Zillertal Arena Ski Resort

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Karspitz gondola ascends from the valley up to Zillertal Arena ski resort
Karspitz gondola ascends from the valley up to Zillertal Arena ski resort
Powder skiing near Übersgangjoch at Zillertal Arena Austria
Powder skiing near Übersgangjoch at Zillertal Arena Austria
Freeride powder skiing into Krummbachtal at Zillertal Arena resort
Freeride powder skiing into Krummbachtal at Zillertal Arena resort
Hanser X-press chairlift in the Rosenalm sector of Zillertal Arena ski resort
Hanser X-press chairlift in the Rosenalm sector of Zillertal Arena ski resort

Zillertal Arena Ski Resort

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Zillertal Arena

Zillertal Arena3.5/53
Zillertal Arena3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Nearby Ski Resorts

Hintertux Glacier
Hochzillertal - Hochfügen - Spieljoch
Mayrhofen

     Zillertal Arena Ski Trail Map
  • Zillertal Arena Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    580m - 2,500m (1,920m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (60)
    14 Gondolas/cable car
    20 Chairs

    Incl. entire Zillertal 180+lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 150km (incl. ski routes)
    Longest run - 3km+
    Advanced - 8%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 32%

    Incl. entire Zillertal - 542km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Valid Zillertal Arena only
    Adult - €59.50
    Child - €26.80
    Child u/6yr - Free

    2 days+ = Zillertaler Super Ski Pass
    Valid in all Zillertal valley ski resorts
    Zillertal Super Ski Pass Map
  • Zillertal Super Ski Pass Map

Zillertal Arena Ski Resort Austria

A vast area linking the Ziller valley (Tyrol) & Pinzgau (Salzburgerland), Zillertal Arena ski resort offers a wonderful Austrian Alps feast of skiing & snowboarding. Its massive network of lifts & trails, one of the longest skiable verticals in Austria, plus diversity of villages put it squarely in the ‘gotta check it out’ category.

Connecting the villages of Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Königsleiten and Hochkrimml, Zillertal Arena also benefits by being part of the Zillertaler Superskipass region, adding another layer of fun & adventure to an already quality offering.

Pros & Cons for Zillertal Arena Ski Resort

Pros

  • Can receive loads of snow in the right weather conditions.
  • Most terrain is snow-sure above 1,600m altitude.
  • Long skiable vertical of over 1,920m, all of which is skiable on piste in one very long run!
  • Vast network of lifts & ski trails.
  • Quality on-piste trails for beginner & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.
  • Great value multi-day lift pass valid in all ski resort in the Zillertal including Hintertux Glacier.
  • Several fabulous sidecountry freeride descents available, plus loads of diverse off-piste terrain discoverable with a little bit of reconnaissance effort!
  • Wonderful on-mountain restaurants throughout the resort.
  • Public transport access by train & bus is excellent. Once there, local ski buses serve an incredibly conclusive of routes covering all the local accommodation options.
  • Loads of convenient free car parking near the main ski lifts.

Cons

  • Generally busy, particularly above Gerlos.
  • Snow quality in some lower sectors was surprisingly poor (i.e. above Gerlos!).
  • Zell is a low elevation village that may not have natural snow for much of winter.
  • Limited advanced on-piste terrain.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Close to Innsbruck, which may be good or bad!
  • Ever improving ski lifts.
  • Wide diversity of accommodation types & village vibe depending on where one stays.
  • Limited ski-in ski-out accommodation but does depend heavily on where one is lodging.
  • Après ski can be fun at specific locations, but the resort lacks the overall 'pumping vibes' of some other Austrian destinations (like nearby Mayrhofen), mainly due to the disconnection of the ski lifts to the towns (like Zell).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

If its 150km of trails & 52 major ski lifts are not enough, Zillertal Arena has a knee-blowing 1,920m of skiable vertical, all which can be completed in one super long run linking trails from the fantastically named summit of Übergangsjoch (2,500m) all the way to the valley at Zell am Ziller (580m). The lower portion of the descent is for more advanced riders only, but that is unusual for a ski resort with over 85km of trails rated as intermediate. Despite its one valley descent to low altitude, most of the resort’s terrain is above the 1,300 to 1,600m mark. The highest lifted point is the Übergangsjoch at 2,500m. Whilst fully lift interlinked across the entire resort, there are effectively 4 separate sectors - Zell, Gerlos, Koenigsleiten & Hochkrimml.

