Ski Holidays Zell am See
Ski holidays Zell am See

Ski Holidays in Zell am See

Zell am See is a stunning lakeside town with wooded ski runs above that show glimpses of the attractive frozen lake below. We love Zell am See because of its town like feel, rather than the traditional chalet buildings of many Austrian ski resorts. The lake simply enhances the feeling that you are staying somewhere quite different from the traditional Austrian ski resort.

The skiing has the added benefit of being a short bus ride from the glacier at Kaprun covered by the same ski pass.

The mountains are set in an unusual horseshoe shape, with lifts access from Schuttdorf and from the centre of Zell.

The skiing in Zell am See suits all levels of skiers, beginners need to head to Schuttdorf, where the best nursery slopes are located, another is at Schmittental, the progression slopes are excellent.

Intermediates skiers will probably get the most out of the skiing in Zell am See, the reds and some of the blacks will be easy to manage, we especially, love the Ladies downhill run, when the snow is good on this black, its one of the best for intermediates to take their first black. The snow of the glacier is always good, even in August when Europe’s race teams practice here.

Advanced skiers will enjoy some of the blacks which in good snow are a blast, in ice a lot more challenging. The off-piste skiing is limited but there some good variable gradients, of course the glacier at Kaprun means you will always have good snow.

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Why Ski in Zell am See?

Zell am See is a traditional Austrian mountain village but set on a lake which adds to its charm, the centre of the village is most attractive with narrow cobbled streets and squares and is mainly pedestrianised. The glacial resort of Kaprun is close by and connected by a free bus taking about 20 minutes, when snow is poor lower down this is a good option to reach higher levels.

The village is located at 755m with skiing up to 2000m and covers around 75km of piste (plus Kaprun with its glacier which has a further 55km). There’s a good deal of varied terrain offering good skiing for all levels.

Ski Line offers mainly hotels in this resort, many have been owned by the same family for generations and high service seems to the target of most, certainly feed back from our clients suggests this to be the case.

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Zell am See Piste Map
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Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018


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Beginners skiing in Zell am See

There is a great nursery area by the lifts at Schuttdorf if the snow is too poor for the area at the base of the village, so most instructors will use the higher nursery slope which will require a lift pass. Fast learners and braver beginners will quickly progress to the many gentle blues available.

Intermediates skiing in Zell am See

Good intermediates will enjoy some of the long cruisy runs, particularly between Areit and Schuttdorf and even the blacks are well within the capabilities of most good intermediates. We particularly love the ladies down hill, it’s a sweeping black with a mixture of steep pitches between more flat levels sections which when the snow is good is our idea of skiing heaven!

Advanced skiing in Zell am See

The skiing in Zell am See is limited for expert skiers, the off piste is limited and apart from the two black runs 13 & 14 there is little to keep the real expert skier busy all week. However the two blacks are great fun, both sweep around the mountain and normally perfectly groomed, head to these first thing in the morning and you have them to yourself. Don’t forget your pass covers the glacial resort of Kaprun where there are a few options for off piste skiing.

Snowboarding in Zell am See

The local lifts are perfect for snow boarders mainly on chairs, bubbles and cable cars. If you want to venture over to Kaprun its worth noting that all the higher lifts here to the glacier are drags! Both Kaprun and Zell am See have terrain parks and the snow board school called Snowboard Academy gets great feed back from our clients.

Après ski in in the ski resort of Zell am See

The night life is lively rather than rowdy with a good selection of music bars some of which open till late. As with all Austrian resorts the après ski kicks off a little after lunch with many slope side bars serving schnapps with dancing on table tops, especially when it’s sunny!

Activities off the slopes in Zell am See

In the dead of winter it’s possible to walk across the frozen lake to Thumersbach. It’s also possible to catch a train to Salzburg, Innsbruck or Kitzbuhel, well worth a trip! But Zell am See is an all year round resort so even in the village there are things to do.

Accommodation in Zell am See

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