As I mentioned in a previous post, my boyfriend and I spent a few days skiing in Hintertux, Austria earlier this month. It was never in our original plan to ski here as we were staying in Mayrhofen and thought we would just stick to the local slopes there. It wasn’t until we arrived in Mayrhofen that we realised how easy it was to access Hintertux (and also free for skiers with a Zillertal Valley ski pass) so we decided to give it a go and we’re so glad we did!
Hintertux is renowned as the premier glacier skiing resort in Austria. With skiing as high as 3,250m it offers steep, challenging slopes all year round for intermediate and advanced skiers, and is used by many national ski teams during the summer months.
The Green Line ski bus service transports guests wearing ski gear and with a valid ski pass from Mayrhofen to Hintertux and back for free. The first stop is Mayrhofen train station which was conveniently across the road from our hotel. This worked out very well for us as the bus can get quite crowded, especially when the weather conditions are good, and if the bus is full it will not stop to pick up more passengers. The buses run every 30 minutes from 8am and the last bus leaves Hintertux at 5pm.
There are accommodation options available in the village but from what I saw there doesn’t seem to be much of a nightlife. So if après ski is your scene you might prefer to spend your evenings in Mayrhofen.
We came to Hintertux hoping to find great skiing away from the crouds and that’s exactly what we got. Even on the busiest day (New Years Day - when the sun finally came out) we hardly ever had to queue to access the gondolas or lifts, especially if you go higher up the mountain.
It was a shame that we didn’t have great weather that week but when the clouds cleared the views from the top were incredible.
We were also very impressed with the facilities at Hintertux. We ate lunch at the same restaurant each day (Wirtshaus am Tuxer Ferner) and both of us agreed that it was the best food we’d had at any ski resort in the world. It may not look particularly fancy but its done well. I’m still dreaming about that garlic bread.
Hintertux is well suited to intermediates and advanced skiers. There are some beginner slopes but even these seemed quite challenging! It can get quite windy at the top of the mountain so on days where the weather isn’t ideal I found it best to stick to the lower slopes. However, when the sun is out it is truly wonderful.
I loved my time skiing here and would definitely be happy to return for another season!