Check out the Zillertal Arena ski trail map.

Lift Pass Linked with Zillertaler SuperSki

The Zillertal Arena ski area has a multi-day lift pass valid for all the other Ziller (& Tuxer) valley ski resorts via the Zillertaler Super Ski Pass. All lift passes of 2-days or more are a Zillertaler Superskipass allowing unfettered access to Zillertal Arena, Hintertux Glacier, Mayrhofen and Hochzillertal. The valley’s massive 542km+ of ski trails & 180 ski lifts are covered by the pass, as are the buses and trains that connect it all up!

See the Zillertal Super Ski Pass resorts map.

Where is Zillertal Arena Austria?

Located not far from Innsbruck, Zillertal Arena is easy to get to by train, bus & car. The closest gateway airports are Innsbruck (INN) (for travellers from within Europe or the UK) and Munich (MUC). Each has excellent bus and/or train connections to the Ziller valley via Jenbach train station and hence on the local Zillertalbahn.

The closest major train station to Zillertal Arena is Jenbach from where the Zillertalbahn chugs its way up the valley to the stop at Zell am Ziller. The 32km long Zillertal Railway (Zillertalbahn) runs regularly on every day of the ski season from Jenbach railway station all the way through to Mayrhofen. Public buses also make the journey, but less regularly & with less style!

Search & book all train tickets to Jenbach & Zell am Ziller.

Anyone travelling to the region by rental car should contemplate a journey on the Gerlos Alpine Road, which links the Zillertal to the Pinzgau. Normally a tolled road, travel by car in winter is free for anyone with a valid Zillertal Ski Pass.

Once in the region, the local train and buses are included on all multi-day ski passes. The uplands on both sides of the Ziller valley around Zell-am-Ziller township (like Zellberg & Rohrberg et al) are well connected by bus to the two gondola lift stations (Rosenalm & Karspitz) allowing stress-free access up into the resort from all kinds of lodging locations. 10 different bus routes (both numbered & colour coded so you cant go wrong) run at least 2-3 times in the morning and 2-3 times in the afternoon connecting the valley villages & hamlets to the ski lifts. See the Zillertal ski bus and train route map for the broad overview of transport in the Zillertal.

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to Austrian ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Austria page.

Zillertal Arena Accommodation

Spread across the valleys and mountains from the Zillertal to the Pinzgau, accommodation options are certainly not in short supply when contemplating a visit to Zillertal Arena. From Zell (a.k.a. Zell-im-Zillertal) the ski lifts & the Gerlos Alpine Road wind through the mountains to link with villages at Gerlos, Königsleiten and Hochkrimml. Whilst the ski lifts and pistes stop at Hochkrimml, the road continues down into the Pinzgau region and the village of Krimml.

Search & book here for all Zillertal Arena ski accommodation.

In the Ziller valley, the low elevation town (580m) of Zell-am-Ziller provides probably the most lively and convenient accommodation from which to not only explore the ski resort, but also all of the other resorts in the valley. Plus it has a station on the Zillertalbahn train line. Note that there may not be snow in the valley early & late in the season.

The higher elevation villages of Gerlos (1,300m elevation), Königsleiten (1,600m) & Hochkrimml (1,640m) provide quieter accommodations but with excellent lift & piste access, plus fantastic Austrian Alps hospitality.

In the Paznaun valley, Krimml (1,076m) & its famous waterfall feels delightfully isolated and is not lift connected into the resort but requires a short bus journey up to Hochkrimml.

Search & book here for all Krimml ski accommodation.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Zillertal Arena in late January 2022, and whilst we did our to ski every part of the resort, we failed simply because it is too big and we needed to move on! Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Zillertal Arena compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Zillertal Arena

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