Zell am See in Austria Resort Guide
Zell am See is located in the Europa Sport region of Austria, linked with Kaprun and a short journey from Salzburg. It lies next to lake Zell, which attracts huge numbers of visitors during the summer months. It is an attractive small town with a medieval traffic free, town centre. Zell is a bustling resort with a lot going on. It is a good all-round ability resort although probably best suited to intermediates Zell am See's 80km (50 miles) of trails are largely located on the Schmittenh�he mountain behind the town. There are various access points to the area, but most people staying in central Zell will take the gondola, the base of which is a few minutes walk above the town centre. Alternative access is via the neighbouring village of Sch�ttdorf or via a choice of two cable cars that leave from a base above Zell; all are linked by a ski bus, which is free to lift pass holders. Beginners normally start up by the afore-mentioned Sonnenalm cable cars and will find the easier blue runs up on top of the mountain, with the option of taking the lift back down if the long run back is too daunting in the early days. Intermediates will enjoy Zell am See's skiing the most with more than 50km (32 miles) of red and blue runs to whizz around on, including an 8km (5 mile) trail, the Schutt, descending the full 1200 metre vertical back down to the resort. Advanced skiers have several long medium-steep blacks descending through the forest to enjoy, some usually mogulled, and Zell has a reputation for good off-piste powder when conditions are right. Zell am See's sunny slopes do have good snow-making cover on nearly two-thirds of the piste, however most skiers will wish to visit Kaprun's glacier skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier during their stay. This is accessed by a ski bus which runs every 20 minutes in high season, and once an hour during other periods, journey time is around 30 minutes and the service is free to lift pass holders. Lift queues at the glacier, that resulted in the past when skiers from neighbouring low level resorts arrived in droves when conditions were poor, have been eased by the installation of a new six seater chair. Cross country skiers have up to 200km (125 miles) of trails around the valley including a 10km (6 mile) track on frozen Lake Zell, a 6km (4 mile) illuminated track at Kapun and a 3km high altitude trail on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at 2,900 metres.
Accomodation & Après Ski
Zell has excellent apres ski and extensive off-the-slope activity. There are numerous bars and clubs and a wide range of reasonably priced mountain and village restaurants. The non-skier will not be bored here. There is a climbing wall, swimming pools, ice rinks, the chance to skate or curl on Lake Zell and parapenting amongst many other activities.
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Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : 32 Euros
- Adult Six Day Pass : 159 Euros
- Child One Day Pass : 19 Euros
- Child Six Day Pass : 79.50 Euros