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Where to Party in Hochzillertal-Hochfugen

Where to Party in Hochzillertal-Hochfugen | Welove2ski
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Apres-ski in Hochzillertal-Hochfugen is an odd affair – because neither side of the ski area has a proper ski resort at its base. Hochfugen makes do with a huddle of hotels – some of which are surprisingly upmarket for such a small resort. Meanwhile, Kaltenbach, at the bottom of the Hochzillertal lifts, is memorable chiefly for its enormous car park. Fact is, most people ski here for the day, or a quick weekend at best, and hop back into their cars (or coaches) at the end of the day. So while Kaltenbach has a couple of decent bars for the hours immediately after the lifts shut – notably the Postalm and the Tiroler Stadl – the buzz dies off quickly as dinner approaches.

By far the best apres-ski experience is to book a night at either the Kristalhutte or the Wendelhutte, the two A-list restaurants-cum-hotels on the Hochzillertal slopes. The Wendelhutte is the more straightforward, upmarket experience. The Kristalhutte is quirkier and – ultimately – more fun. You can have a sauna on the slopes, in a cabin with one-way windows, surrounded by your fellow skiers – who are oblivious to the fact you’re there. And you can also overnight in an igloo with a heated water bed. You’ll be talking about it for years to come…

If you’re looking for proper, old-fashioned, dance-on-the-tables apres-ski, then your best bet is to book a holiday in nearby Mayrhofen. Or maybe St Anton, Val Thorens, Meribel or Val d’Isere.

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Sean Newsom

As well as founding Welove2ski in June 2007, Sean has written about skiing and snowboarding in the British press for 28 years. For the last 20 of them, he’s also been the ski travel editor at The Sunday Times.

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