Hintertux Ski Resort
The Hintertux Glacier is one of the two remaining resorts offering skiing 365 days a year and it's easy to get here from Mayrhofen and the rest of the Zillertal Valley.
Sitting at the end of the Tux Valley, an offshoot from the Zillertal, the Hintertux Glacier offers up some of the world's most snowsure skiing. The slopes extend from 1500m in the valley to an elevation of 3250m on the iconic Gefrorene Wand and cover 60km – most of which are either on the glacier itself or are covered by a comprehensive snowmaking system. Much of the terrain suits intermediates, but there are some steeper challenges and once the snow cover has built up during the winter, there are some good off piste options too and the Better Park is one of the best around.
Although most visitors come for the day up from the Zillertal Valley at resorts such as Mayrhofen, Zell am Ziller and Finkenberg, there is accommodation at the foot of the lifts or a kilometre down the valley in the small village of Hintertux. Both are quiet options, but its possible to ski back down to both at the end of the day (in the winter months at least).
As mentioned, there's skiing up here all year round, making this one of the most popular summer ski areas in the Alps. Numerous race teams, the world's best freestyle athletes and skiers keen to polish their technique ahead of the upcoming season flock here during the summer months. Unlike many other glacier resorts, the slopes at Hintertux have struggled less in recent years and decent skiing can usually be found in August and September when other places are closed.
Resort website: www.hintertuxergletscher.at