Heading for Tirol’s glaciers
Located at the heart of the Pitztal Valley and the Kaunergrat Nature Reserve, the charming village of St. Leonhard makes a fabulous destination at any time of the year. It comprises several hamlets and has retained its authentic rural character and long-standing traditions up to the present day. Thanks to its favorable location – far from the madding crowds – it offers innumerable outdoor activities both in summer and winter. Do not miss out on one of the valley’s most precious gems: Lake Rifflsee, a crystal-clear mountain lake at an altitude of 2,200 meters, and the largest of its kind in the Ötztal Alps. Its surroundings are a secret tip among skiers (in winter) and hiking enthusiasts.
Crisp air, a breathtaking view of the mountains, and a picture postcard winter wonderland at your feet! With their permanent ice cover from 1,640 to 3,440 meters, the Pitztal mountains are precious gems of nature indeed – and highly popular among winter sports enthusiasts. The village of St. Leonhard is closest to the glacier and comprises not only the greater part of the valley, but also Wildspitze (3,774 m), Tirol’s highest peak – thus making a splendid destination for skiing enthusiasts. Thanks to a lift link to the Rifflsee ski area, outstanding skiing is guaranteed from September till late in spring – with 41 kilometers of pistes (all of them groomed to perfection), terrain parks and half-pipes to choose from. Have your tastebuds tickled by local fare served at numerous restaurants, and enjoy superb après ski on the mountain and in the resort.
Nature experience on foot
A holiday in the Pitztal Valley is not about sporting excellence, but nature exploration at a leisurely pace. The unspoiled environment and the breathtaking mountain scenery ensure an unparalleled outdoor experience for the whole family. There are numerous routes and (themed) trails for walking and hiking. Try the high-altitude hiking routes in the Rifflsee area, for instance. The new Wildspitzbahn cable car, the highest of its kind in Austria, is the gateway to Hinterer Brunnenkogel, which is renowned for the spectacular views and vistas of the entire Alpine region. Fifty peaks higher than 3,000 meters can be seen from the Café 3440 accommodated in the top station and the suspended sun-deck. Thanks to its thoughtful and exceptional architecture and stunning views, the café makes an attractive destination all year round.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
St. Leonhard is an eldorado for winter sports enthusiasts. Pitztal glacier and Rifflsee skiing area combine to create heaven on earth for skiers of all abilities. Floating down untracked powder always makes an unforgettable experience! The Pitz-Panorama gondola soars up to 3.440 m and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the mountains and the valley.
great skiing conditions since 12.09.2009 until 16.05.2010
Rifflsee skiing area:
Skiing from 01.12.2009 - ca. 11.04.2010
NEW: Pitz Regio Skipass Winter 2009/2010
For the skiareas Pitztal glacier, Rifflsee, Hochzeiger and Imst there is a common ski pass. We are pleased that we can make our guests another attractive offer!
St. Leonhard is for winter sports as well as for the nature lovers and climbers a unique experience.
The Pitztal glacier and the Rifflsee skiing and hiking area provide all the athletic facilities and highest cable car in Austria - the Pitz-Panoramabahn - to bring the astonished guests at 3,440 m above sea level and a closer view that searches the entire Alpine arc equal.
In summer, St. Leonhard is an eldorado for hikers and climbers.
Countless tours (maybe to Wildspitze - Tirol's highest mountain at 3,774 m) in the Pitztal mountains offer breathtaking views of mountain enthusiasts!
Perfectly groomed slopes, fun parks, half pipes and snow from September until late spring for skiers, carvers and snowboarders lure! Numerous bars and après-ski also offer after skiing change in high spirits!
skiing since 12.09.2009 until 16.05.2010
daily from 08.30am - 04.30pm
skiing from 01.12.2009 until 11.04.2010
daily from 09.00am - 04.00pm
Rifflsee gondola service from 1.680m to 2.300m
Recreation - Hiking - Family
The permanent ice on the mountains of the Pitztal is one of the most fascinating natural beauty of this region.
The landscape around the Rifflsee speaks for rest and relaxation. This fact has remained the visitors, not hidden from those who make the ascent is not alone, can manage this easily with the Rifflsee gondola.
The Pitztal in the summer turns into a great adventure land for the whole family, where you can discover something new every day. In Pitzis Kids' Club experience our little ones play, fun and sport.