the ski slopes
Winter highlights for non-skiers
Skiing and snowboarding are great, but sometimes it's good to have a break and try something else. Here in the Zillertal Valley there are lots of alternative activities in winter offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful landscape while escaping the busy ski slopes. Ice skating, tobogganing and special snowshoe adventures are just a few of the options on offer here in the beautiful Austrian Alps.
Winter activities away from the slopes for all the family
Winter walks on well-maintained trails
Tips at reception on alternative winter activities
Activities for non-skiers
There is a great toboggan run near our hotel measuring 7 kilometres from top to bottom. Suitable for families with children, it is a great alternative to skiing and snowboarding. You will also find plenty more toboggan runs throughout the region. All in all there are 45km of toboggan trails in the Zillertal Valley.
Snowshoeing is a great way to experience the beauty of the Alps in winter away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes. Make fresh tracks in the snow and marvel at the white landscape as you explore the mountains, pastures and forests at your own pace.
There is a natural outdoor ice skating rink just 150 metres from our hotel where guests can skate, jump and pirouette while enjoying wondeful views of the surrounding mountains.
Thought walking and hiking were summer-only activities? Think again! The Zillertal Valley is home to a large network of winter walking trails which are cleared of snow and kept in top condition throughout the season.
Snowbiking is a booming sport where adults and youngsters (12 years and older) can cruise the pistes on specially designed bikes with mini skis instead of wheels. All the equipment can be hired from our hotel. We have a special snowbike instructor, Harri, who is on hand to show you the correct technique for a fun and safe time on the slopes.
Ski touring in Tyrol
Ski touring has been around for thousands of years. Instead of taking a lift or cable car it involves walking up the mountain (either on-piste or off-piste) using special "skins" attached to the base of your skis. Once at the top these are removed and you can ski down, often through soft powder. Stefan Egger is a passionate ski tourer and will be happy to show interested guests everything they need to know to enjoy this sport and give tips on the best spots in the valley for ski touring.
Gerlosstein, the largest ski resort in the Zillertal Valley, offers visitors the chance to have a go at snowtubing. It involves whizzing down a special course on inflatable rings. Great fun for all the family.