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Have you heard of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena on the Austria-Germany border? As a family favourite you might like check it out this winter. NEW






Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is a ski area in the Tirol and is made up of those traditional chocolate-box villages we love and associate with skiing in Austria.

Six villages, to be precise, and one big ski area.

A big draw, especially for those with families, is that it just a short transfer from several airports:

It is only 1 hour 10 minutes from Geneva and 1 hour 30 from Munich.

And from Innsbruck airport it's a short 50 minutes and just 1 hour from Germany's Memmingen.

Most pistes are blues and reds - family draw #2

Zugspitz promises affordable prices - #3

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What's more...

For those looking to explore further than the ski villages can take their holiday cross-country.

Quite literally...

The Zugspitz Arena's Top Snow Card allows you to train it over the border into the German ski resorts of Garmisch Partenkirchen, Grainau and Mittenwald.

The high altitude terrain is wide and gentle, but goes on for miles.

There is 139km to ski on piste, with 58 lifts to take you around.

The skiing is broken down into six areas in two valleys.

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Read more about the Tirol's lesser known resorts: 

And how about taking a train to your ski holiday? Less faff?


 Family après-ski activities

If the family is not tired out by a day spent on the slopes there's lots more to do.

Tobogganing every Tuesday and Friday at the Ehrwalder Alm is a must.

The floodlit slopes for zooming down under the moon is always a favourite.
Then there's the weekly sledding night that involves a walk up to a hut for a warming Austrian dinner before the sled ride down.


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Night skiing, hiking with torches, ice-skating and floodlit night ski shows are also hot on the evening to-do list.

Family-friendly hotels
 
Familotel Bellevue hotel unsurprisingly offers a brilliant family programme.

It ensures that the adults have some well-deserved relaxation time, too.
It boasts baby and kids clubs, family rooms and many activities for the family, including a climbing wall, cinema, playstation, table-tennis and air-hockey.

The Aktiv & Familienresort is a 4 star accommodation with childcare and an outdoor swimming pool.

Then there's the Naturhotel Family Alm that promises a home-from-home friendly environment.
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Ski Schools

Five of the Zugspitz villages have their own ski schools.

Children as young as two are catered for.

On offer is private lessons, group lessons, ski school as well as professional child care.


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Indoor family activities


A climbing wall, swimming pool, tennis courts and 'bathing centre' offer up plenty of fun for the little ones - or big ones - away from the slopes.

The water world in the village of Ehrwald have a baby pool with a water jet penguin, a children's pool with water animals and slide, and a huge slide for the more daring.

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