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Winter 2021 / 2022
We have reduced our Austria range for this winter, and that includes the accommodation in Zell am See. Whilst we pause the accommodation for this season, we're excited for Winter 2022.
For Winter 2022/2023 there will be much more choice and some exciting new hotel options, so do stay in touch and let us know what you want from the mountains around Zell am See.
Zell am See ski weekends overview
The frozen lake, horseshoe mountains and medieval centre give Zell am See ski weekends the perfect dramatic backdrop to make your holiday photos stand out from the crowd. The location - overlooking Lake Zell - is simply stunning and the cobbled streets - full of restaurants and cafés - create a lively atmosphere throughout town, adding to the charm of the resort.
The beautiful tree-adorned pistes lower down and the wide open runs above offer a fantastic variety of skiing to test advanced skiers, as well as an abundance of gentle runs catering magnificently to beginners and intermediates.
The nearby glacier of Kaprun extends the ski area to boast 138km of pistes, plenty for a short breaks or ski weekends.
With extensive cross-country trails, snowshoeing and great sports facilities there’s plenty to do off the slopes during Zell am See ski weekends. This includes the chance to catch a game of ice hockey if you time it right. And, in the midst of winter, if you’re lucky, the lake is so thickly frozen over you can walk right across it or try a spot of lake skating.
Skiing in Zell am See
Beginners and intermediates
For beginners, there are nursery slopes at Schuttdorf and Schmittental, whilst intermediates will enjoy the numerous long cruisy blues. For those wanting a little more gradient, the area of Sonnkogel has some open and spacious reds to explore.
Although the lower tree lined runs are a popular choice, the pick of the more advanced routes can be found on the back of the mountain down the Kettingbahn providing some of the best snow in Zell am See. There are also a couple of black runs over in Schmittental.
The fast lift system makes it easy to get around the resort and the many mountain huts are well worth frequenting. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunchtime and it’s a nice touch that they’re all are marked on the piste map too.
If you fancy a change of scenery, Kaprun’s Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is easily accessible via the well-linked bus routes and is included in the lift pass.
Après ski in Zell am See
The après kicks off on the mountains, often with live music and dancing at the Berghotel before venturing down into the town with numerous bars to choose from. You’re in for an entertaining evening at Pinzgauer Diele Club or find your groove at Villa Crazy Daisy with their heated roof terrace.
It’s also easy to grab a quiet drink and a decent meal if you want something more laid back, the GinHouse is a more relaxed affair and, as the name suggests, it specialises in gins. In fact, it claims to have the largest collection in the world. Ski weekends in Zell am See are anything but boring.
- Short transfer
- Short breaks
Accommodation in Zell am See
Our accommodation is in the main town of Zell am See on the lake with access to the mountains via the central city express lift.
In town, you are in and amongst the bars restaurants and shops of this medieval town and walking distance to the ski lifts. If you want to ski the Kaprun Glacier you will have to take the ski shuttle bus which departs from the bus station (other stops are also available).
Zell am See
Resort height - 755m
Highest point - 3,030m
Ski areaZell and Kaprun ski area - 138km of piste
Including Saalbach-Hinterglemm - 408km
Blue runs 34%
Red runs 43%
Black runs 23%
Lifts - 53
Season length - December to April
Beginners - 3/5
Intermediates - 3/5
Experts - 2/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 2/5
Après - 4/5
Eating out - 4/5
Charm - 4/5
Scenery - 3/5
Cross-country skiing | Nordic walking | ice skating | ice hockey | tobogganing | ski touring | hiking
Salzburg - 1 hour 30 minutes
Alpin card lift pass (Zell am See-Kaprun-Saalbach-Hinterglemm)
3 day lift pass from £140
6 day lift pass from £239
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