Ski all day, party all night: Visitors travelling along the winding road into the Gerlostal Valley for the first time could be forgiven for wondering if, and not when, they will finally reach civilisation. This small village in the far east of Tirol lies on the border with the neighbouring province of Salzburg.
Gerlos is situated on the eastern border between Tirol and the neighbouring province of Salzburg. Though a mule track has connected Wald im Pinzgau in Salzburg and Zell am Ziller in Tirol via the 1,531m high Gerlospass mountain pass for as long as anyone can remember, it was not until 1631 that a larger trail was created to transport gold found in the region using a carriage drawn by four powerful horses. However, this somewhat precarious dirt track was later swept away by the combined forces of nature, in particular rockfalls and floodwater. It took until 1964 for the Gerlosstraße to be rebuilt and reopened in its entirety. Today, two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles with significantly more than four horsepower can cross easily from one province to another all year round.
After taking the turning in Zell am Ziller into the Gerlostal Valley and winding your way down through the thick forest, you could be forgiven for wondering if, and not when, you will finally reach civilisation. Yet, despite its very remote location, Gerlos is known for its lively nightlife in winter. What better way to celebrate a great day on the slopes of the Zillertal Arena than with a spot of après-ski?