Ski holidays in Zell am See

Superb, varied skiing, with the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ensuring guaranteed snow

The Zell am See-Kaprun ski area is most famously known for the Schmittenhöhe mountain in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at nearby Kaprun which are conveniently linked by a free ski bus. The panoramic viewing platform 'Top of Salzburg' is a must with spectacular scenery at 3029m above sea level. Zell am See's pedestrianised town centre is perched on the edge of Lake Zell and the atmosphere is boosted by regular music events and festivals. Families are well catered for with a dedicated kid’s slope on the Schmittenhöhe in Zell featuring a combination of obstacles, tunnels and slalom course, and Kaprun’s Maiskogel mountain which is home to wide open, gentle slopes for learning and special kids’ meals at local restaurants.

Alpin Card

The Alpin Card covers three regions on one pass, giving you access to 408km of premium slopes and 121 lifts. Alongside the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, you also get access to the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun and Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Ski Circus.

Access 270km of Skiing in Saalbach & Hinterglemm

From 7th December 2019 a new modern lift included in the Alpin Card will connect the 138km ski area of Zell am See to the 270km ski area of Saalbach & Hinterglemm. Giving you access to the vast skiing landscape of Zell am See's neighboring region. From Schmittenhöhe mountain (Zell am See) side it is possible to ski down to the middle station, then either take the prepared ski route to the bottom or take the section 1 gondola. Once at the bottom it is a short 5 minute bus which runs every 20 minutes to Saalbach. On return you can choose to ski back to the Zell connection lift or return on the shuttle bus.

Added value

Groups - Up to 1 in 6 go Free

Early Booking Offers at selected hotels

Free Child Lift Passes children born 2013 or later

Inghams Rep based in the resort 

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginners Learn at the top of the City Xpress, which allows access to the best snow conditions and wonderful views.

Intermediates Will enjoy the wide open red runs on the Sonnenalm; alternatively take the Hirschkogel lift over to the Areit side and enjoy the long Schüttabfahrt down to Schüttdorf.

Advanced Head over to the Sonnenalm for some off-piste and moguls or take one of the black runs back down to the village. With the Alpin Card card you can access the vast skiing in the neighboring region of Saalbach/Hinterglemm. 

Snowboarding Boarders will enjoy the new Fun Park on the Schmitten, as well as the blues and reds on the Sonnenalm.

Our favourite run

'In Zell am See, I love the Panorama / Trassabfahrt, from top of the Schmittenhöhe cable-car all the way down. Scenic tree-lined scenery and wonderful views over the lake.' (Jodie Perkins, Assistant Product Manager Austria)

Winter walking paths throughout Zell am See, Saalbach & Hinterglemm 

Mountain facts
Area 408 km
Resort Altitude 760m
Ski Alt. From 760m
Ski Alt. To 3029m
Longest run 6 Km
Lifts Lifts 121 , Chairlifts 38 , Cable car 3 , Draglifts 38 , Gondolas 41
Lift Ski LockersYes
Local Pass Lifts26
Whole Area Pass Lifts121
Night Skiing IncludedYes
Mountain Restaurants98
Snow Cannon Coverage100%
Cross Country Trails

Guided walks, nordic walking and snow shoeing available. 197km

Nursery SlopesTop of City Xpress gondola and bottom of TrassX-press
Off-piste OptionsYes
Slope Direction,N,E,S,W
Snowpark Info

Rome Park fun park on the Schmitten, Glacier Park on the Kitzstienhorn - Snow park and Half Pipe. Saalbach - NITRO and Free ride park. Hinterglemm - Family and Snow Park. 

  • from£905pp
  • 36 rooms
Hotel Berner Zell Am See Austria Exterior

The family-run Hotel Berner in an elevated ski-in position just above the City Xpress gondola and Ebenberg chairlift. Conveniently located for both ski access and Zell am See's resort centre. 

  • from£825pp
  • 30 rooms

Ideally located in the picturesque pedestrian area of Zell am See's medieval town and only a brief walk to the City Xpress gondola. The striking Austrian architecture stands out among other buildings. Expect a welcoming atmosphere and great personal service. 

