Delightful village in the spectacular Zillertal with a Super Zillertal lift pass giving access to virtually all the region's lifts and over 600km of terrain. In December 1999 the local skiing was linked to Gerlos, Wald and Gerlosplatte, creating the Zillertal Arena, the largest area in the Zillertal and one of Austria's largest ski areas. Wide range of off-slope activities include the more unusual, such as stamp-swapping for philatelists at the Cafe Rosengarten on the third Wednesday of every month, air-gun shooting and billiards.
The Zillertal Arena is the fourth largest skiing area in the Austrian Tyrol with skiing all the way to neighbouring Gerlos which is the hot spot for boarders, Krimml, Konigsleiten and Wald. Lifts were linked up for the 1999/2000 season creating one of Austria's largest ski areas. With the Zillertal Superski Pass you can also ski at any of the surrounding resorts. Its possible to ski and board every day of the year on the Hintertux Glacier. In summer, the skiing is at 3250m and includes 18km of prepared pistes. Lifts open at 8.30 and its best to ski early as the snow tends to get very soft after lunchtime. There is a ski shop at the top of the "Gletscher Bus" (the second bus-like gondola) with a locker service where you can leave your gear overnight. There are panoramic cameras at the top of the glacier so its possible to check out the weather on TV (ORF2) without even leaving your hotel room.
Nearby Mayrhofen was one of the first European resorts to introduce childcare into skiing and children are well looked after in Zell. The ski school offers a varied programme of activities for children including a witches' safari, balloon flying, tubing, sledging and childrens' ski disco. There is a ski kindergarten for younger kids and a daily childrens' collection service when instructors will pick up your children from their hotel. At the end of each week the ski school organise a childrens' "world cup" with prize giving.
Modern Tyrolean cuisine is kept simple and easy, using mainly seasonal products. The Tyrolean bacon dumpling which is served "in water" (clear soup with chives sprinkled on top) or "on land" (with salad or sauerkraut) is just as much a part of the Tyrolean national cuisine as the famous "Gröstel" consisting of potatoes, meat, bacon and egg. The Tyrol is well known for its different brandies and schnaps, especially the much prized home-made apricot, plum, pear or rowanberry schnaps.
Some of the hotels have their own entertainments programmes including Tyrolean evenings with traditional folk dancing as well as discos and live music. Great fun in more than 30 huts and snowbars in the skiresort as well as in the 5 apres ski bars directly at the base station and in the village guaranteed.
The Zillertall Pass gives boarders access to all of the surrounding resorts including the Hintertux glacier. Hot-Zone Snow Park in Gerlos is the place to be - the hotspot for boarders in the Zillertal Arena. The terrain park has been designed with professional input from top snowboarders. Hot-Zone Snowpark in Gerlos (Vorkogel lift); Snowpark at Gerlosplatte, 80m Halfpipe at Gerlosplatte; 100m Halpipe in Gerlos/FuBalm