Early skiing at the Hintertux Glacier

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Can’t wait to strap into your boots, clip into your skis and hit the powder? No problem. The Hintertux Glacier in Austria’s Tyrolean Zillertal Valley is open 365 days a year and always has snow. Reach an elevation of over 10,000 feet and ski down 37 miles of runs or visit Betterpark Hintertux and Funslope Hintertux on the glacier. No matter where you spend your day, you’re sure to find enough snow to be thoroughly entertained.

Betterpark Hintertux is a snowboarder and freeskiers paradise. Open from mid-September through December and April to early June, this is the highest freestyle spot in Austria. Located at the foot of Olperer Mountain, this area is a strong contender to take home the “best snow park in the Alps” title. The snow park has a little bit of everything, with five lines, including pro, large, medium small and jib lines, a half-pipe, jumps, rails and boxes. This is for sure an adrenaline junkies’ dream.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed skiing experience, visit Funslope Hintertux at Sommerbergalm. This family-friendly ski area is an adventure course where participants can zoom over snow waves, go around banked turns and ski through a tunnel. There are two different adventure courses, so make sure you try both!

If you’ve heard enough and are convinced you need to go, you’ll need a few things. First of all, skis are quite important for a skiing trip. You can find rental stations in Hintertux, Tux, Finkenberg and at the ski resort.  You’ll also need a ski pass and a day ticket is 53.50 euros for adults, 42.50 euros for youth, and 24 euros for children.

A hotel to rest your weary head and get some hot food after a strenuous day of skiing is a must. Consider staying at Hotel Höhlenstein in Tux, where you’ll find spacious rooms, delicious food and beautiful views of the Hintertux Glacier. It’s just over two miles away from the glacier and is right next to a bus stop that will take you directly to your skiing destination. It’s even pet-friendly, so your fur baby can be a part of the fun. If you’d rather be even closer to the glacier, visit Hotel Neuhintertux, which is a mere 164 feet away from the ski slopes. This four-star hotel has a wellness oasis that includes an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, saunas, infrared cabin, fresh air terrace and spa treatments. After a day of skiing your heart out, it might be nice to ski right back to your hotel and be on a massage table within minutes.

If you just can’t spend enough time on the glacier, go to the Nature Ice Palace. This unique natural jewel is open year round and is fun for the whole family (ages 6 and up). Deep below the ski slopes you’ll get to experience ice stalactites, sparkling ice crystals, frozen waterfalls and a glacier lake at a constant temperature of 32 ° F. Daily tours take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. which lasts one hour. For a little something extra, you can go on a VIP, exclusive photo, stand up paddling, ice swimming or kayak tour of the ice palace. Don’t forget your winter jacket!

Now that you know all about the Hintertux Glacier, where to stay and what to do, the real question is: how soon can you get there? This fun for the whole family location is sure to be a favorite and a requested vacation destination year after year. Whether you visit in mid-July or smack dab in the middle of winter, this glacier is sure to have agreeable skiing conditions.

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