For skiers with a first tracks fetish – our favourite up in the clouds mountain huts in Austria

There’s nothing better for a skier than being on the slopes for the first tracks of the day. We found four of the best places in the Tyrol for you to stay, have breakfast or join likeminded skiiers who enjoy getting on the mountain first – bliss!


Pitztaler Schihütte
The newly renovated cottage is 5 minutes from the Pitztal Glacier lift and sleeps 33. There’s a rustic restaurant and a cozy sun terrace with stunning views of the Tyrolean mountains. “Pitzis” umbrella directly at the cottage is a perfect spot for après ski and later in the evenings you can enjoy fondue in the cosy hut and toboggan rides. Prices from 50euros.

Brechhornhaus Westendorf
The Brechhornhaus offers space for approx. 50 persons, split in singles, double, 3-bed and 4 bed rooms for the most part with shower and WC.
The hut lies in the largest ski area in Austria and at 1700 meters has awesome views of the Kitzbühler Alps
There’s satellite TV, and all mod cons and in the morning you can order fresh bread rolls, milk and butter from the local farm. There’s a sun terrace, umbrella bar and in the evenings you can enjoy Mediterranean cooking.

Kristallhüte Kaltenbach
There are double rooms and suites available at this ski hut, which is more like a luxury hotel. Prices range from 149euros per person per night which includes a gourmet five course dinner, welcome drive and breakfast. Guests can also enjoy the spa which has a water bed for two that looks out over the Zillertal mountains. There’s also a cosy restaurant, large terrace and a conservatory all at 2147 meters.


Wedelhütte Kaltenbach
This luxury hut sits 2350m above sea level and has a selection of beautiful rooms. Nestled between the summits of Wimbachkopf and Marchkopf you can enjoy a real party atmosphere. With chill out music, a huge sun terrace and the new sunbed area you’ll struggle to leave. The restaurant serves up a selection of local dishes in a laid back yet extravagant chalet setting.

Snowangel’s top tip 

Obergurgl – Join the First Lines breakfast ride every Wednesday at the Serfaus Fiss Ladis gondolas which fire up 90 minutes early to get you on the slopes for 7.30am. Price is 62euros (with a valid ski pass) and includes a guided tour, mountain breakfast at 9.30am in the Zirbenhütte Restaurant in Fiss or the Ski Lounge in Serfaus. For more info go to


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