at a glance...

138km of pistes
755m resort height
1.5 hours transfer time
Beginners & intermediates great for
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Resort overview

The frozen lake, horseshoe mountains and medieval centre give Zell am See the perfect dramatic back-drop 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, snow shoeing 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’re lucky. 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.

Advanced

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

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 laidback, 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.

Best for...

  • Short transfer
  • Short breaks
  • Après
  • Relaxing
  • Foodies
Accommodation in Zell am See

Our accommodation is split between the main town of Zell am See on the lake with access to the mountains via the central city express and further up the valley  at the Schmittenhö gondola.

In town you are in and amongst the bars restaurants and shops of this medieval town and walking distance to the ski lifts. Whereas further up the valley you are even closer to the slopes but limited to a handful of hotel bars unless you want to take a taxi into town.

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3* Hotel Daxer
3* Hotel Daxer
3* Hotel Daxer

Hotel Daxer is a family-run hotel, only three minutes from the slopes of Zell am See. Great for families as the ski school meeting point is nearby.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Car parking
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4* Grand Hotel
4* Grand Hotel
4* Grand Hotel

Exuding old-world opulence, the Grand Hotel is situated right on the lake of Zell am See, only steps from the town centre, with high standard service.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Car parking
  • Concierge
  • Jacuzzi
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4* Hotel Tirolerhof
4* Hotel Tirolerhof
4* Hotel Tirolerhof

Centrally located in a quiet part of Zell am See, this family-run hotel has excellent dining and relaxation facilities, plus unbeatable service.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Car parking
  • Concierge
  • Jacuzzi
More info

Resort guide

Zell am See

The resort
Resort height - 755m
Highest point - 3,030m

Ski areaZell and Kaprun ski area - 138km of piste

Slopes
Blue runs 34%
Red runs 43%
Black runs 23%

Lifts - 53

Season length - December to April

Resort ratings
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

Activities
Cross-country skiing | Nordic walking | ice skating | ice hockey | tobogganing | ski touring | hiking

Transfer time
Salzburg - 1 hour 30 minutes

Kaprun area lift pass
3 day lift pass from £138
6 day lift pass from £231

James Sales Team Leader "Zell's scenery across the lake is truly breathtaking - I love the Grand Hotel, jutting out onto the lake with stunning views!" View James' profile
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