Zillertal ski holidays Skiing & snowboarding around the Ziller Valley ski resorts

Ziller Valley ski holidays - a 40km long valley flanked by towering mountains with the impressive Hintertux glacier, Austria's main all year round skiing destination, at the helm. Just 40 minutes drive from Innsbruck, Zillertal is one of Austria's most beautiful valleys just over the Brenner pass from Italy and home to some traditional, authentic, family friendly villages and international resorts such as Mayrhofen.

Mountain Facts

chalets for rent 7 ski resorts
highest ski lift 3250 m
number of kilometers of slopes 530 kms
number of ski lifts 180
number of green slpoes 7
number of intermediate skier slopes 21
number of good intermediate skier slopes 38
number of slopes for advanced skiers 7
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Ski Carousels and linked ski areas

The skiing around the valley is suitable for all levels of skier and boarder from absolute beginners to experts with 530km of pistes across the Zillertal Arena and Ski & Glacier World Zillertal 3000 - Hintertux Glacier ski areas. The Zillertal Arena includes the ski resorts of Gerlos and Zell am Ziller and provides 143km of linked pistes with the main focus on beginners and intermediates.

Ski Zillertal 3000 includes the Hintertux glacier and the ski areas above Mayrhofen on the Ahorn and Penken mountains. Whilst the ski terrain is for all abilities, there is certainly more for the advanced skiers such as Austria's steepest piste - the Harakiri with gradients of 78 degrees in places! For some ski touring, the 66km Glacier tour is not to be missed. Starting from the valley lift at Finkenberg Almbahen, you head towards the Hintertux Glacier and cover 15000m of vertical in 1 day!

See all the different sksi areas by seeing the Ziller Valley piste map.

Fugen - Kaltenbach

Pistes - 113kms

Fugen sits near the entrance to the Zillertal Valley and is a wonderful family friendly resort. In the winter, there are 113kms of local pistes that reach upto 2500m and includes the longest artificial snow-covered run in the valley.

Things that set Fugen - Kaltenbach apart from other ski resorts include cat skiing Canadian style, eating gourmet cuisine from a piste basher and staying overnight in the Albergo mountain restaurant.There is also a creche for children aged 0-7 years old.

fugen kaltenbach

Zell - Gerlos

Pistes - 143kms

This is Zillertal's largest ski area with a massive 143kms of pistes for all levels serviced by 52 lifts. The ski area covers 4 mountains spanning Tyrol and Salzburg and has a wide selection of valley pubs and restaurants to kick-start the apres-ski.

Zell and Gerlos are part of the Zillertal Arena carousel which via Gerlos, extends over to Wald-Königsleiten and Krimml-Hochkrimml with the spectaculat Krimml waterfall. The ski area also includes Austria's longest downhill run covering a vertical of 1930m.

skiing in Gerlos, Ziller valley, ski holidays in Gerlos

Mayrhofen - Hippach

Pistes - 139kms

Mayrhofen is an international resort known throughout the world and is busy 365 days a year. Its a very pretty village nestled between the Ahorn and Penken mountains.The ski area provides 139kms of downhill runs with the Ahorn providing more family friendly skiing whilst the Penken is for the more adventerous. It is home to the Harakiri piste with its 78% gradient - thats the steepest piste in Austria!

The night life is vibrant and fun with a large selection of bars and restaurants catering for all budgets and tastes.

Tux - Finkenberg

Pistes - 199kms

Tux sits at the top end of the Ziller Valley at 1500m and is the gateway to the famous Hintertux Glacier where you can see 365 days a year! The ski area provides 199kms of pistes spread over 5 mountains with 66 lifts and all covered by 1 lift pass.

Whilst the ski area caters for all abilities, there are some fantstic off-piste routes for more expert skiers. One not to be missed is the leg burning 12km run from the top of the glacier at 3250m right down to the base station at 1500m.

tux finkenberg in zillertal

Zillertal holiday rentals

The self-catering accommodation in the villages around the Ziller valley is superb offering a full range of options from family owned hotels to beautiful self-catering ski chalets and apartments. If you plan to stay in Gerlos or Königsleiten, most of the chalets are ski-in, ski-out - ideal for family ski holidays avoiding the hassle of the ski bus.

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Summer - Things to see & do in Zillertal

From cultural events to places of natural beauty, Zillertal is a treasure chest of surprises waiting to be explored. With towering peaks, countless rivers and not to mention the Tirolean culture and heritage, the choice is as wide as gets.

The Ziller valley is just as busy during the summer as the ski season with so much to see and do for all the family. As well as summer skiing on the glacier, other popular adventures include...

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Via Ferrata
  • White water rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Golf

Nature Park

The The High Alps Nature Park is a very popular with hikers and mountaineers during the summer. It starts from Ginzling and reaches up to the Hochfeiler mountain. You will find deep gorges and glaciers to explore along the 5 side valleys (“Gründe”) and high up on the peaks of Löffler, Schwarzenstein, Hochfeiler and Möseler.

From May to October, the Nature Park summer programme offers more then 200 guided hiking tours. These vary in length from gentle day hikes to several days staying in mountain huts along the route.Populat treks include...

  • Hiking tour to the Berliner Hütte
  • Herb walk
  • Wildlife trek

Spa & Wellness

In winter or summer, the Erlebnisbad Leisure Pool in Mayrhofen is the place to go. It has indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and massage. The outdoor area has a large lawn, play and sports area, slides, swings and climbing equipment which is great for children of all ages.

Hippach Summer World is also an excellent family water park. It has an adventure pool with waterslide and double wave slide, lazy river, sitting area with climbing rope, underwater bubbles, waterfall shower, a sports pool as well as a disgnated children's pool.

zillertal water park

Hintertux Glacier

To reach the top of the Hintertux glacier at 3250m takes 3 cable cars and once there, you have 360 degree panoramic views stretching as far as the Großglockner, Italian Dolomites and the Zugspitze in Germany!

Even at the end of May, there is still around 40km of pistes and the longest run can up up to 4km even in the height of summer! At 3200m, snowboarders and freestyle skiers flock to the Betterpark Hintertux at the foot of the Olperer Mountain. It is considered by many to be one of the best snowparks in the Alps and attracts the professionals for summer training camps.

summer skiing hintertux glacier

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