Located near the western side of Austria about forty miles from Innsbruck, the Ziller Valley is the largest that branches off from the Inn Valley in Tyrol, Austria. To the south and east are the Zillertal Alps. The Ziller Valley itself stretches from Strass to Mayrhofen, where it then breaks into four smaller valleys. There are over 600 kilometers of marked runs, a lift height of 3,250 meters with 171 total lifts, and a huge array of beginner and intermediate runs that will allow students a chance to experience runs that are on their level. With many other things to do as well when you are not out on the slopes, the Ziller Valley is an ideal place for a school ski trip.
Skiing – The Ziller Valley is one of the best places in Austria for students on school ski trips to learn to ski or snowboard from scratch, or to brush up on skills and gain confidence. Whether you need to know where to go for the upper level intermediate slopes, or just want to learn to get down the mountain on your own two feet, instructors are available to help. The Zillertal Arena extends over the Gerlos Pass to Krimm, and provides some of the most varied runs in all of Austria. The glacier at Hintertux guarantees an assured area of snow for those groups who want to go early or late in the season.
Stroh Juchhee – Called the 'Craziest horn-sled race in the world', this event is usually held in January in Wiesenalm. Every year teams build their own themed horn sleds, which they race down the mountain in a bid to win. If you are in the Ziller Valley on a school ski trip and you want to see something truly unique, ski down to Zell to watch – expect to see some crazy and over-the-top entries!
Snow Shoes and Cross Country Skiing – If you are ready to take a break from learning on your school ski trip classes but still want to stay on the snow, why not try a snowshoe trek? All over Zillertal you can book snow shoe guides who will instruct you in the basics and take you on a guided tour of the area, pointing out wildlife and points of interest along the way.
For something a little more heart-pumping, head off for a day of cross-country skiing. A cross between skiing and skating, cross-country skiing uses special skies and poles to glide across the snow covered terrain. The area around the Ziller Valley has a variety of paths that range from the picturesque, flat trails near the bottom of the valley to the more challenging and steeper routes closer to the top of the mountains. Either way, snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing are both great ways to get out on the snow without having to ski down a slope.