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Austria's family-friendly Zillertal ski area offers endless on- and off-piste possibilities for every taste and skill level in 4 different ski regions.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourisum GmbH_Max Draeger

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Visiting Zillertal in Austria’s Tirol is a trip to a land where the snow season never ends. The region’s top snow reliability, glacier skiing and short lift waiting times mean that skiing here is effortless. So, grab your ski boots, head to the mountains and get ready to fall in love with Zillertal's ski resorts. 

Picturesque cruising pistes for intermediate skiers, fun family routes and snow parks or long challenging freeride descents for advanced skiers – no matter what you are looking for, you will certainly find your dream slopes here. And when you want a break, there’s always a cosy mountain hut nearby.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism GmbH_Bernhard Huber

Zillertal’s 80 romantic and stylish huts serve culinary delights all day long in the midst of stunning panoramic scenery. And in the Zillertal valley, you’ll find countless award-winning restaurants, traditional inns and après ski bars. Take time out to enjoy the panoramic winter hikes, have a go at cross-country skiing, and whizz down one of the many exciting toboggan rides and you will be making unforgettable winter holiday memories.

Don’t miss... the chance to ski the slopes of the majestic Hintertux glacier

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism GmbH_Christoph Johann

All-in-one pass

Across four holiday regions – Fügen-Kaltenbach, Zell-Gerlos, Mayrhofen-Hippach and Tux-Finkenberg – the 544 perfect kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes are served by 180 cable cars and lifts, with everything covered by the all-in-one Zillertal Superskipass. The Superskipass is the ultimate ticket to ski happiness in the Zillertal arena and is available for 2 to 21 days.

The varied slope experience extends from the idyllic wide valley floor at 630m up to the ice and snow of the Hintertux glacier at 3,250m.

In the Fügen-Kaltenbach holiday region, stylish and cosy huts provide culinary highlights -breathtaking panorama included. The Spieljoch ski area in Fügen with its Funpark, Funslope, toboggan run and wide pistes is particularly suitable for families. The crowning touch is the long, snow-covered descent down to Fügen in the valley. At just under 1,500m altitude, you'll find a large selection of blue, red and black runs in the Hochzillertal and Hochfügen ski areas as well as unprepared ski routes popular with freeriders.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism GmbH_Tom Klocker

The Zell-Gerlos holiday region winds its way up from the idyllic town of Zell am Ziller through traditional mountain villages to Gerlos. Fun on the slopes, rustic huts, perfect sunny slopes, dreamy side valleys - that and much more is exactly what ski region Zillertal Arena offers. The small Gerlosstein ski hill offers both families and enthusiasts fun on the slopes, free snowtubing on specially maintained tracks and a seven-kilometre-long toboggan run, which is illuminated until 1am.

In Mayrhofen-Hippach pistes with guaranteed snow, fantastic winter hiking trails and perfect cross-country ski trails meet culinary variety and living traditions. If you are looking for a physical challenge, you cannot miss Mount Penken. Here, Austria's steepest skiing experience awaits the very brave: the legendary Harakiri with a 78% incline.

The Tuxertal is a Zillertal side valley and regarded as one of the most beautiful high Alpine valleys in the whole of Tirol. Centrepiece of Tux-Finkenberg is the Hintertux Glacier ski area - a year-round snowy paradise. throw in perfectly groomed high altitude slopes, a funslope and two kids-slopes as well as challenging freeride slopes and mogul slopes.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism GmbH_Thomas Pfister

And so much more

Add to all this downhill skiing, 460 km of winter hiking trails, 113 km of perfectly groomed cross-country ski trails and 48 km of toboggan runs for a guarantee of unforgettable snow fun. Guided snowshoe tours are offered in various levels of difficulty so that every guest can really enjoy such an experience.

Prefer to be off the slopes? Zillertal’s fantastic nature offers ice skating rinks, an ice palace on the Hintertux glacier, via ferrata and swimming pools just waiting to be discovered, as well as horse-riding to enjoy. If you love extreme sports, you can try paragliding from one of the most beautiful launch sites in the Alps.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism_Kevin Ilse

Culinary delights

Zillertal has more than 150 refreshment stops, including 80 mountain huts, award-winning restaurants and a culture of traditional inns, guaranteeing unique taste experiences in a breathtaking mountain setting. The emphasis is on regional produce combined with the highest quality and outstanding creativity, although specialities from more far-flung places are also on offer.

Among the best of the mountain huts are Kristallhütte, sitting at 2,147m with 360degree panoramic views, Larmachalm at 2,000m in Gerlos, with its own roastery, the cosy Ahornhütte, at 1965m, in Mayrhofen, and Tuxerjochhaus at over 2,300m in Hintertux, where you can enjoy typical regional delights such as gulasch and wiener schnitzel.

With family-run hotels, rather than large chains, offering accommodation to suit every budget, Zillertal is very family-friendly and has an abundance of kids’ activities, childcare, ski schools and more.

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Photo: Zillertal Tourism GmbH_Bernhard Huber

How to get to the Zillertal ski area

Zillertal is located in the Tirol in the west of Austria and is the widest of the side valleys on the south side of the Inntal Valley. Innsbruck (50 km), Munich (170 km) and Salzburg (150 km) airports are all very close to Zillertal and directly linked by regular flights from the UK.

Once here, from Jenbach, your Zillertal destination train station, you can reach your accommodation easily on the Zillertalbahn or a public bus.

Zillertal in numbers

544km of pistes

180 cable cars

80 mountain huts

4 ski regions

For more information about skiing the Zillertal ski area, go to austria.info/en/winter/zillertal