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Zillertal 2018/2019

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as noted above if staying in mayrhofen and skiing on the penken, Apres strarts on the mountain at the two bars at the berg station...Pilz bar is my personal choice, large umbrella bar on the right hand side (walking to the lift) red umbrella with white dots, loud euro pop and good fun, was still a smoking bar last year though, don't expect to be heard by the bar staff, ordering is more a mix of lip reading and hand signals...its loud!

the moose bar is the other one, it has recently been refurbished and is nice inside and out but is a bit smaller.

once down in town:
Ice bar - cant miss it, left and side as you exit the lift station...very loud, very drunk, only bottles no draft beer (makes for faster serving) basically a full blown euro pop nightclub by 5pm, goes on till 10pm when it shuts. smoking allowed

Happy end - directly opposite the penkenbhan, small conservatory style bar for more relaxed après, great people watching spot. can get pretty busy...you will do well to find the bathroom!, this is our normal spot for 3-4 weissen bier. no smoking

Brukenstadl - 3min walk up towards the ahornbhan...huge traditional barn design après bar, again loud europop and lots of table dancing and ski shots, all in good fun. no smoking.

Coup and more - nice bar about 3 min walk down the high street, cant miss it as it has some old single seat chairlift seats outside. Think upscale wine or gin bar, funky house music and excellent service, great food aswell, gets busy. no smoking

Mo's music café - nice bar...I guess you would call the theme New Orleans style? never really busy at après time as its more of an evening place when you will find great value food and good music. no smoking

Scotland yard - too far from the lift to really be an après venue but get very busy at night, traditional old English style pub set in what used to be the village police station and jail. normally has DJ's on mid week. has a smoking section and a non smoking section plus dart board.

night clubs...

Arena nightclub...under the Strass hotel, only open on weekends......never been in

Harikiri - most popular club in town, open from 5pm, gets busy around 9pm goes on till 3 or 4am....upper level across from Coup...cant miss it its a huge glass box which hangs over the side of the building, they have special nights which wil be advertised on a digital board at the door...normally bottle deals or girls half price thank kind of thing

Any questions fire away
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They don't do discounts for passes. Only get discounts if book package holiday really.
Arena is a decent little club with occasional djs but only open on weekends.
Bruck n stadl is best place for après party really (I would say it's more like 200m up the road) but Ice bar is ideal for convenience.
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@MayrhofenMark, how are the pistes / conditions?
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@bennyboy1 They're great. Was very clear all day today and everything has been open for the last couple weeks now. Bit of snow on Tues had added a bit more powder to the off piste areas too which was good cos it was getting a little crusty.
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@MayrhofenMark, I am there 9th of Feb, can't wait its my second time. Do you go up to Zell Am See much its the only area if didn't go last time. Just wondered what it is like?
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I heard Coup & More has changed hands and has been renamed.
Heading to the Hof on the 8th of Feb, can't wait.
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Today was one of those days that you dream of. Bluebird powder day.

Spent the morning over of Horberg around piste 15. Loads of lines to ski and no competition.

Afternoon over on Rastkogel. Skied our very quickly but still managed to find some lines.
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I was amazed at how many groups were skiing under the Tux 150 today.
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I've never seen a resort so busy. Pistes were packed and absolute mayhem for mediocre conditions. Waited half an hour for a lift after it it was meant to close as there were so many people trying to get back to the right places at the end of the day. Some nicer snow up high and pistes were a fair bit emptier, but getting there and back comes with an extremely high chance of being wiped out.

Even with the upgraded Penken lift it's a bit of a free for all, it needs a gating system to prevent someone getting pushed into the pit, didn't the old lift let people in in groups?

Also a huge number of people and groups setting off without even a passing glance up hill, as well as groups stopping across the entire width of smaller tracks and pistes. Dangerous & infuriating!
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Let's face it it's the weekend, maybe lots of Austrians. I was there today and had no problems all day. The most I waited for a lift was 15-20 minutes. But if you wanted to get another lift it was less. The wind kicked up at the end of the day and most of the valley/ penkin lifts closed. Basically you had a free for all of people heading down the horbergbahn lift. That said it took maybe 20mins to get on the lift so no drama.
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There are a couple of pinch points on the Penken. Most notable is the Larchwald bahn. There are ways around it by going up the Tappenalm lift and then one of the chairs up to top from there.

I have been caught with all the lifts except the Horbergbahn clossing in high wind at it was very busy.

Penkenbahn is busy but quick to get on the lift, just keep to the left of the queue.

Is it Austrian holidays at the moment?
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Yeah the Larchwald was the main pinch point. The higher lifts closed early "due to the earlier snow incident". Don't think it's Austrian but it is Dutch.
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Much better day today but it's still very busy in places. Nice fresh layer of snow, although most of it has already been scraped away leaving an icy base
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The local schools are on holiday this week.
@Mounta1nGoat, Go out early tomorrow - all of that lovely fresh snow will have been pisted to make perfect pistes. Get to it before everyone else comes out and scrapes it off!
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@SaraJ That's the plan, should be some lovely pistes tomorrow! Does anyone know what the conditions are like in Hintertux at the moment? Once it warms up again towards the end of the week I'm considering heading there as I've never been
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@Mounta1nGoat, judging by the forecast tomorrow looks the perfect day to go to Hintertux. Are you driving or taking the bus? Get up super early in either case.
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@Bennyboy1 hoping to take the bus, definitely will, want to make the most of it!

Mayrhofen pistes were much better today, although it lower down there were wandering white-outs that closed in on pistes and left a battleground of fallen skiers when they lifted.

Much nicer to have fresh snow all day on a slightly less icy base! A lot of people are either worn out, don't fancy the weather or have just gone home, it's definitely quieter and I've hardly had to wait for a lift (other than the 150er, which is to be expected).

Tried out the local Italian restaurant yesterday (Pane e Vino, not Ciao). Friendly Italian staff, good food and good prices. Definitely recommended, but it's a bit cosy inside so either book or turn up super early and have alternative plans as if there's no tables before 6 then your chances are slim.
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@Mounta1nGoat, we love Pane e Vino. Slowish service but great food well worth waiting for.

How was the hintertux today?
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@Bennyboy1, we ended up in Hintertux a day later than planned as it was slowly getting hotter down in Mayrhofen and wanted to make the most of the Zillertal Arena down in Zell am Ziller.

Both were great days and both were quieter than Mayrhofen. Had a few pistes entirely to myself in Tux. Although yesterday in Mayrhofen was similar, had Harakiri all to myself Razz although pistes were starting to get a bit firm as they froze hard overnight.

Definitely recommend a trip up the the glacier while the weather is warmer, less icy in the morning, less slushy in the afternoon.

Just on the train back into London now. Good luck to anyone that's there this week!
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