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Ski Holidays in Zillertal

Are you looking for an Austrian ski resort with a difference? In that case, you should check out skiing in Zillertal. Some of the best ski slopes in Austria can be found in Zillertal, however, there is more to this part of Austria which makes it special. Ski holidays in Zillertal are great, but the resort has more in store for you than just skiing. We often talk about just ski holidays, but snow holidays in Zillertal would be a much accurate description of a break to the area. Apart from a stay in top quality ski chalets, this one of these resorts where you will find plenty of activities for the entire family.

Top Facts About Zillertal and How to Get There

Zillertal is located in the Austrian Tyrol, and can only be described as one giant winter sport and snow holiday area. Whatever winter sport you are looking for can be found in the Zillertal valley. It does not matter if you are a keen skier, or mad about climbing frozen waterfalls, a winter holiday in this part of the Austrian Tyrol will have something to offer you. Perhaps it is the variety of activities which has tempted so many visitors to rent self-catering ski chalets in Zillertal.

Family holidays in Zillertal are the ideal solution for families which do not only want to enjoy the best ski slopes in Austria, but want to get a bit more out of their holiday. Accommodation offered in catered ski chalets in Zillertal seldom fails to please, and neither do the pistes available. In fact, this is an excellent resort area for beginners and advanced skiers.

Getting to Zillertal is easy. Innsbruck airport is only one hour away, alternatively you can get there from Munich and Salzburg.  Renting a car is one option, however, public transport links are good and the Zillervalley can easily be reached by train. From there on, you have excellent local bus or train services.

Direct Access to Slopes

One of the top reasons many choose a ski holiday in Zillertal is because the direct access to the slopes. It is one of the best resorts for slope access and finding a piste which suits you, is easy to do in this friendly Austrian resort area. The lift system stretches for 134 kilometres on the Mayernhofen mountain, and this is where you can find both red and blue runs. If you are a novice, you are better off sticking to the nursery slopes which can be und on the  Ahorn mountin. Austria steepest ski run, the Harakiri, can also be found in Zillertal. Regular ski buses are availbale in the resorts, and along with your ski pass, it could be worth investing in a bus pass.

Not only is Zillertal known for its excellent direct access to ski slopes. Aprés activities seem to be as popular as skiing itself and this Austrian valley seems to filled with music at all times.  Most of the bars tend to be pretty lively, but with a little bit of help you can find some quieter bars. Mayerhofen has some great places for eating out, and the best food can be found in the hotels. Hotel Elizabeth is famous for its steak restaurant and a meal for two is surprisingly well priced for a 5 star hotel. If you are looking for a bit more of an authentic experience, you should try Ahornhutte which is located on  top of Ahorn cable car. This is a traditional family restaurants, and portion size is more than generous.

Best Things to See or Do in Zillertal

When you fancy taking a  break from skiing, you have plenty of options available. Staying in ski chalets in Zillertal, gives you so much flexibility and you will get a chance to make the most out of this wonderful area of the Austrian Tyrol.

Skiing may be an acquired taste for some winter holidays travellers, and picking a resort which has more to offer than skiing, could be the perfect solution for a snow family holiday. This is what so great about Zillertal. When you make Mayerhofen your base, you can take part in all sorts of activities and don't think for one moment you are limited to skiing.

Among popular family activities in Zillertal, you will find waterfall climbing and Cross Country skiing.  Fans of Cross Country skiing often complain about the limited availability of tracks at ski resorts, but things are different in Zillertall. Tracks covering about 16 kilometres stretch from Mayerhofern, and organised excursions are available. But, if even strapping a pair of skies on fill you with dread, why not enjoy some waterfall climbing. It is a special experience climbing up a frozen waterfall.

Another activity which is perfect for the entire family is tobogganing is another activity you should not miss out on. Rushing down a mountain on a pair of skies might be exciting, but wait until you have tried Zillertal's 45 kilometres of tobogganing runs. The thrill of the acceleration of a ride through the snow landscape cannot be described, and part of the network is illuminated in the evening.

Quality of Accommodation in Zillertal

Self-catering accommodation in Zillertal offers great value for money. If you are looking for that classical winter holiday that you have always dreamed of, it is better to opt for self-catering accommodation. Most of the available ski chalets in Zillertal are located about ten minutes walking distance from the slopes. Mayerhofern is one of the areas you can stay in, but you should also take a look at areas such as Finkenberg and Ginzling.

Finkenberg is a a bit of a smaller resort located close to the Hintertux glacier, but despite its size, it has a lot to offer. Ginzling is located in the middle of the Zillertal valley but still has good access to ski runs, and other winter sport activities at the same time. Perhaps the ideal holiday solution for you if you are looking for a bit of a more peaceful family holiday or romantic get away.

One thing is for sure, a winter holiday in Zillertal will never fail to please, and getting bored is something you will not have a chance to do.

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