Holidays at the foot of North Tirol’s highest mountain: the Pitztal Valley runs for almost 40km before ending on the slopes of the majestic Wildspitze, at 3,768m the higest mountain in North Tirol.
The Pitztal Valley branches off south from the Inntal Valley near the village of Arzl, between Imst and Roppen, at a point where the Inn flows through the Pitzenklamm canyon. The valley then widens near Wenns, before dividing at the Hochzeiger, a mountain popular with skiers and hikers. The Pillerhöhe branches off westwards into the Kaunertal Valley, while the rest of the valley continues south and forms the narrow and mountainous Innerpitztal. The journey along the Pitze river takes visitors through a series fascinating landscapes. For almost 40km the valley leads unerringly towards the mighty Wildspitze, at 3,768m the highest mountain in North Tirol. The peak is flanked to the west by the Kaunergrat Nature Park and to the east by the Geigenkamm ridge, which forms the border to the Ötztal Valley. Thanks to its protected position on the northern side of the main alpine divide, the Pitztal Valley is one of the driest areas in Tirol.
Snowsure glacier skiing and majestic waterfalls
The region is popular with hikers, wintersports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Austria’s highest ski resort, the Pitztal Glacier, lies at the foot of the Wildspitze and offers snowsure conditions and fresh powder into May thanks to its network of pistes as high as 3,440m. In the summer months hikers enjoy exploring the many trails catering for all fitness levels, from easy walks along the valley floor to challenging summit ascents. There are also family-friendly paths leading to the Söllbergwasserfall near St. Leonhard and the Stuibenwasserfall near Jerzens, which at 150m is among the highest in Tirol. An annual sporting highlight is the Pitztal Glacier Trail Maniak, one of the toughest ultramarathons in Europe covering 95km and 6,500 vertical metres.