Zell Am See Ski Holidays

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The Austrian resort town of Zell am See sits by the Lake Zell in the Kitzbühel Alps, at an altitude of 775 metres above sea level, with slopes running up to an impressive 3,030m. With idyllic location, picturesque views and bags of Alpine charm, Zell am See attracts a broad range of visitors all year round for its diverse range of winter and summer activities.

This is a lively and vibrant mountain town, with little by way of learner slopes compared to many other Austrian resorts of this size. As such, it’s not a particularly strong resort choice for families. Ski access is generally easy though, and there’s a good range of activities to engage in away from the slopes.

Getting There

Reaching Zell am See from the UK is easiest from Salzburg Airport, which lies 80 kilometres from the resort. The drive takes about 1.5 hours, depending on conditions and traffic on the day.

When to Go

Zell am See is a low altitude resort so has a shorter season of snow reliability, however it does link with Kaprun which has a snow sure glacier.

Where to Stay

On the accommodation front, Zell am See offers a broad range of accommodation options suited to a wide range of budgets and requirements. There are plenty of welcoming and traditional hotels to choose from, complemented by a small but well-rounded range of catered ski chalets with flights and transfers included from the UK.

Getting around

Zell am See is linked to Kaprun by slope and road. Both resorts are included on the same ski pass or there is a bus if you don’t want to ski.


True to form for an Austrian ski resort, Zell am See is lively and offers plenty of welcoming and fun après ski. Whether you’re staying up the mountain and kicking off your skis, or coming back down to resort for a well-deserved drink, you’ll fnd what you’re looking for among the diverse bars and cafes of Zell am See. Venues such as Beachclub, Gin House, Dolls, Castle Bar, City Bar, Gallery Point and A Bit of Irish welcome thirsty visitors for friendly happy-hours, with drinking and dancing into the night.

Eating out

Zell am See offers a diverse range of eateries, cafes and restaurants to cater for a wide range of budgets and menu preferences.

Good for Couples

Ban Thai

Brucker Bundesstraße 39

Zell am See

+43 6542 21438

Good for Couples

Hotel Traube

Seegasse 4

Zell am See

+43 6542 72368

Good for Couples


Thumersbacher Straße 34

Zell am See

+43 6542 7211511

Good for Family

Deins & Meins

Schloßpl 5

Zell am See

+43 6542 47244

Good for Family


Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2

Zell am See

+43 6542 72502

Good for Friends


Wilhelm-Fazokas-Straße 219

Zell am See

+43 6547 7778

Good for Friends

Schnaps Hans Alm-Bar

Schmitten 20

Zell am See

+43 6542 72489


Away from the groomed slopes, terrain parks and powder fields, Zell am See offers plenty of ways to keep you entertained. From leisure centres, spa and wellness facilities and ice-skating to cross-country skiing, curling and tobogganing, it’s hard to be bored here!

Indoor Pool

Steinergasse 3-5

Zell am See

 +43 6542 785 0

Indoor Racket Sports

Zell am See

+43 6542 572 62

Spa & Wellness Centre

Platz 1


Zell am See

+43 6547 2040 0

Ski School

The three main ski schools in Zell am See are Skischule Zell Am See, Outdo and Sport Alpin. All schools offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition. 

Getting around

Zell am See is linked to Kaprun by slope and road. Both resorts are included on the same ski pass or there is a bus if you don’t want to ski.

Family ski

Zell am See offers a diverse range of wonderfully sheltered terrain and plenty to do away from the snowy slopes – two big ticks for family skiing – but other than that it’s a mixed bag for parents and youngsters. Pistes are pretty low altitude compared to many Alpine destinations, at a base altitude of only 755 metres above sea level, and the scope for exploration on skis is limited. Lifts are well located and swift, offering rapid uplift into the snowy slopes above alongside spectacularly scenic views, and there’s a good range of family-friendly restaurants with kids’ menus available. Ski schools offer a wide range of tuition options to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with terrain available for nervous learners making their first turns on the snow. Overall, this is a pretty and welcoming alpine town with bags of charm, and families who make the journey receive a warm welcome. 

Parents in search of childcare options in Zell am See can turn to the Kinderhotel Zell am See, which offers a diverse programme of childcare and outdoor adventure for youngsters. For children from 3 months to 3 years, Pongo’s Babyclub is part of the Kinderhotel Zell am See, and offers a welcoming nursery environment to put parents’ minds at ease. There’s a playroom with adjoining outdoor terrace with floor-play area, and a sleeping room for little ones in need of forty winks. Furthermore, there are age-appropriate menus prepared and delivered from the kitchen. Pongo’s Babyclub is open from 9am to 7pm in the winter ski season, with slightly longer opening times in the summer months. Also worthy of note, the Pongo’s Babyclub also operates an evening babysitting service for parents keen to enjoy a little of the resort’s lively nightlife. This service costs around fifteen Euros per hour, and reservations can be made at the reception of the Kinderhotel Zell am See. 

