Ever wanted to combine skiing or snowboarding with culinary delicacies during the whole day? If so, I might have found something for you in the ski region Hochzillertal-Hochfügen: Enjoy 20 kilometers of different slopes in two skiing areas, with an impressive total altitude of 10,000 meters and four extraordinary huts with Tyrolean goodies and other culinary delicacies. The gourmet “Ski-Schaukel” (expression for an interconnected ski area) in Hochzillertal-Hochfügen will make the hearts of winter sport lovers beat faster.
You can start your day trip already at 7:30 from Kaltenbach to the top station and take a blue slope for warm up to the Firnhütte, where you can enjoy a nice breakfast. Entrepreneur Martha Schultz recommends a creamy latte with a crispy slice of bread and butter. She and her brother Heinz operate the ski area Ski-optimal Hochzillertal-Hochfügen and initiated the gourmet “Ski-Schaukel” in the winter of 2015/2016.
Feeling ready for the day, you can then enjoy the blue, read or black slopes before the next gourmet stop will be at Wedelhütte. Get spoiled by chef Christian Siegele and his team on the new premium sun terrace or lounge where you will be served delicacies from Zillertal like kraut crullers or a delicious boiled beef. Those who crave a good glass of wine will surely find a suitable one in the two-storied wine cellar – the highest situated wine cellar of Tyrol.
After lunch it is time again for some skiing or snowboarding and you will be happy to take heated seats of the 8-seater called Snow Express on cold days. If you have some space left in your stomach, there is the Kristallhütte on your way, which is famous for its “Kristall-Kaiserschmarrn” (cut-up and sugared pancake with raisins). A panoramic view from this location is worth a stop before you can take the longest snow-covered downhill run of Zillertal.
The Last stop is the rustic Abfahrtshütte, which invites you for some après-ski fun, e.g. a drink called “Kurven-Wasser”. – Snow, skiing/snowboarding combined with nice drinks and good food, some cozy huts … this all sounds to me like an all-round carefree package and I would certainly enjoy it. ;-)
Facts and figures of the gourmet “Ski-Schaukel”:
- A total altitude of 9,864 meters
- 19,86 kilometers: 6 km of blue slopes, 9 km of red slopes and 5 km of black slopes (alternatively red slopes) on eight different downhill slopes.
- Eight chair lift and gondola rides
- Stopovers at the huts “Firnhütte”, “Wedelhütte”, “Kristallhütte” and “Abfahrtshütte”. Read more on the differen huts here: Cosy up: best mountain huts in Austria.
photo credit: http://www.schultz.at/
in collaboration with the Schultz Gruppe