We’ve used a few different locations for our pre-season performance camp, but we settled on Hintertux for two reasons; firstly, the skiing, and secondly, the Tux valley itself.
The Hintertux Glacier (AKA: Hintertuxer Gletscher) is the tourist name for the glaciers of the Gefrorene-Wand-Kees, also called the Tuxer Ferner, and the nearby Riepenkees at the top of the Tux Valley (Tuxertal), a side valley of the Zillertal in the Austrian state of Tyrol. At its highest point the ski region reaches a height of 3,250 m (10,660 ft) in the saddle between the peaks of the Gefrorene-Wand-Spitzen. The ski area is considered part of the Zillertal 3000, a gargantuan network of ski areas working their way up the Zillertal and Tux Valleys. Fast, modern gondolas carry us up to 3250 meters from where there is guaranteed skiing back down to 2660 meters. At elevations like that there is year round skiing, and by the time we arrive there on camp in late October or early November, snow conditions are excellent, with bumps, powder and plenty of ungroomed terrain available. There’s no mystery as to why so many world cup teams choose Hintertux as their summer and fall training base. Perhaps also the Tenne Bar, voted best bar in the world by Section 8’s experienced coaches, has something to do with why we keep on coming back. We stay down in the lovely Tux valley, a couple of minutes bus ride from the lifts. At the time of year we’ll be there it’s generally snow free in the valley, and the hiking trails that link the villages offer excellent evening or rest day recreation opportunities through forests and fields full of goats and cows, and yes, they really do have those bells on them!
Section 8’s hotel of choice is the Thermal Badhotel Kirchler. It is of an excellent standard and ideally located for our camps. The accommodations are a mere 800m from the main Gondola Station (and Section 8’s favorite apres pub) with frequent shuttles back and forth. The hotel is equipped with a swimming pool and sauna. Massages can also be booked at the hotel if the need arises after a log day on the slopes.
The closest airport to Hintertux is Innsbrook however it is also reachable from Munich and Salzburg. • Alp-airport Innsbruck 90km • Airport München 190km • Airport Salzburg 200km
The hotel recommends: Four Seasons Travel for airport shuttles from Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.
From the Olympic city of Innsbruck Take the Inntal motorway (A12) – Exit at Zillertal, through road (B169) to Mayrhofen. Continue on the Tuxer Landesstrasse towards Hintertux. There are also a number of railway and taxi services available.