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Easily reached from Innsbruck (just 45 miles away), Salzburg (105 miles) and Munich (120 miles), Zillertal in the Austrian Tirol is a wide, sunny valley with a collection of ski areas offering huge variety. 

A total of 515km of pistes, plus superb freeriding terrain and freestyle parks, are served by the Zillertal Superski lift pass. Hi-tech, efficient mountain and ground transport infrastructure perfectly complements the traditional Tirolean architecture and warm family welcome. Whether you’re an off-piste adventurer or an absolute beginner, Zillertal in Tirol makes for the perfect place to dive into Austria’s incredible snow.

Something for everyone
Mayrhofen-Hippach is renowned for burning the candle at both ends: a party town that hosts big events on and off the mountain. On-mountain things get serious with runs such as the steep, steep, very steep Harakiri and the huge Penken Park, one of seven terrain parks in the Zillertal. Accessed from Zell-am-Ziller and Gerlos, the Zillertal Arena ski area puts the emphasis on family fun, with speed traps, photo and movie points, varied parks and toboggan runs. The Spieljoch ski area has a fast, luxurious new gondola, while Hochfügen’s ski area is a freeride hotspot, with hiking, touring and cat-skiing. 

Little ones will love Pepi’s Kinderland, where they can have fun with Pepi the giant teddy bear and practise their skiing under professional supervision, while parents savour the culinary delights of the Granatalm ski hut.

Looking for more?
Hintertux is Austria’s only glacier that is open 365 days a year. Zillertal’s commitment to time on snow is also expressed in the Zillertal Arena, where you can hit the slopes at 6.55am in springtime. In the Hochzillertal ski area, nighttime is the right time, with weekly floodlit skiing until 10.30pm. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, this is the place to test your mettle: complete six of the 12 sections in the Arena Champions Challenge and you’ll get the Arena Champions photo album to take home with you.

Traditional values
The villages of Zillertal have developed naturally, keeping their identities with family-run hotels and guest houses in the valley and cosy mountain huts serving delicious Tirolean gourmet specialities. Surrounded by 3,000m peaks, their terraces are wonderful places to eat and relax.

What’s new 2017-18
The Spieljoch in Zillertal has changed ownership and now belongs to the Schultz group. The new 10-seater Spieljoch cable car takes you straight to Zillertal’s longest snow-covered valley run. As well as beautiful pistes for all skill levels, you‘ll find a new family fun slope and a cool snow park for daredevils. This winter mountain experience is completed by a 5.5km-long natural toboggan run that leads to the middle station, and a wonderful winter hiking trail to the Spieljoch summit.

Why this winter?
Currently, a complimentary ski bus connects the Spieljoch with the neighbouring Hochzillertal domain. From Winter 2018/19, a new 3-S-ropeway will link the two areas, a breakthrough innovation in Europe as peak-to-peak transportation of such extent only exists in Canada to date. Get there before everyone else does! 
Further information: www.zillertal.at and www.Austria.info/winterunleashed 
Zillertal Tourismus Simon Hausberger