Zell am See is a traditional Austrian mountain village but set on a lake which adds to its charm, the ... Read more
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018