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Resort guide to Gerlos - Austria

Central resort of the Zillertal Arena ski area with over 160km of pistes

Gerlos resort guide - a general overview

Gerlos became part of the wider Zillertal Arena ski area when the connecting lifts were installed in 2000. Today the ski area is large by Austria standards (163km) and far ranging. To ski from one end to the other and back would take a good skier all day (with little hanging about) and takes in several mountain ridges and different valleys. This makes for an interesting ski area. Most of the slopes face south and get a lot of sun. This is both a blessing and a curse as skiing late into April is not really possible despite the excellent snow making facilities.

The resort centre spans both sides of the Stausee Valley and is pretty lively regards an après ski scene. There are also some good hotels in the resort (notable the Hotel Gaspingerhof with its smart spa) as well as some well-priced catered chalet options. A newly created slope allows skiers and boarders to get down to the village centre (Dorfbahn Lift) at the end of the day.

The two main gondola stations are on the edge of the resort which means taking the efficient bus service to get to and from the skiing. The ski area is mostly suited to intermediates and beginners but experts will enjoy the red runs leading down from the peak of the Konigsleitenspitze at 2,315m altitude.

Airports

Innsbruck
1hr 15mins
Salzburg
2 hours
Munich
2 hrs 30 mins

Resort stats

163km

1,247m - 2,500m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Relatively lively après-ski scene
  • Good for beginners and intermediates, with gentle slopes at the top of the Isskogelbahn lift
  • Gerlos is centrally located in the ski area so you can explore in either direction
  • Impressive snowmaking facilities and high slopes allow late season skiing
  • Largely south facing slopes get a lot of sun

Cons

  • Relatively short runs (the longest is 4km down to Gerlos resort centre)
  • Sunny slopes mean that April skiing can get slushy
  • The resort centre is a bus ride from either of the main gondola stations
  • Not so great for experts but good off-piste terrain accessed from the Falschbachbahn lift

Gerlos Resort Map

Key
  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
Tourist info

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