 2 red runs, although these are supplemented by a number of unprepared pistes and a range of off-piste opportunities. Hintertux boasts the longest run in Zillertal, a 12km and 1,750m descent from the Gefrorenen Wand down to Hintertux village (including the unprepared 1a from Sommerberg to the village).

Under the Tuxer Joch peak a small number of easier blue runs provide scope for beginners to find their feet in Hintertux, and the FamilyPark Hintertux provides the opportunity for children and beginners to have a go at freestyling.

While on the face of it Hintertux has little to offer advanced skiers and boarders, with only one short black run, there are a number of off-piste opportunities which can be accessed with a guide and the ‘Betterpark Hintertux’ provides the prospect of a snowsure park. Even so, with a relatively limited ski area, intermediate and advanced skiers will want to explore the other parts of the Zillertal 3000 area with 196km of prepared pistes across six peaks and taking in the ski area of Hintertux’s more famous neighbour Mayrhofen. The main area covering Eggalm, Rastkogel, Penken and Horberg peaks is mostly easily accessed from Lanersbach village, a short bus ride from Hintertux village. The free Tuxer Sportbus shuttles between the villages every 15 minutes.

The Hintertux glacier allows skiing 365 days a year, a fact the village is proud to boast. With the highest peak within the wider Zillertal 3000 area, at 3250m [check], and with most runs above 2000m, Hintertux is a safe snowsure bet. The height and exposure of the glacier can, however, see lifts closed before nearby areas when the weather closes in.


Hintertux Beginner Skiing

With only 8 runs suitable for beginners, and some more difficult to access, Hintertux itself has a relatively limited offering. While the nearby Rastkogel area provides more beginner-friendly options, the short bus ride may not be convenient for all.

For novices and small children the babylift in the village centre provides access to a small nursery area. From there most will progress to the main area for beginners in Hintertux - around and above the Sommerberg, served by the Ramsmoos and Tuxerjoch chairlifts. Wide cruisers provide the opportunity for beginners to gain confidence and progress - blue run 17 under the Tuxerjoch is a longer but potentially more interesting test.

For variety the blue runs around Olperer 1 and 2 on the glacier are fairly easily accessed, although with only red runs from there down to the Sommerberg area most beginners will need to get the cable cars or gondolas back down the mountain.

More confident beginners may want to explore the nearby Rastkogel area, which has a number of rolling blue runs as well as a nursery area. The Rastkogelbahn in Vorderlanersbach, a short bus ride from Hintertux, provides direct access to the area.


Hintertux Intermediate Skiing

Hintertux offers a handful of interesting, long runs for intermediates, but with only 60km of pistes, visitors will want to explore the larger areas nearby which are included within the Zillertal Superskipass.

Hintertux provides a range of wide, open pistes well-suited to intermediates although with a relatively limited ski area, most will need to venture further afield within the Zillertal Superskipass area after a day or two. This offers a much wider range of skiing – the nearby Rastkogel and Eggalm areas are a good place to start, with fairly quiet but interesting pistes which can be accessed from Lanersbach, a short (free) bus ride from Hintertux.

In Hintertux itself over half the pistes are classed as red runs (or ski routes). The main area high up on the glacier under the Gefrorene Wand provides a number of shorter red runs, and red number 5 which drops down onto the Schlegeis glacier behind offers some fantastic views. Some of the longer runs that are possible all the way down to Hintertux village, with an altitude difference of over 1500m, provide a more interesting ride. When conditions are good the area under the Larmstange is a must, with a number of ski routes down to Sommerberg, and the whole of the Hintertux area has good off-piste potential, although on the glacier itself the presence of crevasses under the surface make this extremely dangerous, so a guide is vital.

Once Hintertux is exhausted intermediates will want to explore the larger area available between Mayrhofen and Lanersbach, with a further 135km of pistes, including a number of fairly steep red runs. The pistes under the Lammerbichl chairlift and down into the valley between Rastkogel and Eggalm areas are a welcome change from the wide, open pistes of Hintertux, and provide some interesting tree-runs – they can also be a refuge when the weather is worse high up on the glacier.

Another particular highlight within main Penken area above Mayrhofen, is the red run 66 which runs along the ridge separating the Penken from the Rastkogel before dropping back into the Penken bowl.


Hintertux Advanced & Expert Skiing

While there are a limited number of genuinely challenging pistes on the glacier, Hintertux does provide potential for off-piste skiing and ski touring means that there are options for those willing to head away from prepared pistes.

With only two fairly short black pistes, there is not a great deal of steep and testing runs for advanced skiers in Hintertux. In good conditions, however, good off-piste can be found on the glacier, and there is plenty of accessible off-piste in the nearby Zillertal 3000 ski area.

In nearby Mayrhofen, the terrain is somewhat more challenging – there are only another six runs classified black, although some of the many red runs are also steep in parts. Real experts will want to test their mettle on the Harakiri (black 34), the steepest piste in Austria! A more leisurely ride, although still stimulating, is black 12 under the Schneekar chairlift.

The other popular option for experienced skiers and boarders is ski touring, and there is a very good offering in this respect both within Hintertux itself and across the wider area. Visitors should always use a guide, particularly in Hinterux where crevasses in the glacier under the snow present a real danger.


Hintertux Boarding & Freestyle

Hintertux punches above its weight in terms of park facilities, with a Familypark suitable for all levels open during the winter season and the Betterpark with pro-lines open during the summer season.

The presence of the glacier, and a remarkable 365 day skiing, means that Hintertux attracts pro-riders searching for guaranteed snow year round, and it hosts an opening party annually on the first weekend in October.

The Betterpark Hintertux, open from April to December (with a short break over August) is perched high up on the glacier, alongside the Olperer t-bars – providing snowsure opportunities for freestyling throughout the year. With a range of kickers, boxes and rails the park offers an easy, medium and pro-line, as well as a 120m Superpipe.

During the winter season the Familypark Hintertux takes over (open December to April), and offers a range of freestyle opportunities, including for families and beginners.

The presence of a number of t-bar lifts and generally limited beginners pistes, don’t make Hintertux the ideal place to learn to snowboard, although intermediates will enjoy the wide cruisers and opportunities for exploring off-piste – in particular the large area under the Larmstange chairlift.

Ski lifts & pass

Hintertux itself is a compact ski area served by only 19 lifts, with a mix of newer gondolas and chairlifts, and older t-bars. Most visitors will want to take advantage of the Zillertal Superskipass which provides access to a total of 489km of pistes across a much wider area.


Hintertux Ski Lifts

The Hintertux ski area is served by 19 ski lifts, which are a mix of shorter t-bars at the top of the mountain, a handful of chairlifts and cable cars, and the Gletscherbus series of gondolas which ferry skiers from the village to the highest accessible point, the Gefrorene Wand.

Gletcherbus 1 is the main access lift from the village to the central Sommerberg area, although it is supplemented by the 8-person Sommerberg cable car. The quickest route to the top of the mountain from the Sommerberg is taking the Gletscherbus 2 and 3 gondolas. From there skiers can access runs on the glacier, and can drop down behind the Gefrorene Wand, taking the Schlegeis chairlift back to the summit. Most lifts within this top section are t-bars which may put off some skiers and snowboarders, although they are fairly short and relatively easy to handle with few steep sections.

On the other side of the mountain, under the Grosser Kaserer, one of the oldest chairlifts in the resort, the 2-person chair Larmstange provides access to Kaserer 1 and 2 t-bars. [The resort plans to replace the older Kaserer 2 t-bar with a new 6-person chairlift in 2015 which will be a welcome improvement.]

The Ramsmoos t-bar from Sommerberg, and a small Babylift in the centre of the village serve novices and children just starting out.


Hintertux Glacier Lift Tickets

Hintertux Glacier is open all year round, but has a defined ‘winter season from early October to mid-May every year. Summer skiing has much reduced lift ticket price as the terrain is limited to the upper mountain.

During the winter season, a standard Hintertux Glacier day lift ticket is valid not only at Hintertux, but also the Zillertal 3000 lifts on Eggalm, Rastkogel and Mayrhofen.

If staying for an extended period in the Zillertal, it may be advantageous to purchase a Zillertaler Superskipass. This pass is valid for all of the ski resorts in the valley including Zillertal Arena, and Fugen-Kaltenbach.


