Notionally with a population of less than 1,500, its 238km of pistes swell with winter sports enthusiasts every weekend throughout the season, crisscrossing the Tyrolean Alps
by way of 44 state-of-the-art lifts and some of the widest, most inviting ski runs the region has to offer.
The location in the midst of the Tyrolean Alps
is an integral part of Darbo's corporate identity.
Using a new bioinformatic tool called SourceTracker, which compares the community of microorganisms in a sample to that of a known source, the researchers showed that the gut microbiomes found in the Rio Zape samples also matched well with that of Otzi the Iceman, a mummy preserved in the permafrost of the Tyrolean Alps
for roughly 5,200 years.
Scientists don't have DNA samples from many people in the Tyrolean Alps
with which to compare Otzi's DNA, leaving open the possibility that researchers may yet discover other modern-day relatives.
Over the last 20 years, scientists have painstakingly collected data from the stomach, bowels and teeth of the 45-year old man, who was found sticking out of a glacier by German climbers in 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps
on the Austro-Italian border.
They said the discovery was made in the Tyrolean Alps
, at a height of more than 8,200ft (2,500m).
You can now easily ski the Tyrolean Alps
, tour Salzburg's majestic lake region (immortalized in the opening scenes of The Sound of Music), and stroll through Vienna's royal gardens all within the same trip.
It's this twinning of down-home setting and world-class skiing that is the special charm of Austria's Zillertal, a valley in a deep fold of the Tyrolean Alps
an hour south of Innsbruck,.
EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS: Cosmos Tourama (0871 423 8636) offers tour ex-London April 28 from pounds 1,089, via Amsterdam, the Rhineland, Tyrolean Alps
, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Interlaken, Lausanne, Burgundy and Paris.
In the Austrian Tyrolean Alps
the Josl Mountain Lounging Hotel and Sky Sphere spa along with the Hotel Berghof-Hintertux are standouts.
By 1915 Germany had begun training light infantry units for mountain operations, drawing men from the Bavarian and Wurttemburg regiments, and in the same year organized the German Alpine Corps for employment in the Tyrolean Alps
There were fancy-dress balls at night amid the ever-present street fairs complete with a merry-go-round, a Ferris Wheel, and a mock-up of the Tyrolean Alps
where for a fee one could "hike the Pike.