Zell am See, Austria

Ski Facts

resort altitude: 755m
ski area: Europa Sport Region
height at summit: 3030m
marked runs: 130km
snow park: yes
snow rating:

Travel Facts:

nearest airports: innsbruck 2hrs
munich 3hrs
salzburg 1½hrs
rail: station in zell am see

Who would love it here?


Zell am See ©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus - http://zellamsee-kaprun.com

Zell am See ©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus - http://zellamsee-kaprun.com

Zell am See Ski, Snowboard & Summer Holidays

©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus - http://zellamsee-kaprun.com

Zell am See is a lakeside year-round resort with a charming old centre that is geared to both summer and winter visitors.

Ski holidays in Zell am See:

It is one of the most significant Austrian ski resorts and has three parts, the all year glacial resort Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun, the Maiskogel in Kaprun, and the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See. This gives a total area of 130 kilometers (81 miles) of pistes and 54 lift systems. The runs satisfy every skill level with a ratio of about 40-40-20 easy-intermediate-demanding.

Off-piste skiing in Zell is part of every skiing day and neither broad nor bumpy pistes should be missed. For the snowboarder, two half-pipes and two parks, (one is an all year FIS-Boardercross course where the annual November World Cup is held), create a great environment for training and fun.

The village of Zell is situated in the valley of Prinzgau in the Salzburgerland, right in the middle of the Hohe Tauern, a mountainous region with 30 mountaintops that reach 3,000 metres (one of these mountains is the Großglockner, Austria’s highest).

Zell is nested between the Schmittenhöhe and the waterfront of one of the cleanest European swimming lakes, Lake Zell.

The town was founded by monks from Salzburg in 740 as Cella in Bisonzio. With its medieval center, it has a calm and rustic atmosphere - typically Austrian - and attracts visitors all year round.

Kaprun is a smaller village that is mostly known for its year-round skiable glacier, its Roman castle from the 12th century (one of the largest ruins of the Prinzgau), and its two large water reservoirs.

Zell am See makes an attractive base for holidaymakers who enjoy travelling around. With a car other areas are also within reach, including Saalbach -Hinterglemm, Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Wagrain, Schladming and Obertauern.

Summer holidays in Zell am See:

The area boasts superb hiking trails. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty and truly offers something for everyone.

Winter activities include:

cross country (about 200km of trails), snow hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing (on slides, truck tires, and boats), ice sailing, ice skating, hockey, sleigh rides, llama hikes, ice climbing

Summer activities include:

ballooning, paragliding, swimming in- and outdoors, concerts, festivals, theater, musicals, exhibitions, superb scenery, hiking trails

More info:

Eating out: typical restaurants and reasonable choice of eating places available.
Apres ski: lively and varied apres ski, with tea dances, cafes, bars and discos. Typical Austrian ambiance with a range to suit all budgets.
Non skiers: Zell am See is a year-round resort, set on a pretty lake and so there is plenty to do. Take the train to Salzburg, or Kitzbuhel and Innsbruck are both within reach and worth a visit. Good sports facilities also available.