The ski resorts of Zell am See and neighbouring Kaprun, Austria, are year round resorts high in the Austrian mountains. Although you can get passes to cover both resorts, Kaprun and Zell am See holidays differ hugely. The mountain and lake scenery is some of the most beautiful in Austria, and the ancient heritage of the area is a delightful aside to the varied skiing conditions which attract most visitors to Zell am See accommodation or a self catering villa in Kaprun, Austria.
With over 130km of downhill pistes and year round glacier skiing, the Europa Sportregion skiing domain in which both Zell am See and Kaprun reside, is a fantastic destination for mixed party skiing weekends and holidays. The wide pistes are perfect for beginners and allow plenty of room for snowboarders to tackle the slopes beside skiers. There are also over 200kms of scenic cross-country skiing trails and a couple of fearsome black runs. If you would like a day away from the slopes, an apartment in Zell am See is also a great base from which to go snow hiking, ice skating, tobogganing, paragliding, horse riding or ice climbing.
In the summer months, visitors still flock to Zell am See accommodation and chalets in Kaprun for a range of reasons. Although there is still some excellent skiing to be enjoyed, it is the mountain walking, climbing and mountain biking possibilities which most excite those staying in self catering accommodation in the area. The large lake on which Zell am See stands is also a great location for water sports, from sailing to swimming, and there is also a magnificent mountain golf course which remains open to visitors throughout the summer months. The lake is one of the cleanest swimming lakes in the whole of Austria, and is fantastically refreshing, especially after a hard day walking. Biking or climbing in the mountains.
Kaprun, Austria is the smaller of the two resorts, and offers a traditional Austrian skiing holiday or skiing weekend. Kaprun has a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, meaning that you never have to worry about cooking from your self catering apartment in Kaprun, Austria if you are too tired after a hard day on the slopes.
Taking Zell am See accommodation is perfect for snowboarders. There are boarder cross runs, two snowparks and 365 days of skiing and boarding a year on the high altitude Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Zell am See is a delightful lakeside town, whose old centre exudes charm which cannot fail to endear visitors. The skiing which directly surrounds an apartment in Zell am See is varied, although experts may need to travel a short distance to find enough testing slopes. The nightlife is great fun, but cannot be described as raucous. The Zell am See tourist information office has some excellent guides to both walking and après-ski in the area.
In summer, temperatures in the area are extremely high. Temperatures can average as much as 28°C in July and August, although in winter, temperatures can plummet to around 0°C.
The easiest way to reach an apartment in Zell am See or a villa in Kaprun is to fly to the nearby Salzburg Airport (SZG) which receives a huge number of cheap flights from the UK, provided by Ryanair, Flybe and ThomsonFly mainly. The 50 miles gap between the airport and accommodation in Zell am See is easily broached on the train, and there is a 10 minute bus which leaves from the Zell am See train station to Kaprun if you have decided upon an apartment in Kaprun for your skiing weekend or holiday.