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Laura Robinson - Reservations Manager"Zell am See is one of the most stunning resorts in Austria. With the lake as a backdrop, a short transfer time, varied apres and glacier skiing available with the linked Kaprun resort, Zell am See ticks a lot of boxes for a short break ski holiday!"


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Zell am See has become a popular ski break location over the last few years. The frozen lake, horseshoe mountains and medieval centre give Zell am See the perfect dramatic backdrop to make your holiday photos stand out from the crowd. The location overlooking Lake Zell is simply stunning and the cobbled streets - full of restaurants and cafés - create a lively atmosphere throughout Zell am See, adding to its charm.

The beautiful tree-adorned pistes lower down and the wide open runs above offer a fantastic variety of skiing to test advanced skiers, as well as an abundance of gentle runs cater magnificently to beginners and intermediates. The nearby glacier of Kaprun extends the ski area to boast 138km of pistes, plenty of slope to cover during a short break or long weekend. With extensive cross-country trails, snowshoeing and great sports facilities there's also plenty to do off the slopes in Zell am See. This includes the chance to catch a game of ice hockey if you time it right. And, in the midst of winter, if you’re lucky, the lake is so thickly frozen over you can walk right across it or try a spot of lake skating.

Our top hotel picks for Zell am See: Hotel Neue Post.


Zell am See is linked with Kaprun, and together - once the snow hits - transform the ski area into a playground for winter sports enthusiasts, with 408km of perfectly groomed pistes ready and waiting for you.

For beginner skiers, there are nursery slopes at Schuttdorf and Schmittental, whilst intermediates will enjoy the numerous long cruisy blues around the ski area as well as the skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

For those wanting a little more gradient, the area of Sonnkogel has some open and spacious reds to explore, and give the 63% Black Mamba piste a go on theKitzsteinhorn glacier.

Although the lower tree lined runs are a popular choice, the pick of the more advanced routes can be found on the back of the mountain down the Kettingbahn providing some of the best snow in Zell am See. There are also a couple of black runs over in Schmittental.

The fast lift system makes it easy to get around the resort and the many mountain huts are well worth frequenting. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunchtime and if you fancy a change of scenery, Kaprun's Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is easily accessible via the well-linked bus routes and is included in the lift pass.


Carbon CO2 emissions by flight and minibus transfer

Flight + Transfer

312.7kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from London Gatwick to Salzburg, and shared minibus transfer.

Carbon CO2 emissions by ski train and minibus transfer

Train + Transfer

6.7kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from London St. Pancras to Zell Am See, and shared minibus transfer.

Carbon CO2 emissions by car


119.4kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from the M25, via. the Dover ferry in a car carrying 4 people.

To reach the nearest station (Zell Am See), you'll need to take the Eurostar to Brussels, and change for a NightJet train to Salzburg. Find availability and tickets at Rail Europe.