The glaciers of South Tyrol have helped to create a fascinating natural park. The majestic Hochjochferner glacier
lies along the border between Austria and Italy. Every year from September to May, winter sports enthusiasts hit the slopes at this world class 185-acre natural park. The glacier is equally suited to beginners and experienced skiers,
as well as families.
The real crowd pleaser is especially the 8 km long Schmuggler downhill slope leading into the valley.
The Grawand Glacier Hotel
– the highest mountain hotel in Europe – is perched far above the treeline, at the glacier cable car’s upper station (3212 meters above sea level). From this vantage point, visitors have a breathtaking view of the surrounding 3000-meter Weisskugel, Wildspitze and Similaun mountains. In the nearby area between the Similaun and Finailspitze mountains is the site where the world-renowned Glacier Mummy, “Oetzi“
, also known as the Ice Man
, was preserved in ice for 5300 years.
Even in his time, the Ice Man would have been aware of the ancient Schnalskamm ridge glacier trail. Until today, shepherds drive thousands of sheep
up the mountain in spring, to cross over from Val Senales to the Oetztal Valley. Skiing at the Val Senales Glacier
is equally suitable for children and families
as well as professionals
. For decades, the Hochjochferner glacier has been a training center for world-class athletes in both Alpine and cross-country skiing. Enthusiasts of ski touring
will find ideal snow conditions, and cross-country skiers
will be drawn to panoramic high altitude trails. Food lovers have a choice of five different mountain restaurants
offering delicious traditional mountain dishes on sunny terraces.
The ski area offers a complete range of services, including a ski depot, ski rental, skiing lessons, hotels, and camping sites right next to the slopes. Thanks to the varied ticket options
available at the Val Senales Glacier in South Tyrol, every visitor will find an offer to suit their budget and needs.