Hochoetz

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Hochoetz is a small ski area in the Otztal Valley which shares a lift ticket with Kühtai. The 2 ski areas are about 20 minutes apart via a free shuttle bus. Kühtai is just 45-minutes from Innsbruck and offers high alpine terrain with spectacular Alps views and multiple aspects so you can follow the sun.

Hochotz, also called Hoch, is above a beautiful canyon from Ochsengarten – the ski resort has a long gondola from this base village, plus an upper mountain gondola near Kuhtai.

Skiing at Hochoetz offers great views, there’s several prepared pistes plus tons of off-piste (hire a guide to explore this terrain) and some nice on mountain huts. Hochotz, also spelled Hochoetz, has an Iglu Snow Village, kids snow park, and a terrain parks for free riders.

Hochoetz main hub where both gondolas unload can be very busy with ski camps and kids and parents are gathering at certain peak hours. Here there is a snow playground, terrain park and learning area super convenient to downloading on the gondola at day’s end. Otherwise it a long twisty turning route skiing back to the base.

Dining on mountain at Hochoetz, get away from the busy center and main panorama lodge, by riding the Brunnenkopf lift to the Bielefelder Hütte. Sit inside this cozy chalet house for a great housemade burger with their secret sauce. Their kaiserschmarnn is legendary too, and huge – best shared! The outside deck at this Hutte is spectacular and the next-door umbrella bar pumps out fun music, and you are short ski down to the gondola to download, or a long ski to the base.

Other Innsbruck ski resorts near Kuhtai- Hochotz include Nordkette in Innsbruck, Stubaier Glacier – the highest, and Olympic race venue Axamer Lizum, Patscherkofel, Glungezer, Mutteralm, Schlick 2000, and Rangger Kopfl. You can also lodge in Innsbruck for a more city après ski vacation if you enjoy visiting historic sites and having global dining options.

From Innsbruck you are also close to more Tyrol ski resorts, Kitzbuhel, SkiWeltSki Juwel, and the Zillertal Valley – MayrhofenHintertux Glacier , Zillertal Arena, Hochzillertal-Hochfugen. The Arlberg of St. Anton – Stuben- Lech Zurs, Ischgl’s Paznaun ValleySerfaus Fiss Ladis are all relatively close for a ski safari of Austria.

Kühtai-Hochoetz Ski Stats:
Summit Elevation 2,520 meters, 8,267’, Vertical 1,647’
2 ski resorts – 1 ski pass – 85 km of slopes
Kindergarten and ski school