For children aged 3 to 12 years, Pongo’s Kiddyclub offers a wide range of activities to keep kids amused and entertained while mum and dad are exploring the snowy slopes. You’ll find a diverse programme of arts and crafts, outdoor play, kids’ yoga, discos, theater shows and more, with a strong emphasis on exercise in the great outdoors. There’s also an indoor funpark with a series of slides, climbing towers, tunnels and ball pools designed to allow kids to let off steam in safety. Pongo’s Kiddyclub is open from 9am to 8.30pm during the winter ski season.

Group Ski

Zell am See is a pretty lakeside resort with swift lifts and bags of Alpine charm – and it works well for many different kinds of ski groups winter it, winter out. Skiers and snowboarders here enjoy access to varied terrain with spectacular views over the lake from the snowy slopes above. 

Zell am See is perhaps best-suited to beginner and intermediate snowboarders and skiers, because the advanced-level terrain is a little lacking. For experts, though, you do have pretty easy access to the high-altitude and steeper terrain of Kaprun’s glacier slopes. There’s good scope to cover a broad range of terrain and gradient to challenge keen improvers and seasoned skiers alike, but there’s not a great deal of terrain suited to complete beginners. For that, you’re better off in resorts like Obergurgl or St Anton’s Nasserein area. Experts can tackle Zell am See’s diverse black runs and, for high-altitude skiing and back-country exploring, there’s the mighty Kitzsteinhorn glacier in neighbouring Kaprun to enjoy (covered on the Zell am See lift pass). 

The resort is open all year round, but specifically in winter it’s a busy hub of alpine adventure. There’s bags of choice for things to do if you have any non-skiers in your group – or if your group is on the hunt for fun and adventure away from the snowy slopes. There’s a wonderful toboggan slope located between Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe, with steep descents for kids and adults alike. There’s an ice rink where visitors to the resort can catch live ice-hockey action or take to the ice themselves, and you’ll find a great range of walking trails winding through the alpine wilderness – with guided snowshoe hikes a popular pursuit. 

Zell am See is a relatively lively resort in terms of nightlife, but it is not as crowded as other alpine resorts. Visitors in search of good food and drink have a wide range of welcoming bars and restaurants to choose from, with menus and music to suit a wide range of tastes. You’ll find a fine selection of traditional Austrian restaurants complemented by menus with a more international feel.  

Regarding accommodation in the resort, larger groups of skiers and snowboarders in search of a welcoming base from which to explore the slopes have a wide range of options. We recommend properties such as the Grand Hotel, Feinschmeck, the Waldhof, and the Lebzelter – which combine to offer a wonderful range of locations and rooming configurations to larger groups of skiing friends and families. 


Parents in need of childcare in Zell am See can turn to the resort’s Ski & Snowboardschule Zell am See. They offer ski lessons and childcare for children aged two and upwards. Aside from this, there are a number of accommodation options in the resort where UK flights, transfers, food and accommodation can be rolled up into one tidy package, including free childcare services for children aged between 3 and 12.

The Piste

During winter, the ski slopes offer a modest yet varied 138 kilometres of groomed runs to explore. Chairlifts and gondolas are by and large swift and modern, allowing for easy access to the terrain available. The slopes sweep down from the soaring peaks through wooden forest to the pretty lakeside — with 34% blue, 43% red and 23% black runs to explore — and the views are pretty spectacular.

Visitors to Zell am See coming in search of terrain parks, half pipes and rollers will not be disappointed, as across the valleys of Zell and Kaprun, there’s a great range of parks with jumps and hits to suit freestyle skiers and boarders of all levels. The Rome Fun Park on the Schmittenhöhe is a great place to practise, and the Glacier Park on the Kitzsteinhorn is ideal for advanced freestylers looking to push things up a notch. Set at an altitude of 2,900 metres, the park is home to Austria’s biggest super-pipe — 160 metres long and 6 metres high. If you don’t fancy taking the leap, you can simply sit in the stands and watch the brave riders doing their thing!

Ski School

The three main ski schools in Zell am See are Skischule Zell Am See, Outdo and Sport Alpin. All schools offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition. 

Equipment Hire

There are a good selection of ski hire stores in Zell am See offering a good range of the latest ski and snowboard equipment. It is recommended that you book your hire in advance as many of the stores will offer online discounts.

The following stores are found in Zell am See:

Hervis Sports, Eurosport, Discount Rental ski&board, Skiset, Intersport, Sport2000

Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking:

Lift Pass   Child (6-15yrs)  Teen (16-18yrs)   Adult (18+)
1 Day        €25                   €38                    €51
6 Days      €126                  €189                  €252

Lift passes are free for children under 6 years, proof of age is required.

You can buy your lift pass from the tourist office or you can pre-book it through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive in resort.

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