The beautiful town of Zell am Ziller is relatively new on the ski-fan's map and is a wonderfully kept secret. The small, picturesque town lies in the heart of Ziller valley which was once a gold mining town in the 18th century. It has excellent ski facilities and is linked to four other ski areas in the Zillertal Arena ski domain. The Zillertal Arena is the largest skiing area in the Austrian Tyrol with skiing continuing all the way to neighbouring Gerlos which is a real hot spot for boarders. The season runs from December through until April and the tranquil barely-touched setting is a real skiers 'gold mine' in its own right.
The glorious slopes that form Zell am Ziller are high enough to ensure a good snow coverage, giving beginners both outstanding conditions to learn in and spectacular views to take in at the same time. The Lechner ski school allows adults and children alike to build up confidence on the wide and gentle nursery slopes.
There are countless red slopes for those with more experience to choose from in the resort itself and in the surrounding ski areas.
There is a good number of challenging black runs that will exhilarate and surprise you. For those who fancy a change from the piste, there is 25 Km's of cross country trails to explore.
Those who are learning to board will enjoy the gentle slopes, and if you feel a bit more adventurous there is a half pipe and terrain park.
Approx Transfer Time 1 hr 30 mins Village Height 900m Highest Lift 930m
Many hotels hold their own entertainment ranging from discos and live music to Tyrolean evenings with traditional folk dancing. There is also a nightclub in the resort.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides - Ice rink - German curling - Bowling - Longest natural toboggan run in Zillerton Valley, 7 Km's and floodlit - Pfarrkirche dating back to 1782 - Snow hiking - Tennis
You can travel by gondola to a restaurant with a marvellous view of the Grundalm and then continue by chair lift to Rosenalm where another restaurant opens onto spectacular panoramic views of Zillerton Valley. Make reservations at the Hotel Bräu Restaurant where you can feast on solid Teutonic dishes to suitably warm you up from the cold weather. Here, a full meal costs around ¿35.
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