Each of the areas has its own après ski bars to party on top of the mountains. Meanwhile, off the hill, there are many local pubs and discos to choose from. A lot of them can be found in the two largest villages, Mayrhofen and Fuegen.
To really let your hair down, you could opt for the Badwandl or the Bawa Lounge, both in Fuegen, or the Schlüssel Alm, in Mayrhofen.
Austrians know how to party, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The mountain huts of Zillertal are an absolute highlight; offering up delightful traditional dishes, fine dining service and the panorama of the snow-covered Zillertal mountains.
The Kristallhütte, in Kaltenbach, in the Hochzillertal ski area, has won countless awards, while the Schneekarhütte in Mayrhofen, in the Penken ski area, offers you the opportunity to stay overnight in a panoramic room after a good chow down.
Other options include:
• Restaurant Alexander, set up by Alexander Fankhauser, Gault Millau Austrian Chef of the Year in 2005, in Hochfuegen
• The Metzgerwirt, in Uderns, is run by Hannes and Alexandra Hell and has won recognition for its meat dishes
• The award-winning hotel-restaurant Sieghard, in Hippach
There is a huge range of accommodation, from budget pensions to exclusive hotels. New this season is the highest altitude hotel in the Alps: the Wedelhütte, in the Hochzillertal ski area. The new hotel opened its doors to guests for the first time on 8 December, to the breathtaking backdrop at 2350 metres.
Or for something a little different, you can overnight in an igloo courtesy of the White Lounge at the Ahorn ski area in Mayrhofen.
Meanwhile, the Zillertal Tourism GmbH, in Schlitters, will be more than happy to help you find the right place for your needs and budget, taking the hassle out of investigating for yourself. You can contact them on +43.5288.87187 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, their website can be found at www.zillertal.at
Photo credit / Location: Inside Gasser by the Penkenbahn / Photography: James Bryant