Skiing in Finkenberg

Skiing in Finkenberg

Finkenberg has 227km of ski runs, but is part of the Zillertal ski area, which has a total of 455km of runs. Close to Tux and lift-linked to Mayrhofen, it’s easy to get to both. The area is known as the Ski and Glacierworld Zillertal 3000 and is the largest ski area in the entire valley.

The vast majority of runs in Finkenberg are easy to intermediate. Advanced skiers may soon find themselves running out of options, while less proficient skiers will be in their element. When there’s enough snow, there are 43 nursery and blue slopes, mostly based around Hasenmulden at the heady heights of Penken Mountain, which is perfectly placed for a leisurely ski back into the centre of town at the end of the day. Penken is regarded as one of the best places in the world for beginners to cut their teeth in the skiing world, it’s also remarkably quiet, and so you won’t feel the pressures of an intimidating and overcrowded slope.

Intermediate slopes are even more plentiful, with over 75 to choose from, ensuring you never have to make the same run twice. Ziller Valley is the area with the most concentrated options. From the valley, skiers can access one of Austria’s best-known glaciers, Hintertux which is reachable by free bus throughout the busier months.

Though intermediate skiers will be in their element in Finkenberg, that’s not to say advanced skiers won’t be challenged too. Schafskopf mogul run is one of the longest in the area, the Schneekar chair is a steep and tricky slope, while the Katzenmoos descent is a pacey and difficult run. But, the most exhilarating challenge for skiers and snowboarders in Finkenberg has to be the beautifully groomed Harakiri piste which, with a gradient of 78 per cent, is the steepest and black run in the country.

Well-suited to families, Finkenberg has a great many nursery slopes and wide pistes to choose from, as well as a ski kindergarten and Europe’s highest children’s park, making it ideal for your kids’ first foray into snow sports.

Snowboarders rate Finkenberg very highly. The Burton Park tests experienced boarders with half pipes, rails, jumps and a banked slalom, while beginners can experiment on the smaller jumps in the park. The park s well-known as the training ground for some of Austria’s top snowboarders.