Galtür is a ski resort in the Paznaun valley somewhat overshadowed by the brash media-savvy marketing of Ischgl, its noisy neighbour down the road.
But the smaller village and the compact but interesting ski area make it a good base for those aiming to explore the skiing in this part of the western Tyrol
They won't be the first - Ernest Hemingway once wrote about skiiing down to Galtür after touring in the neighbouring Montafon region.
Last updated: 02.02.22
Galtür is the last settlement in the Paznaun valley in the western part of the Tyrol. The Paznaun valley starts at Pians, where it joins the Stanzer valley coming down from St Anton am Arlberg.
The village of Galtür is situated at 1584 metres above sea level, which normally creates snow-sure conditions.
The winter season in the Galtür ski area is scheduled to start on 10 December 2021.
The end of the ski season in Galtür is currently planned to be on 22 April 2022.
Location: 6563 Galtür - Tyrol - Austria
Both Galtür and Ischgl were once isolated mountain hamlets originally settled by nomadic farmers and traders. The Alpinarium museum and exhibition centre built into the protective avalanche wall in Galtür gives a good overview of important events which created the village of today.
Galtür is about another 15 minutes' drive further up the valley from the major ski destination of Ischgl. The route over the
Bielerhöhe pass - a popular drive in the summer months - is closed in the winter and those relying on software for navigation
should route their journey via the town of Pians at the entrance to the Paznaun valley.
More information about travel to Galtür
The skiing at Galtür is a couple of kilometres outside the main village in the hamlet of Wirl, which is connected by a frequent ski bus and also has its own range of accommodation.
The ski area above Wirl is known as the Silvapark and offers surprisingly interesting skiing for a relatively modest ski area. The runs directly above the settlement are fairly simple reds and blues but the back side above the Kops reservoir has a number of challenging black and red routes as well as the scenic reflections of the surrounding mountains in the water.
More information about the Galtür skiing
Galtür is a small village and most of the accommodation is within easy reach of the cdentre and the ski bus stops. Wirl also has a few guesthouses and hotels at the bottom of the slopes.
More information about Galtür hotels & other accommodation
The nearest ski resort to Galtür is the major winter destination of Ischgl, with its links over the border into Switzerland. The resorts of See and Kappl are accessible further down the valley.