Zell am See, the natural paradise on the edge of the national park Hohe Tauern, is one of Austria’s best-loved ski resorts, with stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges, sparkling snow and the lake below.

Zell am See ski resort

Zell am See ski resort

It has access to 130km of downhill skiing, with 81 individual pistes, served by 53 ski lifts. The skiing can be accessed from the centre of the town, from the suburb of Schüttdorf (a generally cheaper option for those looking for a ski holiday on a budget) and from a cluster of lifts at the base of the Schmittenhöhe itself. The area can also offer snow-sure skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above the nearby village of Kaprun, with which it shares a lift pass. And the size of the town and the proximity to Salzburg make it a good choice for non-skiing party members.

Skiing in Zell am See

Skiing in Zell am See

Many other activities can make your family holiday fun. Good shoes, winter-proof clothing and a pot of hot tea for guided snowshoe and winter hiking through the sea of glittering powder snow. Sleigh ride or skating on the frozen lake are ideal alternatives. Even if the temperatures do not even correspond to the ideal winter and the ice of the lake is still thin there are Kaprun’s ice skating rink and the ice rink in Zell am See.

The frozen lake in Zell am See

The frozen lake in Zell am See

While the skiing above the town may not match up to some of its neighbours, the scenery and the active nightlife offer more than adequate compensation. Zell am See can offer several hiking trails for summer tourists, beginning right in town or shortly outside, not far from the center’s shopping promenades.Or you can just relax and have a walk by the crystal clear lake.

Zell am See hotels have a good dining offer, as well as, quite a few restaurants with good value. On the piste map, you can find the huts which are welcoming skiers and snowboarders on their break from the skiing trails. Glocknerhaus and Breiteckalm are one of the favorites for their great service and delicious food. Apres-ski is popular in Zell am See with the vast offer of bars and cafes, with good vibes and live music. The most popular places to visit are the Berghotel and Pinzgauer Diele club.

Glocknerhaus mountain hut in Zell am See

Glocknerhaus mountain hut in Zell am See

The major airport is the Salzburg, located 79 km from Zell am See. One way to get to this ski resort is by public transport. There is a direct bus line from Salzburg airport and you need to check the timetable if it fits your schedule. Another option is to travel by train. First, you need to take a bus or an airport taxi to the main train station in Salzburg and then by train to Zell am See.

Sometimes, your flight arrival time may not correspond with the public transport timetable, or you simply want a direct transfer to Zell am See. If this is the case, the best option is to book a private airport transfer. You need to make a reservation in advance with a Salzburg airport transfer provider. The flight monitoring service is included, so you don’t have to worry about flight delays. The pickup time will be adjusted and the taxi driver will be waiting for you at the airport you’re your plane lands. The cost for your Zell am See taxi transfer is per vehicle and a fixed price. The cost is split among the people travelling together and sometimes the price per person is significantly lower compared to other transport types.

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