We are happy to welcome our guests to a fantastic world of winter activities. The skiing opportunities of the area are for skiers of all ages and aptitudes. The cable car station is only 400 meters from the hotel, and the cable car will take you almost all the way to the top of the mountain from where you will practically have the run of the entire mountain. One of the cable-car middle stations is right at the beginner’s slope.
If you want a little variation, use the ski bus network and take a trip to the glacier. Arriving there, you'll encounter an amazing diversity of activity opportunities: There is the fun park, the fantastic views and excellent skiing conditions for the entire season.
If you want to give your skis a rest and experience another activity, you will find a multitude of alternative winter activities which you might find fun to try. You could, for instance, go snowshoeing; you could try out cross country skiing; or you could go sleigh riding - to mention but a few of the opportunities available in the glacier area.
Back at the hotel after skiing for an entire day, you can relax in our spa and wellness area to get nice and warm and loosen up your muscles and thus prepare yourself for yet a day on the slopes.
Dream holiday all year round
The legendary saying “skiing on the Kitz, bathing in Lake Zell” is not an advertising slogan but rather an unrivalled combination in the Alps. The Zell am See-Kaprun region is a pleasant all year round destination, where the boundaries between the seasons seemingly merge together: people perfecting their carve turns on the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn in early summer can be found at the Lake Zell lido in the afternoon. Those wanting to experience winter in high summer can enjoy the sun on the snow beach on the glacier. Yet these who don’t want to explore the contrasts can simply do what the season, weather and region recommend: from a hike in alpine meadows to a shopping trip through the old part of Zell am See or a wellness afternoon in the TAUERN SPA.
Diverse winter pleasure in Zell am See-Kaprun
In winter, the three ski regions of Kitzsteinhorn, Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel with their 62 slopes and total length of 138 kilometres offer a great deal of variety: the only glacier ski region in Salzburg, wide carving slopes, amazing freeride routes and a comprehensive range of offerings for families and children, such as the longest fun slope in the world and the largest superpipe in Austria, have transformed the region into a genuine dream destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Away from the slopes, visitors can discover the softer side of winter in Zell am See while cross-country skiing, going on a winter or snow shoe hike, tobogganing, ice skating or in a horse-drawn carriage.
Enjoy, dance, party, play
Around 90 restaurants and 30 mountain chalets, serving the finest Pinzgau specialties, ensure that pleasure is not forgotten during all of these activities. Zell am See-Kaprun is considered to be a genuine gourmet paradise with a diverse offering that wins over even fastidious food lovers. The night life is also legendary: some of the bars are known well beyond the state border. Guest friendliness in Zell am See-Kaprun has grown across the decades and can point to a long tradition: Emperor Franz Joseph and his Sissi, artists and city dwellers came to enjoy the summer freshness in Pinzgau. To this day the enthusiasm for this very special place in the mountains remains unchanged: it is cosy, sophisticated, modern and traditional – the best of everything found in one place. The rich diversity is reflected in the events held during the year: international sporting events, such as the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, take place alongside the popular “Lake Zell magic” water, light, music and laser show or the Wednesday festivals. Since the opening of the casino in 2016 the region now has one more highlight to offer. The multi-functional Ferry Porsche Congress Centre offers space for up to 1,200 people and is the ideal location for conferences, seminars and international events.
Monumental excursion destinations and genuine superlatives
The Zell am See-Kaprun region borders the Upper Tauern National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in the central Alps. 30 three thousand metre peaks, gigantic waterfalls, mighty glaciers and a marvellous natural landscape await holidaymakers. This high alpine region can be experienced in a particularly impressive manner on the Kitzsteinhorn: with the National Park Gallery, the Cinema 3000 and Salzburg‘s highest viewing platform at an altitude of 3,029 metres, the “Gipfelwelt 3000” is an unrivalled excursion destination for the whole family. The local Schmittenhöhe mountain with the famous Sissi chapel, high mountain reservoirs and the Sigmund Thun Gorge are examples of the wonderful natural landscape.
Bad weather? There’s no such thing!
It can of course happen that the sun is not shining in the sky. Yet that will not spoil a day on holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun: the historical old town of Zell am See invites holidaymakers to go on a shopping trip or visit the Vogtturm, Kaprun Castle and Vötters Old-timer Museum. Raindrops can be observed while relaxing in warm water: the TAUERN SPA provides an extra portion of relaxation on holiday with seven pools, a water area of 1,200 m2, a modern and large sauna landscape, the “Kidstein” with entertainment for children, and a wide range of beneficial wellness treatments. You can also enjoy some hours of relaxation in Zell leisure centre with its indoor pool, giant slide and sauna.
Best winter sports conditions
Austrian pop legend Wolfgang Ambros helped Zell am See to achieve cult status with his song “Schifoan”. The beautiful mountains, great slopes, “picture perfect” snow and snow guarantee mean that the region is a genuine dream destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Snow parks in all three ski regions, Austria’s most attractive superpipe on the Kitzsteinhorn and the world’s longest fun slope on the Schmittenhöhe provide an extra kick for snowboarders and freestylers.
