The five Tyrolean glacier ski areas offer 300 kilometres of pistes, 75 cable cars and lifts and around 100 kilometres of off-piste runs.
The “White5” ski pass is valid from 01 October, can be used flexibly on all glaciers for a total of ten days (between 01 October 2021 and 15 May 2022) and costs 492 Euros per person.
Hintertux Glacier Ski Area
(1500 to 3250 metres)
The Hintertux Glacier will ring in the long-awaited ski season from 30 September to 03 October 2021 with the opening of its terrain park. However, skiing is in season here all year round – because “Wintertux” is the only all-year-round skiing area in Austria.
After a morning on the ski slopes, you can dive into the Spannagel Cave, the only marble cave in the Central Alps, with a guide. After about an hour exploring the cave sample a fiery fondue with an aperitif, which is served afterwards in the cosy Spannagelhaus. A piste machine takes visitors back to the lift station and a chance to experience the calf-pounding vertical 1,750 metres in altitude on the 12-kilometre downhill run to Hintertux.
More details about skiing on the Hintertux glacier
Stubai Glacier Ski Area
(1750 to 3210 metres)
The Stubai Glacier calls itself the “Kingdom of Snow”. With 65 kilometres of slopes, it is Austria’s largest glacier ski area and offers lots of fun for all members of the family.
The Stubai Zoo snow park has traditionally been one of the top attractions and this season it gets an additional, 300-metre long jibline.
Children under 10 get a free Stubai Glacier ski pass when accompanied by a paying parent. There are numerous offers for kids, from toddlers and up to ski teenagers, such as the BIG Family Slalom, the BIG Family Boardercross as well as the BIG Family Fun Slope or even the children’s restaurant and kindergarten.
If you want to combine your skiing holiday with a city trip, you can plan a trip to Innsbruck, which is only 45 minutes away by car. The practical “SKI plus CITY Pass Stubai Innsbruck” offers an ideal connection between the glacier world and a city stroll, and it has many advantages for all guests who want to experience even more ski areas and the many Innsbruck excursion destinations.
The ski season on the Stubai Glacier starts – depending on snow conditions – at the beginning of October.
More details about skiing on the Stubai glacier
Sölden Glacier Ski Area
(1350 to 3340 metres)
Sölden is not only one of the largest, but also certainly one of the best-known glacier ski resorts in Austria. This ski season will see new restaurants in one of the main lift buildings and an expansion of the James Bond experience world at an altitude of 3000 metres.
The remodelled middle station of the Gaislachkoglbahn includes two new, modern restaurants. The market restaurant on the ground floor serves vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as classics. And those who want to treat themselves to a particularly enjoyable and relaxing time after their adventure on the slopes will find what they are looking for in the Slow Food Corner. In contrast, the Á-la-Carte restaurant on the first floor offers bright, high rooms and large panoramic glass surfaces as well as top-class cuisine with regional products and Austrian wines.
While you enjoy the fascinating views of the Ötztal glacier world, you can also look forward to new insights at Gaislachkogl – namely into James Bond’s new mission. “007 Elements” is a unique James Bond experience world with original props, installations and film clips and a few new additions with the premiere of the new Bond film “No Time to Die”.
Skiing already started in Sölden on 10 September because of the good snow conditions.
More details about skiing on the Sölden glaciers
Pitztal Glacier Ski Area
(1640 to 3440 metres)
The Pitztal Glacier calls itself the “roof of Tyrol” and started the new ski season on 18 September.
This year it introduced Austria’s first secured ski touring park for those looking to go off-piste. Three different ascent routes can be explored and beginners are not out of place here.
The ski touring park is part of the X Park. There are numerous other winter sports options here – in the fun park, speed check, freeriding or even cross-country skiing. If you’ve always wanted to try cross sports, you should visit the Family Cross-Line in the Funpark. The easy line can be ridden by everyone. There are also two other lines, the Funline with varied obstacles and the Waveline.
A tip to add to the high-altitude enjoyment: a coffee and a buckwheat cake from Austria’s highest pastry shop, Café 3440.
The nearby Rifflsee ski area opens up on 04 December to add to the Pitztal skiing options.
More information about skiing in the Pitztal
Kaunertal Glacier Ski Area
(1273 to 3113 metres)
Kaunertal offers winter sports enthusiasts a new cable car and thus many new possibilities in the coming season. The top station of the Weißseejochbahn is located at an altitude of 3044 metres, directly on the border between Austria and Italy. During the two-kilometre-long ride visitors have a fantastic view of a panorama with the many 3000-metre peaks.
Accessibility and sustainability were important aspects in the planning of the new lift, so that all accesses are easily manageable for monoskiers and wheelchair users. Power generation of the new Weißseejochbahn is done by means of solar panels. A special solar technology, new for cable cars, was also used with innovative PV modules on the sunny sides. This produces electricity 365 days a year, so the new cable car is virtually “green”.
The Snowpark Kaunertal is one of the largest parks in Europe. The traditional annual Kaunertal Opening (KTO) will take place from 08-10 October. The entire weekend is dedicated to freestylers.
The ski season on the Kaunertal Glacier started on 25 September.