At 31 December the weather was cloudy. This was our third day in Mayrhofen ski-resort, yesterday we were skiing in Rastkogel.
We started our day with buying a new battery for the video camera, as one was lost on the slopes. But today the plan was go to the highest mountain in Zillertal valley - Hintertux Glacier, and we expected this to be worth filming.
It was 40 minutes ride from Mayrhofen to Hintertux village. The road was through the Alpic villages, where houses are all painted with frescos. There are about 86 km of skiing slopes. Also, on Hintertux you can ski also in summer.
We parked our car in the car park at the bottom of the mountain in the Hintertux village, which is 1500m above sea level. After changing the boots we went on the glacier bus (ski lift). You need to use 3 gletcher buses to be lifted up to 3250meters. Here is also the observation platform, but as the weather was cloudy, we did not see almost anything.
The first slope down from the highest point was very steep. It was marked red on the piste-map, but it seemed to us more like a black slope. We slide down using several slopes to the sun terrace of the restaurant Tuxer Fernerhaus at 2660 m. Here we had a lunch of guljash soup and very tastful apple strudel with vanilla sauce. After lunch we were skiing more on the highest slopes in the Zillertal valley.
The Apre ski is very famous in Alps. It starts already in the afternoon. At New Years’ Eve we enjoyed Apres Ski in the outdoor cafeteria at Hintertux slopes. It was great fun to hear Hintertux hymn, dance in skiing boots and just to enjoy the atmosphere.
After taking a quick sauna and swimming, we started the preparation for New Year’s Eve. We had Estonian national dish - oven-baked potatoes with pork. We also added some German sausages. At the time when New Year started in Estonia (an hour before the local time) we went out to blow the rockets and had a class of champagne. The real fireworks started an hour later - now the Zillertal valley was full of light and sound.
Next morning, on the 1st of January, we opened the TV as usual in order to see how the weather is on the different mountains. When it reached to the Hintertux, we saw that it is totally clear skies. Based on that we decided to go on Hintertux again and this was totally right decision.
This time on the observation platform the sky seemed to be so close. From the panorama terrace we enjoyed fascinating views on Austrian and Italian Alps. Skiing on such high with so beautiful weather was just fantastic!