365 days of slope fun – Hintertux glacier is Austria’s only year-round skiing area. No matter if it is spring, summer, autumn or winter: The ski slopes at the Hintertux glacier are ready for skiing. While hikers still enjoy the warm sunshine in the village, skiing enthusiasts go skiing on slopes up to 3250 metres above sea level.
In search of the white gold
In the valley the hikers put on their hiking shoes while we are looking for the majestic glacier. We leave the autumn atmosphere in the valley and take the gondola up to the glacier, which stands out impressively with its white tops. The anticipation for skiing in autumn grows.
Modern technique at 3250 metres above sea level
“Have fun”, says the lady at the cash desk before we enter the glacier bus 1. With modern gondolas we float up the mountain until we reach the snow. Arriving at the ski station of the glacier bus 1 we meet the operator Erich Pfister who explains everything about the technology to us: “The highest cable car on just one steel rope in the world is at the Hintertux glacier, the glacier bus 3. The construction of the station at 3250 metres above sea level was a great challenge. Bringing the materials up the mountain was exhausting, and additionally the gondolas have to be wind and weatherproof. Squalls are not rare in this height either. The 7.5 kilometer long steel rope with a 48 millimeter caliber secures the gondolas.” After this interesting explanation we board glacier bus 2 and explore the ski area on our snowboards.
Kaserer lifts – perfect for autumn skiing
We breathe the clear mountain air as we leave the station of glacier bus 2. There’s not a single cloud in the sky – it is a clear day. After enjoying the view we follow the signs “Kaserer Lifts”, an insider tip from a snowboarder. After following the red slope 11 we reach the two ski lifts. Every skier can find their perfect slope here in the glacier ski area: wide and smooth slopes for beginners and steep and narrow slopes for advanced skiers. And on top of that the most beautiful view.
On-mountain restaurant Tuxer Ferner
Skiing makes hungry. It is time for a well-deserved break on 2660 metres above sea level. We secure a table on the sun terrace in the Restaurant Tuxer Ferner. While we are waiting for our food we enjoy the spectacular view. The restaurant is an absolute eye-catcher as well, with the traditional wood facade and the traditional virgin stone cover panels. The interior design is unique: comfortable parlors made of wood, classy leather sofas in front of the fireplace and a rustic bar with many details like snow flakes that dangle from the ceiling. After the main dish we treat ourselves to some coffee and apple strudel before we head back to the slopes.
Panoramic terrace and Betterpark
Next stop: panoramic terrace! We take the glacier bus 3 up to 3250 metres above sea level. After a few steps we reach the panoramic terrace from where you have a magnificent view over the mountains. Sunshine and a clear sky make the panorama unforgettable. You can see the “Zugspitze”, the “Großglockner” and the Dolomites. A highlight you should not miss. Afterwards we visit the Betterpark at the Olperer lifts, where we meet Chris who is responsible for the maintenance. The Betterpark in Hintertux is one the biggest snow funparks in Austria. The variety of obstacles makes the park unique. Many freestyle pros meet up here regularly, Chris tells us. After our conversation, Chris leaves to show us some moves on his snowboard.
We will come again!
Time flies and it is almost 16.00h. (The T-bars close at 16.00h) We ski to the glacier bus 2. While we float down the mountain in the gondolas we enjoy the sunset. We had a great skiing day at the Hintertux glacier. The variety of slopes, the huts and highlights like the panoramic terrace or the Betterpark make skiing and snowboard unique. No matter if you are a beginner or advanced rider.
A last view to the glacier ends our sensational ski day. The farewell is easy because we know we will come back soon!