Galtür

Galtür Silvapark is a humble fun ski resort in western Austria, just 20 minutes drive or ski bus from Ischgl, located at the end of a canyon, one way in and out in winter.

Galtür’s dozen ski runs are well groomed, and at high elevation at over 2,000 meters, which is key in the Alps for snow conditions, the sun and snow are amazing . The base village is modest, with skier services on both sides of the road, and free parking near the ticket office. Galtür has 19 great fall line runs skiing from the small alpine village, where ski school is located and the kid friendly Adventureland with mascot Siggi and a magic carpet snow play area.

The more impressive skiing is the other aspect of Galtür, from the Ballunspitzbahn 6-pack chair, toward the Breitspitzbahn –  a beautiful gondola. The Kopp Sea shimmers with deep turquoise waters below the skiing terrain. Several long undulating fun trails descend below the gondola, and there’s an amazing “damn view” as you crest the well groomed ski trails.

Galtür has a snow park with jumps, rails and features called the Action Park and Heldenriech for “heros”, fun for snowboarder and skiers, and for families its just the right size for a relaxing ski day, not too big that you’d lose track of your kids, and not too small that you’d be bored.

For free riding, Galtur has plenty of off-piste opportunities easily reached from the modern six pack and quad chairs, and the two gondolas. On a powder day it would be heavenly untracked given that Galtür is not super well-known and nearby Ischgl attracts the masses. Ski with caution, and hire a guide from Galtur’s ski school to know where and when to ski off piste safely aware from slides, avalanches , and cliffs which are completely unmarked once you leave the prepared slopes. See below about Galtur’s Ski Safari for an authentic alpine ski adventure beyond the ski area boundaries.

Galtür’s few on mountains huts for lunch include Faulbrunnalm and Fluchthornalm  serving authentic local cuisine and Paznaun’s alpine cheese. Galtür has wonderful winter wandering trails for non-skiers to explore in snow boots, up to the huts and around the Kopp See.

Après ski at Galtür, there’s a modern hut on the slopes, otherwise Galtür is really family friendly and quiet on the party scale. For that scene, go to nearby Ischgl for Austria’s best après ski.

For an amazing ski adventure, a round the mountain adventure, the Galtür Silvretta Ski Safari costs $20 if you have a Galtur lift ticket, $41 without. The Safari departs from Galtür most days at 10:30am, ask at the ticket window. Or hire a guide from Galtür ski schule. The Galtür ticket window cashier merely hands you a one-page map in German with no instruction, its not entirely straightforward. See more on the Silvretta Ski Safari from Galtür.

Galtür makes a fun ski day on an Austrian family ski trip, skiing nearby Ischgl, Kappl and See as well.

Galtür Stats
10 lifts – 2 gondolas, 2 chairs, 5 t-bars
43 km of pistes, 19 named and numbered trails
Elevation 1600-2300 meters,
Night skiing on Wednesday
Galtür Silvretta is in Paznaun Ischgl region, near ski resorts of Ischgl, Kappl and See
Galtur Silveretta official ski website