Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort

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Pitztal Glacier ski resort overlooks the beautiful Wildspitze.
Pitztal Glacier ski resort overlooks the beautiful Wildspitze.
Brilliant off piste powder skiing alongside crevasses at Pitztal Glacier.
Brilliant off piste powder skiing alongside crevasses at Pitztal Glacier.
Pitztal Glacier
Pitztal Glacier's Wildspitzbahn gondola is Austria's highest lift at 3440m.
Wide open piste trails for beginners & intermediates at Pitztal Glacier ski resort.
Wide open piste trails for beginners & intermediates at Pitztal Glacier ski resort.
Pitztal Glacier is accessible by bus from the Imst-Pitztal train station.
Pitztal Glacier is accessible by bus from the Imst-Pitztal train station.
Pitztal Glacier ski resort is a Powderhounds playground.
Pitztal Glacier ski resort is a Powderhounds playground.
Hinterer Brunnenkogel lookout and cafe at the top of Pitztal is amazing.
Hinterer Brunnenkogel lookout and cafe at the top of Pitztal is amazing.
Broad pistes, powder fields and steeps off the Wildspitzbahn at Pitztal.
Broad pistes, powder fields and steeps off the Wildspitzbahn at Pitztal.
The Taschachtal variant has heliski quality skiing on its 10km+ length.
The Taschachtal variant has heliski quality skiing on its 10km+ length.
This incredible solar array sits above the Pitztal Glacier ski area base.
This incredible solar array sits above the Pitztal Glacier ski area base.
Quality food and drink options are at the base area bar, cafe and restaurants.
Quality food and drink options are at the base area bar, cafe and restaurants.
The Brunnenkogel T-Bar has wide cruising trails and some sneaky powder!
The Brunnenkogel T-Bar has wide cruising trails and some sneaky powder!
Gentle powder fields, perfect for learning, abound at Pitztal Glacier.
Gentle powder fields, perfect for learning, abound at Pitztal Glacier.
Mittelbergbahn gondola has long intermediate trails, powder and steeps.
Mittelbergbahn gondola has long intermediate trails, powder and steeps.
Face shot anyone? BYO snorkel to Pitztal Glacier ski resort.
Face shot anyone? BYO snorkel to Pitztal Glacier ski resort.
Rifflsee ski resort shares a lift ticket with Pitztal & has quality terrain options.
Rifflsee ski resort shares a lift ticket with Pitztal & has quality terrain options.
Beautiful and quiet Taschachtal Glacier is accessed from Pitztal.
Beautiful and quiet Taschachtal Glacier is accessed from Pitztal.
Skiing Taschachtal is a Pitztal Glacier ski resort highlight.
Skiing Taschachtal is a Pitztal Glacier ski resort highlight.
Pitztaler Schihutte. A great bar & the only ski in ski out lodgings at Pitztal.
Pitztaler Schihutte. A great bar & the only ski in ski out lodgings at Pitztal.
Put your mark on Pitztal Glacier ski resort, a Powderhounds Paradise.
Put your mark on Pitztal Glacier ski resort, a Powderhounds Paradise.

Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort

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Pitztal Glacier

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Pitztal Glacier4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Hochzeiger

    Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee Ski Resort Map
  • Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1680m – 3440m (1760m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • Lifts (13)
    4 Gondolas/cable cars/funicle
    4 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Sep to early May
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 86km
    42km piste trails & 44km variant routes
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 59%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 16%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee
    Adult - €42 to 53
    Child - €25 to 32
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Rifflsee only
    Adult - €40
    Child - €24
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Hochzeiger Ski Trail Map
  • Hochzeiger Ski Trail Map

Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee Ski Resort Austria

Pitztal is a beautiful valley in the Tyrol of Austria offering wonderful skiing and snowboarding at Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee ski resorts. Pitztal Glacier ski resort is Austria's highest glacier skiing at a lofty 3,440m, and one of the most snow sure ski areas in Europe with a season running from late September/October through to May.

Combined with the nearby & family friendly Rifflsee, Pitztal has an eye-watering skiable vertical of 1,760m. That is enough to turn the thighs of the most hardened campaigner into mush. A haven for powder seeking off-piste ski junkies, the Wildspitzbahn will get you to a nose bleeding height of 3440m.

The panoramic views of the impressive Wildspitze will be appreciated by intermediate skiers & ignored by the powder hunting experts as they harvest fresh line after fresh line.

Pros & Cons for Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort

Pros

  • Rated equal #1 ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds in 2018 & 19 (with Kuhtai & Sainte Foy), plus equal best in Austria for Powderhounds in 2018,19 & 20.
  • Quality snow, deep snow pack & long ski season.
  • Amazing views & glacial features.
  • Wide open piste trails for beginners & intermediates;
  • Sensational off-piste powder.
  • Uncrowded, no lift lines.
  • Great value for money when combined with Rifflsee.
  • Good place to learn powder skiing for intermediates.
  • Backcountry ski variants are simply superb.

