Winter holidays in Zell am See

A Winter fairytale in the heart of Austria

Zell am See is one of the best-known Winter sports destinations in the Alps. The Sporthotel Alpin is not only popular as a ski hotel in Zell am See with its location right next to the piste, but also as a place to spend Winter holidays away from the pistes.

Winter holidays in Zell am See away from the pistes

There is plenty on offer in Zell am See for winter holidays away from the ski pistes of the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn. Winter hikes through the snow-covered winter scenery of the Hohe Tauern National Park, iceskating on the Zell Lake, ski touring and Nordic sports in the Zell am See Kaprun region. There is a rich variety on offer for holidays during the cold season.

Mnesch beim Langlaufen in Zell am See

Cross-country skiing in Zell am See

Whether you use the skating or classic technique, the Zell am See Kaprun region has a cross-country skiing network rich in variety, with some 110 km of trails. Glide through the glistening winter landscape on cross-country skis in Zell am See and experience nature in an active way. With its connection into the 200 km cross-country ski trail network of the Pinzgau Saalach Valley, a true cross-country skiing Eldorado awaits. There are also lit trails making cross-country skiing a pleasure that is available late into the evening, a unique experience.

Experienced cross-country skiers can enjoy some Nordic high altitude training on the glacier trail on the Kitzsteinhorn at Kaprun.

Cross-country ski trail map

Snowshoeing & winter hiking

Those who enjoy donning a rucksack in summer and hiking through flowering meadows and tranquil woodland don’t have to forego their pleasure when on a winter holiday. Snowshoes offer the opportunity of enjoying the Alpine environment of Pinzgau in a gentle way. There are marked routes ensuring a safe experience of nature, and mountain huts and guesthouses where you can stop off for refreshment. A wonderful winter experience.

The 10 most popular snowshoe and winter hiking routes in Zell am See:

  • Sonnkogel Schmitten
    2.2 km & 142 vertical metres
  • Maiskogel Höhenweg
    0.6 km & 115 vertical metres
  • Köhlergrabenpromenade
    1.5 km & 171 vertical metres
  • Dr. Müller Promenade
    1.0 km & 104 vertical metres
  • Bruckbergweg
    2.2 km & 276 vertical metres
  • Golfplatzrunde
    3.8 km & 9 vertical metres
  • Winterwanderweg Areit
    0.6 km & 61 vertical metres
  • Seepromenade
    5.4 km & 83 vertical metres
  • Großentalweg
    4.2 km & 149 vertical metres
  • Salzachweg
    5.3 km & 19 vertical metres
Menschen beim Schneeschuhwandern im Winterurlaub Zell am See
Menschen beim Schneeschuhwandern im Winterurlaub Zell am See

A ski touring experience on the Ronachkopf in Thumersbach/Zell am See

The tour up the Ronachkopf in Thumersbach, opposite Zell am See, is a scenic and easy tour with panoramic views of the Schmittenhöhe, the Hohe Tauern mountains, and Zell am See. After an ascent of 2.5 km and 500 vertical metres, enjoy wonderful views before heading down on a prepared, secure piste.

Holiday trip:
The Enzianhütte at 1350 m above sea level is on the route of this lovely ski tour on the way into the valley, and is a lovely place to stop for some refreshment.

The Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun has 2 ski tours on offer, perfect in late autumn as a start to the ski touring season. There are numerous other ski touring routes of various difficulty on the Kitzsteinhorn, in the Hohe Tauern National Park, or the surrounding Pinzgau mountains, offering plenty of variety for all abilities.



Familie beim Rodeln in Zell am See
Familie beim Spielen im Winterurlaub in Zell am See
Paar beim Eislaufen im Winterurlaub Zell am See
Familie spielt am vereisten Zeller See im Winterurlaub Zell am See
Familie beim Rodeln in der Ice Arena am Kitzsteinhorn in Zell am See
Menschen bei einer Pferdeschlittenfahrt im Zell am See Winterurlaub

Tobogganing, iceskating etc.

A tobogganing outing is always a great event for people of all ages. The Zell am See region is a true paradise keen on tobogganing. The toboggan runs are not only inviting during the day, but also in romantic moonlight. Many of the toboggan runs are lit, opening up the possibility of tobogganing until after midnight in some cases.

The Zell am See leisure centre is home to an ice rink, offering iceskating throughout the year. Something really special however is skating on the Zell Lake, if the temperatures allow and the lake has built up a thick enough layer of ice, pedestrians and ice skaters love to head out on it.

For those seeking experiences that are more of an extreme sports nature, snow kiting on the frozen Zell Lake comes highly recommended. It is easily possible to reach speeds of up to 100 km/h, and under the supervision of an experienced trainer and with the right equipment, suitable safety measures can be taken.

Holiday tip:
Warmly wrapped up in a blanket on a horse-drawn sleigh gliding through tranquil, snow-covered winter scenery; winter holidays in Zell am See at their most romantic.

Our reception team will happily inform you about the different activities on offer in Zell am See in winter and can help you with arrangements.

Tips for day trips and places to visit in winter in Zell am See

Frau im Pool des Tauernspa im Sommerurlaub in Zell am See

Relaxation and watery fun at the Tauern Spa Kaprun

Enjoy the warm thermal water and relax with a visit to the saunas in the Tauern Spa Kaprun. There are fantastic views of the snow-covered mountains from the rest rooms in the spa and water world, perfect to relax in.

Paar beim EInkaufen in Zell am See Winterurlaub

Discover the centre of Zell am See

You are bound to enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening when on a stroll through the centre of Zell am See. Before Christmas, the Christmas market attracts visitors with its special atmosphere, crafts, and delicious things to eat.

Blick vom Kapuzinerberg auf die Altstadt mit Festung Hohensalzburg

The festival city of Salzburg

The flair of Mozart’s city is one of the things making a visit to the city of Salzburg so attractive. For culture lovers, those interested in art, or simply those who enjoy shopping, a trip to the historic city of Salzburg is always a hit.

Experience winter in Zell am See

Enquire directly now with your desired dates for your winter holiday in Zell am See, and we will happily put together a no-obligation quotation with best price guarantee.