03.10.2011 | Zillertal Arena
In Winter 2011/12, the Zillertal Arena is presenting itself as a diverse family destination with FUNtastic offers for all ages
The Zillertal Arena is a ski resort which spans Tyrol and Salzburg (Zell, Gerlos, Königsleiten, Hochkrimml/Gerlosplatte). In the winter season of 2011/12, nine skiing and snowboarding schools are on hand to help mini skiers take their first steps onto the slopes. Children’s ski races, kids’ snow rafting on inflatable snow boats and a kids’ ski disco provide an extra dose of fun and time for parents to relax. With 20 blue (easy) slopes alone, the biggest ski resort in the Zillertal valley is the ideal place for family skiing. The youngest visitors to the resort can play in the ski kindergarten, including a pick-up service and kids’ paradise. The ski bus operates free-of-charge across the entire Zillertal Arena and discounts are available on the ski pass as well as many other offers: 50% for children (born 1997 – 2005) and 20% for young people (born 1993 - 1996). A full-day ski pass for children therefore costs 19.10 euros and 34.00 euros for young people. Children born after 1.1.2006 go free when accompanied by an adult.
Shredding, flying and sledding
Drop it like it’s hot: young shredders can let off some steam at the Hotzone.tv Snowpark by the Vorkogel lift in Gerlos with its own kids’ line and enjoy dropping, flipping and sliding to their heart’s content at the Funpark Hochkrimml or the world championship half-pipe on the Fussalm. And the pace is just as fast in Zell: the 1,450 m Arena Coaster Alpine roller coaster runs from the Zillertal Arena valley station in Zell, following a steep course high up into the mountains and whizzing along its undulating route of waves, bends, jumps and spins before travelling safely back down into the valley. Fancy another adrenaline rush? The Arena Skyliner is an adrenaline-charged flight for all the family: 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 (duration of tour; approx. 1.5 hours). The maximum distance from the ground is 63.8m along the third route.
For more grounding but just as much speed, visitors of all ages can tackle the longest toboggan run in the Zillertal valley, racing down the winding track on the Hainzenberg. The 7 km long track is even flood-lit at night until 1am. More sledding fun awaits in Gerlos, Königsleiten and Krimml.
The yellow elephant seal of quality – the Arena FUNt
FUNty is a cuddly little elephant with a long trunk, top hat and red ski boots – the mascot of the Zillertal Arena, guaranteed to make any child’s eyes light up! Children can have their photos taken with the super-sized elephant in the ski resort and he also features in the form of a cuddly toy or as a template for budding artists to decorate in his own kids’ newspaper – a loyal mascot on a winter holiday at this family arena. Wherever he appears, FUNty guarantees parents the highest levels of professionalism, respectful interaction with their children and a friendly and helpful demeanour – both on and off the piste.
The yellow elephant has his own Arena-FUNten Club in Zell and Gerlos where little ski bunnies will be well entertained while their parents enjoy some quiet time on the pistes. FUNty also brings a family-friendly touch to the local hotels and restaurants with special menus for younger guests, child care from 6 months and kid’s clubs all taken as read. The children’s hotels also offer special highlights in their kids’ programme which include a theatre, children’s cinema, year-round 110m giant water slide and 2-storey soft play area.
Zillertal Arena, Annemarie Kröll