Located 150km to the east of Innsbruck, visitors can be in Zell Am See in just over two hours.
The town is sizeable and friendly, and very pretty. Set on the shore of Lake Zeller See, there’s a great mixture of larger and smaller construction, with many of the hotels bearing the same chalet style that the smaller apartments and homes do. In the centre — which is pedestrianised — there are many older buildings, and those staying in the town will find a good number of shops, bars, and restaurants here.
Striking out to Kaprun is easy, too, as the resorts are all but joined, and together form the Europa Sport Region Ski Area. This boosts the length of the pistes up to a very healthy 130km and offers glacier skiing up to 3000m, too.
Taking a bus over is very easy and if you have the right pass, recommended, too, as the peak has a panoramic viewing platform, as well as a restaurant, where you can sit and look down over the whole valley, as well as the Zell Am See peak, one whole vertical kilometre below.
Zell Am See itself is a welcoming and lively town with lots going on both on and off the slopes. The ski area is sizeable, but not extremely high, and as such, the town has really tried hard to make it a resort worth visiting in the face of the Austrian giants like St Anton and Ischgl scooping up much of the ski-tourism.
Zell Am See highlights: Lots of great eating, drinking, and entertainment options, a buzzing apres scene, and a deceptively varied and excellently groomed ski area all make Zell Am See an outlier of an Austrian resort that rarely gets the respect or consideration it deserves.
Zell Am See is best for: Adult groups or families with a good level of skiing. While there are beginner and learner slopes here, the majority of the pistes are reds and blacks, and the steep mountain on which Zell Am See’s ski area resides is better suited to intermediate and advanced riders. More gentle terrain can be found in Kaprun, just up the way.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Zell Am See:
Zell Am See’s location means that it gets a good covering of snow, and as such, the top height of the peak isn’t as important as it might be to the south or west. On top of that, Zell Am See boasts a 1200m vertical, making many of the runs not only challenging, but also long.
The ski area is very well shaped, and a number of fast gondolas rise up from the town itself. 4 in fact, as well as a chairlift, and two drags which service a learner area. The Schmittenhohebahn (Shmitt-en-ho-he(h)-bahn) runs right up to the peak, and will give you a route into to all the runs. Moving in both directions, you’ll have immediate access to blues, reds, blacks, and even off-piste. You can take one of many lines down the mountain, and go all the way to the bottom in a number of directions, which utilises this mountain very, very well. There’s a good amount of variety, too, in that some runs trace lines along ridges, some sweep into valleys, others crest spines, and then some meander through trees.
There’s a great mixture of gentle and cruisey as well as steep and technical so those of all abilities will be well catered for. Zell Am See is deceptive in many ways, but is a resort worth visiting in Austria, especially if you’ve already checked off St.Anton and Ischgl but are still hungry for more Austrian skiing and nightlife. If that’s the case, Zell Am See is an excellent choice. And even if you’ve never been to Austria before, this is a brilliant place to start.
First-time and beginner skiers: There’s a nursery area next to the gondola station, as well as a learner area off the peak if resort-level coverage is sparse. There are also some great blues down from the peak, and you can ride a line of them all the way to the base. Though there is only one blue route down, so if you’re just starting off, or progressing, you may find Zell Am See a challenge, and utilise few of its runs.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have lots of fun exploring Zell Am See’s terrain and will love the views as you ski or ride down. There’s a decent snowpark hidden away, too, and some excellent off-piste if conditions permit (if they don’t, Kaprun has the altitude to guarantee it). With plenty of reds and blues on offer, the whole place is a joy to explore.
Expert skiers: Experts will appreciate the long blacks that snake down the valley sides, as well as the fast reds, and will feel right at home in the steep bowl above Zell Am See. Though if it feels small, you can always grab the Europa Sport pass and head to Kaprun to conquer the Kitzsteinhorn, skiing down its massive 2200m vertical, most of which can be done on blacks and steep reds. This is definitely recommended for those with the need for speed as it’s a fantastic resort and is only a few minutes away by bus.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Zell am See
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Zell am See?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Zell am See
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Zell am See (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Zell am See
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Zell am See
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Zell am See can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Zell am See
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Zell am See. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Zell am See
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Zell am See designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!