Hintertux Glacier Lifts & Terrain


Hintertux Glacier Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Nearby Ski Resorts

Zillertal Arena

    Hintertuxer Gletscher Ski Trail Map
  • Hintertux Glacier Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,500m - 3,250m (1,750m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 - 10m+ (Unofficial)
  • Lifts (21)
    6 Gondolas / cable cars
    6 Chairs

    Zillertal - 180 lifts
  • Opening Times & Dates
    Skiing every day of the year
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    Summer Season - May to Oct
    Winter Season - Oct to May
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 60km (on-piste)
    Longest run - 10 km
    Advanced - 9%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 33%

    Zillertal - 542km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Winter Season
    Adult - €59.50
    Child - €26.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
    2 days+ = Zillertal Super Ski Pass
    (Valid in all Zillertal valley ski resorts)

    Summer Season (Hintertux only)
    Adult - €48
    Child - €22
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Zillertal 3000 Trail & Piste Map
  • Zillertal 3000 Trail Map
    Zillertal Super Ski Pass Resorts Map
  • Zillertal Super Ski Pass Validity Map

Hintertux Ski Resort Skiing & Snowboarding

Hintertux Glacier ski resort is blessed with a crown of north facing glaciers that provide the basis for it’s 365 days a year operation.

The thing one notices on the way to the top of Hintertux Glacier is that resort’s vertical skiable terrain is sadly split in half near Sommerberg. Having said that, one can still ski a full 1300m vertical from top of Gefrorene Wand (3,250m) down to bottom of the Sessellift 6er chair at 1950m.

Whilst there is precious little at the top of the resort at Gefrorene Wand other than a cool (cold actually!) rooftop terrace and access to ice caves, the views are stupendous. From here one quickly understands Hintertux Glacier’s strength - an intermediate skier & snowboarder's paradise.

Ski Lifts

Hintertux Glacier’s lift system is starting to show its age, but still delivers skiers efficiently around the slopes. From the valley, Gletchscherbus 1, 2 and 3 are a series of efficient 24 person gondolas (tele cabins) going to very top of 3250m at Gefrorene Wand. The gondolas are all separate and one must exit each top station to get into next one. A smaller and more economical 8-person gondola runs after the morning rush to Sommerberg.

At Sommerberg, take the escalator up from to the Tuxerjoch 4er chair and a short (70m vert) beginners T-bar. The excellent funslope is located here. Gets some early sun and is the best lift for beginners and early intermediates. The cracking new return to valley from the top of Tuxerjoch is a thigh testing 960m vert (trail 1). It splits off near the bottom to go to other accommodation further down valley. Also, at Sommerberg, the Sessellift 6er chair doesn’t serve any piste terrain but is just a link lift to get skiers back up the 150m vertical to Sommerberg. This marks the sad Hintertux Glacier terrain split!

From Gefrorene Wand many of the lifts are T-bars servicing glacier terrain. An exception is, the old Schlegeis 3er chair fixed grip services 300m vertical (2770 -3070m) on the sunny side of Hintertux on the ever shrinking Schlegeis Glacier. Simple intermediate piste with off-piste options left and right. Interesting off-piste descent from the Gletscherhutte under the chair.

Out wide, the Larmstange double chair doesn’t always run; however it services the pick of the terrain for advanced skier and boarders. Above is Hintertux best chairlift the Larmstange 2. It services some tasty, but shortish terrain.

Hintertux Glacier Trail Map

The Hintertux Glacier ski trail map provides an accurate & easy to follow summary of all the lifts & terrain at the resort.

Lift Passes

Hintertux Glacier is open all year round but has a defined ‘winter' season from early October to mid-May every year. Summer skiing has a reduced lift ticket price as the terrain is limited to around 2okm of trails on the upper mountain glaciers.

During the winter season, a standard Hintertux Glacier day lift ticket is valid not only at Hintertux, but also the Zillertal 3000 lifts above Tux on Eggalm, Rastkogel & Mayrhofen.

If staying for an extended period in the Zillertal, it may be advantageous to purchase a Zillertaler Superskipass. This pass is valid for all the ski resorts in the valley including Zillertal Arena, and Hochzillertal.

See the Zillertal SuperSkiPass ski trail map here.

Beginner Terrain & Facilities

Hintertux Glacier’s singled biggest limiting factor is its lack of many accessible pistes for beginners. Whilst the trail map indicates many blue beginner trails, the reality is that only intermediates will be able to easily access all but the lower runs. Glacier based trails on the Olperer and Kaserer T-bars require some skill to access that lower beginners will not possess. The reality is beginners are largely restricted to the area between Sommerberg and the Tuxer Joch.

Hintertux Intermediate Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Hintertux piste terrain is predominantly for intermediates. Long wide glacier pistes serviced by a series of T-bars will strain the legs and stretch you every time they are used. Snowboarders and short persons may find some of the T-bars challenging.

The 600m vertical descent from the Fernerhaus on piste #2 is an absolute beauty for intermediates. Similarly, the Schwarze Pfanne valley trail is one of the region’s best.

Terrain Parks & Funslope

Below the looming Olperer summit, a large terrain park, named ‘Better Park’ is located entirely above 3000m. It has a range of progression features and big airs. The park is serviced by the Olperer 1 & 2 T-bars.

The Funslope was created on Hintertux Glacier for the first time in season 16/17. Located above Sommerberg under the Tuxerjoch quad chair, the Funslope has a series of tunnels, hand slaps (tap the big hand as you ski by for some sound and movement), loops, figure 8s, berms, jumps and tabletops. Is fun for the kids, ok for adults if with kids and a reasonable distraction if the snow is crap and there is nothing more fun to do!

Advanced Terrain

Advanced terrain at Hintertux is limited to a couple of short piste runs. The remainder of the advanced terrain is in the off piste, marked routes and backcountry. A number of these are fabulous and sufficiently challenging. Several of the best routes are serviced by the Larmstange double chair which often does not run. Ski routes can still be skied if the chair is not running, but the return trip will require uploading on at least 3 lifts in an awfully long loop.

Hintertux for Experts

Not alot at Hintertux that is obvious for experts; however, there are some options on the margins for the more adventurous. Caution & knowledge is required. We will leave it at that!

Off-Piste & Backcountry

There are loads of off-piste opportunities on the mountain. A series of freeride routes run down the mountain from below the Tuxer Ferner at 2600m. Of all the routes, number 13 is the most interesting in good snow cover. In good conditions the valley route (1a-Waldabfahrt) would be worth a look after one does a screaming descent on the excellent (previously mentioned) valley piste (#1). If in doubt about your skills or navigation, get a mountain guide or ski instructor to help you.