Resort Information for Zell am See, Austria
Zell am See is a smart little lakeside town packed with charm, offering a good range of shops, bars and cafés and a traffic-free centre. During the height of the winter the lake freezes over enabling you to walk from one side to the other, while activities such as curling and skating are practised upon it. Zell am See is part of the Europa Sport Region which includes the neighbouring glacier resort of Kaprun. Easily accessible by local ski bus, the area provides a great range of pistes to suit all levels.
Unlike most other ski-resorts, Zell am See is on the main railway line, giving easy access to Salzburg and daily links to Vienna, Venice, Innsbruck and Liechtenstein. Ski-buses linking all mountain access points run every 30 mins from 8am to 6pm and are free with a valid lift pass. A number of taxi firms (minibuses and cars), mainly located at the train station.
Centrally placed, in the W Salzburg region. 33 mls SE of Kitzbuhel. In idyllic lakeside setting, on the W bank surrounded by wooded slopes and mountains; somewhat marred in places by the railway line which skirts the lake and passes through the town.
Dialling Code: 6542
48 mls SW of Salzburg city
100 mls E of Innsbruck
Beginners 5/5 , Intermediates 5/5
Experts 4/5, Snowboarders 5/5
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 am See 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 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 laced with moguls and Zell am See has a reputation for good off-piste powder when conditions are right.
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.
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. There is also the new Rome Park on the Schmitten.
Total Kms of Piste 138km
Piste type No. of runs
Number of Lifts 57 (12 gondolas or cable cars, 15 chairlifts, 30 drag lifts)
Snow Cannons 25
Longest Run 8km (Schutt)
Mountain Restaurants 25
Snow Range 762-3029m
Resort Height 762m (2,501ft)
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.
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.