Galtür - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Galtür - Ski Resort in Silvretta, Austrian Alps - 40km of Piste (1640m to 2300m)
The Austrian Ski Resort of Galtür is part of the Silvretta ski area with access to. In addition to the skiing in Galtür itself (40km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Silvretta ski resorts of Ischgl, Kappl and Samnaun.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Who is Galtür good for?
Galtür Ski Area
|3||Black Pistes (10km)|
|11||Red Pistes (24km)|
|2||Blue Pistes (6km)|
|74km||Cross Country Pistes|
Galtür Ski Area Height
|1600m||Resort Altitude (Galtür)|
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Galtür are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Galtür
Galtür's ski area begins at the tiny settlement of Wirl, 1.8km (1.1 miles) further up the valley, reached by a free ski bus. Chair lifts ascend the Alpkogel, opening up many excellent blue and red runs over the open hillsides.
For more advanced skiers there are several challenging blacks including a very steep 3.5km (2 mile) descent into the neighbouring region of Vorarlberg. This is part of the Kopsalpe bowl accessed by a covered quad chair over to the back of the mountain. Here there are plenty of mid-range off-piste opportunities that are especially good for those just progressing in to this type of skiing, as well as some steeps for those already adept at it.
Of course many advanced skiers will not wish to miss the opportunity to make full use of their Silvretta area pass opening up 310km (nearly 200 miles) of terrain at several separate areas and linked by a ski bus, the cost of which is included in the area lift pass. Back country tours around the Silvretta mountains, accompanied by one of the local ski mountaineering schools' guides, are especially popular.
The largest single sector, with 200km (125 miles) of lift-linked terrain, is above Galtür's famous neighbour Ischgl, some 10km (6 miles) down the valley. Here the lifts ascend to some of the highest and most snowsure skiing in Austria, at 2872m (9422 feet), as well of the country's most challenging terrain. Trails are up to 9 km (6 miles) in length and continue over the border to Samnaun in Switzerland (carry your passport.)
Cross country skiers will find 45km (28 miles) of trails up to 2100m (6900 feet) in altitude around the valley. Night skiing is on offer every Wednesday night throughout the season at the Birkhahnbahn from 1930 to 2230.
Snowboarding in Galtür
The Silvretta area was one of the earliest in Austria to embrace snowboarding, hosting the European Cup in 1991. Galtür has a fun park of its own and a good number of 'boarder friendly' chair lifts. However for added action experienced 'boarders will undoubtedly want to spend some time down in Ischgl to increase their enjoyment of all that Silvretta has to offer. This also includes a snow park with half pipe in Kappl and at Samnaun, over in Switzerland, one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe, incorporating a 90 metre half pipe.
Galtür Aprés Ski
A quieter choice than neighbouring Ischgl, none-the-less it's possible to find plenty going on in Galtür if you know where to look! First enjoy the après-ski in the cosy atmosphere of the Weiberhimml ski hut is the meeting point for old and young, from there you may ski back to the valley under floodlighting. Straight after the lifts close the après-ski at the Huber's Stadl (Alpenromantikhotel Wirlerhof) starts to take off, or alternatively the Almhof-Tenne (Hotel Almhof) and the Platzli (Hotel Rössle) are also popular. Later on there's more happening at the Pyramide (Hotel Luggi) and at Tommy's Garage.
For all action nightlife take one of the late afternoon or early evening buses over to Ischgl for a bigger choice of bars or restaurants and greater numbers of party types from the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. Bear in mind however that outside skiing hours the bus service is limited and you are likely to need a taxi back. Back in Galtür, there are seven late night spots: Hubers Stadl, Bierkessel, Postillion, Pyramide, S'Platzli, Almhof Tenne and Tommy's Garage. If you fancy something different before you reach them, try a traditional Tirolean Zither music evening, or a traditional Tirolean bowling evening (more skittles than 10 pin) or the floodlit toboggan run or barrel stove race course - the common factor in all being a lot of good clean fun!
Every Sunday the ski school performs under the lights, where it's important not to forget the Glühwein. The ski school and Tourist Office also occasionally organise events such as open air parties, often with big-name entertainers, at Eastertime and at the end of the season, as well as special balls and dances.
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Galtür in brief
Galtür Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Galtür Season Dates
Closed : April 25, 2014.
Usual opening - Early Dec.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Galtür.
Map of GaltürFull Page Map of Galtür
Galtür Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Galtür is able to augment natural snow, on 25km of ski runs, with 63 Snow Cannons.
Galtür Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 10 Ski Lifts of Galtür are able to uplift 15,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.