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Early season skiing in Austria on the Hintertux glacier

Crystal’s Overseas Operations team are already out in Austria getting ready for the season ahead. Dionis and other members of the team have been lucky enough to squeeze a few days on the hill this season already.

Back at end end of October he and his work-mates clipped into their skis and boards for the first skiing in Austria of the season – up on the Hintertux glacier.

Here’s their story…

October skiing in Austria – Mayrhofen’s Hintertux glacier

My colleagues and I are huge fans of snow sports, so working for Crystal Ski certainly has its benefits.

We’re always keen on reading the latest ski news on the web – back in October we came across an  interesting article on the Planetski website, explaining that Austria, where we are currently based,  could claim to have the most ski areas open of any one country in the world at present.

It didn’t take long before we decided to hit the slopes that weekend – being able to ski and snowboard in October was an opportunity too good to miss.

There was no doubt we were going to head to the world famous Hintertux Glacier – not far from the popular ski resort of Mayrhofen. Hintertux had the largest ski area available anywhere at present with 41km of runs being open.

My work-mates Dom and Mark joined me for an early start – we wanted to make the most of the day on the glacier.

We headed outside to find 15cm of snow cover at village level in St Johann in Tirol where we were based.

After a quick scraping of the snow off the car, we drove up to Hintertux, battling against falling snow for the entire journey, which only fuelled our excitement to be getting out on the slopes for the first time this season.

Driving through Mayrhofen we saw at least a dozen like-minded people at each of the ski bus stops, all heading up to Hintertux too.

Winter had well and truly arrived early, it was only a few weeks ago we waved goodbye to the last summer walkers in these mountain resorts.

As we drove up the valley, the snow got heavier – the powder was going to be epic.

The gondola on the Hintertux glacier, Austria

The Hintertux lift, the Gletscherbus 1, 2 and 3 took us as high as 3250m in no time.

And there it was – huge pistes of fresh powder waiting for us.

We couldn’t get off the cable car fast enough.

The heavy snow meant visibility was’t the best, but this wasn’t going to stop us enjoying our first rides of the season.

We wanted to try all slopes that were open so we were hopping on and off the T-bars, the chair lift and the cable cars – we went absolutely everywhere and managed to check out every corner of the ski area that was open.

It’d been snowing all evening the night before so there were around 20cm of fresh powder on the ski routes just to the right of the two parallel t-bars below Olperer at 3476m. It’s needless to say that we shredded the off piste area in three or four runs.

Skiing on the Hintertux in October

A quick 30 minute pit-stop for lunch and we were back on the snow and did more of our favourite runs.

Everywhere you looked you could see different ski coaches from various countries – lots of international ski teams were practising on the testing runs.

Of course, it wasn’t just the pros – you had the normal skiers and boarders from all around Europe who’d all had exactly the same idea as us – and who can blame them?

Skiers on the Hintertux glacier training hardJust before the lifts were closing we went for a few well-deserved après drinks in the lively Hohenhaus Tenne.

The place became quite busy as the time went and confirmed Austria’s unbeatable après ski culture, probably even more buzzing than normal as the country celebrated the early start of winter in the mountains.

Originally coming from a country where the good snow usually comes after the beginning of December, to me the opportunity to snowboard in thick fresh powder in October was not to be missed.

I can only imagine what the conditions would be at Hintertux and Mayrhofen during the season. By the looks of it, everyone, who has chooses Mayrhofen ski resort for their holiday this winter is guaranteed a fantastic skiing and boarding experience in this amazing ski area.

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This post was written by Dionis Icherenski, Overseas Area Manager for Crystal Ski.

Have you skied Mayrhofen and the Hintertux glacier? What’s your favourite run?

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