Come join Austin Skiers for an exciting time in Zell am See, Austria! It's a first trip for the club to this fabulous place. Check out this YouTube video for what it's like to "ski above the clouds."This destination is our first international trip of the season & should appeal to non-skiers & hard-core skiers alike and every level in between.
Beautifully situated lakeside: Zell am See ski resort Austria (a.k.a. Schmitten) merges many wonderful qualities inviting to all powder hounds. A stellar location, easy access, guaranteed snow cover, varied ski terrain and a real village with lively après make Zell am See a great ski & snowboard holiday destination. The size of the town and proximity to Salzburg makes it a good choice for non-skiing party members.
Zell am See's skiing can be accessed from a number of lifts, but the most convenient point for many people is likely to be the CityXpress gondola, which, as its name suggests, leaves from the center of the town. Click here for a map of the area.
The lift takes skiers to an open area with an easy draglift for beginners and a mountain restaurant. The Hirschkogel chair can be taken further up the hill to link in with the Schüttdorf side or to head on up to the top of the hill. The City Express also offers access to the Schmittenhöhe cable car via a slow and flat blue run or a speedier but harder black run.
The Schüttdorf side has lengthy intermediate runs down to the village and the higher slopes can be accessed again by the different stages of the Areit gondola.
Intrinsically linked with the nearby Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn ski resort & glacier plus the neighboring Skicircus Saalbach, Zell-am-See is a classic mid-size Austrian ski resort surrounded by mountains of possibilities. The area can also offer snow-sure skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above the nearby village of Kaprun, with which it shares a lift pass. The high elevation and northerly aspect of the nearby Kitzsteinhorn will generally guarantee quality snow conditions all winter, regardless of what is happening at lower elevations.
The Zell am See ski area has a low base of just 760m (2,490’) but rises to a lofty 2,000m (6,600’) on Schmittenhöhe via a host of modern lifts. One can take at least 5 different thigh-burning valley runs down the entire 1240m (4,100’) vertical on the ‘front side’, plus a 1,000m+ (3,300’) descent on the ‘back side‘ toward Saalbach. Cutting these long laps will very quickly render your legs to jelly.
Speaking of lifts (and jelly), there aren’t too many places that can boast having cable car cabins designed by Porsche. Zell am See can and boasts about it! They do look cool (if you are into that; we prefer jelly!). Putting that aside, Schmitten does have an expansive and modern lift system hauling skiers and snowboarders up its 77km (47.8 miles) of piste skiing. The 27 ski lifts are continually being upgraded & replaced.
The piste terrain is mainly east facing and quite varied. Unusual for a lot of the resorts in the region, Zell am See includes some exceptionally long advanced (black) runs. The range of beginner & intermediate trails will satisfy most skiers for several days.
Off-piste terrain here at first appears limited, but it is only limited by your imagination. For the adventurous when the snow is deep, there are some quite lusty alpine bowls and literally kilometres of great (& particularly challenging) tree skiing possibilities.
While snowfall statistics show Zell am See has a healthy 6m (19'-8") average winter snowfall (summit of Schmittenhöhe), the low elevation base of the resort makes it vulnerable to warmer weather. Pleasingly for winter visitors to Zell Am See, 100% of piste runs are covered by high-tech snow-making.
We will be staying at The Grand Hotel. Zell-am-See - a 4-Star Superior hotel in a unique location on its private peninsula at the shore of Lake Zell and features a private beach with a sunbathing lawn, as well as a modern rooftop spa area offering panoramic views.
International cuisine and characteristic Pinzgau specialties are served in the restaurant, where guests can enjoy views of the lake. The charming Imperial café bar serves snacks and drinks. A wide range of beauty and wellness treatments is available in the spa area. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Outdoor and garage parking spaces are available for a surcharge.
Day Excursions - OPTIONAL (additional cost)
Depart for Salzburg about 9:00AM. On the way stop at the
Red Bull Hanger 7 museum to see the many aircraft and
Cars exhibited there. Proceed to Salzburg for walking tour.
After tour there will be free time for shopping and additional
Sightseeing. At 2:30PM board the bus for the return trip. En-
Route back to Zell am See there will be a visit to the Stiegl
Brewery for a Guided Tour, beer tasting and a Souvenir
Gift. Following the Brewery visit the bus will return to Zell
Am See in the late afternoon estimated between 3:00 - 4:00PM.
A great day for both skiers and non-skiers. bus will depart Zell am See hotels in the morning and proceed to Kitzbuhel where the skiers and non-skiers will leave the bus. The skiers will proceed to the cable station to get their lift ticket. The non-skiers will proceed with the guide for a
short tour of Kitzbuhel. After the tour, non-skiers will re-board the bus and travel to Kufstein where the guide will conduct a tour of the Kufstein Fortress. Lunch will be on your own at the Fortress. After lunch perhaps some time for shopping or more sightseeing. Afterwards the bus will return to Kitzbuhel, pick up the skiers and then return to the Zell am See Hotels.
Half day tour includes tour to Krimml Waterfalls and guided tour to Entrance of the National Park Museum.
Leaving Zell am See by bus the drive will take you just
across the border between Austria and Germany to the beautiful city of Burghausen. It is the largest town in the Altotting district of Oberbayern in Germany. It is situated on the Salzach River, near the border with Austria Burghausen Castle rests along a ridge-line, and is the longest castle in Europe (1,043 m). Your tour will include entrance to the Castle and a short tour of the town.
You must be a current Austin Skiers member to join a trip.
NOTE: Prices and air subject to change
Full Price: $2,713
(includes Air, lodging, Breakfast and dinner)
Land Package Price for Base Trip: $1,583 (no air)
(Airport transfers are included if air is coordinated with the group. It is the responsibility of the Ground Only passengers to coordinate their flight with the group and for you to be at the appointed place and time for the group pickup. No special arrangements will be made. )
Post Trip: Jan. 29-Feb, 1, 2022 - Munich, 3 nights includes breakfast, transfers, and city tour
Double occupancy: $357
Single Supplement: $533
Full day tours to Salzburg, Kitbuhel (skiers and non-skiers), and Burghausen.
1/2 day tour to Krimml Waterfalls and Museum
Lift Tickets information and pricing:
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