About Chalet Vista
Chalet Vista is a stunning 300m2 eco-designed luxury ski chalet with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and hamman/shower room. Chalet Vista was built in perhaps the best site in the Zillertal valley, the south-facing position offers fantastic uninterrupted views over the ski resort of Mayrhofen and the snow-capped mountains beyond. If the sun’s shining Chalet Vista gets it all day long; which means in summer we and our guests can enjoy warm lunches or lazy sunbathing on either of our two balconies. On the top balcony there’s a hot tub/Jacuzzi big enough for 8 people- bubble away with a glass of champagne while enjoying the spectacular vista, or relax with a book in the hammock. On the middle balcony is a trampoline for the kids.
Chalet Vista is perfectly located in the centre of the Zillertal ski areas, take a look at the piste maps on the “Location” and “Winter” pages and you’ll see what we mean. There’s family skiing at Ramsberg (ski lift 1 km away), while advanced/expert skiers will find we’re ideally placed for them to explore the many surrounding, challenging, ski areas. The area is HUGE- 671km of piste is bigger than France’s 3 Valleys. The Tux glacier provides skiing even in summer and the surrounding mountains are high (67 peaks over 3000m)- so guests can be assured of quality snow for their holiday. Mayrhofen has a reputation for lively apres ski- Harakiri and Scotland Yard are our favourites but there’s plenty of other bars, restaurants and clubs to keep guests entertained until the early hours. But you don’t need to venture into town for some cool socialising; “Mountain and Soul” is five minutes walk down the road. Its owner has brought Ibiza to the snow, so expect diverse fusion menus and funky chilled tunes. It’s where we go when we fancy a night out.
Most visitors come to Mayrhofen for snow sports, although there’s also a wide range of exciting outdoor activities in the summer too. Lifts stay open year-round for trekking , mountain biking, paragliding, yodelling. Or save the cost of a lift ticket and try via ferrata, climbing, pony trekking, white water rafting … (the list goes on.) Just 10 km away from us on the valley floor the professionally designed, brand new, 18 hole golf course at Uderns opened summer 2014. There are eight public swimming pools (most with water slides) within 20km, the biggest being the Aquapark at Fugen. Here you’ll find a wave pool, a 10m whirlpool, outdoor hot saltwater pool, other pools, saunas, steam rooms and two big spiral slides- the “Black Hole” will get both kids and adults’ hearts pumping! Also great for a day off from the slopes are the two toboggan options: The Coaster is a wild rollercoaster mounted on the slopes located at the bottom of the Zillertal Arena ski area, it runs on rails and operates all year round. Or, for a more traditional approach, on the hill directly above our property you will find Zillertal’s longest “rodlen” track. It’s 7km long, floodlit at night, and a massive hit with the kids. Will you have the energy to keep up? We reckon Chalet Vista is ideally located for guest to enjoy pretty much every conceivable mountain sport or pastime.
Chalet Vista is conveniently located for the nearby airports of Innsbruck (45 min transfer) and Munich (2 hours). Transfers by public transport are possible from both- see “Location” page. Inside, the house is very spacious and has been stylishly finished with a contemporary luxury theme throughout. The open plan design and the large living areas make it an ideal place to relax and entertain. But tradition hasn’t been completely forgotten- the big “kachelofen” (Austrian tiled fireplace) is perfect for warming oneself after a day in the snow. The well equipped kitchen is a hit with chefs, while the whole family will fit around the dining table just a couple of metres away. We have three double bedrooms, a dedicated kids room and a full size double sofa-bed in the lounge. The smallest of our bedrooms is over 10 m2; the master Black and Orange bedrooms are spacious at over 16 m2 each. We have a young family ourselves so know what makes life easy for families. We provide cots, high chairs, kids toys and other items that makes holidaying with the little ones that much easier and more enjoyable for all. Chalet Vista is the ideal venue for a luxury family holiday in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable.
On the ground floor guests enjoy “wellness” facilities better than those found in most of the upmarket hotels locally; the indoor swimming pool is heated between 28 and 30C daily, the infra red sauna will help ease any sore muscles following a full day in the mountains, or guests can enjoy a steam in the hamman/shower unit while simultaneously taking a foot massage! The pool/sauna combination is a fantastic way to stretch off and relax- your legs will thank you for it the next morning. The loungers in the pool area allow guests to kick back before dinner while listening to your fave mp3s- just connect you phone to our stereo via the provided jack plug and press “play”!
