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Those who love untouched powder snow are in seventh heaven in Zillertal. The expansive freeride paradise with the finest powder and virgin deep-snow slopes promises a pure sense of freedom and great diversity. With more than 65 freeride runs, Zillertal is one of the biggest deep-snow paradises in the Alps. Exciting variants, runs and spectacular deep-snow slopes with between 1,000 and 2,000 metres of elevation difference are well-known by more than just insiders.

NOTE: In order to enjoy the experience freeriding to the full, the guided descent with a licensed freeride guide is recommended for all tours! At every ride you will find providers for guided freeride tours in Zillertal.

View a selection of Zillertal’s top lines:

Easy ride

"Outta Banks", Hochfügen

Level of difficulty

easy ride

Altitude difference

from 2450m to 1500m

Descent: 950 m

Exposition

westerly

Max. incline

35°

Danger spot

none

Best time

December to April

Character

wide open slopes that also invite you to try some jumps

Directions and parking

Fügen in Zillertal – Hochfügen – Hochfügen skiing area

Lift & Ride

Ascent Zillertal shuttle – cross directly below the Marchkopf under the stadium and then descend in the area of the Holzalm Hochleger (you cross over it first by cable car), it is then best to cross over to the "Trau di Obi" ski run back to the skiing area

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2224 – West Schwaz, Freeride Map Austria Zillertal

Guided Freeride Tour

Wierer Stefan, www.zillertaler-bergfuehrer.at

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Krumbachalm, Isskogel Gerlos

Level of difficulty

easy ride

Altitude difference

from 2263m to 1400m

Ascent: 10 m altitude difference

Descent: 870m altitude difference

Exposition

easterly

Max. incline

35°

Danger spot

Consideration for hikers and tobogganists

Best time

December to March

Character

Head to the Krummbachalm for a mountain snack over perfect slopes and steep light forests

Directions and parking

Gerlos – Isskogel cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Isskogel cable car – Ebenfeld Express chair lift – Steinmandl chair lift; Over initially steep but then moderately steep terrain eastwards towards the Nöckentalalm, then through the rather steep but light forest to the Krummbachalm. You get back to the skiing area using the winter hiking trail along the Krummbach

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 3219 – West Gerlos

Guided Freeride Tour

Wierer Stefan, www.zillertaler-bergfuehrer.at

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Falschriedel, Gerlos Königsleiten

Level of difficulty

easy ride

Altitude difference

from 2420m to 1500m

Ascent: 190m altitude difference

Descent: 920 m altitude difference

Exposition

south-easterly, southerly, south-westerly

Max. incline

35°

Danger spot

none

Best time

December to March

Character

Even, magical freeride experience over the south-western ridge

Directions and parking

Gerlos – Isskogel cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Isskogel cable car – Fussalm Express chair lift – Falschbach chair lift; A short, moderately steep hike to the summit of the Falschriedel, then head over its south-western ridge easterly down towards Falschalm and then follow the clearing to the Falschbach and back again to the skiing area, alternatively a shorter route is to leave the ridge eastwards at the level of the bottom station and head for the Falschbach lift's bottom station

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 3219 – West Gerlos

Guided Freeride Tour

Wierer Stefan, www.zillertaler-bergfuehrer.at

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Lärmstange, Hintertuxer Gletscher

Level of difficulty

easy ride

Altitude difference

from 3100m to 2120m

Descent: 980m altitude difference

Exposition

northerly

Max. incline

35°

Danger spot

none

Best time

February to May

Character

Moderately steep enjoyable slopes, also just for having a go

Directions and parking

Mayrhofen – Tux – Hintertux- Hintertux Glacier cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Glacier bus I, II and III to Gefrorene Wand then cross to the Kaserer drag lifts; head along the impressive rock faces and head from these at a respectful distance over flat terrain towards the drag lift bottom station, pass these and now head over bumpy terrain to the slope 600 metres below

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2230 - West Hintertux

Map of Austria / sheet 2229 – East Brenner

Guided Freeride Tour

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Eder Christian, www.zillertal-alpin.at

Moderate ride

"Superbowl", Hochfügen

Level of difficulty

moderately difficult ride

Altitude difference

from 2350m to 1500m

Ascent: 30m altitude difference

Descent: 850 m altitude difference

Exposition

south-easterly

Max. incline

40°

Danger spot

The crossing under the avalanche barriers at the start and leaving Pfunds in the spring when the weather is too warm; consideration for hikers and tobogganists

Best time

December to March

Character

Named "The Superbowl" by Norwegian freeride pioneer, it is a great classic

Directions and parking

Fügen in Zillertal – Hochfügen – Hochfügen skiing area

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Achteralm cable car, Pfaffenbichl chair lift; from the top station you cross eastwards under the avalanche barriers to the striking ridge, the descent initially begins southwards steeply for a short time and ends at the level of the Pfundsalm Mittelleger, now take the forest route and then later the toboggan run back to the Hochfügen skiing area

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2224 – West Schwaz, Freeride Map Austria Zillertal North

Guided Freeride Tour

Wierer Stefan, www.zillertaler-bergfuehrer.at

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Großes Horbergtal, Horberg Mayrhofen

