Zell am See - Ski Area Guide
Zell am See, Austria
Ski Resort in Europa Sport Region, Austrian Alps - 80km of Piste (760m to 1,950m)
A small town on the shores of Lake Zell with a wide range of shops (pedestrianised centre), restaurants and off-slope activity options. Connected with Kaprun, although not quite lift linked to it.
Zell am See Snow News
There is currently no significant snow in the forecast for Zell am See.
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Zell am See Ski Area
|9||Black Pistes (25km)|
|14||Red Pistes (27km)|
|6||Blue Pistes (25km)|
|58km||Cross Country Pistes|
Europa Sport Region Ski Area
Zell am See Ski Area Height
|760m||Resort Altitude (Zell am See)|
Zell am See
The Austrian Ski Resort of Zell am See is part of the Europa Sport Region ski area with access to 130km of downhill skiing, with 81 individual pistes, served by 53 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Zell am See itself (80km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Europa Sport Region ski resorts of Kaprun and Kitzsteinhorn.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Zell am See are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Zell am See
Zell am See's 80km (50 miles) of trails are largely located on the Schmittenhöhe mountain behind the town. There are various access points to the area, but most people staying in central Zell will take the gondola, the base of which is a few minutes walk above the town centre. Alternative access is via the neighbouring village of Schüttdorf or via a choice of two cable cars that leave from a base above Zell; all are linked by a ski bus, which is free to lift pass holders.
Beginners normally start up by the aforementioned Sonnenalm cable cars and will find the easier blue runs up on top of the mountain, with the option of taking the lift back down if the long run back is too daunting in the early days. Intermediates will enjoy Zell am See's skiing the most with more than 50km (32 miles) of red and blue runs to whizz around on, including an 6.5km (4 mile) trail, the Schutt, descending the full 1200 metre vertical back down to the resort.
Advanced skiers have several long medium-steep blacks descending through the forest to enjoy, some usually mogulled, and Zell has a reputation for good off-piste powder when conditions are right. Zell am See's sunny slopes do have good snow-making cover on nearly two-thirds of the piste, however most skiers will wish to visit Kaprun's glacier skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier during their stay. This is accessed by a ski bus which runs every 20 minutes in high season, and once an hour during other periods, journey time is around 30 minutes and the service is free to lift pass holders. Lift queues at the glacier, that resulted in the past when skiers from neighbouring low level resorts arrived in droves when conditions were poor, have been eased by the installation of a new six seater chair.
Cross country skiers have up to 200km (125 miles) of trails around the valley including a 10km (6 mile) track on frozen Lake Zell, a three kilometre (two mile) illuminated track at Schüttdorf and a two kilometre high altitude trail on the Schmittenhohe at 1,500 metres.
Snowboarding in Zell am See
Zell am See is a top destination for snowboarders with the Europa Sport Region. Local to Zell am See there's a Fun Park with half pipe at Glocknerwiese on the Schmittenhöhe with one of Austria's original two Boarder Cross courses with jumps, ramps and bumps and there's plenty of surfing and cruising terrain all around the Region. The nightlife model also fits most 'boarders requirements.
Zell am See Aprés Ski
The 22 bars, pubs and discothèques in the region give Zell am See a lively night life for those who want it, with quiet sophisticated night spots for those who don't. In the former category the Schnapps Hans Ice Bar at the top of the cable car is a good place to start (especially if the weather is good). Then back in Zell the Villa Crazy Daisy is normally one of the busiest spots in town, along with the popular Diele. Honorary mentions also for Greens, Resi Bar, Viva and Membar. But there is so much more to do than party in Zell - bowling, toboggan run, night skiing, cinema, swimming, skating and a host of other opportunities.
Zell am See in brief
Zell am See Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Zell am See Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Zell am See.
Usual opening - Late Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Zell am See.
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Zell am See Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Zell am See is able to augment natural snow, on 68km of ski runs, with 60 Snow Cannons.
Zell am See Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 28 Ski Lifts of Zell am See are able to uplift 40,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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