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Glacier Skiing in Austria - Summer and Early Winter Guide

As we head into the Summer months there are there are those that can't wait to be lying by a pool or beach but there are many people who are longing for more skiing and snowboarding and can't wait until the winter 2016/17 season starts. With this is mind we at Drysure HQ have decided to create a Glacier Skiing Guide of where to go when winter is not here. Austria.

1. Hintertux (see photo above) - this is Austria's only 365 days ski resort these days due to global warming. The glacier has some of the most challenging glacier skiing the Alps has to offer and in early summer you are still able to ski down to 2600m so the vertical drop is a very reasonable 650m. The highest point on the glacier is 3,250. Stay in Mayrhofen which is a bigger ski resort down the valley as there is a good range of hotels, restaurants and bars.

Open All Year Round

Visit www.hintertuxergletscher.at for more information 

2. Kaprun - This glacier towers above lake at Zell am See and is positioned on the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain. The glacier offers some lovely wide glacier skiing and the season is the incredibly long running into late July. The slopes are served by a very modern lift system so you won't be waiting long to get up the mountain. The surrounding area is beautiful and there are numerous activities you can do once the slopes close. 

Open October to July 24th 2016 - Reopens  in October 2016

Visit www.kitzsteinhorn.at for more information

3. Dachstein - Positioned on the highest mountain in Styria at 2,710m it is the lowest glacier in Austria and because of that has a very hit a miss summer skiing calendar. The glacier is best for those that want some mountain air and a short journey from Salzburg. Saying that there are a couple of runs and freeride park so if you want to try somewhere new then head to Dachstein.

Dachstein Glacier

Open Now - Check the website below.

Visit www.derdachstein.at for more information

4. Kaunertal - This glacier is situated in Tyrol on the Austrian/Italian border and has also has an incredibly long ski season. The resort maybe small but that makes the glacier a lot quieter than many of the others so it feels like you are on you own at 3000m.

Open September to June 

Visit www.kaunertaler-gletscher.at for more information

5. Pitzal - This glacier is just round the corner from Kaunertal so if winter is just too far away then you could always head to Tyrol in September / Early October and start your winter then. The glacier is Austria's highest at 3,440m and has the country's highest cafe which is open all year round. The ski area is not huge but it is interesting and it is very good for race training. 

Open September to May 

Visit www.pitztaler-gletscher.at for more information

5. Stubai - This is one of Austria's best known glaciers and it is not down on the list for any reason. This glacier is very close to Innsbruck which make a perfect weekend skiing weekend glacier. It has a long season until the end of May and opens again mid September. There are some challenging runs on the glacier and it is definitely worth a visit. 

Open September to May

Visit www.stubaier-gletscher.com for more information

6. Molltaler  - And I save hidden gem until for the last one. Molltaler is Carinthia’s exclusive glacier ski resort. Located on its own near Spittal the glacier has skiing until Mid May when there is a short pause for maintenance and then reopens Mid June. The skiing progressively opens up as more snow arrives but because the highest point is 3,122m there is always well groomed pistes to be found.

Open Mid June to Mid May - a one month break in between for maintenance.

Visit www.gletscher.co.at for more information

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