Tux will stage a ski season opener weekend on its glacier Oct. 10-12. The Pow(d)er weekend will include ski testing and après ski events. Up to 60km (37 miles) of piste will be open, accessed by the resort's high-capacity series of glacier bus cable cars.

Special package deals are available including three night stays, three-day lift pass, and free use of the ski bus. Prices starts from €139 per person for a self-catering apartment for four people, and range up to €299 for the same package but on half-board in a four-star hotel with a pool and sauna.

Tourism first began here in the 19th century when Tux became famous for its 23 hot springs. The radium-rich, clear, and odourless liquid has a temperature of 20.5 degrees celsius. Wealthy Europeans flocked to the area to take the waters.

Tux's high altitude and glacier made it a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts as skiing developed throughout the Alps. The resort has grown steadily since the early 1960s as ski lifts have proliferated, initially around the Eggalmbahn area above Lanersbach and then on the glacier itself. The resort celebrated the new millennium by building the highest bicable continuous cable car in the world. This technical masterpiece rises 650 metres and a distance of almost two kilometres from the Tuxer Ferenhaus to the Gefrorene Wand in five minutes.

Tux is not a cosmopolitan resort. It has  a rather quaint and provincial Austrian atmosphere, despite its reputation for having the best summer skiing in Austria and being host to virtually all the world's national ski squads.