“Magical lakeside resort with fantastic skiing opportunities”
Sensational views, glacier skiing and a buzzing resort atmosphere make Zell am See a year-round favourite. Thanks to its classic 19th-century architecture, scenic lake and a mountain backdrop there’s always a photo opportunity nearby. From the town centre it’s easy to grab the CityXpress gondola up the Schmittenhöhe, where you’ll find wide, scenic pistes and a variety of different skiing and plenty of mountain huts. And you’ve always got free ski buses to whisk you about – including over to the neighbouring glacier resort of Kaprun and across to Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang.
Located on the shores of the Lake Zell within the shadow of the beautiful Hohe Tauern National Park, Zell am See is a great ski resort. Especially popular are the tree-lined runs that dominate the lower part of the mountain. Thanks to friendly slopes, a traffic-free centre and plenty of non-ski activities, Zell am See is a great choice for families and intermediate skiers. The car-free town centre has a wintry picture-postcard feel about it, with quaint cafés and restaurants alive with both locals and tourists.
During the height of winter the lake often freezes over, enabling you to walk from one side to the other – and even try some curling or skating. If you feel like taking a break from skiing you can try plenty of other activities including swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country and Nordic walking.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier with its long ski season stretching from October through to the end of May, is easily accessible by free local ski bus – all covered by your Zell am See-Kaprun lift pass. New for winter 2017/18 the resort will not only connect with the neighbouring resort of Viehhofen, but a further connection in the Glemmtal will link to the Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglem and beyond. This with offer a further 240km’s of terrain to discover and still all covered by the Zell am See-Kaprun ski pass.
See information about Winter Skiing below, or scroll further down for Summer information.
Winter Ski information
The Schmittenhöhe, the ultimate winter sport location. Snow as far as the eye can see with a glistening lake in the valley below. The Kitzsteinhorn, Austria’s first glacier ski resort with the highest-situated chairlift in the Salzburger Land and awesome panoramic views.
It’s a real pleasure to ski across the top slopes in Zell am See, the views across to the glacier or down towards the lake are second to none. The area with its versatile Glacier offers skiing from October through to May.
The nonstop party weekend “WOW Glacier Love” marks the start of the winter season. Three mountains of well groomed slopes, freeride routes, snow parks and pipes, ski adventures for the entire family to enjoy. The kids will love the action on the Schmitten Funslope, a downhill run near the Hochmaisbahn with its exciting tunnels, jumps and banked curves and a length of 1.300 metres. There’s free of charge WiFi across almost the entire ski resort together with some of the most up-to-date lifts and ski rental concepts. Check out the Selfie-video with SpotOn Video Tracker and GoPro on the Funslope.
Start the day on the freshly-groomed Blue 4 and 5. Beat the crowded, head up early and perhaps take breakfast at the Breiteck Alm, then move on to Sonnenalm for great sunny sloped reds.
ZellamseeXpress: New amazing downhill run on the Schmittenhöhe
The ZellamseeXpress is a new 10-passenger cable car on the Schmittenhöhe enabling you to access a 3.5 kilometres long downhill run toward the Glemmtal Valley and the village of Viehhofen. A popular, old ski downhill run dating back to the 1930’s.
The new Jukeboxx gondolas of the zellamseeXpress
The Schmittenhöhe panorama mountain has set new standards for winter sport fun with the new zellamseeXpress. Guests can enjoy a ride in one of the six Jukeboxx gondolas with multimedia sound system. The gondola passengers simply log into free of charge WiFi with their smartphones and are automatically linked to the landing page of the Jukeboxx app: select your favourite song by genre, title and artist, lean back and enjoy.
Highest-situated chairlift in the Salzburger Land
With the first natural fresh snow and ideal conditions the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier invites you to enjoy some autumn skiing. The Schmiedingerbahn, a chairlift with weather protection hoods and heated seats for 8 passengers – offers winter comfort and extended glacier pistes for skiing pleasure in almost 3.000 metres above sea level. The glacier offers 41 Kilometres of pistes, three snow parks and Austria’s biggest super pipe to five especially designated freeride routes.
Longer, further and steeper, the TRASS and the Black Mamba!
The TRASS requires plenty of stamina with an incline of up to 70%, a difference of 1000 m altitude and a total length of 4.150m.
The most exciting challenge for experienced downhill artists is the “Black Mamba“, a piste with a length of 1.000 metres and a gradient of up to 63%. The new “Eagle Line”, a fun piste with wave-line, small jumps and banked curves, offers even more skiing fun for all winter fans this year.
Discover the slopes for yourself and take a look at the webcams across the Zell am See-Kaprun region.
A majestic trio of mountains, glacier and lake
The clear blue waters of Lake Zell reflect the surrounding mountains of Zell am See-Kaprun are stunning during the summer months. Spend long hot summer days between mountains, lake & glacier. It’s all about sport and activity! Get up early, go for a jog tour around the lake or dive into the refreshing lake for a swim before breakfast.
Enjoy a hike, a long mountain bike or even a game of golf surrounded by stunning mountain scenary at the Zell am See Golf Club. The Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Club consists of two equally good 18-hole courses. Their names are of course “Kitzsteinhorn” and “Schmittenhöhe”. Golfers will find flat terrain, natural biotopes, ponds surrounded by reeds and fairways full of variety in park-like grounds in the shadow of the region’s two famous mountains. The stunning natural scenery of the Hohe Tauern and the Pinzgau grassy hills add further beauty. Despite the alpine location of the region, the Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Club which is open from April until November.
Start your hike on the top of the Schmittenhöhe and conquer the first 1.000 altitude metres by gondola lift. Or head across to the Kitzsteinhorn? The most beautiful hiking tours or multi-day hiking tours are waiting for you in the alpine mountain world. There are many bike routes to be explored either by mountain bike or the new E-bike. There are 240km of cycle routes and three high alpine free ride trails covering 1500m in altitude. There is also a 2,000sqm bike park on the Maiskogel.
It’s back again in August 2017 the Ironman 70.3: a jump into lake to start the triathlon event. The IRONMAN 70.3 is staged for the sixth time in the Zell am See-Kaprun on the 285th August 2017. 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21.1 km of running through the region.
Spend a day at Austria’s most modern spa resort in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
The TAUERN SPA is a luxurious spa resort and hotel situated amongst some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Alps. The Tauren Spa is a great way to escape the stress of everyday life and get back to nature. A day spent here will leave refreshed and revitalised.
The spa boasts a 20.000 m² spacious water- and sauna world features 11 pools, 10 saunas & steam baths. A separate children’s and spa treatment area, bars and restaurants serving a selection of healthy and tasty regional and national specialities.