Ski holidays in Zell am See

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

The 138km 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.

...and a further 270km of linked skiing at the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Ski Circus

With the Alpin Card and the new lifts linking the ski areas, the 77km ski area of Zell am See now links with the extensive 270km of terrain at the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Ski Circus, giving you access to the vast skiing landscape of Zell am See's neighbouring 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 five 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. Alongside the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun, the whole Alpin Card area totals 408km of premium varied slopes including 121 lifts.

Added value

50% off ski/snowboard hire or carriage when you pre-book your lift pass (must be booked 6 weeks before departure)

Free child helmet when booking skis and boots

  • from£909pp
  • 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£969pp
  • 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£919pp
  • 64 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£819pp
  • 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. 

  • from£1259pp
  • 86 rooms
Hotel Tirolerhof Zell Am See (1)

Run by the Posch family, Hotel Tirolerhof is undoubtedly one of the leading hotels in Zell am See. With outstanding service and excellent cuisine as well as an extensive leisure and spa area, you'll feel pampered and spoilt for the duration of your stay.

  • from£769pp
  • 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£1049pp
  • 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£1509pp
  • 68 rooms
Hotel Salzburgerhof Exterior-Zell am See-Austria

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. All meals are included on a full board arrangement.

  • 70 rooms
Alpine resort, zell am see, exterior slopes

The four star VAYA 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.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country


In Zell am See learn at the City Xpress gondola which allows access to the best snow conditions and wonderful views. Plus access the interconnected region of Saalbach and Hinterglemm’s nursery slope which is right in the village centre. The local ski school is highly regarded, with friendly, English speaking instructors.

Progress to the mountain from the nursery slope is easy. Gondolas from the village centre to the top of the mountain makes getting around the resort simple & the short blue runs at the top of the Bernkogel are excellent for building up confidence.


In Zell am See intermediates will enjoy the wide open red runs on the Sonnenalm; alternatively take the Hirschkogel lift over to the Areit side and enjoy the Schüttabfahrt down to Schüttdorf.

Extensive terrain for those preferring blue and red runs is directly accessible in Saalbach/Hinterglemm centre. Plus access the Saalbach/Hinterglemm Ski Circus including Fieberbrunn, Bernkogel, Kohlmais & Reiterkogel. Here you will find a wealth of long runs including reds and blues which are ideal for relaxed cruising or simply travelling as far as possible across the mountain.

The terrain at the top of Reiterkogel provides an excellent mixture of delightful blue and red runs and is a great place to spend the morning skiing. From here you can ski down to Pulvermacherscherm which connects with Fieberbrunn, the latest resort to join the ski circus.


In Zell am See head over to Sonnenalm for some off-piste and moguls or take one of the black runs down to the village. The Schattberg in Saalbach also offers a good selections of mogul runs and off piste skiing. Alternatively expert skiers will enjoy the challenging ‘Nordabfahrt’.

In Hinterglemm the Zwölferkogel provides the biggest challenge to advanced skiers. Take the world cup black descent which is challenging and free of crowds. The nearby Seekar bowl provides excellent opportunities, as well as the Schattberg North Descent in Saalbach which is a long and challenging mixture of black and red runs.

Snowboarding, Freestyle & Terrain Parks 

In Zell am See boarders will enjoy the new fun park on the Schmitten, as well as the blues and reds on the Sonnenalm. Head to Saalbach for some of the best boarding terrain including three fun parks, plenty of easy blues and reds as well as an abudance of off piste.

While Hinterglemm is one of the best resorts for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The floodlit nightpark is open day and night and is suitable, for everyone, whether a complete beginner or an expert.

The park is extensive offering a range of obstacles including the standard kickers and rails as well as a wall ride and a U-bahn gondola lift provides ready access to the park.

There are further freeride parks in Fieberbrunn and Leogang, as well as a dedicated learn to ride park in Bernkogel.

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 DirectionN, 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. 

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 W21/22 Days Season Adult
Born Before 2003 
Area Pass
(Alpin Card)
6 L £247 £185 £124
H £275 £206 £137

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

H (18 Dec - 01 Apr), L (All other dates). Children born from 2016- free. 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 4 hours per day and Intermediate 2 hours per day.

Child ski school lessons 4 hours per day.

All snowboard lessons 2 hours 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
Information about Zell am See
Resort Code ATZA
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.321990
Longitude 12.796310
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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