Winter Riding at the Kroller Family hotel and Western Ranch

Perched on a high pass in small village in spectacular Tyrolean landscape. Four spectacular rides out are offered in Winter into the deep snow on Criollos, Quarter Horses and Paint Horses. Kids’ paradise including all day kids’ activity club (free). Western saloon bar with live music. Spa. Indoor swimming pool. Own ski school and ski hire shop. Connected to the huge Zillertal ski area. Holidays here are on a full board, all inclusive basis.

Riding

In the snow, the Kroller turns into a magical winter wonderland. Spectacular rides out on Criollos, Quarter Horses and Paint Horses equipped with special winter shoes with spikes and hoof grips (rubber cushion between hoof and shoe). Western style riding. 4 different adventure rides into the deep snow of the wild and romantic Tyrolean mountains; ride to the Lackenalm, to the Almstuberl, to the Wimmertal and to Gerlos. Children with own hard hats from 11 years old can join the trail rides, which in winter last 2 hours.

Skiing

The Kroller lies on a high Alpine pass (1300m) with access into the largest ski area in the famous Zillertal Arena. Free ski shuttle bus every 15 minutes from the door of the hotel. Free practice ski slope and house ski lift. Kids' Bobo ski club right by the door of the hotel with a magic carpet and slalom course. Further information at www.kinder-club.com. Ski hire, sports shop and ski school for adults all at the hotel: www.schischule-gerlos.at. Toboggan run.

The hotel is open throughout the year for riding holidays and has a great Kids' riding academy programme in summer season. For more details see our main Kroller Hotel page.

Season dates: 18th December to 2nd April

Getting there

The nearest airport is Innsbruck. A return minibus or car transfer (minimum 2 people) can be arranged through us. The cost is €155 per car one way. We can also arrange transfers from Salzburg (150km) and Munich airports (210km, Germany). The nearest train station is: Zell am Ziller. Austrian train timetable. Free pick up. A week's car hire from Innsbruck costs approx £133 with Holiday Autos (www.holidayautos.co.uk ).

Flythomascook (London Gatwick and Manchester to Innsbruck).
British Airways (London Gatwick to Innsbruck, London Heathrow to Munich).
Ryanair (London Stansted, Liverpool and Dublin to Salzburg).
Flybe (Belfast, Exeter, Glasgow and Southampton to Salzburg).
Aer Lingus (Dublin to Salzburg).
Easyjet (London Gatwick, Bristol, Liverpool to Innsbruck and Salzburg).
Lufthansa (London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester to Munich).

Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

We can advise on flying from other airports, train, car hire and self-drive options - please contact us.
Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos. Please tell us so that we can reduce the quote of your holiday.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

If you would like to view the location of this holiday, please refer to the overview map and detailed map.

Riding ability

Beginners to advanced riders welcome. Trekking in the snow is for intermediate and advanced riders.
Winter riding is offered subject to weather and snow/ground conditions.

Ski hire shop Engelbert: https://www.sport2000rent.at/de/shops/sport-shop-engelbert-d178-c182

Ski school: www.schischule-gerlos.at/en

What to bring : Your normal jodhpurs or ski trousers which can be worn over thick tights with thermals underneath, a warm anorak/coat, gloves, scarf and boots with a good tread (essential), and jumper/fleece/long-sleeved t-shirt layers which can be added and removed as required. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Ski balaclava can be worn beneath when required. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments (except for children), you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

Current weather forecasts for the next five days for Innsbruck can be found here.
General weather patterns for Austria can be found here.