Destinations, Austria

Tux Tux Hintertux – 1 week in the most beautiful ski resort in Austria

The Zillertal – a southern side valley of the Inn Valley in the Austrian province of Tyrol is an excellent choice for a wonderful skiing holiday. We spent an amazing and eventful week in the small village of Hintertux, the place where Ed Sheeran shot his new video “PERFECT”. „PERFECT“ drehte.

 

Skiing Resort

 

Ski & Glacier World 3.000

The Hintertuxer Glacier guarantees snowy slopes 365 days a year, and from October to May there is even a powder snow guarantee! 196 km of slopes of every level of difficulty, untouched deep snow slopes and challenging mogul slopes fastens the heartbeat of every winter sports enthusiast. As soon as all lifts are open from, which is approximately the 1st weekend of December, the challenging and varied holiday paradise Eggalm takes you to the Sonnenplateau Rastkogel and then via the breathtaking panoramic downhill or the 150er Tux to the “amusement quarter” Penken with Penken Park & Harakiri downhill slope. Due to the fact that we visited in November, we only had the chance to test the glacier area Hintertux but we were thrilled! Although not all slopes were open, we had 5 unforgettable days of skiing.

The weather could not be more perfect, we only had pretty hard snowfall the first day of skiing, nevertheless, the day was still a real adventure, but read for yourself:

 

We survived the first day of skiing. What kind of adventure was that? Every Monday our hotel offers a day of skiing with a tour guide, showing guests the skiing area. we suppose that due to the heavy snowfall and the wind, none of the other guests dared to get out and ski, so we were the only participates for the tour with Toni. Toni is a 70-year-old retired ski instructor, but he still has a lot of energy. We headed to 3.400m, to the top of the mountain, under marginal conditions. The view would have been breathtaking, but we could barely see our hands. Our adventure began, because we had to somehow find our way to the valley again. The fact that we were almost the only ones on the slopes did not seem to worry our Toni. Like a mountain goat, he piloted us in the glacier hut at 3075m. On our way down, we landed fell at least 100 times in the snow. We were pretty relieved, once arrived at the hut, but the upcoming question was whether the host takes us down with the snow cat or whether we ski ourselves. We choose to ski and be adventurous. It all seemed so easy for Toni, while we totally struggled with the wind and the snow. When we finally arrived, we drank another schnapps with Toni and were a bit proud of our performance on the first day of skiing.

 

 

How to spend a perfect day in the skiing area of Hintertux:

 

  1. 08: 15: Meeting point at the valley station Hintertux
  2. Take Gletscherbahn 1, 2 and 3 go up to 3,250m. Once arrived at the top, it’s time to strap on your skis and enjoy the view.
  3. Take the piste 5 Ripensattel down to the Schlegeis chairlift. This slope is glorious and the snow glitters, in case the weather is good.
  4. . Once arrived on the exit of the Slegeis lift, there are several options: we recommend the option Fun: take the piste to T-Bar Olperer 1 or 2. This ski lift is located directly near the fun park. Check it out, maybe you dare to jump once. If not, there are certainly a few professionals around who you can enjoy watching.
  5. Take the piste 9 Olperer 1 down and then change to the 5. The piste 5 takes you back to the chairlift Schlegeis.
  6. After surviving for the second time the 3 Schlegeis (the lift is relatively old and slow), we recommend you once again the Olperer T- lift. Please make sure to keep right at the exit (seen from the valley) and head in the direction of the chairlift Lärmstange 2. It’s best to take the slope 9, and then change to the 11a, from there you get to the 11 piste. Once skied down, you only have to jump on chairlift Lärmstange 2.
  7. Arriving at the top of the hill, there are 2 downhill possibilities: Exit on the right: Piste 11 to the Kaserer 1 T-bar or exit to the left. Exit to the left will give you a wonderful view, but you still have to trudge about 200m. We decide to exit right:
  8. Take piste 12 to the Kaserer 2 T-bar lift. This track is really beautiful. Kaserer 1 is unfortunately not snowboard friendly. Once arrived at the start of the lift, you are heading towards Olperer, take the piste 11 in the direction Lärmstange 2. Continue on piste 3, and you will get out directly at the Tuxerfernhaus.
  9. With a normal pace, it would be around 11:00. A little too early for the aperitif, so we would first recommend you the valley piste No. 2 or 2a (much nicer). Arrived at the bottom, the chairlift Sommerberghabn takes you up to the valley station of Gletscherbus 2.
  10. Once you have made it up to 2.600m, it is aperitif’s time. However, we would recommend a ride with the 4er Tuxerjochbahn before that. The slope 17 is one of the most beautiful slopes in the ski area.
  11. After a glorious ride down, go for the well-deserved aperitif in the Gletscherhütte. Take Gletscherbus 2 & 3, ride the pist 5 and go up with the Schlegeis. Congratulations, it is now about 13-14: 00 and you have almost survived the day.
  12. Considering your tiredness, we would recommend the downhill slope either directly to Hintertux (piste 1, if open) or piste 2 to Gletscherbus 1.

