School Ski Trips to Amazing Zillertal
School ski trips invariably pack in a lot of fun, with days spent on the shining slopes and evenings spent socialising in an exciting new environment; choosing a location with a good range of activities and nearby attractions can only add to this enjoyment for students. With a lively range of après-ski options and skiing alternatives, Zillertal in Austria is one such location. As well as offering all the varied activities you would expect from a top ski resort, including ice skating and tobogganing, it is also uniquely placed to offer your group some great excursions further afield. Here are a few of the treats in store for those taking school ski trips to Zillertal.
The landscapes, towns and villages around Zillertal offer a variety of attractions. Sometimes groups on school ski trips might want a change of pace, and here they can enjoy walks in areas of stunning natural beauty, or get a glimpse behind the scenes of local crafts and trades, such as at the dairy in Mayrhofen or the cheese factory in Fuegen. For something a bit different, the Zillertal Steam Train, running from Jenbach to Mayrhofen, certainly stands out.
Nestled in the mountains of Tyrol state, Zillertal is blessed with gorgeous surroundings – and the urban areas are as lovely as the natural ones. Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, makes a fantastic excursion for groups that want to mix sightseeing and sport on their school ski trips. It is, in fact, an important sporting destination in its own right, having hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics, and the first ever Winter Youth Olympics, in 2012. Exploring this legacy alongside the cultural highlights and ambience of the city makes it well worth a trip; students can enjoy the charms of the Old Town, sample the food, and go shopping. It is also a great place to visit for any students of history, having been populated since the Stone Age, and, of course, will be a great place for students of German to practise their language skills.
Young skiers are bound to work up a hearty appetite with a day on the slopes, and one of the joys of school ski trips to Austria is the food. The Tyrol region has its own acclaimed cuisine, with dishes making the most of the natural riches of the area -including fresh spring-caught fish, game, and wild mushrooms and herbs. The dairy products, pastries and cakes are also must-tries, with specialties including cheese soup and Zillertal Christmas cake. There are plenty of options for those who want to sample everything – from alpine huts to hotel buffets to restaurants and cafes in towns – and build up the energy for another exhilarating day on the snow.