Altitude: 757 Meters

Zell am See in short

  • Very good après-ski
  • Easy to reach by train
  • Beautifully located ski resort

Zell am See is situated on the banks of Lake Zell ("See" means "lake"), within a stone's throw of Salzburg Airport. In the winter season, when the impressive mountain lake freezes over, you can enjoy many activities in Zell am See such as curling, ice hockey and ice skating here while enjoying the beautiful views. This charming little lakeside town is packed with shops, bars and cafés in its pedestrian centre.

Zell am See offers access to more than 75 kilometres of ski slopes, almost equally divided between blue, red and black slopes with lifts leaving from both sides of the resort. Zell am See is part of the Europa Sport Region ski area which includes the neighbouring glacier ski resort of Kaprun. Even though the town of Zell am See is fairly low-lying, the highest ski lift takes you up to over 3000m so there is never a lack of snow on the higher slopes! With over 40 restaurants and a good choice of bars and some lively nightclubs, night owls looking for good après-ski won't be disappointed in Zell am See.

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Varied ski area and glacier skiing

The Schmittenhöhe ski area is located right above the village of Zell am See and has 70km of slopes plus a snow park. The ski area reaches a maximum altitude of just 2000m, meaning all the slopes are below the tree line. From most slopes you'll also enjoy beautiful views of Lake Zell. Despite its low altitude, the Schmittenhöhe ski area has fairly reliable snow cover thanks to its snow cannons. If the weather is failing you, you can always take the ski bus over to nearby Kaprun and ski on the high-altitude slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. There are also rumours of a potential mergerbetween Zell am See - Kaprun and the nearby Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. This would make the linked ski area probably the most powerful and varied ski area in Austria.

Learn to ski with Robby Roo and Crazy Tiger

Your kids are in good hands at Zell am See! Mascots Robby Roo and Crazy Tiger will make sure they have the time of their lives during their ski holiday. The beginner-friendly Schmidolin's Child World with its themed Dragon Tunnel magic carpet will introduce the smallest skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in a fun and stimulating way. There is also a funslope with different obstacles and easy freestyle features so they can test their skills and gain confidence on the slopes. A fun family holiday awaits at Zell am See!

Cosy après-ski scene

Zell am See offers a limited but solid array of choices for après-ski fun. During the ski day, look out for the Schnaps Hans Alm-Bar, right near the lift station on the slopes of the Schmittenhöhe. The Crazy Daisy and the Pinzgauer Diele are the hotspots in the village centre. While skiers and snowboarders don't have anything to complain about when it comes to après-ski options in Zell am See, for full-on, exuberant après-ski, it's better to head to neighbouring Kaprun.

Keeping active off the slopes

Zell am See is a lively ski village, especially popular with the younger crowd. The village offers entertainment in the form of a cinema, swimming pool, shops, gym, toboggan run and of course extensive après-ski. In the surrounding region there are almost 60km of cross-country trails, of which the 3km-long glacier trail and the Zeller Höhnen trail are particularly picturesque. You can also explore the region on foot or snowshoe via the well-marked walking routes.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Zell am See

Restaurants 65 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 21 Casino
Nightclubs & discos 3 Concert hall
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Zell am See

No. of ski schools 4Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiing1 Days, 2 Hours, € 45

 Book ski schools in Zell am See online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 2 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 2 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 1 Offers available
Other-Activities 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Zell am See

No. of hotels 38 Supermarkets 12
Total no. of hotel beds 5200 Banks
Total no. of beds 11500

 Tourist information for Zell am See

Zell am See Information
0043 - 06542 - 770

 Distances from Zell am See

Railway station
- by bus
Salzburg approx. 80 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 47 km 47 minuten by car

 Zell am See for families and children

Childcare - Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Zell am See

Public saunaFootpaths 43 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten tijdens het hoogseizoen
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness - Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about Zell am See

8 March 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

If you've already been to Zell am See - Kaprun, then you know it's an amazing ski area with loads of pistes to choose from. That being said, there are a few that stand out among all the others! On this list you'll find our top 5 choices for the best pistes in the Zell am See - Kaprun ski area. Do you agree or would you add another one to the list?... More ›
(Photo: © Schmittenhöhebahn AG)

6 February 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Zell am See - Kaprun has around 135 kilometres of pistes, spread out along the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn/Maiskogel. Thanks to the new zellamseeXpress, it's also easy to reach the Skicircus. Zell am See - Kaprun offers reliable snow cover thanks to the glacier pistes on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. But it's not just about the skiing here - in this article we've laid out 10 things you can't miss on your next ski holiday in Zell am See - Kaprun.... More ›
(Photo: © )

7 December 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

It's official: you can now reach Zell am See from Viehhofen! Saturday marked the completion of the last portion of the zellamseeXpress, which links the Glemmtal to the Schmittenhöhe. The new lift joins two of Austria's biggest ski areas: Zell am See-Kaprun and the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn.... More ›
(Photo: © Zell am See - Kaprun)

13 June 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is getting even easier to reach with the inauguration of the 3K Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn-K-onnection in the 2019-20 ski season. Thanks to a new tri-cable gondola and a second monocable gondola, it will no longer be necessary to rely on the ski bus to reach the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski area. The first phase of the project was completed for December 2018 and saw the opening of the new MK Maiskogelbahn and multifunctional Kaprun Center. The 3K Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn-K-onnection... More ›

19 April 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Salzburg Airport is just a hop, a skip and a jump from Britain, with affordable flights from London and other major cities on airlines including British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair. This gateway to the Austrian Alps is within easy reach of some of the biggest ski areas in Austria, including Kitzbühel, Obertauern and the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. It's also surrounded by many smaller ski resorts that might be of interest to those looking for skiing off the beaten path. H... More ›

Ski area
Zell am See - Kaprun

Zell am See - Kaprun
Total slopes 138 (km)
Blue slopes 59 km
Red slopes 51 km
Black slopes 28 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (50 )
Drag lifts 17
Chair lifts 16
Gondola lifts 17
Train 1
55 cm
0 cm