Zell am See

Ski resorts in Austria
Zell am Zee was once similar to Åre and Davos, a spa and health resort where people went to relax and heal with the help of the clean air. The resort, with more than 9,000 inhabitants, is located by the lake Zeller See and near Kaprun, which has the snow-proof Austrian glacier system called Kitzsteinhorn at 9,900 feet above sea level.

As always, when in Austria, you will realize how big and how many mountains there are. You can almost always expect to have a backdrop of steep, rugged rock formations that eagerly reach towards the sky. This is one of Austria's major strengths.

Another strength is that the same mountains tend to always pressure the surrounding clouds with immediate results and they release their load. In the wintertime this results in a lot of snow and beautiful days.

When combined with a lake, as in this case, you run the risk of being subjected to a breathtaking beautiful environment that will make you want to take photos wherever you go. Therefore, it may be good to prepare with an extra external hard drive before the trip.
Zell am See includes the ski resorts Kaprun/Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun/Maiskogel

Zell am See Snow forecast

  • Monday
    0.2 in rain
    Rain showers
    2 mph
  • Tuesday
    0.5 in rain
    Sol och regn
    1 mph
  • Wednesday
    0.6 in rain
    Heavy rain
    0 mph

Facts about Zell am See

Slopes (Total: 58)
Green Learning / beginner:0
Blue Easy:24
Red Intermediate:22
Black Advanced / Expert:12
Longest slope:19685 ft
Total length of pistes:80.8 miles

Lifts (Total: 49)
Lift capacity:  79000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Zell am See Vertical drop
Mountain high: 6562 ft
Vertical drop: 4068 ft
Mountain low: 2493 ft

Cross country skiing
Tracks:124.3 miles
Lit tracks:0 miles
Artificial snow:0 miles

Childrens area:2
Country: Austria

Reviews for Zell am See

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Kostas (Guest)
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Visited Zell last week in Jan-20 and had some hopes for this classic place I had never visited before. It is very nice on the lake and I can think of visiting that summer time but I can already say that it will probably not be another winter visit.

The village itself is a little charming and there are more than enough restaurants and bars but when the peaks on the mountains only max about 2000 m the ride was not impressive.
Then add a rarely seen heat (several days of around +10 (in Jan) made the sorbets and humps in the hill appear already at 11 o'clock in the morning.
It now sits with Saalbach (only a short bus trip is required to Saalbach but not back) so the system is huge and it felt like Saalbach had a bit more fun riding despite about the same altitude.

Kaprun then, you think? There you have skiing just over 3000 m. Yes, you have and when it was a little colder there the snow was better but when you can not go all the way down (ride height between about 2000 - 3000 m) the slopes were still short and it became very lifting as in the mountains instead.

Easy transfer, just an hour from Salzburg airport and good hotel with spa, certainly suits families with children close to everything and easier slopes but if you want some challenge I do not recommend this place.

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Very nice village, adjacent to town empty. Austria in general was a positive skiing experience for me as everything works fantastic and is very modern.

Zell am See is a cozy and genuine village. The ride itself may not be very exciting. Most blue and red slopes. Very good for the kids. Our five year old could really experience the whole system because there are always suitable slopes.

Extremely modern and good lifts. Then smooth bus transfer to Kaprun, if you want more high-altitude skiing. However, we were unable to test day trips to Saalbach

Plenty of easily accessible off-piste, but it could not be explored due to hot weather and thus heavy snow

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We were in Zell v. 4 in 2020. Stayed in Schüttdorf, which turned out to be perfect. The Areit lift will take you quickly to Schmittenhöhe and if you want to Saalbach it is convenient to take the new Zell am See express down to Viehofen, where there is a short and well-traveled bus route. From the south side of Zell it also gets a little closer to the glacier at the Kitzsteinhorn.

We had a lot of sun and a decent layer of ground snow so the conditions were perfect and we were really impressed by the slopes. Almost no queue either. The lifts are very efficient. We who got used to St. Anton were not at all bored in Zell am See.

