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At a glance
Zell am See & Kaprun Ski Holidays, Austria
“Stunning lakeside Zell am See & snow-sure Kaprun, a great combination”
The neighbouring resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun offer a combined 138 kilometres of piste and are part of the ‘Ski Alpin Card’ which covers 408 kilometres of piste including the Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
Zell am See enjoys a stunning, lakeside setting and a picturesque, traffic-free, cobbled resort centre with a great selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Kaprun is just a few miles from Zell am See, slightly smaller and offers skiing from the resort and on the snow sure glacier. There is lively après-ski and nightlife in both resorts.
Beginners, intermediates and families are particularly well catered for in Zell am See and Kaprun and a free and efficient ski bus network connects the two resorts.
On the Mountain
Zell am See offers varied terrain with sensational views over the glistening Lake Zell and across to the Hohe Tauern National Park. Zell’s local mountain, the Schmittenhohe, has extensive snow-making on all runs, plenty of gentle tree-lined skiing ideal for families and novices and some charming, rustic mountain huts. The City Xpress from the resort centre, the Areitbahn and Schmittenhohebahn all offer modern, efficient access to the skiing and the ZellamSeeXpress lift connects to Saalbach via Viehofen (short hop on the ski bus to the Schonleitenbahn, Saalbach).
Kaprun’s new K-onnection Gondola offers direct access from the resort centre to the Kitzsteinhorn ski area via the local Maiskogel mountain. With a top station at 3,029 metres (Check out the Gipfelwelt 3000 Summit Visitors Centre), dedicated family areas, freestyle snow parks, freeride and ski touring routes, Kaprun has something for all ability levels.
Off the Mountain
Après-ski is lively in Zell am See with popular spots including the City Xpress Umbrella Bar, Castle Bar and the longstanding Villa Crazy Daisy. The picturesque, traffic-free centre is perfect for a leisurely stroll with boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and cosy bars.
In Kaprun, the Pavillon bar attracts the crowds after skiing and a clutch of bars at the other end of the high street – Kitsch & Bitter, Barracuda and Backflip – offer late night entertainment.
Other activities include tobogganing, winter walks, ice skating, night skiing, sleigh rides, ice hockey matches and the Tauern Spa Kaprun with its Pools and Wellness areas.
Insider Guide :: Resort Highlights
- Drive a Porsche. Well, at least ride in one – The TrassXpress Lift, Zell am See - designed by Porsche
- Sample a Gin from one of over 1,000 (!) at The Gin House, Zell am See
- Head over to Saalbach via the ZellamSeeXpress for an extra 270 kilometres of piste!
- Relax and recharge at the Tauern Spa Kaprun
- Challenge yourself on Kitzsteinhorn’s steepest run, the ‘Black Mamba’ (63%)
- Play James Bond for the night at Zell am See’s Casino