2015/2016: The 'HöhenFresser' tour in the municipality Zell am Ziller is with a vertical drop of 1.930 meters (6332 ft) the slope with the largest difference in altitude.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,920 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 720 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The highest point of the track is 2,500 m above sea level.
- Season starts on 3 Dec and ends on 23 Apr (141 days). Average season duration in Austria is 121 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (3 Dec to 23 Apr) is 55 cm at summit elevation and 5 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 75 cm at summit elevation and 1 cm at the base.
- Zillertal Arena features 80 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 79 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 19 sunny days.
- Offering 143 km of slopes and terrain, Zillertal Arena is among the 15 largest Ski Resorts in Austria.
The Ski Resort
The four mountain “Skischaukel” (4 connected mountains) – the Zillertal Arena – with the communities Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Königsleiten, Wald and Krimml/Hochkrimml extends itself starting at the Tyrolean Zillertal all the way to the Salzburg Pinzgau. The ski resort awaits skiers and snowboarders with 143 kilometers of piste (88.8 mi) and 51 lift facilities/gondolas combined in two different states. No matter if you're new to the sport or already an experienced professional – the piste variety has something to offer for everyone. Almost 100% guaranteed snow each season and skiing between 580 (1902.8 ft) and 2.500 meters (8202 ft) above sea level are fantastic conditions for the perfect winter vacation and fun for the entire family.
In the area around Zell there is a large area for beginners and children as well as many practice lifts. The action park Kreuzwiese is with the Bagjump, the Snakerun, the BMW xDrive Cup SkiMovie and the BMW xDrive Speed Check track the perfect meeting point for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Here you will also find the natural toboggan run at the Hainzenberg.
The 'HöhenFresser' tour in Zell am Ziller is Austria’s longest run from the top to the valley – covering 1.930 meters (6332 ft) difference in altitude in just one piece. This slope offers pure fun and excitement all with just one descend. The run to the valley Zell am Ziller is the piste with the biggest difference in altitude throughout Austria and therefore really lives up to its name 'HöhenFresser' (translates to 'height eater'). The new run to the valley offers all visitors who start in Zell am Ziller the huge advantage to ski or snowboard right back into the valley. If you start at the highest summit of the arena – the Übergangsjoch at 2.500 meters (8202 ft) - you will cover 2.000 meters (6561.6 ft) difference in altitude and roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) back to the valley.
Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will feel right at home in the area of Gerlos. The Snowpark in Gerlos at the Vorkogel t-bar lift provides a unique playground to learn and practice new tricks. At 30.000 meters squared (3 hectares) you will find an area for beginners, a medium kicker-line and a pro-line for experts. You will also find a SkiMovie slope in Gerlos at the so called Ebenfeld.
Moreover skiers and snowboarders can find a Boardercross track with SkiMovie equipment in the area Wald-Königsleiten. Up to four people can race against each other and exciting competitive fun is guaranteed! In the area of Wald-Königsleiten you will also find a run all the way back to the village as well as a stunning panoramic view over the Zillertal valley and the Pinzgauer Alps. At the Gipfelbahn gondola in Königsleiten you can get your skiing skills recorded at the SkiMovie piste.
Families are best tended to around the area Krimml-Hochkrimml. Here you will find relaxing descends, a fun park as well as a Märchenwiese (fairy tale meadow). For the skiers and snowboarders who need speed there is a BMW xDrive Speed Check track.
For an extra portion fun you can either check out the action-park Kreuzwiese, the fun park Hochkrimmel or the snow-park in Gerlos. Fun guaranteed and not only for freestyle experts.
On Mountain Dining
With 31 mountain huts, snow bars and restaurants there is something to be found for everyone.
The restaurants 'Rosi's Schnitzlhütte Sportalm' or the 'Schmankerlhütte Kreuzwiesenalm' can be found here at the ski resort Zell. A lot of fun and action can be found at the Sonnalm or at the Schlittenstadl.
At the ski area Gerlos you should check out the mountain restaurant Fußalm with the Almbar or the Panormaalm. Visitors have the opportunity to try Jagertee at several umbrella bars.
In Königsleiten you should take a break at the mountain restaurant Larmachalm relaxing on the large sun terrace. From the other mountain restaurant called Gipfeltreffen you have a unique view onto the National Park Hohe Tauern and the Zillertal Alps.
