Number of runs: 29
Resort Height: 758.0M
Top Lift Height: 2000.0M
Total Length of runs: 77KM
Easy runs: 6
Medium runs: 14
Difficult runs: 9
Annual Snowfall: 300CM
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Zell Am See Ski Holidays - Great For Families and Short Breaks
The cheap ski holiday destination of Zell am See is an ideal place for a family holiday or even a short ski break. The last minute ski holiday resort has over 80 km of perfectly maintained piste and a total vertical of 1,200 metres all in very close proximity to this picturesque town, Zell am See is a perfect destination for your Austrian skiing holiday. The Schmittenhöhe mountain that rises impressively behind the town is the home to skiing in this beautiful last mnute ski holiday resort. The skiing is accessible at several points by two gondolas and two chair lifts, the two gondolas are located in the town centre and in the next village of Schüttdorf, whilst the two cable cars are located in the lift base above Zell.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Zell Am See - Great for Intermediate Skiers
Beginners having a cheap ski holiday in Zell am See are best served by the two chairlifts as they bring you to the top of the mountain for some of the easier blues available. It is also possible to take the chairlift down at the end of your skiing if the full descent seems a little scary for your liking. There are plenty of runs to avail of as an intermediate skier in Zell am See, with over 50 km of intermediate graded trails to make the most of. When on your Austrian ski holiday, one run to definitely try out is the 6.5 km 'Schutt' trail that winds it's way from the very top all the way down to Zell am See covering the full 1,200 metre vertical. In terms of expert skiing there are quite a few blacks that scale the mountain, mainly through the forest area.
Cheap Ski Holidays in Zell Am See - Great Off-Piste Skiing
Having a cheap ski holiday in Zell am See provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at some off-piste skiing as the conditions are perfect for great powder. Zell am See also has some very good snow making equipment which covers nearly 70% of the total piste which mean that the sunny slopes can be skied on even late in to the season.
Even with such reliable snow fall and great snow making equipment, many people on a last minute skiing holiday in Austria will still like to avail of the nearby skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier at Kaprun during their stay. This can be accessed by the free ski bus taking you the half hour journey to Kaprun, leaving every twenty minutes.
Zell am See is a top destination for snowboarders with the Europa Sport Region. Local to Zell am See there's a Fun Park with half pipe at Glocknerwiese on the Schmittenhöhe with one of Austria's original two Boarder Cross courses with jumps, ramps and bumps and there's plenty of surfing and cruising terrain all around the Region. The nightlife model also fits most 'boarders requirements.
The 22 bars, pubs and discothèques in the region give Zell am See a lively night life perfect for large groups that want it, with quiet sophisticated night spots for those who don't. In the former category the Schnapps Hans Ice Bar at the top of the cable car is a good place to start (especially if the weather is good). Then back in Zell the Villa Crazy Daisy is normally one of the busiest spots in town, along with the popular Diele. Honorary mentions also for Greens, Resi Bar, Viva and Membar. But there is so much more to do than party in Zell - bowling, toboggan run, night skiing, cinema, swimming, skating and a host of other opportunities.
As mentioned, Zell am See has a life outside winter sports, which is centred partly on the lake, partly on the numerous other sports and leisure facilities and partly in the historic town centre and the castle. Ice sailing and ice surfing are possible on Lake Zell when frozen. There are 40km (32 miles) of marked winter hiking trails. In the air there's a choice of scenic flights in light aircraft, gliding, paragliding, hang gliding, even parachuting. On the slopes, apart from skiing and 'boarding at night, there's snow rafting, freestyle skiing camps and an illuminated toboggan run. The indoor ice rink stages hockey and curling matches as well as skating. There's an indoor riding school, sleigh rides, even llama riding! The multi-sports centre has indoor pool, sauna and solarium and there's also a beauty farm, bowling, a cinema, library and museum in the town. Concerts, exhibitions, festivals and theatre are staged in the castle at nearby Kaprun and there are also art galleries. If you still feel there's not enough to do off the slopes locally, many excursions are organised from the town, with popular destinations including the thermal springs of the Gastein Valley (see Bad Gastein or Bad Hofgastein), the salt mines at Hallein, Europe's highest waterfalls at Krimml and the provincial capital of Salzburg and the National park museum in Mittersill (about 29 km distance from Zell am See).
Zell am See has a great range of dining choices ranging from McDonalds to gourmet Austrian fayre. All told there are some 60 restaurants in the region with a further 15 cafés and cake shops; about half of them are in the town. Good choices in the latter cake shop category include the Café Feinschmeck or the Moosshammer. After that, value establishments include relatively low priced fast food, Chinese and pizza restaurants. Many of the hotel restaurants have economic set menus. Guiseppes is known for its high calibre Italian whilst the Traubenstüberl is one of the best of the many offering regional specialities and traditional Austrian dishes. There's also a rare Croatian option - the Adria.
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