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Skifahren auf der Schmittenhöhe

Sports winter
in Zell am See

Unlimited possibilities for fans of winter sports

Your winter fun on holiday in Austria

The "Hotel & Apartment Central" offers the absolute best location for all winter athletes! The valley station of the Cityexpress is only a brief walk away from the apartments – the ideal starting point for the Schmittenhöhe ski region. The nearby Kitzsteinhorn glacial ski region in Kaprun provides gorgeous slopes all-year-round, and the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang with its 200 km of slopes is within a 20-minute-drive.

The new Ski ALPIN CARD: 1 ticket = 3 regions

The Ski ALPIN CARD is your key to three premium ski regions: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn,Schmittenhöhe in Zell am Seeand the Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun Glacier Ski Resort. This uniformly valid ticket alliance boasts more comfort, clarity and infinite variety for skiers.

Enjoy a superlative ski experience with 408 kilometres of ski slopes, 121 cable cars and lifts and a maximum of attractions

Safely to your destination during your winter holiday in Austria

The ski buses, which depart directly in front of the Hotel & Apartment Central Zell am See, ensure that you arrive safely at your destination and back again. They connect the entire ski regions with all the fantastic ski runs. Every 20 minutes, the shuttle service takes hotel guests from Zell am See to the nearby Kitzsteinhorn. The magnificent Schmittenhöhe is also easy to reach by public transport.

Even beyond the slopes, snow kings and ice princesses find a wide selection of sportive and relaxing leisure activities. Gliding over the clear ice of the frozen Lake Zell or the artificial ice of the indoor rink, snowshoeing through powder snow, cross-country skiing on perfectly groomed runs exploring the region, riding through the snow-covered scenery wrapped in warm blankets during a romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, attempting acrobatic jumps over the Big Airs in Mellow Park on the Schmittenhöhe or in Austria’s largest superpipe on the Kitzsteinhorn, or racing into the valley on sledges during fun tobogganing – the possibilities to fill your holiday with action are almost unlimited.

And if neither the nightlife nor spa sessions in the nearby thermal spa Tauern Spa Kaprun are an option after sunset, the floodlit slope right outside the door of the "Apartment Central" extends the ski day into the evening.

Insider tip:
A cosy hike to Fritz Sendlhofer’s unique saw museum, high above Zell am See, with the largest collection of saws in the world and the oldest saw in Europe is definitely worthwhile. Local to the Zell region and an Olympic beard champion, Sendlhofer brews the finest beer in his "Sagl-Bräu" on the Zeller Sonnberg, and the view of the mountain town is breathtakingly brilliant from up here.

Winter activities at a glance:


Diverse snow fun in the skiing region of Zell am See-Kaprun
Ski trails stretching 138 kilometers that is divided into 57 ski runs make the skiing region of Zell am See – Kaprun to a snow pleasure a superlative experience.

The black marked ski trails in the Region of Zell am See-Kaprun is 29 km long and a challenge for every skier. Red routes lead from the Kitzsteinhorn (2,452 meters) up to the station of the Gletscherjet 2 at an elevation of 1,976 meters above sea level. Directly from the summit station, you can ski down a blue-marked beginner trail. 130 km long ski runs ensure that you spend a diverse and exciting winter holiday at the AlpenParks Apartment Central in Zell am See. The Schmittenhöhe skiing is a cynsoure of ski sports for professional skiers around the world. One of the most popular ski slopes of the Alps is at 2,000 meters high Schmittenhöhe. From the top, you have the opportunity to ski down via the Schmittental up to the outskirts of Zell.

Snow-safe valley runs with 1,000 m height difference make the Schmitten to an Austrian ski resort of an extraordinary class. The white gold is guaranteed - 90 percent of the slopes in European sport region of Zell am See-Kaprun can be artificially covered with snow. The traditional ski huts pamper the guests with Austrian delicacies and make the famous refreshment impetus to a feast for the senses.

Cross-country skiing

Relaxed skating through romantic winter landscapes in the wilderness
200 km perfectly groomed cross-country trails, including connection to the Pinzgau and Saalach valley trails, are available to you in the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun. Cross-country skiing keeps young, because hardly any other sport simultaneously involves as well as strengthens and protects so many muscles and joints. The smooth glide through the glistening snow, through breathtaking landscapes, is the source for fitness, wellbeing and a good figure. Extensive cross country tour to strengthen the cardiovascular system and bring fresh momentum into your soul life. Try it out! Take time for your well-being and skating through the romantic winter landscape in the wilderness around the lake. Beginners may get the appropriate equipment in the nearby rental sports stores. The professional staff at the Apartment Central in Zell am See are available anytime for information on the various routes and to help with the lending of available equipment.
Cross-country skiing at the glaciers of Kitzsteinhorn

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier trail is always worth a visit. On the glacier plateau at altitude of 2,800 m, there is a 3-kilometer long cross-country skiing trail. The exceptional conditions on the glacier make it possible to use the level trail all year round. Let the sun shine on your face and enjoy the exceptional training. With the Kitzsteinhorn mountain and valley ticket you can reach the summit station and the plateau glaciers without effort.


Excellent Snow parks at Kitzsteinhorn
Properly groomed slopes and beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges can annually attract snowboard riders from all over the world to Zell am See.

