Fugen-Spieljoch

Fügen Spieljoch, in Austria’s Tyrol, is one of the first ski areas you reach as you enter the Zillertall region. Spieljoch is the smallest in the Ziller valley compared to Hochzillertal- HochfügenHintertux Glacier, and Mayrhofen , all part of the Zillertaller Super Ski Pass within half an hour drive or bus ride.

Spieljoch Fügen is very family friendly and convenient, emanating for the town of Fügen. A beautiful new ten-person gondola whisks you up to the top 1,835 meters, to 6,002’ to the spectacular new Mountain-Loft Spieljoch for panoramas, lunch and skiing

Near Spieljoch’s summit are several lifts and a six passenger chair. These lifts service a few red and blue runs, intermediate terrain on wide groomed runs. Spieljoch’s Panoramabahn, which goes from mid mountain near Hochfügen up to the highest point of Spieljoch skiing at 2,050 meters, 6,725’ feet.

Spieljoch has a dozen trails that are prepared, one of them is super long from the top of the Spieljochbahn gondola to the base is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) long and over 4,000 vertical feet descent, past farms and chalets. Be sure to ski trail #5 top to bottom.

The  Panormabahn GEOLS brings you to a few trails and gorgeous snow fields, great skiing on a powder day, but watch out or the farmer’s fences, the valleys and drop offs.

Geolsalm is a lovely hut, where local skiers go, for a goulash soup and a latte or a gross (big) beer. Sit by the wood stove to warm up in the cozy chalet before heading down the long slope back to the posh new gondola.

The place to stay in Fügen is Wohlfuhl Hotel Schiestl, a four star hotel, an easy walk to the ski slopes and gondola. This large hotel dates back to an original farmhouse in 1927, and became a guesthouse in 1960 with ten guests, now it has grown to accommodate 250. The Schiestl family is now three generations of hoteliers – including son Christian the Chef, and mother Marianna. The Schiestl family calls theirs a “feel good hotel.” The hotel offers a convenient ski room with boot dryers, a family pool, and a beautiful adult spa area that’s very impressive – it’s a “wellness hotel” with a beauty spa, traditional wood sauna, aroma bath, and steam bath plus spa treatments – après ski massages.

The Spa Erlebnistherme in Fugen is a huge family oriented water park with two waterslides and big pools with water features, but we loved returning to the sanctuary of Schiestl’s pool and saunas.

Après Ski in Fügen  go to the Herzalm – a typical Austrian après ski bar chalet next to the gondola just a short walk down from the Hotel Schiestl.

In the evening, have a drink in the lively Hotel Schiestl bar before your four course half board dinner is served in the lovely dining room – ask to be in the balcony room. In the morning a breakfast buffet is served before you hit the ski slopes of the Ziller valley.

You can ski nearby Hochzillertal- HochfügenHintertux Glacier, and Mayrhofen – all of these ski resorts are on the Zillertaller Super Ski Pass, connected with free shuttles with your ski pass.

Fugen Spieljoch Ski Stats:
Summit elevation 2,050 meters, 6,725’
7  lifts, 10 pistes
Vertical 4,658’
Part of the Zillertal Super Ski Pass, in Tyrol Austria