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Skiing in Zell am Ziller Austria

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Zell am Ziller has traditionally been the main administrative town for the Ziller valley and, as such, has probably taken a second place in the tourist stakes to the more popular and better-known ski resorts in the area.

However the connection to the Gerlos ski area and the building of a brand new gondola to double the uplift out of the town have made Zell am Ziller an interesting winter destination in its own right.

Elevation: 575 metres

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The settlement grew up from the 8th century onwards around a small monastery catering to the traffic over the Gerlos pass and that coming from Italy via the Tuxerjoch and the Brenner Pass.

At the junction of those two routes into the Tyrol, it became an important stopping point and a religious and political administration centre. The importance of the location was increased by the discovery of gold deposits above the town in the 1500s - and the still-operating oldest brewery of the Tyrol dates from these days!

Zell am Ziller has had a number of tourism schools supplying recruits to the industry throughout Austria. But in recent years winter tourism has been boosted in Zell itself by the linking of the ski areas of Gerlos and Zell am Ziller and the building of an additional gondola to the slopes above the town.

Zell am Ziller doesn't have a wide range of hotels, making early booking advisable for those who are looking to stay in the area.

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The route into the ski area - and back again at the end of the day - is via one of the two gondola lifts. At an altitude of under 600m there are no runs to the bottom of the lifts.
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Zell am Ziller can be easily reached via road or public transport. The Ziller valley has improved the speed of the sometimes overcrowded car route, while the Ziller valley railway line has a station in the centre of the town.
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