NOTES: South of Jenbach and east of Zell Am Ziller, the Konigsleiten-Gerlosplatte ski area is part of the Zillertal Arena which offers an expansive network of pistes for snowboarding. This super ski area has over 40 lifts providing access to over 60 pistes.
The Zillertal Ski Arena is an interconnecting lifts system that connects the villages of Zell Am Ziller, Konigsleiten, Gerlos, Krimal and Wald. When you are first setting out in this ski arena, you'll quickly note that the lifts have a strange arrangement such that you'll spent a lot of time traversing across mountains instead of going up and down. This ski arena is a freeriders paradise with an open boundary policy. There are numerous powder lines to explore if you are willing to hike up 15 minutes and have all the avalanche gear. This would be a good place to bring a splitboard, skins and poles, and a guide is highly recommended. Most of the on-mountain huts are newer and lack the charm of the old places that you expect in Austria. A couple huts worth checking out include Latschenalm and Prolleralm above Gerlos, and Plattenalm above Gerlos Pass.To reach the snowboarding at Koenigsleiten, take the train from Innsbruck or Munich to Jenbach. Then, transfer to the Zillertalbahn to head up the valley to Zell Am Ziller. From Zell Am Ziller, take the bus east up to Koenigsleiten.
Alternately, to reach Wald from Salzburg, take the train to Zell Am See. Then, connect to the lokalbahn to Wald or Krimml. Both Wald and Krimml have access to the free ski bus up to Fitzstein or Koenigsleiten -- just make sure to get out on the first bus since they get really crowded.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Koenigsleiten Tourism Bureau (0043) 6565-8243; Zillertal Ski Arena (0043) 5282-7165; Local Tourism (0043) 05285-2305 or 05285-2281; Tirol Tourism (0043) 512-72727
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BASE CAMP: Alpengasthof Filzstein; Pension Edelweiss, Krimml
LUXURY LODGE: Hotel Krimmlfalle, Krimml
ADDITIONAL READING: Skiing Europe from Matt Barr
SEASON: Dec. - Mar.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.wald-koenigsleiten.info/