At the end of the Tuxer Valley, visitors soon see a white dream looming large above them – the Hintertux Glacier, a place that promises fun on the slopes all year round. It is open 365 days a year and offers close to 60 kilometres of runs. The exhilarating slopes start as high as 3,250 metres above sea level and are memorably framed by the fascinating glacial surroundings.
From the valley station, take the Sommerberg gondola and Gletscherbus up the mountain. Beginners are best advised to first find their feet on the Sommerbergalm. Several blue-marked runs start from here towards the Tuxer Joch. Quite apart from these runs, we highly recommend everyone taking a trip on the Tuxerjoch chairlift. The seven-kilometre “Schwarze Pfanne” run down into the valley to Hintertux starts just below the Tuxerjochhaus, and is a must for all visitors.
From the Sommerbergalm, an extensive ski area is also accessible in the other direction. In several steps, skiers first reach the Tuxer Ferner before continuing on towards Gefrorener Wand. At 3,250 metres above sea level, the panoramic views from the terrace speak for themselves! From here, advanced skiers can explore numerous red-marked runs or even give the black-marked Buggelpiste (no. 8a) or Sonnenhang (no. 11b) a try.
In the southern section, the sometimes incredibly challenging slopes extend across the Schlegeis Glacier. In the area around the Lärmstange lift, there are also off-piste ski routes marked which take to the deep stuff. If you prefer something a little more gentle and relaxing, Olperer 1+2 and Kaserer 2 are enjoyable and easy runs.
The Hintertux Glacier also caters well to freestyle riders. Snowboarders and free skiers can get their kicks 365 days a year at the Hintertux Glacier, while pros and experts enjoy the perfect training conditions available here, many heading for the Betterpark Hintertux every autumn to prepare for the upcoming season. Betterpark Hintertux is open from April until the end of May and from mid-September to December.
In the Tuxer Valley, the Eggalm and Rastkogel ski areas are additional hills to explore on top of the area around the glacier. While the Eggalm is more geared towards beginners and skiers who enjoy some peaceful carving, the Rastkogel offers very varied terrain thanks to its connection to Mayrhofen. The best way to explore this varied ski region is undoubtedly the “Gletscherrunde”. It encompasses some 72 kilometres of runs, and 15,000 vertical metres as it passes through Penken, Rastkogel and Eggalm before ascending to 3,250 metres and the Hintertux Glacier.