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. Its runs are more extensive, varied and challenging than on most other glaciers, and there is more skiing down the valley at the other Zillertal resorts - most notably at Mayrhofen.

Hintertux is located at 1500m at the end of the Tux Valley, which is really just the uppermost section of the much larger Zillertal Valley. For skiers and boarders the Zillertal valley is famous because it has more ski runs than any other valley in the world, with 580km total - far more than any skier could get through in a week's holiday. The skiing is split between several resorts, all linked by bus and sometimes by lift and piste as well, and all covered by the Zillertal Superski pass. The largest single lift-linked area in the valley is around Mayrhofen and stretches across to Tux-Lanersbach, which is less than 10kms for Hintertux and only 15 minutes' away by bus, so Mayrhofen's ski area is easily reached from Hintertux, and vice versa. Zillertal 3000 is the collective name for the joint Mayrhofen-Lanersbach-Hintertux ski area. 

But Hintertux based skiers don't need to go down the valley to find good skiing, because the glacier directly above them and the runs down from it, are first class. For experts there is a reasonably tough black, several marked ski routes and access to huge amounts of off-piste, freeriding and ski touring if they hire a guide. For intermediates there are excellent red runs all over the mountain, including one on the South-facing Schlegeis glacier which can provide some much needed warmth given that everything else is high and either North or North-East-facing. For beginers there are nursery slopes at village level and more extensive ones up the mountain at Sommerberg, but they will need a lift pass for the latter and will have to take the lift up and down as the only pisted run back to the resort is a red. There is a good choice of ski schools and guides. Surprisingly for such a bleak place, the mountain restaurants are actually quite nice, but there are not a lot of them.

The village is really just a nondescript collection of hotels, low-rise apartment blocks, bars, ski hire outlets, a few basic shops and some simple restaurants. Some of these are located next to the lift but most are about 15 minutes' walk away. The road comes to an end at Hintertux, so there is no through-traffic. Apres-ski is similarly basic and beer-fuelled but it can be quite lively too: it starts at mid mountain in the afternoon and continues on in a few bars in the resort until late at night. There is much more choice about nightlife down the valley at Mayrhofen and buses connecting the two resorts run until late at night, but become less and less frequent so check the timetable carefully.

 Ski & Board Hire in Hintertux

There are a few equiment rental shops in Hintertux and some of the ones down the valley will do deliveries but they seldom negotiate on price if you just walk into them. ALPINRESORTS.com works with ski hire shops throughout the Zillertal valley and can secure discounts of up to 35% if you book online in advance here

SKISET also has an outlet in Hintertux and it gives online discounts if you book online here.

Hintertux Pros and Cons

+ The Zillertal valley has lots of skiing
+ Hintertux is snowsure
+ Good intermediate skiing locally
+ Good off-piste opportunities

- Basic nightlife
- Novices have to take lift up and down
- Bus-linked not lift-linked to the rest of Zillertal
- Cold bleak setting.

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Hintertux Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • StateTirol
  • RegionZillertal
  • Base630 m
  • Peak3,250 m
  • Vertical2,620 m
  • Ski Area60 km
  • Ski Lifts19 
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts
  • Surface Lifts
  • Riders per hour36,052 

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