The back of the Tuxertal valley, a side valley of the Zillertal valley, features a great year-round skiing area.
Hintertux Glacier is a touristic denomination for the Gefrorene-Wand Glacier and the Riepenkees Glacier in the back of the Tuxertal valley. Both glaciers are accessed by lift facilties and both are skiable on 365 days a year. Moreover the Hintertux Glacier is also perfect for hiking tours and many refuges are open all year. In fact, the skiing area extends to an altitude of 3,250 m asl, to the Gefrorene-Wand peaks.
The so-called "Glacier Buses" gondolas, among the most spectacular gondolas in the Alps, take you into the great skiing area, where you can enjoy skiing along 60 km of well groomed slopes. By the way: the glacier is barrier-free, as you can even reach the panoramic terrace with a pram or wheelchair, directly from the underground carpark at the valley station!
The total amount of ice on the glacier is 190 millions of cubic metres, which corresponds to 171 billion litres of frozen water! The icesheet is up to 120 m thick and the glacier features a length of 4 km, which varies from year to year. Due to glacial movement, also lift facilities have to be adjusted up to three times a year! The glacier world is really fascinating and can be discovered in a guided glacier information tour.
Peculiarities: cave trekking in the Spannagelhöhle cave, glacial hike, nature ice palace, passenger lift to the panorama terrace (3,250 m a.s.l.)
Skiing area: Ski Zillertal 3000 - Hintertux Glacier (unique whole-year round skiing area of Austria)