There are six ski schools that service the Hintertux and surrounding area: Ski and Snowboard School Tuxertal in Hintertux itself, Ski School Tux 3000 and Luggis Ski and Snowboard School Tux both in Lanersbach. In Finkenberg there’s Ski School Finkenberg, Ski School Sunny and Ski Power. Ski Power focuses on private lessons, ski-touring and freeride tours of the whole of the Hintertux area.
Bear in mind that some British ski schools also offer off-season glacier training up on the Hintertux, including Sean Langmuir’s Alpine Training Centre. Primarily, its Hintertux Top Gun programme is aimed at ski instructors who are boosting their race technique in advance of their speed test (if they pass, they’ll be able to teach in France where there’s more business, and more money, too). But keen amateur skiers can join in too. The course itself is preceded by fitness-training tips, emailed out to clients before they arrive – and once the courses start, the atmosphere is intense. Injuries are not uncommon amongst those training for the speed test, although thankfully there’s less pressure on the amateurs. Needless to say, it can do wonders for your technique.
Fabulous for families
There are three baby lifts on the Hintertux Glacier and five in the Tux area. Luggi’s Ski and Snowboard School Tux can arrange collection and drop-off from your hotel. The other ski schools that accept children include Ski School Tuxertal which gives lessons and offers childcare in its Kids Club with lunch provided. The other is Ski School Tux 3000 in Lanersbach. Hotel Bergfried in Lanersbach has childcare for its youngest guests from Monday to Saturday.
Outside ski school lessons it’s well worth non-skiers – or even skiers – spending the day at the Playarena in Vorderlanersbach. It is like no other children’s facility we’ve seen in the Alps. Children are catered for, from small babies right up to 16-year-olds and there’s something for everyone. The arena is open from 9.30am and 6pm six days a week (supervised Monday to Friday only) and includes a soft play area, a creative zone, a bouncy castle and trampolines, indoor high ropes course, indoor go-kart track and small football pitch, an adventure climbing wall, giant slides, a spiral toboggan run leading into a ball pond, table football, PlayStations, Xboxes, and a children’s cinema and theatre. Entry is free (there is a childcare charge for babies up to two years, and for outings) and a free children’s minibus operates to and from all the hotels. Here’s a short video showing the impressive Playarena – it’s in German, but you’ll be able to see what it looks like: