Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach Ski Resort
April 26, 2012
Mark Gunston from Austria
I have only skied Hochzillertal at the end of the season and have been very impressed by the fast lifts and amount of skiing above 1700 metres. Late season the gondola starts at 7.30 am. I skied dry untracked powder for 4 hours on a sunny Saturday in late April and the slopes were empty.
I am surprised by other reviewers comments saying the off-piste is limited as I thought the amount available without having to trek was incredible. I am guessing that, because of it's proximity to the Inn Valley, it gets very busy after a snowfall during the main season and gets tracked out very quickly.
The disadvantage with the new fat skis is that any intermediate can now make turns in powder, so the off-piste areas are much busier than a few years ago.
In summary, Hochzillertal is an amazing resort to ski off-piste after a dump of snow in late season.
Overall: 4.1. Based on 4 votes and 3 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.3
(1) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.8
(1) The staff at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.2
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 21, 2009
Mark Day from United Kingdom
In my opinion HochZillertal-Kaltenbach, is an outstanding place to ski. It has a little bit of skiing to suit most people. If I was being brutally honest I would have to say that the more adventurous skier would find it very hard to push their limits here however, there are some real long runs that can work you close to your limits.
I agree that the off piste skiing is limited and does get skied out quite quickly when it gets busy, but the simple way around this is get on the first lift up at 8am and you find pretty much every run will be yours up until around 10am. Then when it starts to get a little busy simply move over the mountain to the other side, Hochfugen.
My family and I come here to ski and that's what we do. We get very clear runs using the above method up until around 1pm, but by then we have been skiing for 5hrs so we ski off the mountain to finish the days skiing.
Hochzillertal and Hochfugen together offer around 155km of groomed piste so this will easily keep the beginner - Advanced skier/Family occupied for a 7 day period.
While Kaltenbach itself is very tiny, 15 minutes drive through the Ziller Valley will get you into Mayrhofen which is a Typical Ski resort town.
The prices are reasonable, expect to pay Euro 539 for three super ski passes (1 Child, 2 Adults) but these will give access to free transport via train and bus throughout the valley and access to every run in the Ziller valley which boasts the headline... 1 Valley, 174 Lifts, 636km of Piste and ONE pass.
We come back year after year which tells a story in itself!
December 25, 2007
Paul from Belgium
Have been going to Kaltenbach for a number of years. The resort has invested considerably in a number of new lifts (to ease congestion from the valley and queues at the Sonnenjet and Krossbichlbahn lifts.)
The connection with Hochfugen makes this an area in which families and intermediates can easily pass a week, without the need to head to other resorts in the Zillertal. There is a nice variety of runs, and easy cruising pistes. The limited off-piste however, gets tracked out very quickly in high season.
The run down into the valley is good, but should be avoided at the end of the day and end of the week as it is extremely busy mostly with skiers who would have been better off taking the gondola back down into the valley. Best time to do the run is early morning and with the second gondola from the valley. This means that the wait to get back up the mountain has been considerably reduced.
When snow conditions are poor, Kaltenbach can be very busy as skiers take advantage of the number of pistes above 1800m, and its proximity to the Inntal Highway. The resort could take some lessons from the French in queue management. Most of the lifts simply have funnels resulting in a lot of pushing, shoving and aggravation to try and get a few places ahead, normally then stopping to allow the rest of the group to catch up, or push their way through. Queuing for lifts with small children is not pleasant, and hopefully something the resort will work on in years to come. There is a general lack of singles rows to allow all places on the chairlifts to be filled in peak periods.
The Sonnenjet lift can be susceptible to closure in high winds, which considerably restricts the skiable area. There are sufficient mountain eateries with enough variety to suit all tastes and budgets.
We enjoy the resort enough to come back every year