The Zillertal Valley incorporates some of Austria’s best ski areas, breath-taking scenery and one of the greatest alpine glacial skiing experiences. Although the famous resort of Mayrhofen is often the talk of the Zillertal Valley, there are many less well-known resorts that join to create one of the largest unknown ski areas in the alps - all linked by an efficient railway system.
The entrance to the valley is where this cluster gets its name. Historically Fugen was well known for manufacturing cannonballs and armour, now it’s the gateway to a unique skiing experience. A diverse grouping of resorts and villages ends at Hintertux, one of only a few resorts with snow 365 days of the year.
As you travel up the Zillertal Valley the mountains are lined with quality skiing destinations. The Hochfügen – Kaltenbach resort allows for skiing for all levels as well as an area for first class restaurants and stunning views. Zell am Ziller is the entrance to the large Zillertal Arena above the Gerlos pass road which unlocks great small resorts such as Kongsleiten and Kimml and has enough runs itself to keep an accomplished skier busy.
Mayrhoffen is the most well known resort in the Ziller Valley. The Penken and Egglam mountains are accessible via a gondola from the town centre and it is home to the ‘Harakiri’ - Austria’s steepest slope. The Ziller Valley is blessed with a large ski area, all on the Zillertal superski pass, plenty of towns filled with non skiing activities, and more quiet traditional alpine villages.
This area is located at the entrance to the Zillertal valley yet still located on the Zillertal SuperSki Pass. At the foot of this resort are the villages of Kaltenbach, Fugen and Hochfugen all very accessible to the large ski area above and the resorts further up the Valley.
Kaltenbach is the ideal base and is the main entry point to the resort; this small valley village is popular with locals due to Innsbruck only being an hour away and of course the large offering of ski runs located above it.
The Hochfugen - Hochzillertal ski area has a mixture of interesting tree lined runs and higher wider slopes all served by modern lifts - 36 in total. There are plenty of options for beginner skiing but also an abundance of more challenging red and black runs thus allowing for all levels of skier to be content.
The quaint villages and slopes preferred by the locals make the resort one of the highlights of the Zillertal Valley skiing experience.