Austria Ski Accommodation in Zell am See, Austria

Description

Zell am See (part of the Europa Ski Region) is a small town with a good range of amenities for the non-skier. 'Zell's' slopes have a lot of variety and challenging terrain, but not really enough to keep a keen intermediate or expert happy for long - only 75 km/47 miles of pistes, if you ignore Kaprun's Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier (down the valley past Kaprun), has a great range of runs, particularly for the intermediate and beginner skier. Snowboarders have a good range of terrain on offer and the half-pipe on the Kitzsteinhorn is worth a visit.


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Apres

Apres-ski festivities kick off on the mountain and trickle down to the village until the early hours in Zell am See. Innocuous alpine huts, inns and ski huts transform into party venues every night. Favourites include the Pavillon, Lederhosn, Cabrio, Schnaps-Hans, Pinzgauer Diele and Crazy Daisy; live music and local party games carry the mood shift into the night.
A solid choice for European party-goers tends to be the Crazy Daisy, which has live bands every night throughout the winter season and its inventive drinks menu serves the likes of a ‘Slippery Nipple’, ‘Orgasm’, ‘Against the Wall’ and ‘No thanks, I’m fine’. The Pinzgauer Diele has is a popular spot to hit straight from the mountain and has the ultimate alpine après vibe; you will be welcome in your ski gear and the pub often displays snow-sports videos in the background. The locals tend to congregate in the Bierstadl, but do not take their après any less seriously– this pub serves 33 different types of beer. If experimenting with new drinks is what you’re looking to do, B17 is a great cocktail bar that also hosts major sports events on its Sky TV. A break from tradition, the Insider Bar is also extremely cool and funky. However, if you are looking for a bit of familiarity in both atmosphere and drinks, head to the predictable and friendly Irish pub, Flannigans.
The vast choice in Zell am See also affords great options for those seeking a quieter après vibe. There are plenty of spots to indulge in a mulled wine, or the Austrian speciality, Kasnocken in a relaxed, rustic setting. The alpine huts steeped high up on the mountain are idyllic in the late afternoon; grab a drink and take in the spectacular view of the lit up valley. The Wunderbar is an elegant bar overlooking the lake that serves as a particularly romantic drinking venue for two.


Eating out

On the mountain
On the mountain there are plenty of very popular lunch spots that offer delicious hearty meals and great views of the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area.
Panorama Pfiff perfectly combines both elements and is regarded as one of the best eateries on the mountain. Locally run, the restaurant serves up wholesome mountain food using regional produce. Another slope-side favourite is Blaickner’s Sonnalm. Diners can enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine on a picturesque patio. The hotel restaurant sits half way up the south side of the Schmittenhoehe Mountain and can be skied to, and accessed by the gondola.

In Zell am See town
In the town of Zell am See with over 60 restaurants to choose from, you can be assured that you will be spoiled for choice. The small pavement cafes are bubbling with a traditional Austrian, mountain atmosphere and great for a quick bite. The town also hosts a range of gourmet restaurants such as The Eichenhof which is beautifully located in a panoramic dining room overlooking Lake Zell.
If you are not a fan of Austrian food, there is also a great variety in the town and you can find Italian and Chinese restaurants. The lakeside Erlhof combines both Italian and Austrian influences, forming a creative menu. The Erlhof is also known for its fantastic wine cellar. A firm favourite among tourists is the hotel Tauernstüberl which has a family friendly and comfortable restaurant. The menu offers a wide range of Salzburg specialities, vegetarian dishes, international dishes and fondue.



Activities

Zell am See has a many small shops, cafes and restaurants. There are a range of other activities on offer - in the winter the lake freezes over and is used for ice-skating and curling.



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Zell am See is a great resort for children because of its many family-friendly sports facilities and pedestrianised town centre.

Fun on the snow
Tobogganning can be an activity for the whole family and there are numerous tobogganing runs across the Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe mountains. A Toboggan bus runs weekly to the top of a 1.5km track down the Schmittental valley to the Hotel Waldhof. In the evening, this excursion is particularly magical and the run is well-lit. The bus runs until 10pm and tickets are €4 for adults and €2 for children.

Sports
The leisure centre is open until 10pm in Zell am See and offers a wealth of activities for both kids and adults. Children can play around the pirate ship in the play pool under your supervision and older kids can explore the other aquatic facilities such the 74m water slide and 25m sport swimming pool with massage jets whilst you relax in the Sauna and Wellness centre. Great apres-ski activities also include the ice rink, bowling alley and crazy golf. Ice skating is always fun and a real family-friendly activity; it is also possible to catch a professional Ice Hockey match as Zell’s Ice Hockey team play here!

Childcare
If you are travelling with young children, there are plenty of day care options allowing you to explore the ski area uninterrupted, in the knowledge that they are having fun and making friends. The Ski Schule Zell am See has a Kindergarten which offers full day and half day childcare, A full day runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm and costs around €12 a day.


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Zell am See, Austria Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 3° C
Wind: 9mph
Direction: s
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 15cm
Snow Depth
Top: 140cm
Base: 35cm

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