One of the best freeride routes on Hintertuxer Gletscher, with a total descent of 1000 or 1750m.
Starting at the Hintertux top station Gefrorene Wand, take piste 4 and descend about 200m, then turn right, first crossing the old double chairlift Gefrorene Wand 3b and then the Gletscherbus 3 line. You may need to walk 50m here.
Keep traversing, and cross over the mini-ridge steeply descending into the wide valley. Now you can enjoy over 1 km of the 30-degree glacier terrain!
At the bottom of the valley gain speed and keep left to return to the slope leading to Sommerbergalm station.
Another option is to take to the right and continue to Talstation Hintertux. Follow the right bank of the creek and the marked summer route if you can find it. The ride through the forest is quite technical and not exactly snowboard-friendly but very fun.
Be aware of the avalanche conditions as well as crevasses on the glacier. If you decide to go to the valley, keep away from the gorge.
Hintertux is located at the far end of Zillertal valley, which itself is one huge ski area with a single Superskipass.
Our preferred way of getting there — by train via Munich.
A weekend or longer trip, more expensive but still relatively on budget.
Lots of them! Just to name a few: Hintertux in Zillertal, Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See, Söll, Herzogstand, Dammkar, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Train: on average, return trip is from 100eur
Skipass: from 50eur/day
Accommodation: from 60eur
Itineraries by train (to Munich)
A suitable EuroNight (sleeper) train via Hannover leaves at 19:49 and arrives at 7:05.
Return: EuroNight via Mannheim, 20:44 > 06:06.
There’s also an option to save some money by going back on Monday during the day on ICE train.
Itineraries by plane (to Munich)
Lots of direct flights from ... return.
Itineraries to resorts
Mayrhofen: 2.5hr away by train from Munich Hbf, 44eur return.
Söll: 1.5hr away by train (from Munich Hbf to Wörgl Hbf), 52eur return.
A couple of nice places in Bavaria reached best by car, e.g. Herzogstand, Dammkar.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Zugspitze: ~1.5hr by train from Munich Hbf to Garmisch + ~1hr Zahnradbahn to Zugspitze. There’s also a cheap overnight FlixBus from Berlin to Garmisch.
We have to say Garmisch and Zugspitze are slightly boring and overpriced. If you’re interested in having a beer on the highest point of Germany, go ahead, but otherwise, it makes sense to go there only after a really good snowfall.
Also, an opportunity to go back on Monday during the day through Prague, EC every 2 hours.
Train tickets: Berlin<>Bratislava 78eur + Bratislava<>Mikulas 30eur = 110eur Skipass: 5 days = 140eur (280eur for 2) Accommodation: 5 days 2 people = 150-250eur We stayed at Penzion Ajda (www.ajda.sk or Booking.com link).
If you choose EuroNight train, do pay attention when the conductor explains you safety rules. This is the only train on Earth where someone managed to steal our cash 🙂
In Jasná, if you’re willing to walk along the ridge from Chopok towards Ďumbier peak, you’ll find nice backcountry for any level even in spring and meet lots of wildlife, especially Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica.
Some downsides: local transport is underdeveloped. Mikuláš is far from the slopes, 30 minutes in a crowded skibus.