Skiing in Zell am See, a versatile area with a lively city life
The popularity of the place is due to the stunningly beautiful location by the picturesque lake, the cozy and international atmosphere and good and classic skiing. But it is also the contrast between the safe and the wild, which seems alluring. Zell am See is the gateway to Austria's tallest and wildest mountains. When driving to Zell, you will pass low-lying valleys with lower, round mountains. But just behind the city Glocknerstrasse begins, which is open only in summer. It rises to 2400 meters, close to Austria's highest mountain Gross Glockner (3800m).
The contrast is also seen in the ski slopes where Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel are mountains full of trees in pleasant surroundings, while the skiing at Kitzsteinhorn is in a high alpine setting without trees, with raw cliffs and glaciers.
The city itself is a bit the same way. The idyllic town with old houses and the famous casino on the lake bank, which in the morning is quiet, but in the afternoon it transforms into wild afterski by the many skiers coming down from the slopes. The afterski will for many continue until late into the night at the cool bars and nightclubs, which the city is also known for.