Zell am See Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

Zell am See is a charming lakeside town comprising of a medieval centre which is traffic free. The lake itself is stunning and is used for winter sports such as curling and ice skating as well as walking. There are a huge selection of hotels, pensions, small boutiques, cafes, bars, clubs, coffee chops, and patisseries (the latter of which the Austrian's are famed for). Hotels range from small 2 star to grand 4 star residences such as the Impressive shoreside Grand Hotel. From the lake to the main City Xpress gondola it is a short 8 minute stroll through this atmospheric resort.

The ski area is shared with neighbouring Schuttdorf and Kaprun, just a short journey up the valley, and totals 138km of piste. Although at a lower altitude, Zell am See benefits from 95% of its pistes being covered by snow cannons. If mother nature fails to deliver then Austrian engineering and efficiency certainly will deliver!

Beginners benefit from from an excellent ski school and nursery slopes close to the village and further up the mountain. Advancement to the blue  means skiers will be able to ski from the top of the mountain at Maurerkogel right down into the village itself. Further afield a good selection of runs at Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier are suitable for beginners. 

Intermediates will love the cruisey blues at Zell am See as well as some of the fast reds and even the blacks. Some of these blacks are quite achievable for modest intermediates and they too will benefit from a journey or two onto the glacier. Here there are great runs for all abilities that we will look at next in the advanced skiers section.

Advanced skiers will love the blacks in Zell am See, they do tend to ski hard and fast without a huge amount of moguls but those wanting bumps can find them quite easily in this ski area. The wooded terrain offers some great tree-lined off-piste. In truth, advanced and expert skiers will be best to hitch a lift by the free bus service and head over to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Here there are so good reds but the area is best for the free-ride terrain which will keep good skiers very well entertained for days on end. Here there are 5 free ride routes plus some amazing "ski anywhere" off-piste between the marked but ungroomed trails. Snow Finders' Nick raves about the area on and surrounding West Side Story and Jump Run with its natural pipes and kickers. X1 Ice Age is also a blast and particularly enjoys a lot of powder.

In general whilst the ski area isn't huge, it is both extensive and varied and should not be overlooked by good skiers.

Zell am See's valley floor has 40 km of cross country trails and another 18 km on the Kaprun golf course.
 

Offslope/apres ski

Non skiers will delight in Zell am See from sightseeing and cultural excursions to wonderful winter walking and enjoying traditional Zither music - Zell has it all!

The nightlife is lively with the famous CrazyDaisy always having a strong following. Here, loud music pumps out, the beer and Jagermeister flow, and dancing on the tables ensues. But there is a lot more to Zell am See than The Crazy Bar with the B17 Hangar Bar, Diele bar, and Flannigans all rocking too amongst many more. For a more traditional music scene and a good knees up try Bacchuskeller or Schuttdorf's Gasthof Alpenblick. Dining options are plentiful here from fast food outlets to haute cuisine with a wide variety of restaurants offering Austrian, Asian, French, and international cuisine.

Overview

A beautiful Lakeside town with ample skiing and lots of off slope activity. Zell am See is an inexpensive fantastic resort for both skiers and non skiers. The nightlife is lively and there are lots of off-slope diversions to keep you entertained.

 

At a glance

Pistes:
138km
Resort height:
755m
Top station:
3030m

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Positives

  • Charming Lakeside town
  • Tree lined skiing and great views
  • A lot to do away from the slopes
  • Lively apres ski

Negatives

  • Lower slopes can mean poor snow at start and end of the season
  • Queues can be a problem at peak periods
  • Lifts can be a long way from hotels
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Hotel Alpine Resort REF: AI0377

This hotel is quite unique within Zell as it’s located right on the slopes for ski-in ski-out convenience and next to the Schmittenhöhe and Sonnenalm gondolas. It’s an ideal choice...

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Hotel Neue Post REF: CH337

Silvia and Harald Bruckner head up the team at the Neue Post and make this a welcoming base for the duration of your ski holiday. The service is informal, but...

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Hotel Seehof REF: CH287

This small and friendly family-run hotel is known for its warm welcome, great views and superb food. Ideally located close to the resort centre, it offers unbeatable views of Lake...

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Hotel Zum Hirschen REF: CH288

The Pacalt family provide a welcoming and homely atmosphere at the Hotel Zum Hirschen – located in the very heart of the romantic village of Zell am See and just...

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Hotel Der Waldhof REF: AI0376

The Waldhof hotel is family-run and full of attractive traditional features combined with a modern influence. With a great position next to the piste and the main City Express gondola...

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Hotel Tirolerhof REF: CH285

The Tirolerhof is an elegant hotel with a great reputation – not only for the food, service and comfort, but also for the wonderful atmosphere and attention to detail from...

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Hotel Grand REF: AI0387

Before you’ve even entered the Grand Hotel you’ll understand why it is so named. Its prominent lakeside location is arguably the finest in Zell am See – jutting out into...

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Hotel Fischerwirt REF: AI0384

Hotel Fischerwirt is nestled in a prominent position on the banks of Lake Zell. The wood panelled bright exterior stands out from the bustling Zell am See streets. You are...

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At the Central Apartments, expect a stylish and modern design, spacious open-plan living-kitchen-dining areas and comfortable bedrooms. As the name might suggest, the Central is slap bang in the middle...

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Hotel Heitzmann REF: CH286

Owned by our good friend Rudi Heitzmann, this stylish hotel has an excellent reputation for good food and service and a loyal following of guests. With the new addition of...

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