03.10.2011 | Zillertal Arena
New to the Zillertal Arena in Winter 2011/12: new valley station at the Rosenalmbahn cable car for enhanced service and comfort. An ultra-modern 8-seater cable car with heated seats, lots of guaranteed snow, more action for skiers and snowboarders, a cross-country trail at 2,315 m and a wide range of winter entertainment for all the family – guaranteed.
The Zillertal Arena is starting out the winter season of 2011/2012 with 166 km of pistes, 2 snowboarding parks, an action park, a half-pipe, a permanent ski and boardercross track and lots of guaranteed snow. 4 continuous ski resorts in 2 provinces (Tyrol and Salzburg), 49 cable cars and 70 runs make the ‘Ski Area Test Winner 2010/2011’ in Western Austria a real ski paradise for the whole family.
Innovation, guaranteed snow and piste facts
Following comprehensive redevelopment work in the 2010/11 season, the largest ski resort in the Zillertal valley and Pinzgau region (comprising of Zell am Ziller and Gerlos on the Tyrol side and Königsleiten and Gerlosplatte on the Salzburg side) is now presenting additional innovations this winter:
A modern 8-seater mono-cable lift with heated seats (the Gipfelbahn Königsleiten) replaces the 4-seater cable car (Königsleiten 2000). Austria’s first cable car with orange panoramic windows runs up to the summit plateau of the Königsleitenspitze and brings sunshine even on foggy winter days. The lift and cable car facilities of the Zillertal Arena have a transportation capacity of 84,000 people per hour. Warm feet are guaranteed, thanks to the 3 million euro investment. Starting in the winter of 2011/12, the valley station of the Rosenalmbahn cable car in Zell is offering skiers an integrated ski bus terminal with new indoor counters, easy access via escalators and enhanced service – in addition to a new sports shop, ski hire store, ski depot and bistro/restaurant. A total of 138 million euros have been invested in the Zillertal Arena in the last 11 years.
Following the expansion of snow-making facilities in the Kreuzwiese area of Zell (12ha) and on the Gerlosplatte (27ha), 316 snow-machines will be on hand this coming season to offer a maximum snow guarantee across an area of 216.3 ha and perfect piste conditions for skiers and snowboarders.
Snowboarders and action fans will also appreciate the Kreuzwiese action park – the so-called Snakerun offers a real adrenaline rush with its steep bends, waves and jumps. A cushioned landing: initial attempts at artistic experiments on skis or a snowboard can be perfected with the new Bagjump – the first in the Zillertal valley.
Video instead of a photo finish: in Königsleiten, 2 to 4 skiers can now test themselves against one another with the new permanent ski & boardercross track. The runs can then be compared using a video which can be downloaded free-of-charge by entering the ski pass number at zillertalarena.com. 2 additional exclusive ‘skiMovie tracks’ can be found in Zell and Gerlos and transform Arena skiers into movie stars.
The first solar power plant in the Zillertal Arena, the ‘Alpin Mover XL’ on the Gerloser Vorkogel, is a significant investment in protecting the environment. Active climate protection, ‘Arena Made’: a ski tow lift is used to transport approx. 160,000 people to winter fun each season in a carbon-neutral and sustainable manner. Outside of the lift operating times, the remainder of the annual 35,000 kWh are fed back into the public electricity network.
Good morning treat: the Zillertal Arena awards all early-risers with fresh snow and untouched slopes from 15 March to 15 April 2012. With ‘Good Morning Skiing’, skiers can enjoy freshly prepared pistes at sunrise on Thursdays and Sundays starting at 6:55.
New winter action away from the pistes
In addition to the latest technical developments, the holiday region has also expanded its leisure offers away from the pistes: a real highlight for all cross-country fans is the mountain cross-country trail at the mountain station of the Königsleitener Dorfbahn cable car. Accompanied by a winter footpath, this route leads over 2.5 km through a magnificent winter wonderland and around a reservoir at an altitude of 2,315m.
The sunshine can also be enjoyed on the Gerlosplatte with a 7 km circular cross-country trail – the highest cross-country route in the Hohe Tauern National Park. In addition to the lofty heights of cross-country skiing, the Zillertal Arena also offers 27 km of classic cross-country trails and 5 km of skating cross-country trails – the route can be extended by 200 km by linking with the Pinzgau cross-country network.
And for those who do not fancy skiing, the longest flood-lit toboggan run in the Zillertal valley on the Hainzenberg (Gerlossteinbahn cable car) is highly recommended. 7 km of sledding fun along this winding natural track bring joy to all ages. The track is flood-lit at night until 1 am. Toboggan runs in Krummbachtal, Wald, Königsleiten, Krimml and on the Filzsteinalm provide an additional 13.7 km of sledding fun!
The Arena Coaster guarantees rollercoaster fun in below zero temperatures in Zell. The rollercoaster runs along a 1.5 km track, initially climbing steeply before racing back down into the valley along steep bends, waves and 360 and 540 degree spins. Safety first: miniature adrenaline junkies can also experience the Arena Coaster – but seatbelts are compulsory.
The Arena Skyliner offers a bird’s eye view of the Zillertal Arena with plenty of adrenaline too! Accompanied by guides and safely secured in place, visitors can hurtle from platform to platform along the 4 routes, covering a total cable length of 738m and reaching speeds of up to 50 km per hour. The maximum distance from the ground is 63.8m along the third route. This unforgettable 1.5 hour adventure offers fantastic panoramic mountain views on the Gerlosstein and impresses visitors of all ages.
A wide range of active alternatives to skiing are also available, such as ice-climbing on a waterfall, torch-lit and winter walks along 85 km of trails, romantic carriage rides, ice-skating, curling, tennis, squash and a visit to Europe’s highest altitude planetarium in
And once the lifts have closed for the day, there are plenty of equally relaxing (though less healthy!) options in the Arena: 27 après-ski bars are on hand for party-goers to enjoy in addition to 28 bars and clubs.
A personal altitude metre profile is available to show mountain climbers and distance enthusiasts how many metres of altitude they have conquered in a day of skiing. Simply enter your ski pass number at www.zillertalarena.com to see which ski descents you have tackled.
Short documentaries and video clips are also available at www.zillertalarena.tv to explain how the slopes are prepared, how the Karspitzbahn 2 cable car was built, how a snow cat works and what the Arena can offer families.
Zillertal Arena, Annemarie Kröll