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Tux - Finkenberg

Tux - Finkenberg Ski Resort Guide

Tux - Finkenberg, Austria

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Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length227km
Highest Lift3,250m
Resort Height1,300m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Salzburg
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Tux - Finkenberg

The Hintertux glacier is one of Europe's largest year-round skiing operation and in winter is part of the Ziller valley pass that takes in Mayrhofen. The glacier is serviced by increasingly high-tech lifts including Glacier Bus 3 with 24 person cabins capable of uplifting 3000 skiers per hour from the bottom to the top of the glacier. There are five villages in the valley beneath the glacier, which is regarded by many as having the best summer skiing in the world and is one of the few centres open for snow spoprts 365 days per year. The largest is Lanersbach, where most of the facilities are based. The little village of Hintertux itself, at the head of the valley, has thermal springs. The lifts are directly at the huge day-visitors car-park. Apart from skiing there are motre than 250 km of hiking trails and Natursport Tirol offers active sports like paragliding, canyoning, flying fox and caving.

Summary

The region of Tux - Finkenberg comprises the ski slopes of Finkenberg and Hintertux.

Tux - Finkenberg is within the Zillertal Ski Area, which boasts 489km of downhill pistes, with 91 marked ski runs, served by 177 ski lifts.

The ski area includes 2 Ski Resorts with a combined total of 227km of downhill skiing, with 24 marked pistes, served by a total of 59 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in either of the ski areas of Finkenberg and Hintertux.

With ski lifts as high as 3,250m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Tux - Finkenberg?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 3 December, with around 19cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Tux - Finkenberg Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 36km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
14132km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 7 59km
Downhill
Total Length
227km
Cross Country
Total Length
28km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
59

Zillertal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
10
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
44
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
37
Downhill
Total Length
489km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
177

Altitudes

Tux - Finkenberg Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,250m
Lowest Piste1,500m
Resort Altitude (Tux - Finkenberg)1,300m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Tux - Finkenberg
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Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Tux - Finkenberg Overview

The Hintertux glacier dominates a small, alpine valley, Tux, which sits at the head of the popular skiing valley of Ziller, 90km (56 miles) from Innsbruck. At the foot of the mountains five typically Tyrolean villages of Hintertux, Madseit, Juns, Lanersbach and Vorderlanersbach nestle on the valley floor. The resort is now jointly promoted with its near neighbour, the village of Finkenberg.

Despite its remoteness, this area has been inhabited for aeons; some artefacts point to the earliest settlers as being Breons, part of the Illyrian tribes of the Rhaeto-Roman peoples. While these early inhabitants made their living from hunting, farming and husbandry, the modern residents of Tux work hard 365 day a year catering for the thousands of skiers and tourists who come to enjoy the plentiful snow and the magnificent alpine scenery.

Tourism first began for this area in the 19th century, when Tux became famed for its 23 hot springs. The radium-rich, clear and odourless liquid has a temperature of 20.5 degrees celsius and wealthy Europeans used to flock to the area to take the waters.

As skiing developed throughout the Alps, Tux's high altitude and glacier made it a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts. The resort has grown steadily since the early 1960s as ski lifts have proliferated, initially around the Eggalmbahn area above Lanersbach and then on the glacier itself. The resort celebrated the new millennium in the best way it knows how, by building the highest bicable continuous cable car in the world. This technical masterpiece rises 650 metres and a distance of almost two kilometres from the Tuxer Ferenhaus to the Gefrorene Wand in just five minutes.

Atmosphere-wise, despite its reputation for having the best summer skiing in Austria and being host to virtually all the world's national ski squads, Tux is not a cosmopolitan resort having instead a rather quaint and provincial Austrian atmosphere.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Tux - Finkenberg is 12km long and the most difficult run is the 'Haxenbrecker 13a'.

Skiing

There are nearly 230km (145 miles) of ski runs in the joined Tux and Finkenberg ski areas. - with about a third around Lanersbach and Vorderlanersbach and the remainder on the slopes and glacier at Hintertux. More than 20 lifts make short work of the queues, uplifting more than 30,000 skiers per hour.

The resort is part of the Ski and Glacier World Zillertal 3000 lift linked pass with Finkenberg and Mayrhofen, although a bus journey is required through the Tux valley to make up the link to the glacier.

Skiing from the door is a no-no but the resort is included in the Zillertal Super Pass which gives the skier a wonderland of nearly 640 kms (400 miles) of pistes. The management keeps the area beautifully groomed with its arsenal of snow canons and piste machines.

Like most of Zillertal, Tux - Finkenberg is really a paradise for intermediates, with many kilometres of excellent, laid-back trails. However, there is a real shortage of nursery slopes, especially when snow is scarce and, for the expert, there is little to quicken the heart. Off-piste skiing can be good when there is a lot of new snow but the dangers of skiing off the beaten track on glaciers are very real - who wants to end their holiday falling down a crevasse? Local guides are available if you want to explore.

The various ski schools at Tux - Finkenberg are excellent, teaching all standards of skiing and snow boarding.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

In the winter snowboarders will enjoy the big cruisey runs and the free riding, However, with little demanding terrain and the fairly quiet nightlife, boarders tend not to come to this area out of the summer months preferring instead to hang out in nearby Mayrhofen.

Location and Map

Where is Tux - Finkenberg?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Finkenberg, Schwaz.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Tux - Finkenberg is Bolzano, 48 minutes drive away.

Innsbruck Airport, Munich, Salzburg, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Memmingen and Friedrichshafen airports are all within three hours drive.

Bolzano and Innsbruck Airport are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 59 ski lifts are able to uplift 107,820 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 120km of ski runs, with 120 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Tux - Finkenberg open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Tux - Finkenberg is usually open all year.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Tux - Finkenberg, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Tux - Finkenberg Tourist Office for the latest.

Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Tux - Finkenberg.

Aprés Ski

The nightlife is based around the bars and pubs in the villages, with evenings much quieter than those at Mayrhofen down the valley. Usually people drop in for a quick drink as they come off the slopes and then head out again after they've had dinner in their hotel or chalet.

Popular bars in Hintertux are the Batzenkeller, the Almhit, the Hohenhaus-Tenne and the Tux 1. The other villages, especially Lanersbach, have a very traditional Austrian flavour and much of the apres ski is in the many large hotels, with special Tyrolean entertainments put on for visitors.

Tux - Finkenberg