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There’s so much to do in Austria’s Zillertal Valley that it’s difficult to know what to pack into your ski trip. So we have put together the ultimate bucket list 

1. Ski the Distance
You’ll find a huge range of exhilarating downhill runs in this slice of skiing heaven. If you are searching for glacial delights, look no further than the Glacier Valley Run, Austria’s only year-round ski area. Don your planks and scale the exhilarating ‘Black Pan’ downhill run from the height of 3,250m to Hintertux’s village centre. If you want to go the distance, the Zell am Ziller valley descent offers up 10km of piste and is Austria’s longest valley run. Boasting a giddy 2,000m vertical drop, you can look forward pure skiing pleasure here. Take a leisurely cruise down to the valley from the 'Übergangsjoch', the highest point at an altitude of 2,500 metres. Stop off to admire the stunning Alpine surroundings, or test your mettle and conquer it in one go – the choice is yours.

2. Experience the Joy of Après-Ski
If you love to celebrate the end of your ski day singing along to catchy tunes amidst dancing crowds, Zillertal is the place to be. A buzzing after-ski social scene is framed by the most magnificent surroundings. Cold locally brewed beer and heart-lifting music can be found at the Postalm in Kaltenbach at the finishing stretch of the Hochzillertal Valley Run. The party goes on into the night at the Kristalhütte (Crystal Hut), with its pulsing club sounds, and you can sate your appetite with delicious cuisine before partying on the panoramic terrace at Seppi’s in Isskogel, the Zillertal Arena.

3. Join the Greatest Show on Snow
Every April Snowbombing Music Festival descends upon the otherwise tranquil Alpine village of Mayrhofen. The atmosphere is truly electrifying, as more than 200 top acts – from world-famous DJs to the hottest bands - hit the stage in the most unique venues imaginable. From pop-up butcher’s shop parties to igloo jam sessions, join thousands of music fans, skiers and snowboarders over six days of partying. Dance to musical legends such as Liam Gallagher, Craig David and Dizzee Rascal and get creative with your fancy-dress attire to wear to the legendary street party. If you’d like to take a breather to clear your head, a host of pristine pistes await.

4. Take in Some Hut Magic
Perched up high in the picturesque Zillertal Alps, a number of quaint mountain huts extend a warm Tirolean welcome to all. Whether your idea of hut heaven is cosy rustic or modern chic, expect nothing but the height of pampering. Devour local delicacies in front of roaring log fires or feast on haute cuisine amidst unique architecture – both are possible. The Schneekarhütte high above Mayrhofen features unusual design and refined dishes made from regional and natural ingredients (caramelised Kaiserschmarrn served with roasted plums and fine sweet wine from Tremmel Winery is a must). The cosy Larmach Alm encompasses that true mountain feeling. Sitting high in the Zillertal Arena ski area, the fireplace lounge, stylish bar, restaurant and sun terrace make it a perennial favourite with locals and visitors alike. You simply have to taste the crispy fried chicken just to believe how good it is.

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5. Freeride for Fun 
Experience the thrill of going off piste, freeriding through untouched deep powder and carving first tracks in the snow. Freeriding is an absolute dream in Zillertal, with its natural abundance of powder and untouched deep-snow slopes. More than 65 freeride runs are waiting to be conquered, and you can choose from a heady range of runs and spectacular long powder slopes, boasting 1,000 and 2,000m of elevation difference between them. New to the sport? Wide open slopes invite you to try out some jumps on the westerly ‘Outta Banks’. After a challenge? Superbowl, a south-east facing classic off-piste descent allures.

Find out more on the Zillertal website and contact holiday@zillertal.at for more information.