Why Zillertal Arena is a Ski/Snowboard Haven
The Zillertal Arena is the largest interconnected skiing area within Austria and is embedded between the Zillertal Nature Park and the Hohe Tauern National Park. It spans across four cross-regional mountain areas which are peppered with alpine side valleys and unrivalled alpine views. Due to how many well-groomed slopes, trails, and transportation options are available, individuals can trek from one region to another. The arena spans from Zell am Ziller to Hainzenberg, to Gerlos, Konigsleiten, and Gerlosplatte/Hochkrimmel. It is well known for having the Arena Alpine Coaster and the largest toboggan run in the entire Zillertal area. The slopes span 143 kilometers with 52 cable cars and lifts, while the elevation ranges anywhere from 580-2500m. In addition to this, it has 3 terrain parks, 164 hectares of skiable terrain and 84 total runs.
What Winter and Summer Activities Are Available?
During the winter time, Zillertal Arena is a vacation haven for skiers, snowboarders, and winter sports enthusiasts due to the countless snow parks, valleys, and ski schools. It is one of the most popular winter destinations in Austria due to the flexibility it offers to vacation goers. There are over forty different inns, huts, and lodges to stay at. All of which serve a wide variety of traditional and international cuisine, and there are free shuttle buses that run between Zell, Gerlos, Krimmel, Koigsleitan, and Wald. In terms of winter activities, there are four extensive ski areas with over 500 kilometers of optimally groomed slopes, 14 toboggan runs, over 125 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails that vary between easy – hard as well as winter hiking, snowshoeing, ski tours, curling, ice climbing, paragliding, ice skating, snow tubing and freeriding.
Summer in Zillertal Arena
In the summertime, Zillertal Arena makes a wonderful destination for those who like to do a lot of hiking, biking, and climbing. There are trails specifically for mountain biking, hiking, and cycling, all of which have themed trail options. In addition to this, the main town of Zell has a sports activity park which includes. So activities like swimming, mini-golf, volleyball, and other summer sports. Other summer activities include paragliding, high-ropes courses, rafting and tubing, Nordic Walking, canyoning, tennis, horse-back riding, and fishing.
In addition to the above, each town throughout the Zillertal Arena offers something unique. In Zell am Ziller, there are a ton of leisure facilities for curling, skating, and sledding. There is also a gold mine and an observatory to check out for those who are into the geographical history. Gerlos is an incredibly small village that is nestled between the Alps. Gerlos is home to the Gerlosstein toboggan run and has a ton of backcountry skiing options. In Konigsleiten and Krimmel, you will find ski rentals, sports shops, covered car parks and a village center.
Recommendations for Points of Interest
Although there are hundreds of amazing places to check out from restaurants, to spas, to wellness centers, to activity hubs. So here are some of the top destinations that are popular throughout the Zillertal Arena.
- Zell am Ziller: if adventure is the name, then Aktivzentrum Zillertal is a must as it is a sports activity company that offers excursions in snowshoe hiking, paragliding, lama-trekking in winter, as well as guided biking and hiking (Nordic walking) tours, golf, and canoeing/kayaking/rafting in the summertime.
- Konigsleiten: if you are looking for a breathtaking alpine stay, checking into the Hotel Alpenwelt Resort in Konigsleiten is a must. It is located at 1,600m in elevation, is surrounded by the Hohe Tauern National Park, and is at the heart of the Zillertal Arena ski area. The hotel is rated as a 4-star hotel and has a ski-in and ski-out system.
- Gerlos: if culinary delicacies are what you are looking for, then the Alpenrose Restaurant, located at the Alpenwelt Resort, is a must as it has fresh apple strudels, hearty traditional Austrian dishes, gourmet snacks, and healthy salads. It does both cross-over, traditional, and international menu options.
Overall, if you are looking for a vacation destination that is heavily active, serves healthy and delicious food. Also amazing mountain views, then you won’t be disappointed by heading to Zillertal Arena in Austria.