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Skiing in Pitztal Austria

pitztal ski resorts

The Pitztal is not a village but a valley (the German means "Pitz valley") but it is the description most commonly used for the string of villages along this high mountain valley heading south towards the Italian border, as well as the skiing towards the end of it.

The Pitztal is relatively unknown on the English-speaking ski market but for those looking to take a quick break - especially at the beginning or end of the season - the easy access from the motorway and the position near Innsbruck make this an attractive proposition.

Elevation: 1740 metres (Mittelberg)

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Location: 6481 St Leonhard im Pitztal - Tyrol - Austria

Most of the Pitztal is actually part of a nature reserve - the Kaunergrat Naturpark - which gives an idea of the natural beauty of the area. Although there are plenty of tourist facilities, there is not the same "resort atmosphere" that there is in its more famous neighbours to the east and west.

The length of the Pitz valley and the better-known Ötztal with its resorts of Sölden and Obergurgl to the east (and therefore closer to Innsbruck) have probably contributed to the relative obscurity of the skiing in this part of the Tyrol.

However it's not a secret to the locals and the ranges around the Wildspitze, the highest mountain in the Tyrol, attract ski tourers and mountaineers from all over the area.

The best-known of the Pitztal ski areas are the Pitztal Glacier area, which rises to 3440m at the end of the valley, and the neighbouring Rifflsee family area, which are covered on our page about the skiing in the valley. A third area, the Hochzeiger, has recently been expanded.
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Getting to the Pitztal is relatively simple from the usual west of Austria airports as the Inn valley motorway provides great access to the start of the valley. However, the valley itself is a lengthy one of just under 40km.
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The Pitztal has plenty of four- and three-star hotel accommodation - either in the main villages or some of the hamlets along the road between them.
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What the Pitz valley is good for...

  • guaranteed skiing - high-altitude runs on the glacier
  • early-season skiing
  • off the beaten track

What the Pitz valley is not so good for...

  • the areas are small
  • lack of variety for a week's ski holiday

Pitztal glacier skiing
Skiing on the Pitztal glacier

Ski resorts near the Pitz valley

  • Serfaus
    Serfaus is a ski resort in the next valley to the west located in a sunny position above the Inn river.
  • Sölden
    Sölden is one of the two big ski resorts in the Ötz valley to the east of the Pitz valley.