Zell am See & Kaprun ONe of the Best Ski Resorts in Austria

Zell am See and Kaprun Ski Resorts.

Zell am See is one of Austria’s most significant ski resorts; it is not a rustic Austrian village, but a smart lakeside resort town with a charming old centre. It has a lovely town centre; on the edge of large lake, which often freezes in the winter.

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Zell am See Ski Resort, Austria

Piste Map for the Ski Resort.

The Europa Sports Region.

The Schmittenhöhe Mountain (2,000m) – Together Zell, the Kitsteinhorn Glacier (3,202m) and the Maiskogel (1,675m) make up the Europa Sports Region. The 130km of pistes have a lot of variety and some challenging terrain, including the World Cup Run, and year round glacier skiing.

Europa Sports is a year-round holiday destination that doesn’t rely entirely on skiers. Its main activity is hiking and marked paths are kept open through the winter, even at high altitudes. The 2,000m Schmittenhöhe Mountain has the best views. The views are even better if you take off from the Schmittenhöhe attached to a paraglider. Or you can head below sea level – into a 40km limestone cave system.

Also on offer: skating on the lake, ice sailing and snow kiting (kite surfing on snow), horse riding, ice driving, tobogganing and even a rifle range, along with miles of Cross-country Skiing, before relaxing in the fantastic Tauern spa Centre.

Getting to Zell am See.

Getting to a Ski Resort by Air

By Plane.

Nearest Airports.

Innsbruck: 2 hours.
Klagenfurt: 2.5 hours.
Munich: 142 miles – 2.5 hours.
Salzburg: 56 miles – 1.5 hours.

Getting to and from Salzburg Airport.

Airport Express Coaches: 5 times a day, airport-express.at.
The train service is excellent and frequent, with transfers from Salzburg station to the airport every 10 minutes. Last departures are around 9pm.
Local Bus service No 260 is the cheapest option and runs about every 2 hours, taking 1hr 47m. The last bus is around 7pm.

Getting to a Ski Resort by Road

By Road.

from the direction of Vienna:

Vienna B 227 – A1 – St. Pölten – Salzburg A 1/ E 55 – Reichenhall A 8 – Steinpass B 312 – Unken – Zell am See B 311

from the direction of Munich:

Munich A8 – Autobahndreieck Inntal A8 – Traunstein B 306 – Siegsdorf exit – Steinpass B 312 – Unken – Zell am See B 311

from the direction of Zurich:

Zurich A1 – Winterthur A1 – St. Gallen A1 – Feldkirch A 14 – Bludenz A14 – Landeck Inntal Autobahn – Imst – Innsbruck B 312/E 60 – Wörgl exit – Kitzbühel B 161 – Pass Thurn – Mittersill B 168 – Zell am See B 311

from the direction of Milan:

Milan / Milano P14 – Brescia A 4 – Trento A 22 – Bolzano A 22 – Sterzing Brenner Autobahn – Innsbruck Inntal Autobahn – Wörgl exit – Kitzbühel B 161 – Pass Thurn – Mittersill B 311 – Zell am See B 311

Zell am See and Kaprun Ski Resorts in Brief.

Skiing: 756 – 3,029m (2,480 – 9,936ft)
Zell-am-See: 756m

Marked Pistes:
Zell-am-See: 77km.
Europa Sports Region: 132km. 42% beginner, 35% intermediate, 33% advanced.

No of Lifts: 42.
Zell-am-See: 2 Cable cars, 4 Gondolas, 10 Chairlifts, 11 Draglifts.
Europa Sports Region: 7 Gondolas, 4 Cablecars, 18 Chairlift, 22 Draglifts.

Main Advantages:
Good for non-skiers. Nearby Kaprun Glacier. Charming old town with lively, but not rowdy nightlife.

The low sunny slopes often have poor conditions despite snow-makers. Distance to the lifts from much of the accommodation. Long queues for at The Kaprun Glacier.

For the latest reviews and information from Zell am See read our blog entries.

For information about skiing in Europa Sports visit this page.