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Skiing in Galtür

Skiing in Galtür

The Tyrolean village of Galtür has many attractions, but it’s for the ski slopes that visitors return year after year. At 1585m, it’s the highest ski village in the district, and one of the highest in the Alps, with snow guaranteed throughout the season. And, when you add the 238km of pistes available from Ischgl, just a few miles up the road and covered by the same lift pass, there’s far more skiing than anyone could exhaust in a holiday.


The area has pistes to satisfy all abilities, as well as challenging off-piste runs, snowboarding, and ski schools for children.

If you’re a beginner, Galtür’s nursery slopes are perfect to build up your technique and confidence. Expert local instructors are available to help you progress from the slopes served by the Wirl lift to the slightly more advanced Soppalift. Before the end of your first holiday, you’re likely to be going higher to try out some of the blue runs, getting your first genuine vistas from the top.

A wide range of blue and red runs are available for intermediate skiers. The Kopsalpe ski bowl, high above the waters of the Kopssee, specialises in challenging red runs, while the Silvretta Ski Arena, near Ischgl, has more than 50 red and blue runs across its six interconnected valleys. And don’t miss the chance to make the 12km run down from the top of Palinkopf, near Ischgl, to the village of Samnaun in Switzerland, which is also covered by the Silvretta pass.

The Silvretta district offers both on-piste black runs and a wide selection of exhilarating off-piste runs, for expert skiers looking for a genuine challenge, including the high freeriding slopes of the Fimbatal Valley.

Snowboarders are well catered for by the Playstation Vita Ischgl snowpark and the Idjochbahn halfpipe, as well as blue runs from the Filmsattelbahn and Viderjochbahn for beginners.

Galtür has two ski schools for children, which provide a mixture of ski training, games and exciting slalom runs, designed to turn your kids into dedicated skiers.

You’ll go home from your holiday already determined to come back and tackle some of the runs you didn’t have time for — as well as revisiting favourites.