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Ski areas in the Ötztal: Yes, they’re open!

Ski areas in the Ötztal are opened!

The three large ski areas in the valley, Hochoetz-KühtaiSölden as well as Gurgl have already been open since 12.12.2021. The peaceful skiing oases of Vent and Gries have been in operation since 18.12.2021, Niederthai follows on 23.12.2021. If you can’t decide which of the six ski areas (among them two glacier ski areas) with more than 360 kilometres of pistes is best for you, then they recommend the Ötztal Super Ski Pass, which is available for 3+ days and is your ticket for all the lifts in the valley. From 6 days onwards, the Super Ski Pass also includes the admission to the 007 ELEMENTS James Bond World as well as to the brand-new Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum.

© Ötztal Tourismus/Rudi Wyhlidal

Good to know

  • All ski areas have free parking spaces or parking decks
  • Free ski buses run in the entire valley
  • Night skiing as well as possibilities for night tobogganing in the ski areas SöldenGurgl and Hochoetz
  • Dynamic Pricing: The Sölden and Gurgl ski areas have introduced a dynamic price model. Their motto: Buy your ski pass online in advance and save money.

Getting there made easy

The journey into the Ötztal is particularly comfortable, time-saving and last but not least, environmentally-friendly using public transport:

  • New: The Ötztal bus liner operates daily every half hour between Ötztal-Bahnhof and Obergurgl
  • Ötztal Shuttle: With this online-bookable shuttle service, guests can get safe, fast and conveniently from Innsbruck airport or Ötztal-Bahnhof train station in to the Ötztal.
  • Holders of a guest card, the Ötztal Inside Card or the ski pass can use the local bus lines (from Haiming to Obergurgl and Vent) free of charge

Infrastructure news

The ski areas, hotels and restaurants in the Ötztal were not idle in the summer months and have invested heavily in the infrastructure:

© Ötztal Tourismus/Dominic Ebenbichler

Safe winter holidays: current regulations

The following basic protection and safety rules currently apply with regard to Covid:

  • The 2-G-rule (recovered or vaccinated) is the admission ticket for ski areas, accommodations, restaurants, leisure-time & cultural institutions or markets, as well as for consuming services supplied by service-providers working close to people (hairdresser) for everyone from 12 years of age. As of 20 December 2021, an up-to-date PCR-test in addition (not older than 72 hours) or proof of a booster-vaccination must be provided. Children in compulsory schooling from abroad (from 12 to 15 years) may use the “Holiday Ninja-Pass” or similar test certificates.
  • FFP2-mask obligation from 14 years – mouth-nose-protection from 6 years when entering closed rooms in public places.
  • Closing time for restaurants at 11:00 p.m.

You can find detailed information about the Covid protection measures HERE on their continuously updated information page. You can find an up-to-date overview of the various entry and exit regulations HERE.

© Ötztal Tourismus/Rudi Wyhlidal

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