I know, it is not even November yet and I am taking about Winter already.
One of the advantages living in Austria is that you can go skiing pretty much year round… I couldn’t hesitate the other day when a friend called me and invited me to come along to a day skiing at the Hintertuxer Glacier in the Zillertal Valley…
5:30 – Get out of bed!
The Hintertux Glacier is about two hours drive from my home in Zell am See. Getting up wasn’t hard at all thinking about the first ski day of the season… The weather was just perfect, it was a clear night, cold temperatures and we were excited to ski the first turns of the new season… IN SEPTEMBER!!! 😀
In my head, I was a bit worried – Did I pack everything?!? Here is a little help for your first ski trip:
What do you need for the first Ski day of the season?
- Skis (freshly waxed & tuned!)
- Ski Socks
- Ski Pants
- Ski Jacket
- Sunscreen & Lip Balm (especially in the fall, the sun is still strong!)
- Back Protector
- Water Bottle!!! (Skiing at Hintertux above 3000 meters is more tiring than you think, stay hydrated!)
Early-Season Skiing in Austria
Where can you ski in Austria in the fall? That is a question I get asked quite often from friends overseas… Here is a list of 5 resorts you should check out:
Hintertux Glacier, Tyrol
The Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only year-round ski resort! It is definitely a unique experience to go skiing at altitudes of up to 3,250 meters. It is known by a lot of ski racers and park riders who use it for early season training!
Mölltaler Glacier, Carinthia
The Mölltaler Glacier is Carinthia’s only glacier ski resort. If the conditions allow it, it is open year round! It is listed as an official trainings-resort for the Austrian and the German National Ski Racing Team.
Pitztaler Glacier, Tyrol
I have to be honest with you I don’t know to much about the Pitztaler Glacier myself. Going there early November for the first part of the Staatliche Ausbildung (Austrian full ski instructor certification course) I will let you know more details about the Pitztaler Glacier soon!
Sölden (Rettenbach Ferner), Tyrol
Famous and well known for the early FIS WorldCup Races is the Rettenbach Ferner in Sölden. (Ferner is the tyrolean name for glacier) There is a reason why Sölden is chosen for the first world cup race every year, a great slope for Giant Slalom races and if you don’t go skiing there, make sure you are joining the World Cup Opening Event as a spectator one day!
Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Salzburg
Kitzsteinhorn is in amazing state this year! It opened early again this year and I reckon the Kitzsteinhorn has the best views to offer – why? – Because you can see Zell am See from there, and that’s my hometown 🙂
Obviously, all those places are great for an early AND late season ski!
Remember keep having fun and GO PLAY OUTSIDE!!!
See you on the snow,