Cons

  • Difficult to ski during poor weather.
  • Limited on mountain restaurant & bar options.
  • Limited nearby accommodation.
  • Relatively small ski area if unable to ski the off-piste variants.
  • Poor set up at exit point of Glacier Express funicular (that's real picky, but it is an ugly to start a day!).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Very quiet base area at Mittelberg & Mandarfen.
  • Valley is high elevation, in shadow most of winter & very cold.
  • Best combined with other ski areas like Hochzeiger.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Pitztal Glacier is a relatively small ski resort spread across two high alpine bowls, but it skis BIG & is loaded with powder. The lifts are perfect for the terrain. Both gondolas are nothing short of spectacular.

See here for the Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee ski trail map.

For most visitors to Pitztal, the potential 1,760m of skiable vertical will never be touched. The reality of Pitztaler Gletscher ski resort is that the main lift served terrain is only around 650m of vertical. The other 1100 odd metres of skiable vert is in the backcountry variants that depart the upper resort area & find their way down to the funicular base at Mittelberg or the Rifflsee base at Mandarfen.

Piste trails are suitable for all abilities, particularly when combined with the adjacent Rifflsee (same lift ticket, access via a regular bus).

The freeride & touring options at Pitztal Glacier are exactly what skiing Europe is all about. The 10km long Taschachtal variant is sensational, but snowboarders may struggle on the last 4km without a splitboard, skins or at least poles. The skiing is heliski quality minus the helicopter, guides & other people!

For detailed information, see the Skiing Pitztal Glacier page.

Snow & Weather

The high elevation of Pitztal Glacier provides abundant snowfalls & a consistently good snow quality long after the last snowfall that is becoming more & more difficult to find around the world. It is not unusual for the resort to have 6m+ snow bases by the middle of the season.

Skiing or snowboarding during poor weather is quite the chore at Pitztal & not recommended for any but the most hardened campaigner. A more splendid location in sunshine one will struggle to find. Ski Pitztal when the visibility is good, otherwise head to the significantly lower elevation Rifflsee or Hochzeiger further down the valley.

Where is Pitztal Glacier Austria?

Pitztal Glacier ski resort is splendidly located deep in the Pitz valley (Pitztal!) near Austria's 2nd highest peak, the glacier clad Wildspitze. Pitztal is part of the Tyrol & the ski resort is 52km southwest of Innsbruck (as the crow flies!). That said, Pitztal isn't the easiest place to get to, but is absolutely worth the effort.

Gateway airports for Pitztal are Innsbruck (INN) (from within Europe & UK) and Munich (MUC) or Zurich (ZRH) (for everyone else). The nearest major town is Wenns at the start of the valley, 28km by road to the north of the ski resort.

Due to the difficult nature of public transport to the Pitztal Glacier, for reasons of value & efficiency, we recommend looking at a private transfer, particularly if in a group of 3 or more people. Search & book all transfers to Pitztal Glacier here.

From Innsbruck or Landeck, Pitztal is a short train ride to Imst-Pitztal and then the route 4204 bus (hourly) from the train station. Journey time from Innsbruck is about 1hr 40min. Got a car - a lot quicker. We recommend renting cars from Innsbruck.

For more information of the best ways to get there, see our Travel to Pitztal Glacier page.

Pitztal Accommodation

The Pitztal is a long narrow valley lined with numerous small hamlets (under the overarching name of Sankt Leonhard im Pitztal) providing an excellent range of hotels, apartments and guesthouses. However there is no accommodation in the actual glacier part of the ski resort, but near to the Glacier Express funicular lift base is one ski-in (from Rifflsee) ski-out option with bunk rooms and meals (the Pitztaler Schihütte). Two hotels are within walking distance to the funicular in Mittelberg. A beautiful new resort style complex at Mittelberg, the Pure Resort Pitztal is the place to stay when skiing the area, although its apartments & chalets may not suit singles or couples.

Search & book all Pitztal Glacier ski accommodation here.

Next down the valley in Mandarfen at the base of Rifflsee ski area, several ski-in guesthouses & hotels are conveniently positioned. The 4-star Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is perfectly located next to the Rifflsee gondola base & aside from being a gorgeous place to stay, can easily be connected to the Glacier Express funicular via the gondola & a ski trail, thus avoiding buses or walking. Further on toward the rear of Mandarfen is the reliable Hotel Rifflsee, a traditional Austrian 3-star which will please everyone that stays there, plus its easier on the wallet! Other hamlets with numerous hotels and apartments are further down the valley at Tieflehn and Plangeross. Both are within 5min drive (or short local bus ride) of the ski resort.

Failing all that, or if looking for a base to ski the entire valley, including Hochzeiger, the large town of Wenns and the smaller Jerzens offer alternatives with all the services required for a longer stay. Numerous excellent self-contained apartments at local farms provide a wonderful local holiday experience. Both towns have regular bus services to Pitztal Glacier.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski or snowboard rentals are avialble via our partners in villages near Pitztal Glacier. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Pitztal Glacier Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Off-piste ski lessons & guiding may make all the difference to a stay at Pitztal. For more info & options, see our Pitztal Glacier Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Reviews

The Powderhounds reviewed Pitztal Glacier in 2018 & had the time of our lives. We will be heading back soon. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Pitztal compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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