Best Offpiste Route at Hintertux

The best Hintertux offpiste route: Hintertux Top (Gefrorene Wand) to Sommerbergalm or Talstation Hintertux
Kleegrube Offpiste Route: Gefrorene Wand to Sommerbergalm or Talstation Hintertux

One of the best freeride routes on Hintertuxer Gletscher, with a total descent of up to 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.

Getting there

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.

More offpiste routes nearby


Airline fees for carrying skis or snowboard

What you can expect to pay when flying with your winter stuff in Europe.
Latest update: December 2017

  • easyJet: snowboard 20kg +42eur one way
  • Ryanair: ski equipment 20kg +40eur one way
  • Transavia: ski equipment 15kg +29eur one way
  • Wizz Air: sports equipment +30eur one way
  • Blue Air: sports equipment 32kg +30eur one way, bag +15eur one way
  • Lufthansa (Economy Light): snowboard +50eur one way

If you don’t feel like flying:

  • Deutsche Bahn: free
  • FlixBus: +9eur one way, and make sure to call them as early as possible, otherwise the space is not guaranteed

Špindlerův Mlýn, Czechia

Similar to Klínovec / Fichtelberg, but reachable only by car, 4+ hour drive.

  • Car, gas from 60eur/person
  • Accommodation, from 30eur/night
  • Skipass, 28eur/day
More info

Inexpensive accommodation and food, reasonable skipass rates.

The place offers mostly prepared pistes, but there should be some freeride runs possible after the snow cover is established.

Usual season opening: mid-December.

See also

Braunlage (Harz)

A fairytale destination, but requires some advanced transport planning… or a car.

  • Train to Bad Harzburg and back: from 50eur
  • Local bus: ?
  • 1-day ski pass: 32eur
More info

Up to 400m altitude difference; opens mid-December, good snow cover probably since late January.

When there is little snow in the region or in peak times Braunlage may become really crowded, up to the total absence of parking spots. So better come by the opening time.

Munich and beyond

A weekend or longer trip, more expensive but still relatively on budget.

Ski resorts

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.
More info

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.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Solid option for a 4+ day trip. We tested it in 2017.

Ski resorts

Jasná Nízke Tatry — Chopok: great backcountry potential when the snow conditions are good!

  • Train, 110eur return trip
  • Skipass, 30eur/day
  • Accommodation, from 30eur/day
Itineraries by train

Inexpensive EuroNight nonstop train 19:01 >> 05:36 and 23:01 >> 09:01 back.
Bratislava to Liptovský Mikuláš train 07:55 >> 12:15 13eur + local bus or taxi; 17:29 >> 21:13 back to Bratislava.

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 ( or link).

More info

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.

Innsbruck, Austria

A bit more expensive option with shorter travel time.

Ski resorts

Mayrhofen, Stubel/Arlberg

Itineraries by plane

No direct flights at the moment, lowest price in the next 3 months: ....

Mayrhofen: 1.5hr drive, 1.5hr by train (, 26eur return trip.

Geneva, Switzerland

Note: avoid the French school holidays period (Feb 06 — Mar 06)!

Ski resorts

Chamonix, Megeve, Nendaz (CH)


Direct flights by easyJet (...).

Chamonix: 80km

— check snow report before travel and select the place accordingly?

More info

I always have to google the name of this French non-profit organization with interesting packages, so I’ll write it down here:

Lyon, France

Top slopes all around! Good for a longer getaway.

Ski resorts

Alpe d’Huez
Les 2 Alpes


easyJet direct flight (...)
SXF>LYS morning; FlixBus to Alpe d’Huez or a bus to Grenoble and then a Transisere bus
LYS>SXF early morning

Milan, Italy

Another great weekend+ option.

Ski resorts



Direct flights by Ryanair (...)
Fri 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM >>
Mon 8:40 AM – 10:25 AM <<
Taking Monday off, riding on Saturday and Sunday, staying 2 nights in Bergamo.

Car rent: 3 days from 60eur.

Courmayeur: 220 km; cheap transfer should be available.

Venice, Italy

Unexpected destination, Venice is cheap to fly to in winter, so it’s a great port of entry on your way to Dolomites or Slovenian ski resorts.

Makes sense in case of Friday+Monday off.

Ski resorts

Val Gardena
Something in Slovenia?


Ryanair is really cheap in winter, now it’s ...
SXF>TSF morning
TSF>SXF midday

Val Gardena: 300 km (4 hr drive) from Venice.
Car hire: 3 days from 80eur.

Malaga, Spain

A rare combo of sea and snow in one weekend.

Ski resorts

Sierra Nevada: very sunny, best snow presumably in January

Itinerary by plane

easyJet from around 100eur (current price: ...)
SXF>AGP: Fri evening
AGP>SXF Mon evening

Sierra Nevada: 160km by car.
Car hire: 3 days from 70eur.


To be explored…
  • Sofia, Bulgaria (direct afternoon flight by Ryanair): Bansko (2.5 hours by shuttle, 40eur return)
  • Slovenia: Kanin (transfer from Venice or car from Ljubljana)
  • Barcelona, Spain (direct flights)
  • Grenoble, France (no direct flights but this is a great base anyway)
Package holidays

Requires some additional research.