 

 

 

Ski-huts

We were only in the glacier skiing area, because the skiing areas in Finkenberg, Mayrhofen and the Ahornbahn have their official opening in December. There are about 6 huts on the Hintertux Glacier. However, some of the huts were still closed. Our highlights:

 

Gletscherhütte – 3075m

An insider tip, which our ski guide Toni showed us on our 1st day. At 3075m you can enjoy traditional Austrian specialties and get an excellent tea. The hut can either be reached with the chairlift Schlegis or with the Gletscherbus 3. We would recommend the chairlift, because the gondola lift is still a little bit uphill.

The prices in this hut are a bit more expensive compared to the surrounding ones, but you won’t find such a beautiful view anywhere in the entire ski resort.

 

Tuxer Fernhaus – approx. 2.600m

The Tuxer Fernhaus is relatively easy to reach via the Gletscherbus 2. This restaurant includes a self-service area and a serving area. The prices in the served area are about 20-50 cents more expensive, but just chilling there when the weather is good is simply wonderful. Although the restaurant staff is relatively busy, the waiters are on the ball and the service works perfectly. The best time to visit is around 14-15: 00 (from 15:00 shadow on the terrace).

 

 

Après Ski

Of course, après ski is also a huge part after a well-earned ski day. There are enough possibilities for this in Zillertal! We stayed directly in Hintertux, and celebrated only there. However, there is also the possibility to take the ski bus to the next villages: Lanersbach or Finkenberg. On the piste itself on the glacier, we can recommend an excellent umbrella bar:

Tenne „Große Schirmbar“

This umbrella bar is located directly on the piste, just before the mountain station of gondola Gletscherbus 1. A perfect place to have drink before the downhill run (with the gondola, since the valley piste was still locked). Since we had to go down with the gondola anyway, we didn’t feel guilty for having one or two glasses too much.

 

Tenne Hohenhaus Hintertux

This Tenne is the mothership of all Tennes, and located directly at the valley station of the Gletscherbahn 1. Après ski starts at 10:30 am until 20:00, just in time for dinner. The cool thing about this place is the total smoking ban in the main disco area. Smoking is still allowed in restaurants and caffees in Austria. A DJ puts on the perfect après ski vibes on a daily base, as of around 15:00. The song highlight: Tux Tux Hintertux, the anthem of the village. Every Thursday, starting in November, a pecial act from the party scene is invited to party with the motivated people. We had the pleasure to enjoy the singing (or playback singing) of Willi Herren. For those who feel hungry after a few beers, Joe’s Pizza Eck is just around the corner.

 

 

Hotel

Hotel Vierjahreszeiten Hintertux

This hotel can be described in one word: PERFECT! It could not have been any better. As you have already read from our previous reports, we are fans of the Alpin Juwel in Hinterglemm. However, we must admit that the Vierjahreszeiten took over the 1st place in our best list and its well deserved. The location is just great: Directly in Hintertux at the valley station of the Gletscherbahn 1. It takes two minutes to the après ski in the Tenne. The 4 **** hotel shines through its total simplicity: parking is directly available (and free) in front of the hotel, the friendly staff is helpful and our rooms were ready even before the actual check-in at 15:00. We felt comfortable in this hotel from the beginning. Wellness is open from 7:00, and breakfast starts at 7:30.

 

 

The hotel itself offers several room categories, we decided to go for the Zirbenzimmer Silberdistel. Our room was on the hillside, spacious and clean. The bed was super soft. The in-room tiled stove distributed the heat perfectly in our room and it felt like our home after 1 day.

 

 

The Vierjahreszeiten is a family-run hotel. One of the bosses, Sylvia is really great: very competent and you realize that she loves her work and is enthusiastic about the region.

 

 

The ¾ board (breakfast, afternoon snack and dinner) includes everything which could ever be desired. Honestly, we have not eaten as much as this week for a long time. The food is delicious and the kitchen is also willing to grant extra wishes.

 

 

At the beginning of our stay, we had a champagne reception and we were not sure, if we would fit into this hotel as a LGBTQ couple, compared to the rather retired clientele. We have to say that we didn’t feel as comfortable and welcomed in any hotel so far. We are very thankful for the nice hospitality and we will definitely come back. If you don’t like this hotel – we can’t help you anymore :D

 

 

 

This trip was not a sponsored partnership, we have paid it ourselves.