  • from£795pp
  • 48 rooms

The 15th century built charming Romantik Hotel is set in the ideal location on the edge of Zell am See's pedestrianized centre and adjacent to the lake.

  • from£1035pp
  • 131 rooms

Occupying a superb, scenic position directly on the lake beside the pedestrian centre and railway, the Grand Hotel is a majestic hotel originally built in 1896.

  • from£885pp
  • 70 rooms
Alpine resort, zell am see, exterior slopes

The four star Alpine Resort Zell am See is in a great location for skiers - the Schmittenhöhe and Sonnalm lifts are just a stone’s throw away and beginners’ slopes are situated directly outside the hotel.

  • from£1399pp
  • 80 rooms
Hotel Salzburgerhof Zell am See Austria Exterior

The Salzburgerhof is a truly stunning hotel, it is officially rated as a 5 Star Superior making it one of the finest hotels in Austria.

  • from£849pp
  • 80 rooms

The Waldhof hotel is family-run and full of attractive traditional features combined with a modern influence.

  • from£855pp
  • 45 rooms
Hotel Grüner Baum Zell am See Austria

In a central Zell am See position, the food in Hotel Grüner Baum is the product of carefully refined methods. The hotel originated as a butchers, and has been delivering first-class culinary quality since 1945. The state of the art furnishings and lovable service mean its still attracting locals and visitors today. 

  • from£755pp
  • 50 rooms
Hotel Lebzelter Zell am See Austria (2)

For a traditional and warm Austrian hotel in a central Zell am see position look no further. 

Things To Do
  • Ice skating
  • Sleigh rides
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowpark
  • Tobogganing
  • Walking
  • A full programme of après-ski events
  • Leisure centre with pool
  • Indoor tennis and squash centre (Kaprun)
  • Floodlit cross-country
  • Curling
  • Snow-kiting
  • Horse-riding
  • Resort bus between Zell am see and Kaprun free with lift pass 
  • Car hire available
Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £82 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we’ll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details.

Lift Passes W1920 Days Season Adult  Youth

Area Pass
(Alpin Card)

6 L £223 £167 £112
H £248 £186 £124

The pass includes Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm and Leogang Fieberbrunn.

L (15-21 Dec 23 Mar -end of the season),  H (All other dates). A child born from 2014 free only if adult pre-books the same. Beginners should book in resort for reduced prices.   

Equipment hire (6 days)  Please see here for a description of hire categories. 

Equipment Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £104 £130 £151
Ski Boots £38 £39 £38
Skis & boots £142 £169 £189
Snowboard £104 £104 £104
Snowboard & boots £142 £142 £142
Youth (14-17yrs)
Skis & boots - £114 £135
Child (0-13yrs) Skis & boots - £71 -
Snowboard & Boots* - £71 -

*Child snowboard equipment from 8 years

Tuition Days Times Adult Child (3*-14yrs)
Ski beginner 3 10.00am-12.00am
& 1.00pm-3.00pm
£179 £179
Ski intermediate £141 £179
Snowboard* £141 £141
Ski beginner 5 10.00am-12.00am
& 1.00pm-3.00pm
£179 £203
Ski intermediate 5 10.00am-12.00am
or 1.00pm-3.00pm
£165 £203
Snowboard 5 10.00am-12.00am
or 1.00pm-3.00pm
£165 £165

Ski school might be closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. *Child snowboard tuition from 8yrs;

Adult Beginner Ski school lessons 4h per day and Intermediate 2 h per day.

Child ski school lessons 4 hours per day.

All snowboard lessons 2h per day.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information

Resort Code: ATZA

Languages spoken: German/English

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: EUR

Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Salzburg

From Gatwick
Leeds Bradford


East Midlands 

Transfer 1½ hrs by coach

Flight supplements may apply.
Private transfers and Self drive is available.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • 3 great ski areas on one lift pass
  • Short transfers from Salzburg Airport
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