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Skiing on glacier

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Skiing on glacier

I understand you can ski all year on a glacier near Innsbruck. We will be there in July.

I would like to take my 11 daughter for her second ski trip while we are in Mayrhoffen. Can it be done on single days; can I hire the gear [clothing, skis, boots etc] and how much is it per day for a pass.

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Mayrhofen lies in the Ziller valley at the head of which is the Hintertux glacier. As far as I know this is skied all year round. We were there in July and lots of skiers were heading up!

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Hintertux, about half an hour up the valley from Mayrhofen, is the only glacier in Austria with 365 days skiing per year available, the other glaciers all close at some point over the summer.

The glacier is easy to get to from Mayrhofen, either drive up the valley if you have a car, there is a large, free car park at the bottom of the first gondola, or get a bus from the train station in Mayrhofen which will drop you off by the car park. Once you get there, there is a hire shop for equipment but I don't think they had clothing for hire. We had our own clothing with us and I had my own board/boots but my friend had to hire, can't remember what it cost tho, sorry. A day's lift pass cost about €40. You have to take 2 gondolas up from the car park before you get to the bottom of the summer glacier area, then a third up to the top to start skiing. Some of the drag lifts on the glacier closed around 1pm (lifts open 8am) as the conditions do start to get slushy as you would expect given the time of year, but the gondolas stay open later.

Personally, it was quite expensive for what wasn't much more than half a day's slope time, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting back on a snowboard and getting my snow fix in the summer. If I'd had to pay for equipment hire on top, I'm not too sure I'd have bothered, I enjoy getting my snow fix, but I wasn't that desperate.

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there are four glaciers listed as open during the summer. these are hintertux, dachstein, molltal, and kitzsteinhorn. of these, I dont know where the molltal one is, and I have gone to hintertux in summer, but found it to be closed as the bottoms of the runs had melted. I do know that the dachstein glacier is partly covered with plastic in the summer, but as access is from the south side, I have not been around there to check.

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further to my post, having never come across the molltal glacier before, I decided to look it up. it does in fact say that the skiing closes at end of may, so scrub that one from the list. further, kitzstein horn is closed for two maintenance periods but is open from 26 june to 21 july.

Edited: 10:12 am, March 02, 2014
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I believe the Dachstein also closes for a period for maintenance, but I could be wrong. Any of the glaciers can be subject to poor snow over the summer, but Hintertux advertises itself as the only place in Austria where skiing is available 365 days a year, and as the OP is in Mayrhofen, makes sense to go there if they decide it is it is worth it.

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It appears that you wish to be near Innsbruck for your glacier skiing.

The Molltaler Glacier is hours away from this area and is about 45-50 minutes from the city of Lienz. Perhaps 4 hours from Innsbruck ?

In summer very limited skiing. few open pistes and is open just subject to weather and related snow conditions usually for short times.

Hintertux is about 1 hour from Innsbruck - easy drive or even by public transport with a ski bus from Mayrhofen.

Hintertux is the only glacier skiing open year round / 365 days.

The advice above regarding them being closed seems most inaccurate to me.

The summer skiing on Hintertux is best from the summit od the mountain to the Tuxerfernerhaus

Tuxerfernerhaus is a restaursnt ,rest area and has a fine sun terrace, All recently renovated.

most of the time added sking down from the Tuxerfernerhaus to the lift middle station - I know as the sommerbrerg.

Skiing back to Hintertux from the middle is rarely available in summer.

Perhaps a poster above sees this area near the base station and assumes no skiing - .

Downhill

They have a good history of many years to confirm this claim of year round skiing .

Having spent much time in the Zillertal, I can confirm this.

I agree with comments by Downhill bex

I think current day ticket is 42,50 euro . But for the ski fanatic in summer it solves their craving for snow and skiing.

Most arrive early in the morning ski till midday - take a break on sunny warm days as snow melts a little sometimes and resume skiing later in the afternoon.

Some ski shops at the base by the lifts- no idea if they rent clothes - most everywhere this is not often done.

more info

www.hintertuxergletscher.at

Edited: 11:11 am, March 02, 2014
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the information about glaciers and whether or not they are open, comes from the relevant websites! I would recommend that anyone who wishes to visit one, should check the website before travel. after all, there is little poing going if you then find that they are closed. as regards hintertux, I was staying in mayrhofen 4-5 years ago, and can only speak from experience.

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9. Re: Skiing on glacier

One thing that may be worth noting is that a number of glaciers have other attractions, other than the skiing, and so the lifts may be open, but not for skiing purposes. For example Dachstein has the Sky Walk and Ice Palace, Hintertux has the Spannagel Hoehle.

Looking at the Dachstein website, whilst no dates are given for any season start/end, it does not claim to offer 365 days of skiing, implying to me that they do not have skiing available all year round, the disclaimer stating "Important note: Our offers on the Dachstein glacier are strongly dependent on weather and snow conditions in the summer. You can find daily, up-to-date information on snow and weather, slopes and lift facilities, cross-country ski runs and other offers at the Dachstein glacier in the situation report!" supports this.

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vertical. as I said, one of the years I was in hintertux, there was NO skiing. sorry if you do not like me saying that, but I can only report as I found. I have been visiting Austria, winter and summer, for 60 years and have a good knowledge of what happens there. I also have property there. the hintertux site actually states that skiing is condition dependent. that includes bad weather and also too warm.

I do feel that your constant trying to find fault with what I post, is rather trying and is not conducive to providing information to visitors to Austria. if you have a problem with me, please tell ta, and I am sure that they will take any action that they feel is necessary. in the meantime, please allow me to recount my personal experience.