Winter in Zell am See

Memorable Winter holidays in Zell am See

Experience the winter wonder Zell am See. Zell am See’s pristine landscape is covered in soft snow and you feel like you have been transported to a Winter Wonderland. Zell am See’s charming Altstadt (Old Town) has embraced the wintery weather, the cobblestone laneways are dusted with snow and the cafes and restaurants invite you into their cosy interiors.

Dream Ski Holidays in Zell am See

The world renown ski resort of Zell am See is a skier's paradise with ideal snow conditions from December to April. The Schmittenhöhe Resort rises from the lakeside village of Zell am See. The summit slopes are easily reached from the gondolas that depart from the village centre and from Shüttdorf. The only sound that disturbs the tranquillity is the swish of your skis carving into the snow.

The resort has 77 km of pistes - 5 runs which lead directly down into the valley. The slopes cater for all abilities: 15 Blue runs (30 km); 17 Red Runs (28 km) and 3 Black Runs (19 km).

The 1.3 km Funslope XXL will challenge you with snails, tunnels, waves and steep curves. Boarders are also accommodated with the 12 obstacles in the snow park. For experienced skiers, enjoy the thrill of the
4.1 km Trassabfahrt as you race downhill with gradients up to 70% on one of the longest black pistes in Salzburger Land.

When the sun sets normally it’s time to head home. But, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (18.30 to 21.30) the freshly prepared Nightslope at the Ebenbergbahn lift is ready for night skiing. You carve down the slopes under the twinkling stars to the view of the romantically lit village below.

No skis- no problem. There are several ski and rental shops – both within the village and three on the mountain (Areit Valley Station, Areit Mountain Station, Schmittenhöhe Valley Station) to fit you out.

Ski touring Adventures in Zell am See

Not content to riding up to the summit in a comfortable gondola before hurling yourself down a mountain? Then ski-touring is for you! Hike up and ski down. The wider shorter skies with skins attached provide traction on the walk up. When you reach the top, lock down the heels and ski down. The Ronachkopfe at Thumerbach is a favourite place to start- not too steep for the climb up and the Enzianhütte provides a cosy rest stop before your descent. For a steeper climb,
the Schmittenhöhe ski tour starts at the Areit valley station for the
6 km trail.

Indulge in the off-piste activities in Zell am See

When you want to give your legs a break, there are plenty of non-skiing activities available in Zell am See. With over 40 km of groomed trails to enjoy hiking, walking or snowshoeing in the picturesque mountain landscape. When the lake is frozen, grab some skates and glide across to Thumersbach.

Discover the exhilarating thrill of zooming down the hill into the valley on a toboggan. At Berggasthof Kohlschnait, in Bruck at the Glocknerstraße, ascend to the summit by tractor before you glide down the illuminated toboggan run. Or if a calmer mode of transport is your ideal- curl up under a warm blanket as you enjoy an unforgettable trip around Lake Zell in a horse-drawn sleigh.

For the price of a gondola ticket, ascend to the summit of Schmittenhöhe to sample one of the many delicious Pinzgauer specialities. There are over 14 Alms and mountain Gasthäuser on Schmitten that will entice you to linger on sunny terraces while enveloped in the refreshing mountain air with panorama vistas.

Traditional Alpine Christmas Celebrations

Rediscover a nostalgic Christmas with century-old traditions. The village of Zell am See is dressed in its finest- covered in powdery snow, fairy lights twinkling and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and gingerbread waft through the air.

From the end of November until Christmas Eve (Thursday to Sundays) transport yourself back in time with a reminiscent stroll through the Magical Christmas Market. A village of small wooden huts sell everything from wooden toys, candles to homemade decorations. Warm yourself with a mug of Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) while you snack on roasted chestnuts (maroni).