In one of the three snow parks on the Kitzsteinhorn, at a snowy altitude of 2,500 to 2,900 m above sea level, there is a six-meter-high halfpipe. The approximately 30,000 square meters large Mellow Park for snowboarders and free-skiers that is equipped with over 70 obstacles, especially delights the hearts of courageous sports fans. Freestylers and snowboarders will be restlessly enthusiastic about the range of possibilities to free-ride in the region of Zell am See-Kaprun. The Back Country of Langwied cable car, which boasts numerous gullies, a varied terrain and many natural pipes is considered to be the Mecca for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Another highlight: the Magnetköpfl (magnet head) route. Here fans will find the perfect powder snow conditions to ski and swing along the soft snow down the slope. The route has a length of about 1200 m and leads below the summit train through the entire cirque. After a steep slope, a more even intermediate stretch follows and after a small terminal slope, one is back on the groomed slopes.

Ski tours

Ski tours for summit skiers
The operation of ski tours in the winter sports paradise of Zell am See-Kaprun is a long tradition. Accompanied by an experienced mountain guide you safely reach your destination.

The snowy mountains in region of Zell am See-Kaprun in the winter exert a very special fascination on tour goers. Climb the mountain peaks surrounding the impressive Zeller along with the skiers and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain scenery and the subsequent journey into the valley off the groomed slopes - this is the finest ski tours in Salzburg, Austria.

Ski touring in the region of Zell am See-Kaprun belongs in the cold winter months at the most popular sporting activities for locals and guests. Ski touring is one of the best full training - it trains your stamina, strengthens muscles and carefully reduces the body fat. Be enchanted as you walk in the moonlight through snowy forests and enjoy the untouched nature.

When you go ski touring, however, always pay attention to the increased avalanche danger while traversing unprepared and steeper slopes. The team at the resort can inform you about safe routes and guided tours in groups.

The Salzburg province enlivened your spirits and senses with its clean air and well-maintained environment and is a true paradise for ski tourists from all over the world. After a strenuous climb, you will be rewarded with the stunning images and an exhilarating descent through the soft powder snow.


Vigour for the body, mind and soul
Away from the ski slopes you will find rest and relaxation when snowshoeing. Whether alone, in groups or with a guided snowshoe hike: Experience the nature of the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun in new ways.

The healthy snowshoeing sport is easy to learn and is particularly beneficial to your body. The extensive winter hiking and snowshoeing offer of region of Zell am See-Kaprun offers to leave behind the daily routine and wholesomely enjoy the magnificent winter landscape of Salzburg.

Enjoy the silence and seclusion of the winter landscape of the Austrian Alps on numerous marked trails, the glittering snow and the blue sky as well as finish your snowshoeing at a refreshing Bavarian snack hut.

On the move with your snowshoes up to the summit
The calming forward movement on foot in the deep snow provides a unique and incomparable natural experience. Do not miss the gorgeous snowy winter landscape around Zell am See, to stomp with your snow shoes on the meadows, hills and even up to the soft peaks.

Winter Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking in Zell am See
Nordic Walking in winter is easy to learn and it trains your whole body in a special joint-friendly manner. The actual sport is popular among people of all ages and fitness levels.

You create the balance and walk with two sticks at a moderate pace through the valleys and mountains of the region of Zell am See-Kaprun. Nordic Walking increases the pulse rate and thus achieves an optimum fat burning. The Zell winter hiking trails are ideal for leisurely afternoon strolls along with the whole family. The winter Nordic walking, ranging from simple lake rounds for beginners to steep slopes on the Schmittenhöhe for professionals. With the Sonnkogel and Areit cable cars you can reach the popular Schmittenhöhe in a particularly comfortable manner. A comfortable hiking trip from the Sonnkogel mountain station to Schmittenhöhe with the High Zell train is a particularly nice experience. Experienced hikers can continue to go with the Areit cable car III. Alternatively, you can also take the Areit cable cars I, II and III up to 1,900 m above sea level to have a view far beyond the peaks of the Alps. The summit can be reached after a mere hundred meters on the road along the snow boundary.

Skiing schools

With experts on the skiing slopes in Austria
Austrian ski instructors are world famous and sought-after. Use your winter vacation time in Salzburg to improve your skiing style or to ski along a slope for the first time.

Do you want quickly and safely learn the art of skiing during your stay in the breathtaking region of Zell am See-Kaprun? Then the AlpenParks Apartment Central in Zell am See is your perfect holiday resort. Whether you are an amateur or professional, skiing is always great fun. The state-approved teacher of the ski school of Zell am See, ambitiously takes the responsibility of making you fit for skiing down the runs.

Learn skiing: School, even for adults
At the Zell ski school, each service corresponding to your courses is offered. The offers include group classes, private lessons with its own private ski instructor, a school for children with group courses and individual instruction for children, a private kindergarten and a snowboard school. If you want to learn alpine skiing, then Zell am See is your ideal vacation destination. The Zell ski instructors are your contact persons at any time who are responsible for providing the required materials and advising you on suitable sports equipment for your performance level.

You already master the art of skiing and simply want to improve your technique? The professionals will help you. The ski school Zell am See also offers courses for their own jogging training, training courses for slalom, giant slalom and super-G and coaching.