Austria's Hintertux glacier is one of only two ski areas in the world that stays open 365 days for snowsports, thanks to its extensive high-altitude (3250m) skiing and modern lifts.

From April 10 to May 6, the resort of Tux celebrates the spring sunshine and stems the declining numbers of skiers and boarders by offering low-priced package deals.

Packages, including a seven-night stay with six-day lift pass and free use of the ski bus cost from €319 per person for four sharing a self-catering apartment, or from €359 per person in a bed ad breakfast pension. Half-board in a three-star hotel or guesthouse costs from €549 per person, or in a four-star hotel with sauna, again on half-board, from €719.

A number of special events take place during the promotional period, including the spring opening of the resort's Betterpark terrain park on the glacier April 10 and the grand ball of the season April 24.

Up to 70 kilometres of slopes will be open through to May, with ski rentals available right by the glacier and the chance to test 2011 season model skis and boards, already available to try. The lifts extend right up to 3250 metres above sea level.

Prices drop still further for the summer skiing season which begins May 8.

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