WEsayA pretty resort on the shores of a scenic lake. Pleanty of skiing backed up by the snow sure glacier. Good nightlife and alpine atmosphere.
This smart little lakeside town is 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. The joint ski pass enables you to ski 130km of runs, served by 57 lifts. Zell Am See's home slopes also cover all colours, from steep blacks to gentle blues. For boarders there's a half-pipe on Schmittenhohe and another, plus fun park, on the Glacier above Kaprun.
The resort offers excellent nightlife with numerous traditional cafés, bars and very lively discos and nightclubs. Other activities include a swimming pool, ice skating and hockey, tobogganing, curling, indoor tennis and squash, bowling and sleigh rides.
New for 2016/17
The upper section of the new 10-person gondola in the Glemmtal, on the back of Schmittenhöhe, is planned to open for this winter, along with a new 3.5km red piste. When the lower area up from Viehhofen is finished, probably two years later, a quickbus-ride along the Glemmtal will link the Zell and Saalbach ski areas.
New for 2015/16
A brand new two-stage 10-seat gondola opened on Kitzsteinhorn, from Alpincenter at mid-mountain to the top; 8-seat chairs alternate with bubbles on the lower stage. The glacier area was redesigned, with a brand new nursery slope at the gondola mid-station.
New for 2013/14
An eight-seat chair replaced the Glocknerbahn quad and the parallel drag above Areitalm. A new fun slope (a bit like a beginner terrain park) opened off the Hochmais lift, next to the snow park. On the Kitzsteinhorn, Black Mamba is a steep new black piste.
New for 2012/13
The Sonnengratbahn double chair was upgraded to a faster and more efficient quad.
- Varied, wooded slopes with excellent views down to the lake
- Quaint summer resort town with lots to do on and off the slopes Wonderful glacier nearby (on the lift pass) on Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn