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What’s in a name? Americans may well have a “tuxedo” in mind. However, locals and frequent visitors to Tirol know that Tux is a village in the Tux Valley – with Hintertux Glacier Ski resort, offering year-round skiing.
“Tux” has many different meanings depending on where you live and what your interests are. IT experts will probably think of the small, round penguin which acts as the logo of the Linux operating system. Americans, on the other hand, may well have a “tuxedo” in mind. However, locals and frequent visitors to Tirol know that Tux is a village in the Tux Valley, a side valley branching off near the town of Mayrhofen to the south-west of the Zillertal Valley. English speakers will be interested to know that here in Tirol a “Tuxer” does not refer to an elegant piece of menswear but instead a thick, hard-wearing cardigan made from grey loden and forming an integral part of the traditional dress worn by men in the valley.
The first settlers came from the Schmirntal Valley over the Tuxer Joch ridge to the Tux Valley during the Stone Age. The high mountain farms are still in operation today. The development of cable cars and ski lifts brought visitors to the area (or vice versa), and today the Hintertux Glacier is open to skiers and snowboarders all year round.