Freeriding at the Pitztal Glacier in Tyrol
When the first snowflakes start to fall in the lower regions, freeriders are already rocking the pristine slopes of the Pitztal Glacier. Tyrol and Austria's highest glacier skiing resort, the 3,440-metre Hintere Brunnenkogel, is already covered in natural and powder snow in the first months of Winter.
As soon as the white gold reaches the valley, glacier experts are treated to a world-class run:
Past glacial breaks and crevasses, the Taschachferner downhill valley run leads from the Mittelbergjoch through the Taschach Valley to Mittelberg to the Gletscherexpress valley station. We highly recommend the accompaniment of a mountain guide with local knowledge to all who wish to enjoy this impressive tour. Guided downhill runs are offered by the Bergfuehrerbuero Pitztal (Pitztal Mountain Guide Office).
For a long time, the descent from the 3,173-metre high Mittagskogel, the Pitztal valley end, has been an insider tip. Ever since the launch of the probably toughest freeride race in the world, the Pitztal Wild Face, deep snow enthusiasts have been flocking to the quiet Pitztal.
However, the final stretch of the Wild Face at an altitude of more than 1,500 metres is not the only run that powder junkies are in love with: Numerous lines stretch through the region, from the Swiss downhill run at the cableway Mittelbergbahn over broad slopes up to the steep gullies directly next to the piste at the Hintere Brunnenkogel. Through varied landscapes one reaches the ski resort of Rifflsee. Here, hidden tree runs at the Muttenkopf are waiting to be discovered. For beginners, but also experts, the signed Hirschtal track offers a wide-ranging alternative.
Get an impression of the freeride options in Pitztal: