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Hintertux or Kitzsteinhorn in summer?

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Has anybody skied either of these glaciers in summer or early fall?  

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Moving over to Eurozone forum area where you may get more replies on this location. 


Either way, it sounds like a good trip with gorgeous landscapes!

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I've been in Kitzsteinhorn in June. There are basically 3 pistes open in the top and snow is usually slush, as expected. Good skiing lasts til mid of the day for most. When I was there it was still possible to go back to Alpine center base station skiing, and after that it was not possible anymore, and only the very top was still open.


I've been in Hintertux in the winter. Its bigger (in winter), a bit higher than Kitzsteinhorn. I'm not really sure whats the size for summer, but I would guess its like 3 or 4 pistes too.


I would say the main difference is that Kitzsteinhorn is more accessible, whereas Hintertux you need to go in some upmountain road for quite a while (unless you re staying in Tux).



The cities close to both glaciers are really nice (Zell am See, Kaprun, Zell am Ziller and Mayrhofen)

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We drove up to Hintertux last summer. From Mayrhofen, definitely a drive I wouldn't want to do all the time, but then I don't need Apres Ski. We actually stayed in Finkenberg, a really tiny place between the two. Much cheaper hotel rates than Mayrhofen. Sorry to say, didn't ski. Certainly would have considered it, but was just out of the hospital and forbidden to do so. PM me if you'd like a link to pictures of the towns in that valley.
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Haven't been to Hintertux, but Kaprun/Kitzsteinhorn and Zell am See are all really gorgeous. Skied the glacier as a kid.. coming from the midwest, even the 'limited' terrain of summer was huge. I'd love to go back to see if it's anything like I remember. :) Skiing was good until about 1:00pm. We always left the hill by around 2:00pm at the very latest.

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Yes at hintertux. Twice in midMay time when just the glacier open.  I stayed in Lanersbach which is about 8km down the road from the hintertux base.  theres a ski bus running year round throughout the day but the last one is at 5 30pm.  after that you have to pay!  Also I stayed in a guest house in Hintertux, and from memory it was €22 a night, with a pizza restaurant 5 mins walk away that was great.


Its glacier skiing, so unless you are training for something in particular will feel fairly limited after a morning.

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I skied Tux a couple times in June, and a late September day once. For summer skiing I thought they had a fair amount of terrain open. It did get too sloppy around 1 which was when all the race trainers and most others quit for the day. The september ski day was pretty awesome with runs down to mid-mountain. Lots of reasonable pensions in the valley to choose from (love the Austrian breakfasts!).

I also did Stubai on their last weekend in June one year. Stubai is one of my favorite early season destinations (especially following a recent storm), and was on a par with Tux in June (but does close in summer unlike Tux).

If you want to see some pics of both, sift through the ton of pics I posted here: http://www.tripcolor.com/user/64850/trip/71249-Alps-Skiing (in order of date, so steer towards June/Sept)
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Lonepeak, looking through those pictures was great. I'll have to consult you before my next European trip. It looks like some of the lesser know areas offer a lot of potential.

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Yes...no shortage of lesser known areas in the alps. I was really surprised at all the areas that are massive in their own right, but I had never heard of them.  It's also weird to be at an area like Solden, and look west to see lifts on the next ridge over (Pitzal), and across the valley to Obergurgl, and so on. It sometimes seems like there are areas every direction you look. I still have lots of areas on my to-do list...some day. Send me a pm anytime...I never tire of chatting about skiing the alps.

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Headed to Hintertux first week of October for a month! So excited!
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