Zell Am See / Kaprun
Zell am See is a pretty lakeside resort on the banks of lake Zeller Zee, combining excellent family facilities with lively nightlife, good choice of restaurants, amazing ambiance and a snow sure glacier over in Kaprun which is open almost all year. It’s surrounded by towering mountains and its pedestrianised centre dates back to the 13th century and bounces into life after skiing and in the evening. Zell is popular both in summer and winter, meaning the tourist infrastructure is excellent. It is so family-friendly that it has won various awards, while the lively nightlife appeals to the party crowd, “(though for pure nightlife places such as St Anton, Saalbach, Solden and Ischgl are buzzier)!!
The addition of two lifts, K-onnection and Zell am See Xpress transformed the resort’s skiing into one of the most diverse ski areas in Austria. You can now enjoy over 400km of pistes and 120 lifts covering the three resorts of Zell am See, Kaprun and Saalbach, all of which can be accessed by the Ski Alpin ski pass.Many of the pistes are tree-lined, making it a very picturesque resort. From the top of the resort, you can see many high mountain peaks, giving one of the best views in Austria. Whatever level of skiing ability, the resort gives the perfect opportunity to practice all manner of skills and build confidence.
Located just 6km from Zell am See and accessed via the free shuttle, Kaprun offers snow-sure slopes on its glacier, now accessed via cable car from the central Maiskogel area ski slopes. Kaprun itself is a smaller, quieter village and together with its neighbouring resort, Kaprun offers excellent skiing, après ski and other activities with a great choice of bars, the ‘Optimum’ sports centre and the ‘Tauern Spa’ complex, as well as Hilbergers, one of our favourite restaurants in Austria. Kaprun also offers one of the best ski schools in Austria at Hartwegers.
With so many great value hotels, apartments and self catered or catered chalets, its no wonder this area is becoming ever more popular and more so as its also so easy to ski Kitzbuhel via the excellent train connection from Zell am See and on the extended “Salzburg Pass”.
Local Ski Area: 138km (Zell am See and Kaprun)
Total ski area:410km (including Saalbach and Hinterglemm)
Extended ski area:580k (including Kitzbuhel)