Skiing in Pitztal

The Pitztal valley is, remarkably, not well known on the British market. Located just 90km from Innsbruck airport it is a beautiful valley in the Austrian Tyrol.

Pitztal is an excellent destination for early season skiing as the glacier means that the winter ski season starts in September and runs through to May.

A range of ski areas reside down this valley alongside the 7 villages with Mandarfen being a key base for the Pitztaler Gletscher and the Rifflesee ski area and Jerzens being the village with the Hochzeiger ski area. 

Getting here

The closest airport is Innsbruck although out of the main winter season there are not many flights so you would need to fly to either Munich or Zurich. It is of course also possible to drive to resort - approximately 10 hours drive from Calais.

 

Skiing in Pitztal

A range of ski areas reside down this valley alongside the 7 villages with Mandarfen being a key base for the Pitztaler Gletscher and the Rifflesee ski area and Jerzens being the village with the Hochzeiger ski area. Additionally, 2 lovely hotels are located in Imst which provide a perfect base for those seeking a tranquil hotel and who wish to partake in the Ski Safari.

Pitztal is an excellent destination for early season skiing as the glacier means that the winter ski season starts in September and runs through to May.

Great Value Family Ski Holidays

Although Pitztal is ideal for a winter ski holiday , do consider a spring or autumn break in the mountains - the hotels in this area are perfect for a holiday break with a difference. What makes Pitztal so worthy of mention is that this glacial resort can provide skiing from mid September through to mid May and children under 10 can ski for free (yes – free!). This means you can even consider a ski break during the October half term or get a long weekend in at the end of April when all your friends were thinking the season was over.

So what’s the catch – in short, perception. If ski kilometraage is your sole criteria – this resort may not work for you. But look at the diagram – make Pitztal your base and you have 10 ski areas from your doorstep to a maximum of 1 hour away –But of course, if you ski for pleasure, to enjoy the mountains and to test your technique on a range of terrain – why will you need more than 88 km of slopes?

 

Ski Area

No of km of skiing (local area): 68
No of lifts: 25
Snow cannons on exposed slopes: 18
No of km of cross country routes: 32
Mountain restaurants: 3

What we Like

  • The Glacier – guaranteed snow (if ever that can be truly said) and a longer season. The glacier opens for autumn skiing in September and usually stays open until May
  • The Ski safari – it involves a few drives but the area is beautiful to see 
  • Transfer from Innsbruck airport is short ( 1hr to 1hr 15mins)
  • Children have free skiing under 10 years old
  • Free WIFI in all the mountain restaurants

What We'd Change

  • A bit more kilometrage at Mandarfen so you didn’t dismiss it instantly
  • Being glacial skiing in the main, it is above the treeline and less picturesque – the valley certainly compensates for this though

Pitztal Highlights

  1. Take Austria's highest cable car  - the Wildspitzbahn - up to over 3400m
  2. Stop off at Cafe 3440 for "Kaffee und Kuchen"- Austria's highest cafe - and admire the view of over 50 mountains all over 3000m
  3. Ice climbing - a variety of routes for all levels up at the ice caves (2700m)

  • Hotel Piz

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    SAUNA, STEAM ROOM AND INFRARED CABIN FREE WIFI IN PUBLIC AREAS 25 BEDROOMS ROOMS FOR 1, 2 OR 3 PEOPLE GARAGE - PAYABLE LOCALLY

    This 3* hotel is located at the foot of the Rifflsee cable car and offers an excellent base for your skiing in the region. With 25 good sized double rooms, the hotel is ideal for couples or small groups.

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