The small mountain ski resort of Hintertux sits at the head of the Tux Valley, an offshoot of the resort-filled Zillertal. The north-facing, snow-sure slopes of the Tux glacier offer challenging and varied skiing in Hintertux, ideally suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. There are two long runs back to the valley, a terrain park that suits all abilities, and good mountain restaurants. The glacier is open all year round, and a lot of big names can be spotted training here in summer.
Hintertux village is little more than a collection of spa hotels around the foot of the main cablecar, dishing out enthusiastic and hearty Austrian après ski every day, after which the resort gets very quiet. The lower villages of the Tuxertal provide more options in terms of accommodation, varied après ski and restaurants, and the ski bus is very effective and connects all the villages to the Hintertux ski access lifts in minutes, so plenty of people stay elsewhere and commute.
The valley’s lower villages have access to the vast ski slopes above Mayrhofen – together these slopes make up the Ski and Glacier World Zillertal 3000 with 193km of piste, or explore beyond Mayrhofen too for almost 500km of Ziller Valley piste on one lift pass. Yup, the Hintertux ski map is looking pretty extensive.