“Beautiful skiing” in Zell am See-Kaprun
Wide carving slopes, fantastic glacier descents, challenging steep slopes, amazing freeride routes, easy practice slopes: with the large spectrum and wide offering, Zell am See-Kaprun is considered to be one of the most beautiful and diverse ski regions in Austria. The three ski regions – the Schmittenhöhe, Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn – have 62 slopes with a total length of 138 kilometres, including 54 kilometres of easy runs (“blue”), 55 kilometres of average runs (“red”) and 29 kilometres of difficult runs (“black”). The latest artificial snow equipment ensures that snow is guaranteed. Traditional chalets and modern mountain restaurants alongside the slopes provide culinary pleasure on the summits.
More than 50 years of the Kitzsteinhorn: freedom at 3,000 metres
When it was opened in 1965, the Kitzsteinhorn was the first glacier ski region in Austria. Today it is a modern ski region with guaranteed snow from October to early summer. With the “glacier jet 3 and 4” cars the ascent up the glacier is an experience in itself: while floating 60 metres above the slopes winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy an impressive panorama of the only glacier ski region in Salzburg with its 41 kilometres of slopes and the untouched mountain world of the Upper Tauern National Park. The Kitzsteinhorn offers families and beginners a practice area with a particularly wide and gentle slope. In contrast, the “Black Mamba” is very tough. With a length of 1,000 metres, and altitude difference of 250 metres and a gradient of 63 percent the steep slope is a challenge even for experienced winter sports fans. The Kitzsteinhorn is considered to be a top spot on the freeride scene. The “Glacier Park,” “Easy Park,” “Central Park,” “Lechnerberg Railgarden,” Austria’s most attractive superpipe and the freeride XXL offering with five freeride routes help to make it so popular. Safety is always paramount. Qualified guides prepare beginners and professionals for the fascination of deep snow skiing in freeride XXL workshops.
Family winter fun on the Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel
Top quality skiing fun is also offered on the Schmittenhöhe, the local mountain in Zell am See. The ascent itself with the world’s first Porsche Design cable car is an exclusive pleasure. The network of 26 cable cars and lifts opens up access to 77 kilometres of well-prepared slopes. Scene enthusiasts meet to enjoy the ultimate fun in the snow at the “Schmittenhöhe Snow Park” with jumps, rails, boxes and kickers. The world’s longest fun slope offers fun and thrills for young and old snow bunnies with its waves, tunnels and snails. Brave skiers can even film their descent on the fun slope with the SpotOn video app. The small obstacles, waves and slalom course on the kids‘ slope offer lots of action for young ones on skis. Three times a week winter sports enthusiasts can extend their day into the evening on the illuminated night slope. The descents on the Maiskogel in Kaprun are perfect for families. Seven cable cars and lifts connect around 20 kilometres of gentle slopes up to a height of 1,730 metres. People wanting to clock up the kilometres will find what they’re looking for on the longest valley descent in the region with a length of seven kilometres. The “Maisi-Phantasiepark” with mini bumps and small ramps is the perfect preparation for the challenging snow parks. Visitors can travel down into the valley just as quickly but without skis on the “Alpine Coaster.”
Lots of comfort with top quality service
With free ski buses, twelve ski, carving, snowboard and cross-country skiing schools and equipment rental the Zell am See-Kaprun region meets all of the requirements for a perfect winter holiday. Even the youngest children are well looked after in six ski schools with a ski kindergarten and ski courses. The groups are divided according to ability and age and the lessons are held in several languages. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy particular comfort in the “Intersport Bründl” service network. Guests can borrow equipment, and exchange it free of charge, in eight shops in the region. There are also free ski depots available in Kaprun and Zell am See.
Special tips for children and adolescents
In the “junior club” on the Schmittenhöhe Schmidolin, the holiday dragon, spreads joy with games, excursions and competitions. In the “dragon park” on the Glocknerbahn young skiers can turn around funny obstacles and practice balancing on skis. In the “Kinderland” at the Areitbahn valley station even the youngest holidaymakers can learn how to turn in the snow. A particularly funny excursion is the glow worm run on skis. Young skiers can discover the slopes at night with their glow sticks and accompanied by ski teachers. Every Saturday on the Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn visitors can take advantage of the “power of ten” offer, whereby a daily card for children and adolescents aged between 6 and 19 costs only 10 Euros.
The lake - Lake Zell
Shining ice, pure fun
During the coldest season, Jack Frost ensures that Lake Zell is transformed into a special place to spend time. Its limited use-by date and the knowledge that the ice will only be there for a short space of time makes it even more fun. Ice skaters whizz around and ice hockey players chase after the puck, while under the thick layer of ice the fish wait for summer. The bright lake is also an exceptional place for ice boats and snow kiters. Professionals show off their jumps up to 200 metres wide and up to 20 metres high. Skiers and snowboarders can try out the interaction with the wind under the professional guidance of snow kite teachers.
