Ski resorts in Austria
Zillertal includes Fügen/Spieljoch, Gerlos, Hintertux, Hochfügen, Hochkrimml / Gerlosplatte, Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, Königsleiten, Mayrhofen, Zell am Ziller

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What do you think about Zillertal?
6 reviews
06/03/2018 (Modified: 08/03/2018)
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I have had the great privilege of being taken as the "Test Pilot" for the Zillertal ski area in Tyrol, Austria. I am writing area as it is about four major lift systems and some really small in the valley with a few side passes. The four major systems are not assembled, but are separate systems with ski buses that connect them and skid skiers between the systems as well as to and from the hotels. The valley itself is 600 meters, while the skiing itself is from about 900 meters upwards, which means you can take a lift up to the base of the ski areas.

Me and my son spent four days in the Ziller Valley. For two days we went to Pistachio Mayrhofen, a day offpiste in the same area and a day offpiste in a small system called Gerlossteiner. My review will therefore be based on Mayrhofen when it comes to pistachio. Mayrhofen has no great fall height and the visitors are quite many but it has very efficient lifts. This means that while there are quite long queues in the most popular lifts, the queue will never be annoyingly long. In the morning, the slopes are well groomed, but with many skiers and efficient lifts it becomes crowded in some slopes and reared after lunch. But if you stay away from the most popular slopes you will find almost untouched pistons in the late afternoon.

When we were in Zillertal they had not had a real snowfall of 10 days, which meant that all offpiste beside the lifts was raised but after a snowfall there are very easy accessible areas to reach directly from the lifts. If, like we are prepared to hesitate 15-30 min. unpainted surfaces remain after 10 days. The terrain is varied and fits everything from beginners to talented and used riders. The little thing I saw from Gerlos seemed to have the same possibilities there. One clear advantage I experienced is that most others visiting Mayrhofen most are there to go skiing.

If you want to invest in longer trips with or without starting from lifts, the possibilities are almost endless. Zillertal is big and there is probably a lot of nice skiing for the top enthusiast. I saw lots of opportunities for 1-2 hour trips from the top of the lifts. Should you go all the way for your own machine, you should pick up one of the side rails to avoid unnecessary long notice marks before you get enough height.

The wide range makes everyone find a good ride regardless of the level of knowledge, making it suitable for both families and friends.

As you read above, I am very pleased with the skiing in Zillertal, but I have not yet rated the area a five in grade, why? Number one is the ski bus that I think seems bad. If I compare to any other ski resorts I have been with ski bus connections, there are always ski buses so just wait and wait and after a short while it will show a bus that does not follow a special schedule but just rolls as fast as possible goes from morning to evening. Here in Zillertal there were bus times that led to the fact that some buses were at the terminal stations and waited 10-15 minutes before they went on a trip that took 20 min toR. Why? The buses also went only morning and afternoon with a break of 3.5 hours in the middle of the day.

Number two is the very heavily busy road that passes through the valley. For us who lived a bit from my system in the valley, it was like spending the holiday next to a main road into a big city. I discussed this with our guide and he thought this was the biggest challenge the area had to solve. It's not fun to walk along a pearl of cars to get to the supermarket or the pub.

I also did not experience that cozy ski resort, and I think this is because skiing does not go all the way down to the valley, a highly subjective argument, but I knew that. This and the problem with the road are easily easily fixed if you find a cozy accommodation in any of the side rooms. If you have time to look for the right accommodation and you have your own car, I can very well think that the Zillertal deserves another star.

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As a newman to a new ski area, it's easy to make mistakes, driving the first and last day in Penken (rented skis to daughters there) crazy with people.

The other days were spent in the area around Ubergangsjoch and Isskogel which was much nicer. Easily accessible offpiste and good pistes, read somewhere that the offpiste makes it more or less for himself he who wrote this lies. Rackarns what soon a mountain can be erected, fun though as long as it lasted ...

Hotel Eder is highly recommended, however, but the Ramsau village is not fast-paced, but what does it do when you go skiing and not shopping? However, the local brewed Zillertal pilsner can be highly recommended.

With Zillertal Superskipass, all ski buses incl. Trains are free and there are many more ski areas to test than they do with him during the week. However, it may be a bit awkward to read the timetable and the buses' markings ... believe me;)

Ps fat layers do not fit in the ski slopes of the lifts

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To Zillertal everyone can go, just everybody ... there's all the rides there, you can go there to pump a pillow for a week, drive in a professional park with awesome jumps, go slalom in very steep long runs, have a spring season or a midwinter season, depends on how high on the mountain you are ..

bila from Sweden to Zillertal o sleep well, eat well o be really good for a week, go around 8 thousand, but it is so easy worth it if you have not done anything but in our Swedish worthless backs like in the ears or vemdalen .. so sick beautiful ride .. five inches up!

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Has been in Zillertal about 6-7 times ... will be there again on Saturday. A very good valley where you can always find good skiing.

+ for easy offpiste and that the train and bus are free.

-for some of the things like zell am ziller where everything is about to go on a lift.
otherwise there is a lot of gold grain.

+ because the prices are humane.

+ for snitchel.

for snitchel after 2 weeks.
can highly recommend the whole valley and to try all the systems.

+ because the systems are modern (if compared to many others in the alpine ,.

+ for own brewery in the valley which makes the beer cheap.

+ good park in Mayerhofen.

because there are a lot of people in the same lift in the morning in Mayerhofen.

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Well there spring 06 it's a sick good ride there .. much offpiste areas like e totally untouched! I'll be yours again this year and it will certainly happen more times!

Linus K
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Spent the season 05 in the Zillertal (Fügen). Be very pleased with the easy-access offpiste. You often do not have to go far to get untouched pillows. Most of the rivers in the valley consist of Germans and Dutchers who stay in the slopes.

We have lots of pictures and movies from our trip on our travel site: http://zillertal.digitalfox.se

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Rider: Øyvind Svendsen Photo: Svein Olav Aalgaard


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