A ski trip may not be the first vacation idea to spring to mind when planning a wheelchair-friendly holiday, but there has been a huge effort by the ski industry in recent years to make these holidays possible for all. There are now many spectacular ski resorts around the world that are wheelchair accessible. This is fantastic news, as ski holidays are a unique experience that can show you the great beauty of the world and it is something that everyone should be able to experience.
There are a handful of resorts to choose from, but my recommendation would be Hintertux in Tyrol, Austria. This magnificent resort is famed for the breathtaking Panorama Terrace, which is found high up in the clouds at 3,250 metres above sea level. The whole family will be blown away by the mesmerising views as you rise up the glacier until you reach the top. Here, you can access the observation deck for truly epic panoramic views and a feeling of being on top of the world. What’s more, Hintertux is one of just two resorts around the world to stay open throughout the year.
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The primary reason for why I am recommending Hintertux is its accessibility. A lot of work has taken place in recent years to open up this amazing part of the world to wheelchair users. In fact, it is the training ground for many disabled athletes and a pioneering venue in the disabled sports world, thanks to its brilliant wheelchair-friendly infrastructure.
In 2005, Hintertux’s important work was recognised with the IOC/IAKS award from the International Olympic and Paralympic Committee. This prestigious prize is awarded to sports facilities that have adapted to the needs of those with disabilities.
So, what exactly has Hintertux done to make the resort wheelchair-friendly? All of the cable cars are wheelchair accessible from ground level throughout the year, enabling you to get up and down the glacier with ease. Additionally, Panorama Terrace has lift access so that wheelchair users can take in the stunning views and experience the thrill of being 3,250 metres above sea level – a height that is not usually reachable for those that require the use of a wheelchair.
Such an incredible experience is sure to work up quite an appetite, which is good news because the resort also has two accessible eateries to choose from. Both feature wheelchair accessible doors, elevators and toilets for a stress-free and enjoyable dining experience.
Tuxer Fernerhaus: This inviting restaurant, situated at an altitude of 2,660 metres, caters to all tastes with both traditional and international dishes on the menu. It also features a spacious self-service area, an à la carte restaurant and a panorama bar for a relaxing post-dinner drink.
Sommerbergalm: Located at a slightly lower altitude of 2,100 metres is this fine restaurant, which is in the middle of the ski area. Here you can enjoy varied daily specials and fresh salad buffets with wonderful views of the surrounding mountain scenery.
How to Get There
To reach Hintertux, it is best to fly from one of the London airports into Munich Airport (MUC). There are 154 flights made from London each month, and the average flight time is only 1 hour and 35 minutes.
You do not want the hassle of public transportation or have to queue for a cab (particularly if travelling with a wheelchair) at the airport, which is why it is best to pre-book a Shuttle Direct transfer. Our friendly drivers have experience in providing transport to travellers of all physical abilities, and can take the stress out of onwards travel. Be sure to advise us in advance if you are bringing a wheelchair or if you will require extra time to reach the meeting point. Next, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the views!
Where to Stay
Der Rindererhof: Der Rindererhof has special facilities for disabled travellers and is conveniently located right next to the cable car. In addition to its handy location, this hotel boasts spacious and well-equipped rooms; most even come with their own private balcony. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant, and meals here are highly recommended by previous guests. The spa is another key selling point – you can’t beat a relaxing sauna, steam bath or hot tub after a day on the slopes!
Landhaus Lexner: Alternatively, this highly rated hotel also has disabled facilities and is known for its friendly and helpful staff. The hotel is located 1.2 miles from Tux centre, which has plenty of restaurants and is only an easy 5-minute walk away. The hotel itself has plenty to keep you happy and entertained, including an ice grotto, sun terrace, sauna and a children’s playground. There is also a buffet breakfast available each morning. The rooms are spacious, bright and come with a seating area, TV and private bathroom.
About Shuttle Direct
Arranging onwards travel is always somewhat stressful, but can be particularly nerve-wracking when you or someone in your group is travelling with a wheelchair. Shuttle Direct is one of Europe’s most trusted transfer providers, and we have years of experience with helping disabled travellers reach their destination with ease.
Simply book your transfer via our easy-to-use online booking form, let us know of any special requirements that you may have and we will take care of the rest. This will allow you to relax and make the most of your special trip.