Resort Profile: Hintertux

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

The Hintertux Glacier is one of Europe’s largest all-year-round skiing locations and is the only one in Austria. The glacier offers you skiing and snowboarding at over 3000m and is located at the end of the Ziller Valley. Even though the glacier offers you skiing all year round, it is not uncommon for the lower half of the mountain to be snow free when the rest of Austria has plenty.

In the valley beneath the glacier there are five villages and the largest of the five is Lanersbach, which is where most of the facilities are based.The little village of Hintertux itself, at the head of the valley, has thermal springs. The lifts are directly at the huge day-visitors car-park. Apart from skiing there are more than 250 km of hiking trails and Natursport Tirol offers active sports like paragliding, canyoning, flying fox and caving.

Hintertux is based only two hours from Munich which means it is easily accessible, however, this also means that it can get very crowded, especially at the weekends. Higher up the mountain there are plenty of decent intermediate and advanced slopes and the beginner slopes are located lower down. However, if the snow lower down is sparse then any beginners may struggle.

There are some lovely bars and restaurants in Hintertux and there is the Panorama Terrace at an altitude of 3250m. It has sensational views of the valley and there are other sun terraces to choose from as well, some of which have free sun loungers on offer.

The Highlights

- Skiing all year round
- Easily acessible
- Two hours from Munich
- Austria’s only year round ski resort
- Great for intermediates

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