GLACIER SKIING – WHAT TO EXPECT
In general expect colder temperatures and often better snow on glaciers than nearby ski areas in the valleys below. The ski seasons are almost always longer than non-glacier ski areas and you can expect to find treeless terrain. Some glacier areas connect to traditional ski areas, others are isolated and distant. Skiing is generally gentle with wide ski pistes, whilst the off-piste is limited by crevasses.
STUBAI GLACIER, AUSTRIA
The Stubai Glacier is widely rated as one of the best or the best glacier ski area in the Alps, if not the world. The ski lift system is impressive, modern and extensive, whilst on the mountain the facilities are excellent. The skiing best suits intermediates and there is a superb 14km ski route to the base station. Kids have a superb ski program on offer.
HINTERTUX GLACIER, AUSTRIA
The Hintertux Glacier offers some of the steepest glacier skiing anywhere. Hintertux is located close to Mayrhofen and is part of the extensive Zillertal 3000 ski region. The lift system is pretty impressive with gondolas right to the peak. The Hintertux Glacier is favoured as a training area for race teams due to its steeper gradients.
ALPE D’ HUEZ, FRANCE
Alpe d'Huez is a ski-in, ski-out ski holiday resort that accesses some impressive glacier skiing which ensures snow reliability and long seasons. For kids and beginners there are some great, wide and gentle ski pistes around the resort with more difficult skiing located higher up the mountain. Après ski is also pretty good in Alpe d’ Huez.
Tignes offers a superb ski holiday resort height and glacier skiing to 3455m, to provide snow-sure conditions and long ski seasons. Additionally Tignes shares its ski pass with the neighbouring resort of Val d'Isere. Together the ski areas produce the Espace Killy - a huge ski area. Tignes may be a shocker on the eye but has a superb snow record.
Solden accesses two separate glaciers that are linked by a ski tunnel through the mountain. With a base station located at over 2600m the seasons are long and the snow usually excellent. Accommodation is available at Hochsolden and Solden far down on the valley. Ski pistes on the Solden / Otztal Glacier are gentle and wide.
PITZTAL GLACIER, AUSTRIA
Offering the highest skiing in Austria, up to 3440m, the Pitztal Glacier offers a long ski season and is regularly used for race training. There is a resort located close to the base station / car park and the ski area is accessed via a funicular through runs through the mountain. There is no ski out from the Pitztal Glacier except for an emergency route.