Winter in Zillertal

Winter in Zillertal

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Action Winter in Zillertal

The special kick in the mecca for freestylers, freeskiers and freeriders

Shoot down the piste on a snowboard, surmount gravity while freestyling or enjoy

pure freedom on the finest of powder. No matter whether its Alpine, freestyle or

freeriding, Zillertal has long been known as the mecca for freestyler, freeskiers and

freeriders. Perfectly prepared fun parks and untouched deep snow slopes provide a

special kick, surrounded by the Zillertal and Tux Alps. The new Rookie Park on the

Hintertux Glacier, the new Kreuzwiese Action Park and the new boarder racetrack in

the Zillertal Arena.

Zillertal far exceeds its reputation as a winter sports paradise. Not only because you can trek

all year on snowy trails on the Hintertux Glacier – Austria’s only year round ski area – but

because Zillertal provides the perfect conditions for everyone. Freeriders enjoy the buoyancy

of the fresh powdery snow, freestylers show off their tricks in one of four fun parks while

carver and raceboard riders rejoice in 668 kilometres of the best prepared pistes. The

spectrum of amazing descents ranges from easy to challenging - and even beginners will

find perfect conditions. The especially brave can take on the Harakiri which, with a slope of

78 percent, promises a pure thrill. To ensure that you can take advantage of the enormous

offer of 172 state-of-the-art cableways, the ”Zillertal Superskipass” is available for

various periods, beginning with two days. It is the key to all six ski areas in Zillertal and to

free use of the valley-wide ski bus system. Tip: You can order the Zillertal SuperSkipass

ahead of your ski holiday online at!

New deluxe fun parks: Rookie Park Hintertux, Action Park Kreuzwiese and the new

boarder race track in the Zillertal Arena

Whether the Almdudler Snowpark Hochzillertal, the Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen, the

Arena HOT-ZONE.TV Snowpark in Gerlos or the Betterpark Hintertux - the fun parks in

the Zillertal leave no wish unfulfilled. Professional and authentic teams - all true connoisseurs

of the scene - provide enchantment every year with their great dedication to and experience

with these unique fun parks. Beautifully conceived and maintained, the fun parks provide

sufficient space for a wide range of tricks, jumps and creativity. Beginner, advanced or

professional - the right kickers and obstacles are provided for every skill level. Practise a

new trick or polish your existing skills exactly as your heart desires.

The quality here is worth it! This is why the Vans Penken Park was named “Park of the

Year 2010” (Snowboarder MBM) and awarded the innovation prize for Fun and Action

( 09/10). The testers at crowned the Betterpark in Hintertux

the “Top for Snowboards” in 2010.

All the same, the offer for the action-hungry is being further expanded. On the

Kreuzwiese in the Zillertal Arena, the so-called “Snakerun”, with numerous steep turns,

waves and jumps, promises a high-adrenaline experience; in Königsleiten, fans of the new

trend sport boardercross now have the opportunity to really get into on the permanent ski

cross/boardercross track in the Zillertal Arena. Two to four racers can compete directly

against each other on the spectacular track with jumps, waves and steep turns. Three video

tracks are also available in the Zillertal Arena so that those who would have preferred to stay

at home can also get a taste of the fun to be had on the snow. Skiers, boarders and

freestylers can record their performance on video on the SkiMovie tracks and download it for

free or send it to friends in the evening.

Beginning in December 2011, existing and aspiring shred heads will have a first-class place

to improve their skills in the new Rookie Park Hintertux. In comparison to the Betterpark

Hintertux on at Olpere, which serves an ideal training spot for the world’s freestyle elite from

April to December, the Rookie Park caters specially to beginning freestylers, with 3 to 4 of

the total of 18 descents providing perfect conditions.

Early birds: a pure powder feeling for early risers

Friends of untouched powdery snow are on top of the world in Zillertal. The wide-ranging

freeride paradise with the finest powder and virgin slopes promises not only a pure feeling of

freedom, but rich diversity as well. Exciting variations like the “Superbowl” in Hochfügen

have already made an international name for themselves. However, the amazing deep snow

slopes of the “Wanglspitz” in Mayrhofen, “Isskogel and Falschriedel” in Zell-Gerlos and

the “Lärmstange in Tux“ are not only popular amongst insiders.

