The Zillertal is the biggest valley branching off the Inntal in Tyrol, Austria, surrounded by the majestic and glaciated Zillertaler Alpen.
You could say it’s a pretty nice spot: international award-winning pistes, the steepest slope in Austria, the best huts in the Alps, the most shapely parks and the open-365-days Hintertux Glacier, all that yummy cheese, yup… it’s got a lot going for it.
Especially the snow. State of the art and eco-friendly artificial snow making facilities (75% of all pistes are equipped with snow canons) provide the conditions you dream of when you commit your hard-earned cash to an expensive holiday.
The earliest written record of the Zillertal dates from 889, when Arnulf of Carinthia (not renowned for his skiing abilities) granted land to the Archbishop of Salzburg. Ownership of the valley was divided along the river Ziller and even today this division is visible, as churches on the right bank of the river generally have green towers and belong to Salzburg Diocese, while churches on the left bank have red towers and belong to Innsbruck Diocese.
Tourism has become the dominant economy in the region – following the downfall of the mining industry in the valley – and a whopping six million nights are spent by tourists in Zillertal each year, most of those during the winter season!
With such dependence on the skiing brethren of Europe, they’re very committed to making sure we’re happy with our lot once we get there. And, following a phase of mergers by building connecting lifts during the 1990s and early noughties, there are now four big ski areas and three smaller satellite areas in the valley, with a combined total of more than 170 lifts and 649 kilometres of slopes, all covered by one liftpass – just how Fall Line likes it!
Photo credit / Tom West taking in the view, Zillertal / Photography: James Bryant