Ski pass rates winter 2017/18

  • From October 7th, 2017 to May 11th, 2018
  • All prices in Euro. Chip card deposit € 2.00

DaysAdultsYouth 1999–2002Children 2003–2011
1from 08:00 am52.0041.5023.50
1from 11:00 am45.00 36.00 20.50
1from 11:45 am37.00 29.50 16.50
1from 02:00 pm29.00 23.50 13.50
1.5from 11:45 am75.50 60.50 34.00
2102.5082.00 46.00
2.5from 11:45 am122.50 98.00 55.00
3143.50 114.50 64.50
3.5from 11:45 am164.50 131.50 74.00
4179.00 143.00 80.50
5214.50 171.50 96.50
6249.00 199.00 112.00
7282.50 226.00 127.00
8313.50 251.00 141.00
9343.50 275.00154.50
10374.50 299.50 168.50
11403.50 323.00 181.50
12431.50 345.00 194.00
13459.00 367.50 206.50
14487.00 389.50219.00
15512.50 410.00 230.50
16536.00428.50 241.00
17559.00 447.50 251.50
18582.50 466.00 262.00
19602.50 482.00 271.00
20617.00 493.50 277.50
21632.50 506.00 284.50
4 in 6198.00 158.50 89.00
5 in 7232.50 186.00 104.50
6 in 7259.00 207.00 116.50
10 in 14403.50 323.00 181.50

  • Children born after 1.1.2012 free of charge (ID required!)

 

Activities & Things to do

Hintertux itself has a fairly limited offering for non-skiers, but the surrounding area offers a range of other winter sports such as snow-shoeing and ice climbing, as well as good swimming and wellness facilities. Families shouldn’t miss a trip to the ‘Ice Palace’ at the top of the resort.


Mountain sightseeing in Hintertux

There are a number of natural landscape features in and around Hintertux that are worth a visit, for skiers and non-skiers alike, particularly if the weather is bad.

The Ice Palace, a stunning ice cave, with stalactites, frozen waterfalls and a glacial lake, is open all year round and has daily guided tours available. The Palace can be accessed on foot from the top of the Gletcherbus 3 gondola, where visitors can also appreciate the 360 degree views from the Panorama Terrace at the Gefrorene Wand.

An alternative is the Spannagel cave, which claims to be the highest publicly accessible cave in Europe. In winter guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Fridays (call in advance +43 5287 87251), although more extensive tours are also available on request, where cave trekkers can go deep into the 12.5km system. The cave is accessed via the top of the Gletscher bus 2, and walking or skiing down towards the Spannagelhaus restaurant.


Cross country skiing in Hintertux

Whilst not extensive there are cross country facilities near to Hintertux, with a 14km classic cross country track, from Vorderlanersbach to Madseit (near Hintertux), and a 14km skating track in Madseit. The tracks can be used free of charge, and lessons are available from some ski schools in Hintertux.


Ice climbing in Hintertux

An alternative to speeding down the mountain, a number of companies nearby Hintertux offer ice climbing on waterfalls running off the glacier. Guides can cater for beginners as well as more experienced climbers and most companies will provide all the required equipment, including crampons and ice picks.


Ice skating in Hintertux

While there is no ice rink in Hintertux itself there are a number in the nearby village of Lanersbach, as well as in the larger Mayrhofen. At the large ice rink in Lanersbach, which is nearest to Hintertux, visitors can skate or try their hand at ‘Bavarian curling’ (ice stick shooting)! The rink is open from 15:00-22:00 daily except Monday, for reservations call +43 5287 87385.


Swimming and Spa facilities in Hintertux

A number of the hotels in Hintertux have swimming and/or spa facilities. The most notable is the Hotel Badhotel Kirchler which draws the water for its facilities from a natural hot spring, one of the highest in Europe. As well as the thermal pool, the hotel offers saunas, steam room and massage, perfect after a long day on the slopes.

Public swimming baths and wellness facilities are also on offer at Erlebnisbad in nearby Mayrhofen, and are well worth a visit for families – the large pool is complemented by a Jacuzzi, water slides and inflatables. The Green line buses run between Mayrhofen and Hintertux and are free, although only with a ski pass and if you show ski gear.


Snowshoeing and hiking in Hintertux

There are a number of cleared trails in and around Hintertux that offer a more serene way to see the area, either on foot or using snowshoes for the more adventurous. Many of the ski schools rent snowshoes, and snowshoe tours can be organised by RocknSnow Alpine Guiding (+43 664 406 5650).


Tobogganing in Hintertux

There are a couple of maintained toboggan runs in and around Hintertux, although visitors have to walk up to both (or taxi). The 3km Bichlalm run starts from the mountain hut of the same name, approximately 50 minutes walk from the village. The Bichlalm hut has live music most nights of the week, and a fondue night on Fridays. The Grieralm run, starting from the Grieralm hut, is a longer 5km illuminated run, but with an hour and half walk up to it from Juns village a taxi might be a better option.

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