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valid in ski and glacier world Zillertal 3000 (=Hintertuxer Gletscher, Eggalm, Rastkogel, Finkenberg, Penken/Mayrhofen, Ahorn)
Zillertal Super Ski Pass (valid in the entire Zillertal valley)
 

Did you know that ...

... at the Hintertux Glacier

  • there is skiing and snowboarding fun on 365 days of the year?
  • 39,400 persons per hour can be transported?
  • there is a piste area of 270 ha at your disposal? 
  • lifts run in parallel so that skiing operations can be also maintained during periods of maintenance?
  • Gletscherbus 3 is the highest-lying bicable continuous gondola lift in the world?
  • visitors from around 57 nations ski and snowboard here?
  • about 170 employees are deployed for you during the winter?
  • there are 14 piste preparation machines in operation daily in order to perfectly prepare up to 60 km of pistes?
  • the artificial snow on the Hintertux glacier is prepared from air and water and nothing else?
  • that glacial ice moves between 0 and 40m every year and consequently support struts that stand on glacial ice have to be moved regularly?


... in Austria

  • skiing is 3 x safer than playing football?
  • cable cars are the most safe form of public transport? The probability of a holiday visitor suffering an accident on a cable car or ski lift is 0.00006 %.
  • a golfer pays up to € 75.00 for the use of an 18-hole course, whereas as a one-day ski pass on the Hintertux glacier only amounts to € 47.00 and guarantees a perfect winter sports experience?

Technical achievements

10er Gefrorene Wand

The 30 year old “Gefrorene Wand 3a” double chair lift with two glacier support towers on the Hintertux Glacier has been replaced by the world’s first 10 EUB Gefrorene Wand lifts with heated seating from the Doppelmayr Company.

  • Conveyance capacity: 2,800 persons / hour 
  • Speed: 6.0 m / sec 
  • Travel time: 4.94 min 
  • Length: 1,257 m 
  • Number of cabins: 46 
  • Power: 2 motors 660 KW/900 HP 
  • Investment: € 10 million.

Gletscherbus 1

As of November 2008 the Gletscherbus 1 is in operation at the Hintertux Glacier. 3281 persons per hour are transported by the glacierbus 1 to the snow-sure pistes of the Hintertux Glacier. In only 5.25 minutes one glides from Hintertux (1,500 m above sea level) to the Sommerbergalm (2,100 m) from where Austria’s most attractive and impressive all year round ski region can be discovered.

  • Conveyor capacity: 3,281 persons/hour
  • Speed: 6 m/sec
  • Travel time: 5.25 min
  • Length: 1,413 m
  • Number of cabins: 24
  • Overall cable weight: 55,000 kg
  • Cable length: 5,650 m
  • Power: 4 motors 1,380 KW / 1,880 HP
  • One fully laden cabin max. 4,220 kg
  • Longest distance between support masts: 593 m
  • Highest ground clearance: 76 m

Gletscherbus 2

The first bi-cable cablecar in the eastern Alps
The Gletscherbus 2 has been transporting our guests from the Sommerbergalm to the Tuxer Fernerhaus since 1996. The travel time is only six minutes, and you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view underway, fully protected from the wind and weather. Zillertaler Gletcherbahn developed this Funitel, the first in the eastern Alps, in 1995 in collaboration with Doppelmayr. Since then, the Gletscherbus 2 has more than proved its worth!

  • Lower terminal: 2,100 m
  • Upper terminal: 2,660 m
  • Capacity: 3,200 persons/hour

Gletscherbus 3

With the Gletscherbus 3, which is surely the most spectacular cablecar in the Alps as well as the highest bi-cable cable car in the world, you can now travel from the Tuxer Fernerhaus directly to the Frozen Wall in just five minutes. The extreme geographic situation of the Gletscherbus 3, with its lower terminal at 2,660 m and its upper terminal at 3,250 m, formed a special challenge to the engineers, builders and fitters. This lift, which is our showpiece, has been in operation since 31 December 2000. Major revision works took place for this reason during May and June 2012. Both lift drives were removed and sent back to the manufacturers and all 4 motors were completely overhauled. The clamping cylinder was removed and replaced and the disc bearings at the base station of the lifts have been renewed.

  • Lower terminal: 2,660 m
  • Upper terminal: 3,250 m
  • Capacity: 3,000 persons/hour

150er Tux

Ever since the 23rd December 2001, the “150-er Tux” cable car has connected the Rastkogel/Tux ski area with the slopes at Penken/Mayrhofen, thereby creating the largest inter-linked ski area in the Zillertal Valley: „Ski & Glacier world Zillertal 3000“. 2 cabins with a maximum capacity of 150 persons each and a top speed of 12 m/s whisk skiers in only 5 minutes to a whole new dimension of winter fun.

  • Lower terminal: 1,706 m
  • Upper terminal: 2,415 m
  • Capacity: 1,750 persons/hour

Conditions

What conditions are needed to create artificial snow?

Essential factors: Wet-bulb temperature, temperature, humidity
Additional factors: Air pressure, water pressure, water temperature, drop height

„To define, the wet-bulb temperature is the temperature a parcel of air would have when water is evaporated into it at a constant pressure level until saturation. The enthalpy of evaporation process thereby deprives it of air." Simplified: More water can evaporate at lower humidity. The energy required is extracted from the ambient air and leads to cooling – thus enabling artificial snow to be created at lower humidity levels and at warmer temperatures.