On the middle floor the lounge is open plan and very spacious- made with socialising very much in mind. At one end is the kitchen and dining area, at the other the movie theatre. In between is the large black “L” shape sofa – soft, inviting and the perfect place to enjoy a drink while unwinding and recapping the day’s events. Next to this, through the contemporary dividing curtain, is the movie theatre. The sofa in the here is designed to turn into a full-size double bed (measuring 200×160 cm). Worried the sofa bed might be a hard compromise? Don’t be; to ensure guests get a great night’s sleep we provide memory foam mattress toppers too – so you’ll be ready to play hard again the next day! Our audio-visual set-up was installed June 2013 using award winning components. Enjoy a movie night at home with your favourite Blueray disks or DVDs, or stream the latest movies in HD via Apple TV. Shoot your own ski or biking movies on your iPhone then watch them (via Airplay or USB) that evening with your whole family on our 50 inch plasma TV. We have optimised our live TV to show English language programs and have roughly 100 channels available, including Sky news and CNN. For bad weather days, or teenagers who have a “Call of Duty” score to settle, our X-Box is pre-loaded with 87 games. It’s a “kinetic” one, so if you want to dance around the lounge casting spells in a Harry Potter adventure, you can do so at Chalet Vista. Expelliarmous!
Also on the middle floor the large family bathroom has a bath big enough for two; we think it’s a great way to relax. Again with children in mind, we provide a baby bath and thoroughly sanitised potties on request! Last but not least on the middle floor is the “Den”; a kids playroom with bunk-beds for three. This gives the kids their own space, an area optimised as a place for the smaller guests to play and escape from the grown-ups. It has its own TV and Playstation/DVD player, beanbags and toys. Here the small ones can make as much noise as they want! The Den is down the corridor but on the same level as the lounge so parents are still within easy reach. The bunk-beds are full size, measuring 200x90cm, allowing adults to sleep here too if they like/need. Kids will want to know that outside, on the same level as the Den, is a trampoline. They can bounce as long as they wish!
On the top floor are the three main bedrooms. Two contain “Austrian Twin” beds. These are high specification doubles with separate mattresses (as is normal in Austria). The remaining bedroom on the top floor contains one UK queen size double bed. All adult bedrooms have mirrors and hair driers. At Chalet Vista we provide guests with the highest thread-count white cotton bedding and towels available, all new this season. Down duvets and large natural soft pillows ensure sweet dreams for the adults, meanwhile kids get quality hollow-fill bedding for practicality. Step out onto the huge balcony (or look through the windows of either the Black or the Orange bedroom) and the view will take your breath away.
About the Chalet Vista team:
Chalet Vista is owned by Mike, a Cathay Pacific B777 pilot. He grew up in the UK but spent seasons in the Alps, ski and snowboard racing during his 20s and 30s. Austria is now his home, as he loves the mountains in both winter and summer. Mike no longer races (the knees don’t allow it) but he’s happy to ski guide and show guests the best secret spots around the Zillertal. In the summer Mike mountain bikes, para-glides, treks, climbs… the list is long and fun-packed. He’s happy to introduce guests to these fantastic activities too.
Sally is Mike’s partner, mum to our three beautiful girls and a TV producer/director. Sally worked on well known programs at BBC for six years but now takes on independent TV projects in addition to her media consulting business (both here in Austria and in the UK). She’s a demon skier and marathon runner. She too is happy to show guests the best our alpine playground has to offer.
Lily is our energetic trampoline tester and black run/ski cross expert. At 10 years old she’s not yet ready for the British Ski Team but is working towards it. She has the world’s largest My Little Pony and Barbie collections and can swim whole lengths of the pool underwater.
Cara is now nearly three years old. She’s doing a good job of misappropriating Lily’s Barbie and My Little Pony collections. Cara can ride a scooter, sing kindekrippe songs in German and can almost count to 20.
Eloise is the newest addition to our family. Born 11 July 2016 she’s mainly eating, sleeping and, well, doing the other thing that babies do. She’s working towards her first changing mat crocodile death roll, coming soon.