365 Tage Skivergnügen
Der Hintertuxer Gletscher ist Österreichs einziges Ganzjahresskigebiet und bietet Wintersportlern an 365 Tagen perfekt präparierte, schneesichere Abfahrten und ein faszinierendes Naturerlebnis.
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The 30 year old “Gefrorene Wand 3a” double chair lift with two glacier support towers on the Hintertux Glacier has been replaced by the world’s first 10 EUB Gefrorene Wand lifts with heated seating from the Doppelmayr Company.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our pistes in Hintertux are located in high alpine territory and mostly on glacier terrain. For this reason it is imperative that you observe all barriers, restricted areas and warning signs. The glacier pistes are secured using wooden poles with rope stretched between them. Never leave the marked piste area. Outside the secure ski area dangers associated with high alpine terrain prevail – no liability will be accepted by the lift company!
Piste and rescue services only monitor and control the marked and open pistes. Accidents are to be reported to any one of the cable car offices in the ski area! The final inspection run by the piste control service takes place at16.00 hrs. Please, therefore, take note of the lift closing times displayed at the cable car stations. We are equipped with the RECCO avalanche beacon search devices!
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.
Storage capacity 70.000 m³
(70 million litres of water)
Storage capacity 22.000 m³
(22 million litres of water)
Summer Revision Work by the Snowmaking Teams
... 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 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.
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