Winter Snow Making:

Snow making facilities are used on the downhill run from the Tuxer Fernerhaus to Sommerberg, the entire Sommerberg ski area and the “Schwarze Pfanne” downhill run to the valley. 246 lances (York Co.) | 246 snow towers | ca. 640 valves in the towers on the slopes regulate the snowmaking | max. production quantity by a York Rubis lance at water pressure of 50 bar: 13,300 litres of water per hour yield ca. 33 m³ of snow per hour.

Glacier Snow Making:

Snow making facilities are used from the top station of the glacierbus 3 lifts down to the Tuxer Fernerhaus. 26 FM | snow making towers (with 2 lances each) | 7 FM lances | 2 Sufag fan guns | max. production quantity by a FM tower at water pressure of 60 bar: 34,200 litres of water per hour yield ca. 85 m³ of snow per hour.

Depending on the conditions and type of snow making machinery, between 40 and 120 canons can be in operation simultaneously. The system can be automatically adjusted when there is only the slightest change in weather conditions (e.g. wind) and switched to alternative snow canons.

Pumping Stations

3 main pumping stations

  • PST Isse (supplies the PST Tuxerferner and winter resort snow making facilities)
  • PST Tuxerjoch (supplies the PST Tuxerferner and winter resort snow making facilities)
  • PST Tuxer Fernerhaus (supplies the glacier snow making facilities)


1 fill pumping station (Kunerbach)

To refill the reservoirs from Kunerbach.
The majority of water needed is created during the spring thaw and is stored in the 2 reservoirs without necessitating the use of pumping mechanisms. The melt water is taken from an area close to the Tuxer Fernerhaus. Likewise, the ponds are filled surplus supplies of natural spring water. The Tuxer Fernerhaus Restaurant drinking water supply is controlled using the snow making facilities, but flows through its’ own designated pipe system.

Pumping Station Power Output

  • PST Isse: ca. 290 m³/h with max. 32 bar
  • PST Tuxerjoch: ca. 860 m³/h with max. 65 bar
  • PST Tuxer Fernerhaus: ca. 580 m³/h with max. 72 bar or 120 bar at high pressure
  • Total required for winter resort snow making facilities: 1150 m³/h. (= 1,150,000 litres per hour)


Power Supply

  • PST Isse: the PST is powered via a 25 kV power line (25,000 volts) with its’ own substation
  • PST Tuxer Joch: the PST is powered via a 25 kV power line (25,000 volts) with its’ own substation
  • PST Tuxer Fernerhaus: the PST is powered via a 25 kV power line (25,000 volts) via 2 transformers of 1.6 KVA each
  • The maximum power consumption at full operation is approximately 7mW (7000 kW)

Reservoirs

 

Hintertux Glacier Snow Making Systems

Tuxerjoch Reservoir:

Storage capacity 70.000 m³
(70 million litres of water)

Isse Reservoir:

Storage capacity 22.000 m³
(22 million litres of water)

Summer Revision Work by the Snowmaking Teams

  • begins mid June and takes around 3 months 
  • the entire system is checked for leaks and proper functioning 
  • defective components are either repaired or replaced (valves, pumps, regulators...) 
  • ongoing modernisation and modifications are made to the system to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption
  • water tanks are cleaned (drinking water quality must be guaranteed) 
  • snowmaking reservoirs are made secure and fenced off 
  • piste areas are cleared and cultivated 
  • lances are set up around mid September, put into operation and the system is tested

 

Piste Preparation

... when fresh snow falls

When fresh snow falls, the piste grooming machinery is put into operation at 4.30 am. As freshly groomed new snow cannot bind well with old snow by the start of lift operations at 8.00 am, the pistes appear to be very soft on these particular days. If it continues to snow while the pistes are being groomed, some slopes that were groomed first thing may give the impression of not having been prepared at all, as they will have a new layer of fresh snow by the time the lifts open. Strong winds in the morning also cause heavy drifting, which is perceived by some to be annoying.

... long periods of nice weather

In these situations, only the most frequently used pistes are groomed to prevent the compact snow layer beneath from being torn up and destroyed. Snow grooming machinery isn’t always able to smooth down every lump and bump found in the hard top snow layer, and a rough and rippled piste surface is often the result. Due to the extremely high altitude alpine location of our ski resort and the often rapidly changing weather conditions, it is not always possible to create optimum conditions on the slopes.

Glacier Fleece

Glacier fleece is used as a protective measure against melting. On average, 5 people work for four whole months to lay the fleece mat covering. 80,000m² of protective fleece is laid at the Hintertux Glacier. On average, 2 to 5 metres of snow and ice remain intact under this protective sheet. One roll of glacier fleece is 5m wide, 70 m long and is used for 2 summers.

Did you know that ...

  • ... the annual diesel consumption for all piste grooming machinery at the Hintertux Glacier is 600,000 litres? 
  • ... 7 Pistenbully 600, 5 Pistenbully 600 Polar W and 1 Prinot Everest W are used every day to prepare the slopes for you? 
  • ... one PB 600 costs € 350,000? 
  • ... and one PB 600 W Polar costs an incredible
    € 450.000? 
  • ... one Pistenbully in Hintertux is used on average for 5 years at the Hintertux Glacier before it is replaced? 
  • ... the annual operating hours for one Pistenbully amount to 2,200 hours? 
  • ... the working hours for a snow grooming machinery operator work out on average to 280 h / per month?

Zillertaler Gletscherbahn GmbH & Co KG 
Hintertux 794 · 6293 Tux · Telefon +43 5287 8510 · Fax DW 380 · info@hintertuxergletscher.at