The Hintertux Glacier is the only year-round ski area that offers skiing pleasure on up to 60 km of slopes 365 days a year, plus action in the snow park and party atmosphere in the ski huts.
1) General information about the Hintertux Glacier ski area
- 60 kilometers of slopes and 21 lifts
- Slopes up to 3,250 m
- The only year-round ski area in Austria
With its high slopes up to 3,250 m, the Hintertux Glacier is the third highest ski area in Austria
and the only ski area in the country that is open 365 days a year. Even in the summer months there is skiing on the snow-sure slopes. Of the 60 km of slopes, 14 km are marked blue, 35 km red and 11 km black, plus 13 km of ski routes – an extremely balanced mixture. Up to ten lifts and 18 km of slopes are open between June and September.
The snow-sure ski area is also a popular address for training teams who hold their summer training there, but also for all snow-hungry summer ski fans.
In autumn, the “Betterpark Hintertux” snow park will open with a major event. The fun area offers numerous obstacles for freestyle fun until June at an altitude of 3,200 m. Tourist attractions such as the Ice Palace and a large show cave add value to the entertainment program on the Hintertux Glacier.
Around the village of Hintertux at 1,500 m there are also around 30 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing. The “Tux-Loipe” runs between Hintertux and Tux-Vorderlanersbach, and invites you to classic jogging and skating over a 14 km easy route. There is also a 2 km high trail at the Höllensteinhütte at 1,740 m, above Tux-Lanersbach.
As one of the highest glacier ski areas in the country, there is heavy snowfall on the Hintertuxer Ferner, even in the warmer months. Surprisingly, the summer month of May is the snowiest month in the Hintertux Glacier ski area with an average snow depth of 337 cm. In addition to the great snow conditions, there is plenty of sun, more precisely on over 230 days in the winter season.
The best snow and weather conditions, plus fun slopes, ski schools and rustic restaurants make the Hintertux Glacier a well-equipped ski area. The top criteria in our expert rating are correspondingly good: there are four stars for the lifts and a full five stars for snow reliability.
2) Hintertux Glacier trail map
3) Skiing in the Hintertux Glacier ski area
Skiing on the Hintertux Glacier is a pleasure in many ways: The snow-sure slopes on the wide glacier plateau are sometimes steep and difficult, sometimes flat and easy to ski. The impressive view over the Zillertal Alps serves as the backdrop. Most of the slopes are marked in red and offer challenging skiing fun, but there are also a few blue pleasure runs in the area of the Kaserer lift and below the Olperer summit.
The longest slope is the 12 km long valley run from the Gefrorenen Wand. In the Flohpark Hintertux, a separate children’s area on the Schwarze Pfanne valley run, the ski school children cavort on the practice slope with a magic carpet, beginners lift and tire carousel.
Lots of snow and lots of space are the ideal conditions for setting up a sophisticated snow park. The “Betterpark Hintertux” offers a considerable freestyle area with five different lines for beginners to professionals. The Funslope Hintertux at the Sommerberg-Alm offers more moderate obstacles designed for winter sports enthusiasts of all ages.
The fun slope is equipped with a wave run, a snow tunnel, a kicker-like speed boost and the mascot Slopy with a big hand to let off steam. The snow park offer in the Hintertux Glacier ski area receives a full five stars from our experts.
Eight mountain restaurants in the Hintertux Glacier ski area take care of your physical well-being and lunch. From the panorama terrace at the top station of the Frozen Wall, the view sweeps from the Zugspitze to the Großglockner.
The highest hut is the Spannagelhaus, a former refuge from the 19th century. It can be reached with the glacier bus and is located directly on the slope at 2,530 m.
Right behind the hut is the entrance to the Spannagel cave, the highest show cave in Europe with a length of over 10 km. Another highlight in the Hintertux Glacier ski area is the Nature Ice Palace. A few meters from the mountain station of the Glacier Bus’ 3 is the entrance to the ice cave, which impresses with monstrous ice stalactites, frozen waterfalls and a glacial lake. Hospitality,
For frequent skiers who have a ski pass for the Ski- & Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000, the “Glacier Tour” is one of the highlights. The tour leads over a total of 72 km of descent through the ski region from Mayrhofen
to the glacier. On the day trip, over 1,500 vertical meters are conquered in one day of skiing.
4) Expert evaluation
With an overall rating of four stars, the Hintertux Glacier is one of the best-rated ski areas in the Austrian
Alps to guarantee snow.
5) Off-piste activities
On the Hintertux Glacier, in addition to skiing, partying is also very popular. In the ski area, après-ski starts in the afternoon. Popular points of contact are the “Sommerberg Arena” at the mountain station of the Gletscherbus’ I and the “Hohenhaus-Tenne” at the valley station.
Those who want to party even longer will find a dozen bars and après-ski bars in Tux as well as the “Tux 1” disco for the long party night. A night bus drives the party-goers back to the Tuxertal towns every hour. The après-ski on the glacier and in Tux is considered extensive and varied and is given four stars by our experts.
Various leisure activities are available for families and quieter winter sports enthusiasts. Around 70 km of cleared or rolled hiking trails invite you to go on excursions in the Tuxertal, including ascents to mountain pastures. Guided snowshoe tours during the day but also in the evening take you into the untouched snow world of the Tux-Finkenberg region. For toboggan fans there are three toboggan runs to choose from in the Tuxertal: The route at the Bichlalm offers 3 km of tobogganing fun for young and old.
The 5 km run at the Grieralm and the 4 km run at the Höllensteinhütte are also illuminated in the evening. All three huts, in which Tyrolean specialties and regular hut evenings are offered, can also be reached on foot on hiking trails. Further down in the valley in Tux there is an ice rink for ice skating and curling. Even in bad weather there is entertainment in Tux. Visits to the fitness studio, swimming pool, sauna, squash game or a game of billiards, darts or table football in a café round off the leisure program.
6) Places in the Hintertux Glacier ski area
The municipality of Tux is located at an altitude of 1,281 m in the rear Tuxertal, a side valley of the Zillertal. It consists of five districts, with Lanersbach and Vorderlanersbach being the tourist centers with shops and hotels. Little Hintertux
is known to winter sports enthusiasts and who gave the glacier its name . This district of Tux is located at 1,500 m at the foot of the glacier and thus directly at the entrance to the ski area. Hintertux only consists of a handful of hotels and inns.
7) Arrival in the Hintertux Glacier ski area
Getting to the Tuxertal and the Hintertux Glacier ski area is very easy. From Germany
by car, take the A12 Inntal motorway to the Zillertal
”) and then take the Zillertalstrasse B169 along the valley to Mayrhofen
. From there follow the signs to Finkenberg and Tux. The next train station, where long-distance trains also stop, is in Jenbach. From here the Postbus takes about two hours to Hintertux.
Those who like it more relaxed can continue with the Zillertalbahn to Mayrhofen. From Mayrhofen
it is another 20 km to Hintertux. Various post buses and ski buses run through the Tuxertal. The nearest airports are Innsbruck
(approx. 90 km), Munich
(approx. 230 km) and Salzburg
(approx. 160 km).