South of Jenbach and east of Zell Am Ziller, the Zillertal Arena 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 Zillertal Ski Arena, take the train from Innsbruck or Munich to Jenbach. Then, transfer to the Zillertalbahn to head up the valley to Zell Am Ziller.
Overall, Zell Am Ziller is the 16th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 68 snowboarding resorts in Austria. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Zell Am Ziller including Mayrhofen, Hochfugen, Gerlos, Wald-Konigsleiten and Hintertux.
Local Contacts: Zillertal Ski Arena (0043) 5282-7165; Local Tourism (0043) 05285-2305 or 05285-2281; Tirol Tourism (0043) 512-72727
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Sport Hotel Strass (0043) 05285-2205; Villa Knauer (0043) 05285-62284
Luxury Loding: Hotel Brau, Zell Am Ziller
Reference Source: click here http://www.zillertalarena.at/
GPS: 47.237085, 11.899937
Date Published: 1/5/2016
Date Updated: 12/17/2017
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