Early birds get their money’s worth in Zillertal The Hochfügen ski area opens the

turnstiles of some lifts on weekends and on holidays as early as 7.45 am. In the Ski-Optimal

Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach ski area, the lifts open every day at 7.30 am! The gondolas in the

Mayrhofen ski area will start carrying their guests to the heart of ski area at 8.00 am from 25

December 2011. On the Hintertux Glacier, the lifts open daily at 8.15 am.

In the spring of 2012, guests of the Zillertal Arena will be able to greet the first rays of

sunshine on their boards. From 15 March to 15 April 2012, some tracks will be open from

6.55 am every Thursday and Sunday. Skiboard and snowboard riders can reinvigorate

themselves afterwards over a hearty breakfast in one of the numerous Zillertal chalets.

The best coaching and the latest material

With the help of 23 skiboard and snowboard schools throughout Zillertal and an

abundance of trained Zillertal alpine guides, not only can you learn the best tricks and

sways with excellent teachers, they will also take off-piste fans into open areas. The right

programme is offered in the right language for all skiers and snowboarders, so that not only

beginners, but also ambitious skiers have the opportunity to learn something new. You can

find the proper equipment at the nearly 70 outlets in Zillertal that rent skis and

snowboards. That means every guest can be sure to be out on the valley’s unique pistes

with the very best equipment.

The top events during winter 2011/12

Numerous events provide a great reason to chill out and celebrate in Zillertal. You can find all

the events at a glance

Things kick off on the Hintertux Glacier from 30 September to 2 October 2011 with the

HOT-ZONE.TV Park Opening Hintertux. The best riders can hardly wait to show off their

tricks in the fresh powder and party non-stop in the evenings. For more information, visit

A pure party atmosphere awaits winter athletes at the kick-off to the 2011/12 winter season

at the big Ski & Snowboard Opening in Gerlos from 16 to 18 December 2011. Guests

can look forward to the open-air concert at the Gerlos Music Pavilion as a big musical

highlight. People party hard in the ski area as well. “Someone Else”, “Orange 4” and DJ

Moped will provide the party atmosphere. For more information, visit

After the successful premiere of the Big Mountain Hochfügen, another stop on the Freeride

World Qualifier Tour at the off-piste mecca of Hochfügen is on the calendar for 2012 (4 to 9

February 2012). International top riders will challenge the mountains during the Freeride

World Qualifier. Competitors and spectators alike can look forward to a professional event

with outstanding athletic performances, exciting side events and excellent parties. For more

information, visit

The legendary Snowbombing in Mayrhofen will again provide a pure party atmosphere

from 9 to 14 April 2012. Started years ago as an insider meeting of DJs from England, the

Netherlands and Belgium, snowbombing has become an ever-growing international event.

The familiar flair has been maintained over the years even though the music community has

continued to grow


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 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.

Tourism figures 2010/11

• Arrivals: 771,382

• Overnight stays: 4,270,700

Winter in Zillertal

Office winter season 2011/12

3 December 2011 - 15 April 2012 (the season will open earlier if the

snow conditions are good)

The Zillertal SuperSkipass

1 ski pass for 2 to 21 days covering all of Zillertal

From 550 metres to 3,250 metres

668 kilometres of pistes

• 94.25 km of black (difficult) pistes

• 398 km of red (medium) pistes

• 175.75 km of blue (easy) pistes

172 state-of-the-art cableways

Ski areas:

• Spieljoch Fügen ski area

• Hochfügen ski area

• Ski-Optimal Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach

Zillertal Arena – Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Königsleiten,


• Mayrhofen cableways – Penken, Ahorn

• Ski & glacier world Zillertal 3000 - Hintertux Glacier,

Eggalmbahnen, Rastkogelbahnen, Finkenberger Almbahnen

Short distances between ski areas, free use of the valley-wide ski bus

system with the Zillertal SuperSkipass

New: order the Zillertal SuperSkipass in advance in the !

