Zillertal Arena

January 11, 2024  |  Zillertal, Austria
Looking southwest from Übergangsjoch, at 2500m elevation it's the highest point of the Zillertal Arena ski area. In the bottom...

Looking southwest from Übergangsjoch, at 2500m elevation it's the highest point of the Zillertal Arena ski area. In the bottom of the valley near the center of the photo lies the town of Mayrhofen, over 1800m (6000 vertical feet) below. The furthest peak in the center is where the Hintertux glacier ski area is.

A delicious plate of Käsespätzle with a generous topping of fried onion bits.

A delicious plate of Käsespätzle with a generous topping of fried onion bits.

The complex bus system in the Zillertal valley has proven to have quite a learning curve so far, even for my German wife! But despite some setbacks again this morning, we finally made it to the Zillertal Arena - another gigantic ski area down the valley. The ski area is stretched out in a long line, up and over numerous peaks and valleys, and it took us 2.5 hours just to ski a direct route from one end to the other.

Our experience here was almost the opposite of our time yesterday (at least as far as a decent day of skiing goes). Even on a weekday this place was a madhouse, and since everybody is packed on the same one or two runs that connect each lift it felt more like pinball than skiing. That said, the far side above the village of Königsleiten is a great part of the mountain that looks like it would be a blast on a powder day. The highlight of the day was our lunch break with my first Käsespätzle and Claudia's first Kaiserschmarrn of our trip! Yum.