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Zillertal Ski Resort - 620 km ski runs

151Easy 385Medium 84Difficult 167Ski lifts 60Chair lifts74Drag lifts33Gondola

Zillertal is a huge family of four ski areas belonging to the Austrian province of Tyrol. It extends between the Tuxen Alps and the Kitzbühel Alps, and it combines features of resorts for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders. Continuous development towards becoming a family holiday destination means that the Zillertal Valley is chosen more and more often both during the winter and summer.

The SKI-optimal Hochzillertal - Hochfuegen resort consists of more than 170 km of slopes and 40 ski lifts that are available directly from Kaltenbach. Almost 1/4 of the trails are difficult runs, forming together with a hundred km of intermediate slopes the perfect area for more experienced skiers. In SKI-optimal, you ski mainly above the line of trees, which on the one hand guarantees unforgettable views and good snow, but on the other hand can cause that it’s sometimes windy. Lifts take skiers up to a height of 2,501 m (Wedelexpress), although most peaks are between 2300–2400 m above sea level. When going up from Kaltenbach, it’s worth starting the day by turning left in the direction of the Schnee-Express lift and then taking the 8, 10, 11 routes at the Panorama and Oefeler lifts. It is these routes that are exposed to the sun from very early in the morning and provide ideal grip after a frosty night. As the day goes by it’s worth heading to the right of the map along with the sun traveling across the sky, to finish the day at the enjoyable “ten” in the area of Hochfuegen. Off-piste enthusiasts can direct the tips of their skis toward the Sonnenjet lift, which gives access to extensive freeride areas between the Gedrechter, Marchkopf and Pfaffenbuehel peaks.

Depending on the skill level and individual requirements with regards to the tested routes in Hochfuegen-Hochzillertal, you can spend just one day here or not to move out for a week, stubbornly working on perfectly skiing down specific runs. The variety of slopes and extensive amount of restaurants and bars ensure that the whole family will enjoy staying here.

The small ski resort of Spieljoch, available directly from Fuegen, offers 21 km of routes, of which only 1 km has been classified as a simple trail. There are 4 routes here, leading from up to 2,050 m above sea level, and a 7.5 kilometer long ski run through the forest to the town. On Spieljoch you ski above the line of the trees and can admire great views.

Along with Gerlos and Königsleiten, the idyllic town of Zell am Ziller makes up the famous Zillertal Arena ski resort. Due to its location at an altitude of 580 m above sea level and the specificity of the Zell am Ziller ski area, commonly called Zell, it is very popular among skiers from all over Europe. Over 160 km of slopes, mostly intermediate, and 50 ski lifts taking skiers up to 2,500 m above sea level, will satisfy even the most demanding skiers. Below Karspitz you will find a lot of wide trails that are ideal for carving, and the exposed northern slopes near the Kapauns chairlift usually have great powder snow.

When planning your holiday, it’s worth considering skiing in Zillertal Arena also because of the good value for money. Accommodation in Zell am Ziller and other places are cheaper here than hotels in Mayrhofen or in Hintertux.

The small ski resort of Gerlosstein is located between the localities of Ramsau and Zell am Ziller. It is not connected to any larger region and has 17 km of slopes. The toboggan run is particularly noteworthy, with a length of 15 km. The ski slopes are accessible in two ways. You can use the chairlift in Ramsau im Zillertal, or take the gondola to the top from Heinzenberg. Due to the small size and competition from larger ski stations in Zillertal, when going skiing to Gerlosstein you can expect a small number of skiers and a peaceful family atmosphere.

The ski resort of Ahorn, offering only 18 km of ski runs, is somewhat in the shadow of the vast ski stations in Zillertal. But it is worth spending here at least one morning and checking out the 5.5-km route from the top straight down to the town. Apart from this trail, at the top you will find several red and blue routes. Ahorn presents the full scale of its possibilities during the summer, when there are countless hiking trails available for tourists.

Mayrhofen is part of the ski area under the joint name of Zillertal 3000, one of the best in Tyrol. The largest locality in the Zillertal valley offers winter sports enthusiasts 159 km of varied ski runs. Beginner skiers and snowboarders can hone their technique on the many easy routes in the region. The devoid of trees, sparsely crowded slopes of Mayrhofen and its surrounding areas are popular among fans of freeriding.

The unquestionable attraction of Mayrhofen is the steepest slope in Austria, located in the area of ​​Penken, with a name that says it all - “Harakiri”. It was awarded the title of the Best Black Ski Run in 2012. The high angle of the slope (78%) and general difficult skiing conditions make skiing down “Harakiri” a challenge even for fans of extreme skiing and snowboarding. Anyone that does not feel ready to test their skills on this extremely difficult ski run can observe daredevils in action from a safe distance, sitting in a comfortable cableway near the slope.

The monumental Hintertux glacier rises above the Tux Valley at the far end of the Zillertal Valley. Skiing down its sunny slopes at an altitude of 1,500 m to 3,250 m (the highest point of the glacier) is an attraction in itself, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it during your holiday in this unique region. This is the only glacier in Austria which enables skiing all year round.

Hintertux provides the Ziller Valley a continuous influx of tourists. Very good conditions for skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels are available here even in the peak of the summer season, when high temperatures in the valley can sometimes be hard on tourists, and other ski resorts can only dream about snow. The conditions enabling skiing during the summer are also appreciated by professionals who practice on Hintertux during the warm months before the season.