Guaranteed snow

Further expansion of the snow-making systems

Snow is made using 100% drinking water

Year-round Hintertux Glacier ski area

The top chalets in Zillertal (selection)

5-star Hotel Wedelhütte at 2,350m in the Ski-Optimal Hochzillertal ski


Kristallhütte at 2,147m in the Ski-Optimal Hochzillertal ski area

Schneekarhütte at 2,250m in the Penken ski area

White Lounge at 2,000m in the Ahorn ski area

Freiraum at 2,000m in the Ahorn ski area

Authentic cuisine using natural products from the valley

Fun parks in the ski areas

Almdudlerpark Hochzillertal

Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen

Arena HOT-ZONE.TV Snowpark in Gerlos

Betterpark Hintertux

New: Rookie Park Hintertux - opening December 2011

New: Action Park Kreuzwiese, Zillertal Arena

New: Permanent ski cross/board cross track in Königsleiten with free

video at

The top events during winter 2011/12

• 30 September - 2 October 2011: Park Opening on

the Hintertux Glacier

• 27 January 2012: Gloryfy Bastards in Gerlos

• 4 - 9 February 2012: Big Mountain Hochfügen

• 9 - 14 April 2012: Snowbombing in Mayrhofen

New in winter 2011/12

• The Zillertal SuperSkipass is now available for a minimum of two


• Order your Zillertal SuperSkipass in advance in the web shop at

• Further expansion of the snow making systems in the ski areas

Erste holiday region in Zillertal:

• New: 120 m² salt water pool in the Erlebnistherme (thermal

bath) (water temperature of 36 degrees Celsius and 3-5% salt


• New: Climbing hall in Camping Aufenfeld

Spieljochbahn Fügen:

• New homepage for the Spieljochbahn ski area in Fügen

Hochfügen ski area:

• 10 km long Karabfahrt descent with the Zillertal shuttle (opening

on 3 December 2011)

Ski-Optimal Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach:

• Expansion and extension of the pistes as well as the lift systems

Zillertal Arena – Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Königsleiten,


• New: state-of-the-art 8 seat gondola cableway with heated seats

for the Königsleiten summit lift in the Zillertal Arena ski area -

Austria’s first gondola cableway with orange panorama windows

• New Rosenalmbahn valley station in the Zillertal Arena ski area

(new indoor counters, integrated ski bus terminal, comfortable

access by escalator, new sport shop, ski rental and ski depot

facilities and bistro/restaurant)

• New: Permanent ski cross/board cross track in Königsleiten with

free video at

• New: Action Park Kreuzwiese - the so-called snake run jam

packed with steep turns, waves and jumps for plenty of


• New: the first funsport-airbag (bag jump) in Zillertal

• New: High-altitude cross-country tracks and hiking paths: at

more than 2,000 metres above sea level in Königsleiten (2,315

metres above sea level)

• New: Good morning skiing in the Zillertal Arena

(Every Thursday and Sunday from 15 March to 15 April 2012 at

6.55 am)

Mayrhofer cableways – Penken, Ahorn

• New Horbergbahn valley station in Mayrhofen offers even more

comfort and the fastest ascent to the Penken ski area

• New: Freiraum on Ahorn with panorama platform and café

bistro: every Wednesday: Ahorn dinner!

• Mayrhofen, Ahorn: Ski rental, shop, ski depot, service point

• Mayrhofen, Penken: Penken combination cableway: 10 seat

cabins and 8 seat lifts on one cableway

• New: Helmet camera rental at the information counter at

Lärchwald in the Horberg valley

Ski & glacier world Zillertal 3000 - Hintertux Glacier,

Eggalmbahnen, Rastkogelbahnen, Finkenberger


• New: Monocable gondola “Gefrorene Wand” (“Frozen Wall”) on

the Hintertux Glacier - opening in November

• New: Rookie Park Hintertux on Sommerberg - opening

December 2011

• New: Further expansion of the Natural Ice Palace on the

Hintertux Glacier

• New: Katzenmoos chair lift with weather hood and heated seats

in the Ski Zillertal 3000 ski area

Further information:

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

Bundesstraße 27d

A-6262 Schlitters

Tel.: 0043/ (0)5288/ 87 187

Fax: 0043/ (0)5288/ 87 187 1

Press contact

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

c/o Nina Mehrle

Bundesstraße 27d

A-6262 Schlitters

Tel.: 0043/ (0)5288/ 87 187

Fax: 0043/ (0)5288/ 87 187 1

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