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From beginners taking their first tentative turns on snow to experts in search of the ultimate challenge, the Pitztal Glacier offers something for everyone. It is Austria's highest glacier ski resort and a sensational wintersports destination.
The Pitztal Glacier is quite literally the top ski resort in Austria: the highest point of this large glacier ski area at the end of the Pitztal Valley lies at a staggering 3,440 metres above sea level. Little wonder that skiers and snowboarders can look forward to excellent conditions on the slopes from September right through until May. The state-of-the-art Wildspitzbahn cable car takes visitors up onto the Hinterer Brunnenkogel, the resort's highest peak. There, the views of the many surrounding peaks, including North Tirol's highest peak, the Wildspitze, will take your breath away – literally! The nearby Café 3440, the highest in Austria, is a good place to sit down, relax and admire the majestic panorama of the Main Alpine Ridge.
The pistes themselves are mainly rated red (intermediate), though there are also some blue (easy) and black (expert) pistes. The glacier also has its own funpark and halfpipe. Experienced freeriders can try the long descent over the Taschachferner glacier, passing through powder fields and past crevasses. Another area popular with freeriders is the run 1,500m run from the Mittagskogel mountain down into the valley.
Nearby Rifflsee with its network of slopes up to 2,880 metres above sea level is ideal for families and beginners. It has a special practice area for children near the bottom of the cable car as well as a small selection of slopes catering for all abilities. A single lift pass covers both Rifflsee and the Pitztal Glacier.