There’s also a real treat waiting for cross country skiers – the Tuxertal route with a length of 14 km, going down from at an altitude of 1.300–1.450 m.a.s.l.

In total, the Hintertux glacier offers 86 km of trails, mostly intermediate and difficult routes. During the winter season there are very good conditions on the glacier for off-piste skiing.

The Zillertal Valley consists of several towns, of which the most important are Fuegen, Hochfuegen, Mayrhofen, Kaltenbach, Finkenberg, and Zell Am Ziller. Everyone will find a suitable place for themselves in the towns, which have a traditional Tyrolean atmosphere, combined with modern accommodation and entertainment.

Activities in Zillertal

Mogul skiing
Ice climbing
Snow kiting
Nordic walking
Night slope
Winter hiking trails
Cross country skiing trails
Wine tasting
Snow shoeing
Wellness centre

Zillertal Ski Resorts & Maps

SKI-optimal Hochzillertal - Hochfuegen
Snowpark Off-piste Ice climbing Snow kiting Nordic walking Paragliding Hiking Winter hiking trails Wine tasting Wellness centre
171 kmTotal ski runs 37 kmEasy 97 kmMedium 37 kmDifficult 24Drag lifts 10Chair lifts 5Gondola
Zillertal Arena
Snowpark Off-piste Mogul skiing Ice climbing Snow kiting Nordic walking Hiking Winter hiking trails Cross country skiing trails
166 kmTotal ski runs 42 kmEasy 114 kmMedium 10 kmDifficult 17Drag lifts 21Chair lifts 11Gondola
Mayrhofen & Zillertal 3000
Snowpark Off-piste Heliskiing Paragliding Caving Night slope Winter hiking trails Cross country skiing trails Wine tasting Shopping Wellness centre
141 kmTotal ski runs 36 kmEasy 85 kmMedium 20 kmDifficult 15Drag lifts 16Chair lifts 7Gondola
Hintertuxer Gletscher
Glacier skiing Snowpark Off-piste Mogul skiing Ice climbing Caving Hiking Winter hiking trails
86 kmTotal ski runs 23 kmEasy 47 kmMedium 16 kmDifficult 10Drag lifts 5Chair lifts 6Gondola
Off-piste Mogul skiing Hiking Winter hiking trails Snow shoeing
21 kmTotal ski runs 1 kmEasy 20 kmMedium 2Drag lifts 3Chair lifts 2Gondola
Off-piste Nordic walking Paragliding Hiking Winter hiking trails Snow shoeing
18 kmTotal ski runs 9 kmEasy 9 kmMedium 3Drag lifts 2Chair lifts 1Gondola
Gerlosstein Zillertal
Off-piste Nordic walking Hiking Winter hiking trails Cross country skiing trails Snow shoeing
17 kmTotal ski runs 3 kmEasy 13 kmMedium 1 kmDifficult 3Drag lifts 3Chair lifts 1Gondola

Zillertal ski resort reviews

Skiing is great. Ski school for adults and kids is excellent. Zell am Ziller is not great for non-skier, because entertainment and nightlife is not so good. We found bowling in center of Zell, but it was some mini-bowling with old-fashioned equipment. We didn't see any ads of billiard or sauna. Shops are closed early (at 6 p.m.). May be this is because it is our first vacation at such kind of resort and we searched not so well :) We were told that in Mayrhofen (8km away of Zell) nightlife is much more active. Restaurants (Waldheim for example) and cafes in Zell are very good - tasty and not expensive with very quick service.
Overall Mayrhofen was ok, I wouldn't be rushing back there. There are very few really long lazy blue or red runs. The snow conditions were excellent when we were there in late Jan/Early Feb. The requirement to get lifts out of the village to get to the ski area is a bit of a pain but the queues moved quickly enough. We had a big group with very mixed ability and found it hard to find areas where we could do our own thing and still meet up for lunch etc. Overall I'd give Mayrhofen 3 out of 5. It was pretty much middle of the road from a skiing standpoint
Mayrhofen is a fantastic resort to visit. The vast range of runs ensures that there is plenty of skiing for all abilities. The town itself is quite big and offers lovely restaurants, shops and nightlife. As we travelled just after Christmas we found the main gondola very busy and we had to wait in a queue for over 40 minutes. However, we thereafter, used the ski bus and travelled to nearby skiing areas and would use the main gondola in Mayrhofen later in the morning.
I had been to Mayrhofen before, about 10 years ago, and I don't remember the nightlife having been so over the top back in 2002. In 2012 it was very rowdy, every night I saw people having shouting matches outside the bars and clubs. I think it's got a bit of a reputation as a party town now and I can certainly see why. Having said that, I walked around on my own at night and never felt scared for my safety, it is a really nice resort with some great restaurants.
Mayerhofen is a good resort. Biggest pain is the queues at the Penken Lift in the mornings (but I knew that). This year the snow was not so good, there hadn't been a decent snow fall in weeks. It was icy at the back and a bit 'slushy' on the sunny sides late in the afternoons. The All over lift pass is a good deal and the free bus service is great (20 mins to Hintertux). As I have been there before I would say yes I would choose it again
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