At Hochkrimml one of your lunch break stops should be at the restaurant Duxer Alm or the tavern Filzstein. At the umbrella bar Castello down at the base station Sonnwendkopf you can experience some real Austrian Après Ski fun.
The longest descend in the Zillertal Arena is No. 1+2+4 in the area around Gerlos. The run is nine kilometers (5.6 mi) long and has a difference in altitude of 955 meters (3133.2 ft).
Even expert skiers are challenged with the piste No. 36 in Gerlos. This is the hardest ski run in the entire ski resort.
Of particular recommendation are the Kreuzwiesnabfahrt No. 16+17 in the area of Zell, the track Gerlosplatte No. 10 and ski run No. 31 in Gerlos as well as the piste No. 42 in Königsleiten.
To get an overview of the ski resort it is recommended to take the ArenaTour. It will lead you through all four areas of the resort. Driving at a high speed and with breaks not included this tour should take you about five hours.
One of the highlights off piste is the roller coaster Arena Coaster at the base station of the Rosenalmbahn in Zell. With a length of 1.450 meters (4757.2 ft) it leads across waves, steep curves, jumps and two 360 degree spinning tops all the way back to the valley. At the register you can get your personal snapshot picture of your roller coaster ride in winter.
Fast and action packed or relaxed and easygoing – conventional sledging is fun for everyone. Whether you sledge at a tranquil speed, participate in a Jux sledging competition with your family or show your expert skills while racing down the mountain - excitement is predestined. On the six (partly) illuminated sledging tracks in the areas of the Zillertal Arena (Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Wald-Königsleiten, Krimml-Hochkrimml) you have great opportunities to stop at some of the older and rustic mountain huts as well. At the Hainzenberg you will find the longest sledging track in the Zillertal valley with a total length of seven kilometers (4.3 mi). You can reach the track easily with the Gerlossteinseilbahn gondola. The track is illuminated until 1 AM.
The amusement park Zell has lots to offer including an artificial ice rink, a curling pit and a four lane bowling alley.
For Nature lovers the landscape around the Zillertal Arena is a dream come true. You don't even need to ski through the winter wonderland to truly experience some of Austria's most beautiful nature. Winter magic in midst of a stunning snowy landscape can be discovered on foot as well. Torch and winter hikes provide the optimal atmosphere and it is something new and exciting to try. Ice climbing on waterfalls, romantic carriage rides, ice skating, curling, tennis or squash are perfect alternatives to skiing and there is most definitely something for everyone.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
After a fun day on the slopes the fun continues in the villages of the valley. For example in Zell everybody meets up at the Saustadl or at the cocktail bar at the Englhof.
In Königsleiten everybody celebrates at the Bar Kings close to the Hotel Ursprung. Après Ski and party atmosphere can be found here for sure. For a more cozy atmosphere visit the Kaminbar at the Hotel Königsleiten Vital Alpin. If you're interested in good music and chatting with your friends definitely visit the Schatzi Alm Bar.
Dining and Restaurants
Exquisite food is available at the restaurant “Ox” at the Tirolerhof in Zell. You'll be served delicious steaks, grilled on a south-bend grill with Austria's impeccable organic meat quality. Less enthusiastic meat lovers as well as vegetarians can find culinary delights in the regional cuisine of this restaurant.
In the same house you'll find a wine bar called “Der Keller”. Here people can enjoy delicious wines paired with Tyrolean delicacies in a cozy atmosphere.
With the car you can take the Inntalautobahn A12 until you reach the exit Zillertal. Continue on the federal highway B 169, drive through Achensee or take the main road starting at Kiefersfelden passing Wörgl and Rattenberg.
If your traveling on the Tauernautobahn A10 you drive until your reach the city of Werfen. From there switch onto the B 311 in the direction of Schwarzach, Zell am See. From there you change onto the B 168 in the direction of Mittersill. From there you'll change on more time onto the B 165 and then follow the road until you reach your goal.
Starting in Munich drive onto the A12 until you reach the exit Kufstein Süd. From there you'll change onto the B 165 and then follow the road until you reach your goal.
Taking the train you can travel to the station Jenbach/Tirol. From there you'll need to take the Zillertalbahn train to Zell am Ziller.