Level of difficulty

moderately difficult ride

Altitude difference

from 2420m to 1700m

Descent: 750m altitude difference

Exposition

easterly, south-easterly

Max. incline

35°

Danger spot

If the weather is coming from the south west (foehn) heavy deposits of avalanche snow, orientation on slope

Best time

December to April

Character

Incredibly attractive landscape, a relaxing change from everyday slopes

Directions and parking

Hippach – Horberg cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Horberg cable car – Tappenalm chair lift – 150 Tux cable car – Horberg chair lift; As soon as you get off the Horberg chair lift head eastwards into the long attractive Horbergkar that basically takes you on a ride through the valley to the Horbergbach. A short opposing climb leads westwards along the slope to the forest trail that is easy to recognise and takes you back to the skiing area

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2230 - West Hintertux

Guided Freeride Tour

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Eder Christian, www.zillertal-alpin.at

Neumann Bernhard, www.mountain-sports-zillertal.com

Kleegrube, Hintertuxer Gletscher

Level of difficulty

moderately difficult ride

Altitude difference

from 3250m to 2200m

Descent: 1050m altitude difference

Exposition

north-westerly

Max. incline

40°

Danger spot

First steep slope at the level of the Gefrorene Wand, entry into the Kleegrube; if the weather is coming from the south west (foehn) heavy deposits of avalanche snow

Best time

February to May

Character

Much underappreciated ride, riding in single file is necessary in particular on the steeper passages

Directions and parking

Mayrhofen – Tux – Hintertux- Hintertux Glacier cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Glacier bus I, II and III to Gefrorene Wand, you cross to the first steep slope over slope 4 above the new Gefrorene Wand cable car top station, which can also be clearly seen from the cable car. At the end of this slope enter the Kleegrube at a suitable place, this entry also requires a good eye and respectful behaviour, you can now enjoy your descent until the end of the wide glacier hollow. At the end of this keep 2100 m to the left to return to the ski run

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2230 - West Hintertux

Map of Austria / sheet 2229 – East

Guided Freeride Tour

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Eder Christian, www.zillertal-alpin.at

Neumann Bernhard, www.mountain-sports-zillertal.com

Hard ride

Wanglspitz, Horberg Mayrhofen

Level of difficulty

difficult ride

Altitude difference

from 2420m to 1700m

Descent: 750m altitude difference

Exposition

easterly

Max. incline

55°

Danger spot

If the weather is coming from the south west (foehn) heavy deposits of avalanche snow, orientation on slope, extreme steepness

Best time

December to April

Character

Extreme lines and opportunities that you definitely don't have to be the first to have ridden

Directions and parking

Hippach – Horberg cable car

Lift & Ride

Ascent – Horberg cable car – Tappenalm chair lift – 150 Tux cable car; You immediately cross eastwards under the cable car top station and already have the extremely steep easterly terrain of the Wanglspitze before you, it is worth studying the face during the trip up on the cable car

Map recommendation

Map of Austria / sheet 2230 – West Hintertux

Guided Freeride Tour

Bacher Peter, www.rocknsnow.at

Eder Christian, www.zillertal-alpin.at

Freeride in Hochfügen im Zillertal
Freeride in Hochfügen im Zillertal
Freerider in Hochfügen im Zillertal
Freerider in Hochfügen im Zillertal
Freerider am Rastkogel im Zillertal
Freerider am Rastkogel im Zillertal
General safety info
  • The gradient specified is a general value; greater gradients are also possible depending on the selected route.
  • However, the gradient is clearly related to the avalanche warning level. Please find out about the avalanche warning level and the weather forecast.
  • Ensure that you have the correct equipment and that this is all fully functional, especially with regard to safety equipment. An avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and avalanche probe are ESSENTIAL; possibly also take an avalanche air bag.
  • Think about your fitness and don’t start out too late, especially not in spring.
  • When heading off-piste, you get truly up close and personal with nature. As a freerider, you should show particular respect for nature as this is the only way to achieve active natural protection.
  • Mobile phones don't work everywhere. In the event of an accident, alert the mountain rescue team by calling the Alpine emergency number 140.

 

FREERIDE LEVELS

To have as much fun as possible, it’s important to correctly gauge your skills. Don’t overestimate yourself: freeriding is more demanding than skiing and snowboarding on pistes and your skills will quickly deteriorate as you get tired.

Find the right level for you and you’ll have more fun in powder.

  • Level 1: you can easily handle all pistes and want to head out into the deep snow for the first time. Gradients of up to 35°; expansive, level and medium-steep runs; few obstacles.
  • Level 2: you have already skied/boarded in powder and want to learn more surfing/freeriding techniques. Gradients of up to 39°; runs with obstacles, trees, bushes, rocks; chance to ride corridors.
  • Level 3: you are familiar with off-piste skiing/boarding but want to master the best freeriding style in all types of snow and terrain. Gradients of up to 40°; rocky runs; short, tricky sections; mastery of all snow types.
  • Level 4: you can surf all slopes and rock the perfect line. Steep passages are no problem. Your trained freeriding eye is focused on getting the best from the mountains. Gradients of over 45°; perfect mastery of all types of snow and terrain; no falls permitted on difficult sections. 


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