The frozen lake, horseshoe mountains and medieval centre give Zell am See 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 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 break or ski weekend.
With extensive cross-country trails, snowshoeing and great sports facilities there’s plenty to do off the slopes as well, including 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 the resort
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.
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.