freshly trained skiers and furthers fascination with the legend of the mountain. In separate beginners’ areas, with corresponding lifts and magic carpets, the first steps in the snow become a joy. Little skiers are safely accompanied in their first steps on skis and snowboards in ski kindergartens and ski schools. The “ABC of skiing” is taught in a playful way here. Our littlest guests receive the best of care in the guest kindergartens. Trained minders take care of their guests with imaginative programmes, while the parents discover the wide world of the pistes. Those who want to avoid the hassle of transporting their alpine skis with them on their well-deserved holiday can easily rent the newest models in some 70 outlets. Natural products for fresh energy Culinary delights made from regional, natural products provide strength for mountain life inZillertal. Delicious dishes are conjured up with a great deal of passion, both on the mountain and in the valley. Zillertal specialities are on the menu, just as are new creations of the modern, light cuisine. Creations are based on the natural products of Zillertal, such as cheese made of pure pasture milk, sausage and bacon from the village butcher and, in some cases, meat from their own farms. Come directly from the pistes to the Zillertal gourmet temple or head for the rustic chalets - the right taste is offered for everyone here. Family fun off the slopes The Zillertal also has much to offer families off the slopes. On the Hintertux Glacier, the sparkling world of the Nature Ice Palace promises to proverbially put the skiers on ice and allow them to explore this naturally occurring crevasse on foot. A new branch of the crevasse has open for viewing since this summer. It even received the 2009 “innovation prize for science and culture” from Skiareatest.com! Anyone looking to give it their all on ice will find the best conditions at the Mayrhofen artificial ice rink. Skaters can do their rounds quickly and athletically or gently and cautiously from December through March over 1,500 square metres. Things also move in circles with the Arena Skyliner in the Zillertal Arena. Fly above the beautiful snowy landscape on a total of 4 routes with a length of up to 738 metres and a maximum speed of 50 km/h. Fun, action and an unforgettable bird’s eye view are all guaranteed. Guided tours are offered several times a day (duration: approx. 1.5 hours). Warm up afterwards in the Erlebnistherme (thermal bath) in Fügen. While those seeking rest and relaxation enjoy the generous sauna and wellness facilities, our smallest guests enjoy the longest slide in western Austria. This winter, the Erlebnistherme will be expanded by a 120 m² salt water pool (water temperature of 36 degrees Celsius and 3-5% salt content). Investments and improvements for an optimal winter experienceZillertal is by no means resting on its various offers. Our offers are continuously kept up-to-date through constant investments and improvement measures. In the winter season 2010/2011 alone, more than EUR 30 million were invested in modernising the cableways. Our guests will be able to delight in a great number of innovations this year as well. On the Hintertux Glacier, the double chairlift “Gefrorene Wand” (“Frozen Wall”) will be replaced by the new 10-seater monocable gondola Gefrorene Wand. Completion: November 2011. In the Zillertal 3000 ski area, the two-seater Katzenmoos will be replaced with a six-seater chair lift with weather hood. In Mayrhofen, the Horbergbahn valley station will be renovated and will offer even more comfort while providing a quick ascent to the Penken ski area. The Rosenalmbahn valley station will be renovated in the Zillertal Arena Zell-Gerlos ski area. Indoor counters, an integrated ski bus terminal, escalator access, a sports shop, a ski rental and depot facility
and a bistro/restaurant will provide even more comfort and service. At the Königsleiten summit lift, the state-of-the-art 8-seater monocable gondola with heated seats will replace the existing 4-seater chair lift and immediately attract attention with its safety features. The first cable car in Austria with orange panels will let the mountains shine, even during poor visibility. Arrival: Zillertal has its own autobahn connection at the valley entrance and is only a few kilometres away from three international airports: Innsbruck (50 km), Munich (170 km) and Salzburg (150 km). Four Seasons Travel (www.tirol-taxi.at) provides a shuttle service as a simple and comfortable way to transfer directly to Zillertal. With Deutsche Bahn, holiday guests can now travel quickly and comfortably to Mayrhofen from all train stations in Germany. The “Europa- Spezial” ticket is available starting at EUR 39.00 (2nd class, one-way, while stocks last). Shorter distances are even less expensive, e.g. Munich - Mayrhofen from just EUR 19.00. For more information, visit www.zillertal.at.