Above: Wolly Nyvelt boosting | PC: Matt Georges
Years of intense research has led us to the conclusion that that bigger *is* in fact better. See: floaty backcountry kickers versus piste-side ankle biters; big chilled post-shred steins versus a hurried stubby; John Candy in Uncle Buck. With that in mind, who are we to argue against Zillertal in Tirol – the world’s largest skiable valley, home to heavy hitters like Mayrhofen and the year-round gem Hintertux – staking a genuine claim as the greatest pow playground on the planet? Anyway, here, in a nutshell, is what you need to know about this area of Austria.
Those who prefer flying will be pleased to hear that the Zillertal Valley is served by three airports. Munich (170km), Salzburg (150km) and Innsbruck (50km) all have regular European flights, and are super easy to sort transfer from. A short bus ride leads you to Innsbruck train station, and you can be from plane to train in about 20 minutes! What’s more, from Munich, just two trains and as little as €20 stand in the way of you and the snow.