The ski area is actually quite small in Zell am See with short runs, mainly catering for intermediates keen on improving technique rather than getting miles under their belts. Advanced skiers have few true challenges on Zell am See skiing holidays, while beginners may find Zell am See's biggest failing, its questionable snow reliability, a bit of a bother.
Neither boarders nor experts on skiing holidays in Zell am See would approve of its conservation regulations, which discourage any off-piste skiing. However, there is now a Rome snow park with half pipe at Glocknerwiese on the Schmittenh öhe to challenge snowboarders and freestyle skiers. The lifts can become crowded at peak times on ski holidays to Zell am See, as can the local Kitzsteinhorn glacier at Kaprun, although it does guarantee year-round skiing. There are also extensive cross-country trails.
Zell am See is actually more popular in the summer than the winter. The lakeside town has loads of activities for those not on skis or a board, with lively nightlife, decent restaurants and a full range of accommodation. It is good to check where you are staying in relation to the lifts, as there is a short free bus to access the slopes. For skiing, it is also worth exploring some of the other terrain in the area, like Saalbach, Bad Gastein and Schladming. Overall, Zell am See is a lovely spot for a winter holiday, with or without skiing.
- Amazing scenery
- Rocking night life and apres ski
- Wide range of off-snow activities
- Traffic free town center
- Year round skiing on the Kaprun glacier