Hochzillertal-Hochfugen

Hochzillertal-Hochfugen-Spieljoch Trail Map – Click on Trail Map to Enlarge

Hochzillertal-Hochfugen is a large ski area in the Zillertal Valley of Austria’s Tyrol (see Trail Map at the Bottom of this page). It is one of the first ski areas in the huge Zillertal valley, which comprises 544 kilometers of skiing with 180 lifts spread across the beautiful ski region. 

Hochzillertal-Hochfugen offers skiers 114 kilometers of prepared trails, and 43 lifts with two bases. The base village of Kaltenbach and the other Hochfugen, which requires a 30-minute drive up a narrow winding valley road. Most everyone starts their ski day in Kaltenbach riding one of two gondolas up to mid-mountain. The base gondola opens at 7:30am!

Families love Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach for its fun-in-the-sun ski terrain, wide open ski slopes served by swift 4 to 8-passenger chairs. There is a very popular terrain park serviced by its own lift with some big mountain kickers.

Hochzillertal’s Summit is reached by a beautiful modern gondola (The Wimbachexpress). Here you will find the chic Albergo bar, restaurant and hotel above the gondi structure. The Italian cuisine here is top shelf like the setting, and the panormic views from the classy glass lined interior and the outdoor deck. Inquire about spending the night here in a chic suite.

Hochzillertal has several beautiful chalets including Wedel Hütte (trail 13 ) with it extraordinary setting. Fantastic food is served by a gorgeous fireplaces, or on the big sun deck. You can lodge overnight up here in 5-star luxury.

Krystal Hütte is another impressive chalet atop the southernmost Panoramabahn with a scenic sun terrace looking toward Montoplis and Hintertux, there’s inside dining at Krystal and a few overnight suites as well.

Save skiing the north facing Hochfügen until at least 11am when the sun starts to soften the slopes. Hochfügen has a few long well-pitched runs served by two more gondolas – the Zillertal shuttle and 8er Jet, and more quads and six pack chairs, plus a few t-bars.

Hochfügen has tons of off-piste, free-riding, and hike-to of piste terrain including the “Superbowl,” in addition to the groomed “prepared’ slopes. Hire a guide and have avalanche gear as the slopes here are slide prone. You will see avalanche safety check stations at each summit, giving current warnings and a transceiver tests.

From Hochfügen, you can see the neighboring ski resort Spieljoch, they are so close they could connect but environmental issues and the rugged terrain has not made it simple. So it’s a ten-minute free bus ride or drive from Fugen to Kaltenbach or Hochfugen which has its own small base village with a few ski hotels.

Aar Wirt is authentic and cozy chalet for delicious lunch, or coffee or aperitif at Hochfugen, skiers’ right near the base of Fugen’s Trail 3. Look for the big wood carved sun deck.

Hochzillertal’s long trail #1 is your last run down to Kaltenbach, and the big Stephen Eberharter’s finish line by the parking lot and gondola base. The popular Austrian ski racer, and Gold medalist, grew up skiing here and is now the Ski Ambassador. At Hochfugen’s base are several après ski bars, like VIP Umbrella Bar and Postalm where you can watch skiers descend with a drink in hand.

Of note, the Hochzillertal-Hochfugen trail maps are confusing, not topographical or to scale (clearly not the work of James Neuhaus). Example: it appears Spieljoch and Hochfugen lifts are proximate – they are not, a free shuttle allows you to get from one area to the other.

For lodging at Hochzillertal, you can stay up on the mountain at modern Albergo, the elegant chalet Wedel Hutte, or the Kristal – riding lifts to arrive, and surrounded by snow and stars at night – very special and spendy.

Less spectacular, less pricey hotels and chalets are plentiful nearby at Mayrhofen, and Fügen at Spieljoch ski resort

A family ski week in Austria’s Zillertal Valley is easily reached from Innsbruck or Munich, and you have access to Zillertal ArenaMountopolis, and Hintertux Glacier – all on the Tirol Snow Card, all within a half hour drive or a free bus ride with your ski pass.

Hochzillertal- Hochfügen-Kaltenbach Ski Stats:
Elevation 8,202’, 2,500 meters
Vertical 3,280’
43 Lifts, 114 kilometers of prepared pistes