Like St Moritz, Zell is a town beside a lake (frozen if you're lucky). The similarities end there; but Zell is a towny resort that makes a refreshing change from the Austrian norm of rustic chalet-style villages. From the skiing point of view, the appeal is greatly strengthened by having an excellent glacier just down the road at Kaprun, also covered in this chapter. Work has begun on a gondola link with Viehhofen, near Saalbach, for completion next year. Zell is a year-round resort town set between a large lake and the unusual, horseshoe-shaped mountain. There are gondolas into the slopes from here and from the suburb of Schüttdorf, about 3km south of Zell. It's a short bus ride to the glacier slopes of Kaprun, on the same lift pass. Saalbach is also easily reached by bus (read the separate chapter).
Pros

Varied, wooded slopes with fine views down to the lake

Charming summer resort town with lots to do off the slopes

Excellent glacier nearby (on the lift pass) on Kaprun's Kitzsteinhorn

Cons

Sunny, low-altitude slopes

Limited local slopes, especially when snow low down is poor

Some hotels are distant from the lifts; buses can be crowded

Getting there

  • Innsbruck airport: 2 hours
  • Salzburg airport: 1.5 hours

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