The restaurants on the slopes also have the classic Austrian atmosphere, or why not an evening at the classic Hotel zumHirschen? Over 100 years of tradition and it tasted!

My only minus for this trip was that there had been a couple of mff pigs and put up other light blue stickers, but that had to be torn down with a sharp stick simply. Zell am See is a HIF country! Otherwise there were a lot of Dutch on the slopes and some Russians or Poles. The English were also represented.

Zell am See, clearly underestimated travel destination!

Pär Peace
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New destination for us Swedes. The new lift that links together Kaprun with the glacier makes Kaprun a top-class ski resort !!

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Good skiing in Zell am see, you have to visit the Kitzsteinhorn. Even better skiing and not least on the spring edge when Zell am see is lower and becomes a bit sloppy after lunch. If you want to eat out, stroll around and so, it is in Zell am see you should live.

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Travel our fourth week to Zell am see v8 2019. Very good skiing both in Zell am see and Kitzsteinhorn. Choose Zell am see for the wide range of restaurants and things to find when you are not on the slopes. Can warmly recommend Zell am see to families with children.

Simon Perstorper
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- Wide skiing in Zell am See (Schmittenhöhe) and world-class pillows in Kaprun (Glacier Kitzsteinhorn). You can ski in both resorts with the same lift card, which makes the area particularly interesting. Since 2016, Zell am See is also joining Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which technically makes it Austria's largest ski system - bigger than St Anton.

- Afterskin is up and coming in both Zell am See and in Kaprun. OFF PISTE BAR offers a cruel party at La Fjällgården in both villages of live music every day in its two bars.

- The restaurants are overall high class. Can recommend Deins und Meins and Brasserie Traube in Zell am See. The Kitcsch & Bitter restaurant serves a good jaw in Kaprun.

- Easy transfer from both Salzburg (just over 1 hour by car) and Munich (just over 2 hours by car). It may be worth taking the train from especially Salzburg.

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Bets hard with new lifts every year. Kaprun is a very good alternative to staying in Zell.

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Were there on the 10th of 2009. Very welcome, Dane! Zell offers complete skiing. One has a smaller park in the back. The punch is not in class with Italy's perfect manchester. Then you have a ski bus to Kitzsteinhorn and Kaprun's glacier skating on the lift pass. Half an hour by local bus.

The food out e cheap. A soup of today costs 3.5-4 Euro and one beer the same. The food outside tastes kalas. Bet on the little insects inside the slopes. There are plenty of pubs with prices below home. A bottle of vodka in the store costs 5-8 E and a Gordon's Gin 11 E.
In terms of shopping, I actually do not see anything to trade. Most of the same prices are at home and Mediamarkt has opened with here. They are actually more expensive than home on many products.
I'm happy at all. Went with Lion Alpin / Hojmark.

10/02/2009 (Modified: 09/03/2009)
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Kaprun! Unnecessary with a description, go there with your eyes - unbeatable!

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Rider:  Photo: Christian (Svante)

Trail map

Trail map Zell am See

Nearby ski resorts

Kaprun/Maiskogel3.7 miles
Kaprun/Kitzsteinhorn6.8 miles
Maria Alm7.5 miles
Leogang8.7 miles
Saalbach/Hinterglemm (Skicircus)8.7 miles
Hochkönig – Maria Alm/​Dienten/​Mühlbach10.6 miles
Rauris11.2 miles
Fieberbrunn14.9 miles

Airports near Zell am See

Salzburg Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 16 minutes (62 miles)
Distance: 34 miles
Innsbruck Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 9 minutes (92 miles)
Distance: 68 miles
Flughafen Innsbruck
Driving time: 2 hours, 9 minutes (92 miles)
Distance: 68 miles
Klagenfurt Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 31 minutes (140 miles)
Distance: 86 miles
Munich Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 35 minutes (129 miles)
Distance: 85 miles