If you’ve come to ski the Hintertux glacier in the pre-season, the obvious place to stay is in one of the hotels clustered around the lift station. One of the best is the friendly, relaxed Hintertuxerhof – a three star at the entrance to the village. Its recently-refurbished junior suites cost hardly any more than the regular double rooms and are lovely – well worth paying the extra €15 or €20 a night per person. In fact, you’re much better off staying in one of them than in the four-star hotels in the village – unless, that is, you want to go swimming after your glacier training, in which case you’ll need to move up to a higher category of hotel.
The Alpenhof is the most highly-rated of the four-stars in the immediate area, but it’s not walking distance from the lifts. The Vierjahreszeiten is the nicer of the two that are, and has a new spa area too: but the Gletscher & Spa Neuhintertux, which is right next to the lifts, has the bigger pool.
Lower down the valley, in Vorderlanersbach, the plush and family-friendly four-star-superior Tuxerhof is the place to target, with a soft play area, and a good spa and pool. The three-star Forelle is also worth targeting – a traditional Tirolean hotel with friendly atmosphere – and private trout fishing in a wild mountain stream. There’s a wellness area, a cosy bar and Stubli.
Meanwhile, at Lanersbach the four-star Central is the place to go, near the lift station up to the Eggalm slopes. It’s known for its cuisine, and has friendly staff and a good atmosphere. The new and spacious Wellness Oasis houses an indoor and outdoor swimming-pool, three themed saunas, and a gym. However, it is on the main road, too – so make sure you get a room at the back of the hotel.