Hochzillertal Ski Resort (SKI Optimal)

Hochzillertal - SKI Optimal Austria
Hochzillertal ski resort
Skiing above Hochfϋgen the resort's highest village
Wimbachexpress gondola opened up new terrain for season 18-19 at Hochzillertal
Hochzillertal alpine ski terrain toward the Wedelexpress chairlift
The Zillertalbahn train takes passengers from Jenbach to Hochzillertal valley bases.
Zillertalbahn stations at Fϋgen (pictured) & Kaltenbach are close to the Hochzillertal ski lifts
Hochzillertal skiing
Expansive freeride ski terrain at Hochzillertal
Hochzillertal has numerous excellent mountain huts & restaurants
Some of the spectacular food at the Wedelhütte mountain restaurant
Fun freeride terrain below the new Wimbachexpress gondola at Hochzillertal
Ski Hochzillertal Austria
Hochzillertal piste terrain in the late afternoon
Hochzillertal skiing
Hochzillertal has expansive freeride terrain for the adventurous
Hochzillertal ski resort Austria
Hochzillertal ski resort Austria
Hochzillertal skiing from the high alpine to the valley at Kaltenbach
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Hochzillertal Ski Resort (SKI Optimal)

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     Hochzillertal Ski Trail Map
  • Hochzillertal Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    600m – 2.400m (1,800m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (39)
    6 Gondolas
    11 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to Mid- April
    7:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 94km
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 32%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – €55 to 56
    Child – €25
    Child u/6yr – Free

    2 days+ = Zillertal Super Ski Pass
    (Valid in all Zillertal valley ski resorts)
    Zillertal Super Ski Pass Map
  • Zillertal Super Ski Pass Map

Hochzillertal Ski Resort Austria

Hochzillertal ski resort is a popular freeride destination above the towns of Kaltenbach & Fügen in the Zillertal valley of the Tyrol. It delivers some delectable Austrian alpine goodness. Combined with Hochfügen, the SKi Optimal area is massive & has something for everyone at the right price!

Close to the world's best ski city, Innsbruck, Hochzillertal has all the ingredients for a superb ski holiday. The combination of a super modern & expanding lift system, huge skiable vertical of around 1800m, a longest run of 11km, family oriented, wonderful restaurants, awesome places to stay in the valley & on the mountain plus freeride powder terrain keeps even the biggest snow snobs (i.e. me!) very happy.

See the Hochzillertal ski trail map here. It only gives a hint of the off-piste freeride terrain available!

Even better is the proximity to the other Zillertal ski areas of Mayrhofen, Hintertux Glacier & Zillertal Arena. All are connected by train or free ski bus & all are skiable on the one lift pass of 2-days duration or more.

Pros & Cons for Hochzillertal Ski Resort


  • Huge skiable vertical;
  • Ultra-modern & efficient lift system with new lifts every season;
  • Short lift lines;
  • Excellent range of piste trails for all levels;
  • Loads of freeride off-piste terrain, including trees;
  • Typically fun Austrian après ski;
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation on the mountain & loads of options in the valleys;
  • Good value lift pass price linked with the other Zillertal ski resorts;
  • Easy public transport access from Innsbruck or Munich by train/bus & ample free car parking for day trippers right at the lifts;
  • Wonderful child-minding facilities (incl for babies) at incredibly reasonable prices.


  • Low elevation base areas in the Ziller valley are often devoid of natural snow early & lat in the season, with runs relying solely on snowmaking (if in doubt just download on a gondola) ;
  • A few of the major piste trails get very busy on weekends & can be bumped up accordingly;
  • Traffic in the Zillertal can be bedlam at the start & end of the week/weekend (take the train or if driving, leave and/or arrive late/early).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • No strong, central village & the two major villages in the valley are spread out away from the lift bases;
  • You may never want to leave the Zillertal.

Where is Hochzillertal Austria?

Hochzillertal is in the Zillertal (Ziller valley) of Tirol (Tyrol) state, Austria. The ski resort is either 51km(Fϋgen), 58km (Kaltenbach) or 65km (Hochfϋgen) east of Innsbruck. By car it takes about 50min to reach Fϋgen from Innsbruck airport, slightly longer for the other villages.

Closest major international gateway airports are Munich & Zurich, with the airport at Innsbruck providing access from flights within Europe & the UK only. Travel to the Zillertal is easy by road or rail from all airports. Munich airport is only 165km (2hr) drive north of Hochzillertal.

The closest major train station to Hochzillertal is Jenbach from where the Zillertalbahn chugs its way up the valley to Fϋgen & Kaltenbach. The 32km long Zillertal Railway (Zillertalbahn) runs regularly on every day of the ski season from Jenbach railway station all the way through to Mayrhofen. Public buses also make the journey, but less regularly & with less dignity!

Search & book all train tickets to Jenbach, Fϋgen or Kaltenbach here.

Anyone that has an aversion to sharing transport with the great unwashed (it’s true that I can smell a bit on a train after a good day in the snow), consideration should be given to getting a private transfer. Private transfers are a fast & efficient way to get to the skiing from the airport, a major city or (heaven forbid!), a major train station. They are also cost effective for groups of 3 or more people.

Search & book all private transfers to Hochzillertal here.

Hochzillertal Accommodation

Down in the Zillertal, the two main centres for skiing Hochzillertal resort are the towns of Kaltenbach & Fϋgen. Higher into the mountains the most ideal location to ski the resort is Hochfϋgen. All three have direct ski lift & trail links. The small village of Aschau im Zillertal has ski trails leading to it from the resort, but no lift link back up. A free ski-bus connects all the villages. Anyone with a car can comfortably stay anywhere as the free car parks near the lifts allow simple access to the slopes.

Away from the villages, there are a few isolated (at night anyway) mountain hotels above Kaltenbach that provide the quintessential Austrian ski experience. The Berggasthof Platzlalm is near the top station of the Kaltenbach gondola & has commanding views across the valley. Minimum 3-night stays provide enough time to sample the entire resort without ever setting foot in the valley.

Kaltenbach is the most central valley town to Hochzillertal. With all services & facilities, a Zillertalbahn train station, plus a plethora of accommodation options, Kaltenbach can be a good place to stay. Base facilities & ski lift access to the entire resort is only a short walk, drive or bus ride away from any accommodation.

Search & book all Kaltenbach accommodation here.

Fügen is the second choice of the main valley villages. Whilst it has similar services & facilities to Kaltenbach (including a Zillertalbahn railway station), the lift access from the edge of town ends up too distant from the better parts of the resort.

Search & book all Fϋgen accommodation here.

For a true snow village experience, Hochfϋgen is the prime location for an overnight stay. A number of stellar hotels are within this isolated valley surrounded by peaks, lifts, ski runs & a huge car park (which is fantastic for day visitors!).

Search & book all Hochfϋgen ski accommodation here.

One of our favourite ski villages in the Zillertal is lively Mayrhofen. Travel by train or bus to get to Hochzillertal.

Family Friendly

Great news for visitors with very young children. Hochzillertal has child minding (kindergarten) facilities for babies as young as 6 months for incredibly cheap rates. Called the Zwergerl Club, it is located at the Mountain View gondola station (1760m) above Kaltenbach. Be sure to book the day before (until 4pm) by contacting the Zwergerl Club by phone (Tel. +43 5283 28745) or at the tourist office (Tel. +43 5288 62262)

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in all the Hochzillertal villages. Powderhounds partners have rental convenient ski & snowboard equipment rental locations in Hochfϋgen & Fϋgen. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Hochzillertal here.

An amazing number of ski guides & instructors ply their trade in the Zillertal region & ski resorts at Hochzillertal, Mayrhofen & Hintertux Glacier. A good mountain guide can make all the difference to an off-piste powder day in an unfamiliar ski resort or backcountry area. See our Hochzillertal Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Hochzillertal is in the heart of a major Austrian ski region (….. the entire is a major ski region!!). Skiing all year round at Hintertux Glacier, classic terrain at Mayrhofen, & the enormous Zillertal Arena are lift pass linked with Hochzillertal-SKI Optimal. All the Innsbruck ski resorts are close. Same goes for Alpbachtal Wildschönau. The massive ski areas of Ski Welt & Kitzbühel-Kirchberg are only a train ride away What an awesome country to ski & snowboard.


The Powderhounds briefly reviewed Hochzillertal in March 2019 under sufferance but found it to be a fantastic skiing area full of freeride adventure opportunities, great Austrian traditions but with the family friendly modern lifts & facilities one comes to expect from the great Austrian ski resorts.Read our review by clicking the review links above & in the left column.

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Tours in or near Hochzillertal

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Magic Dolomites & Austrian Alps Ski Safari
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski safari taking in the best Dolomites & Austrian ski resorts over 10 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
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USD 8,176
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