Things to do in Zell am See, Austria
By Matt Preston
Austria has some stunning ski resorts, impressive mountain ranges and valleys. It also has the beautiful region of Zell am See Kaprun. It’s true to say that most Zell am See holidays are all about skiing – this picturesque mountain town is nestled in the shadow of the 2,000m high Schmittenhohe mountain and is surrounded by endless skiing opportunities. The scenery is breathtaking and since the 1960s travellers from around the world have flocked there to take advantage of its clean, crisp air and well equipped ski facilities.
Snow all year round
Schmittenhohe mountain at Zell am See has snow all year round so skiers and snow boarders alike love to take advantage of the 138km of pistes surrounding the town which range from beginner to expert levels of difficulty. Beginners are looked after by the local ski school, while advanced skiiers can challenge themselves on the runs of the Schmittenhohe mountain and its marvellous powder snow. The upper slopes have over 160cm of snow with an annual snowfall of over 360cm. Check out the latest snow report here.
If you’re looking for a new challenge beyond skiing and snowboarding then why not try snow kiting? It allows skiiers and snow boarders to travel uphill and perform unbelievable freestyle moves all while bolstered by the power of wind. Skiiers and boarders can reach speeds of up to 75km/hr. Kitschule Skywalker are the specialists in Snow Kiting in Zell am See. Check out their website for more details.
Cross Country Skiing in Zell am See
If you don’t fancy the rush of downhill or kite skiing, Zell am See has 200km of cross country trails, some circling the beautiful Fischhornloipe. It’s great for beginners and intermiedates and takes you on a 5km trail. You can abandon the skis altogether too and try snow-shoeing! Trekking is great all year round and you can enjoy a breath taking Nordic Walking expedition through Zell am See’s beautiful countryside.
Wherever you go in the Zell am See region you’re guaranteed breathtaking views and great Austrian hospitality.