The glacier - the Kitzsteinhorn
The unmistakeable silhouette of the Kitzsteinhorn has turned the “white mountain” into the symbol of the Zell am See-Kaprun region. The “Kitz,” as the mountain is lovingly known, is not just the only glacier ski region in the Salzburg area but also, thanks to the “Gipfelwelt 3000,” a high alpine adventure mountain that is open all year round. As the highest viewing point in the state, the “Top of Salzburg” panorama platform at 3,029 metres above sea level offers a unique panoramic view of the highest mountains in Austria and the glaciers of the Upper Tauern National Park. Since autumn 2015 the high ski region is now even more attractive thanks to the two highly modern “glacier jet 3 and 4” cable cars.
More than 50 years of Kitzsteinhorn – freedom in the snow
People have been skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn since 1965. Austria’s first glacier ski region is also the only one in the Salzburg region and the “Kitz” has always been a pioneer in the area of cable car and skiing technology. Anyone skiing here is following in some prominent footsteps: all of the world’s leading alpine ski racers have trained on the Kitzsteinhorn over the past five decades.
The Kitzsteinhorn is a highly modern ski region and its offering has been continually extended over the decades. There are now three snow parks, Austria’s most attractive superpipe, five freeride routes including an avalanche search field and, with “Freeride Monday”, weekly guided freeride tours. There is also a glacier cross-country ski run and ski tour routes. A further feature is the steep “Black Mamba” slope with a length of 1,000 metres and 63 percent gradient. At more than 3,000 metres above sea level there is a snow guarantee on the 41 kilometres of slopes from October to early summer.
Six restaurants and bars – including the highest restaurant in Salzburg at 3,029 metres above sea level – indulge guests with fine culinary delights. The winter events on the Kitzsteinhorn are equally diverse: the WOW Glacier Love opening festival is followed, amongst other things, by the “Hochgenuss” culinary events in the summit restaurant and the “ICE CAMP presented by Audi quattro” with ice art and panorama terraces.
“Gipfelwelt 3000” and pleasure worlds on the mountain
Visitors to the “Gipfelwelt 3000” on the Kitzsteinhorn can enjoy the fascinating high mountain and glacier world of the Upper Tauern National Park all year round. The “Cinema 3000” promises film pleasure at the highest level: “Kitzsteinhorn – The Nature” is shown on the eight metre wide screen. The National Park Gallery is a 360 metre long tunnel including information stations, which leads visitors through the mountain and ends in a further panorama platform that is geographically already in the Upper Tauern National Park. At this magical viewing point visitors find themselves at eye level with the Großglockner and Austria’s highest mountains.
Guided tours with National Park rangers take place free of charge twice daily in summer and every Tuesday in winter.
The mountain - the Schmittenhöhe
The Schmittenhöhe – or “Schmitten” for short – is not just the local Zell am See mountain, but also an all year round action and adventure mountain. Nature lovers and hikers will find the calm and downtime that they seek in the same place where explorers, winter sports enthusiasts and families with adventure seeking children can indulge their passions. In both summer and winter, the modern mountain railways bring sports lovers and walkers, yoga enthusiasts and yodellers, skiers, freeriders and paragliders to the middle and mountain stations and right into the heart of everything.
Fun on the slopes and in the snow for winter sports enthusiasts
The latest mountain railways and lifts transport winter sports lovers into the heart of the 77 kilometres of slopes on the Schmittenhöhe. The offering is continually being extended. Since winter 2015, skiers can go down the 3.5 kilometre descent into the Glemmtal and, in only a few minutes, be taken back up to the Salersbachköpfl in the new 10 seater cable cars. The four kilometre “Trass” descent, one of the longest black runs in the Salzburg region with a gradient of up to 70 percent, offers a real challenge.
The kids’ slope provides genuine fun for children: obstacles, waves, tunnels and a slalom course offer lots of action on skis. Schmidolin the dragon is also around in winter: “Schmidolin‘s dragon park” is an entertaining children’s land for beginners and “Schmidolin‘s dragon tunnel” is a practical covered conveyor belt alongside a children’s area.
With waves, tunnels and snails the world’s largest fun slope provides action and thrills for young and old snow bunnies. Brave skiers can even film their descent on the fun slope with the SpotOn video app.
Scene enthusiasts meet to enjoy the ultimate fun in the snow at the “Schmittenhöhe Snow Park” with jumps, rails, boxes and kickers. Three times a week winter sports enthusiasts can extend their day until 9.30 p.m. on the illuminated night slope with wonderful views of Zell am See.
Special features away from the mainstream
The Schmittenhöhe is Austria’s first “art and culture mountain.” 30 oversized sculptures created by international artists can be seen along the hiking trails and are also in the “art on the mountain” folder. The “4 lakes artistic hike” can be undertaken individually or as part of a guided tour. In winter, Europe’s largest open air artistic space is transformed into a “gallery on the slope.”