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Zell am See

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Resort 8.9
Ski area 8.8

Ski area Schmittenhöhe - Zell am See

Information about the ski area
Highest point: 2,000 m Gondola lift: 9
Lowest point: 760 m Pistes in total: 77 km
Altitude ski resort: 750 m
Pistes:
30 km
Lifts in total: 28
Pistes:
28 km
Tow lifts: 9
Pistes:
19 km
Chair lifts: 10 Ski routes: 8 km

Ski area Schmittenhöhe - Zell am See

With the "Ski Alpin Card" lift pass you can ski on an incredible 408 kilometres of pistes in the Saalbach Hinterglemm Fieberbrunn ski circus and the Zell am See/Kaprun ski areas. True to the motto "1 ticket, 3 regions, endless mountains".

In Zell am See and Kaprun you have access to 138 kilometres of pistes and over 49 modern lifts in the two ski areas of Maiskogel and Schmittenhöhe, as well as the glacier ski area on the Kitzsteinhorn, which extends to over 3,029 m above sea level.

With its 61 km, the Kitzsteinhorn offers mostly intermediate pistes for beginners and pleasure skiers. Wide carving slopes and long, sporty runs, such as the 5 km long slope from the top station of the Gletscherjet 4, make skiers' hearts beat faster. Experts looking for the ultimate adrenaline kick, on the other hand, are just right on the Black Mamba with a gradient of up to 63 percent. From Kaprun you can reach the glacier with the Gletscherjet and the Panoramabahn or directly from the town centre with the MK Maiskogelbahn and the K-onnection built in 2019.

From Zell am See you can quickly get to the Schmittenhöhe ski area (2,000 m) with the CityXpress, the TrassXpress or the Schmittenhöhenbahn, which offers slopes of all levels of difficulty. Experts try their hand at the 4 km long Trass run, which is considered the most difficult in the entire ski area and one of the steepest runs in the whole of Salzburger Land.

The Maiskogel ski area, on the other hand, is particularly suitable for families with a large proportion of wide and blue slopes. At the top station of the Almbahn cable car, winter sports enthusiasts will also find the longest run in the ski region, at around 7 km.

Each of the three ski areas has its own fun park with tables, slides and jumps. Freeriders will also find plenty of opportunities. A total of 5 freeride routes and a comprehensive information system with infobase and info points are available. On the Schmittenhöhe, for example, you can let off steam on the free ski terrain under the Sonnkogelbahn.

As a special service, the ski areas around Zell am See and Kaprun offer free Wi-Fi at various hotspots throughout the ski area. It's child's play to access the Wi-Fi network and surf the internet, download the latest snow reports or post pictures!

Since December 2019, the Schmittenhöhe has been connected to the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski circus. The brand new zellamseeXpress now runs from Viehhofen in the Glemmtal. Six cabins have a jukebox to which you can connect your music. A ski bus also runs between Viehhofen and Vorderglemm. Within the next few years, the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski circus and the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area are expected to merge completely. This will make the merger the largest interconnected ski area in Austria.
Piste map Schmittenhöhe - Zell am See
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Night skiing Zell am See

One of the ski areas in Austria where you can go skiing at night time is the ski area Zell am See-Kaprun. The night ski area can be found at the Ebenbergbahn lift in Zell am See. On night ski days, the regular opening hours end at 15:00 - every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, winter sports fans can then use the approx. 1.5 km, illuminated piste "Nightslope" from 18:30 until 21:00. The night ski experiences also includes a fascinating view of the illuminated resort in the valley. Should you not have a valid lift pass, a ticket for night skiing can be acquired in resort.

Après ski Zell am See

Après-ski is very important in Zell am See and Kaprun. Many cosy huts and snack stations are already a big attraction during the skiing day. Particularly recommended are the après-ski bar "Schnaps Hans" on the Schmittenhöhe or the cosy "Pinzgauer Hütte".

In the evening, numerous après-ski bars, pubs and discos in Kaprun or Zell am See invite you to party. In bars and clubs like the "Off Piste Bar", the "Crazy Daisy" or the "Diele" the night is guaranteed to turn into day.

Numerous other activities such as tobogganing (day & night), ice skating, cross-country skiing or a visit to the adventure pool with sauna complete the wide range of activities. Those who want to fly high can dare a parachute jump, glide over the region on a hang glider or enjoy the view in a glider. A stroll through the pedestrian zone with its shops and cafés also offers plenty of variety.

Snowpark: Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See

In the three ski areas, you have access to a major freestyle area. The first stop is the Kitzsteinhorn Snowpark, where adrenaline junkies and freestyle enthusiasts can enjoy four versatile areas at once.

In the "Easy Park" kids and newbies can start their freestyle career with practise moves. There is rainbow box, a wave box, a down rail and 3 kickers. In the "Central Park" pros and experts can show off their skills. 9 metres long barrier, various rails and kickers (5 - 13 m), as well as a knuckle leave no wishes unfulfilled. Right at the top, at 2,900 metres altitude, there is the "Glacier Park", which is however only open during spring and autumn. Besides the snow parks there is also a Eagle line with obstacles for beginners, as well as a real highlight: the 150 metre long and 6.50 metre high super-pipe - the largest in Austria.

More action is to be found in the fun park "Schmitten" on the Schmittenhöhe. This park offers obstacles such as rails, boxes, and kickers and is mainly geared to beginners and pros. The "Schmitten XXL" promises loads of entertainment: a 1,300 metre long fun slope with wave ride, jumps, tunnels, etc.

A further park is ideal for families with kids: the "Schmidolins Drachenpark" offers kids a wave run and some small ramps and therefore provide the best conditions for trying out first moves in the freestyle sport.

Another highlight is the kids slope on the Glocknerwiese.

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Expert rating report Schmittenhöhe - Zell am See

The rating report Schmittenhöhe - Zell am See comprises the main groups "Top rating categories", "Categories for special interests" and "Further rating categories" which all influence the overall result with their own count.

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(4.3 out of 5 stars)

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Families & children
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Experts & freeriders
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