Kaltenbach, in the Tyrol region of Austria, is a small village and ski resort located in the Ziller valley (Zillertal) which has become a favourite for independent travellers, with easy links to Hochfügen.
Kaltenbach is probably the most accessible of the three largest ski in the Ziller valley and in my opinion is underrated, being on par with many of the more well-known Austrian ski resorts.
Located at 560 metres above sea level access to the ski area by public transport or by car is excellent, with a substantial car park just off the main road where a double gondola rises from the edge of the car park up the mountain, with skiing to the left and right, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing and tobogganing - plus a connection into Hochfügen.
In summer this area is also awesome for hiking. The Zillertaler Höhenstrasse toll road is considered to be one of the most panoramic Alpine roads of Austria. If you drive to the Kaltenbacher Skihütte refuge you can take a 30-minute walk to the Alpine Flower Garden, where there is a collection of botanical species from around the whole world, each with information about the plant and its origin.
There is also a great walking trail to the Kaltenbach Waterfall, lightly uphill with the most beautiful fairytale views.