Winter Holiday in the mountains

In winter shines the majestic facade of the GRAND HOTEL with ice of frozen Lake Zell and the snow in the Alps. A wonderful impression and an unforgettable piece of winter holidays - for the eyes and soul!

Mountains, summits and eternal ice

The GRAND HOTEL in Zell am See is the ideal starting point for athletic or leisurely excursions to the fascinating Salzburg mountains with snow slopes, great winter sports activities for the whole family and a Christmas romance.

And if you do not want to go skiing or snowboarding, there is a lot to discover in the GRAND HOTEL and in the region of Zell am See-Kaprun and in winter many events.  From the 2019/20 winter season, the Zell am See-Kaprun ski region will also be part of Austria’s largest ski region – with 347 kilometres of slopes.

Alpine Eldorado in blue & white

Ski area Zell am See-Kaprun

The ski resort of Zell am See-Kaprun ranges 757-3029 m above sea level. A wide range of lifts and slopes for all abilities. Traditional huts and mountain restaurants. Everything is there. And everything is close!

Zell am See-Kaprun

Enjoy in the ski region:

3 mountains, one ski region, Zell am See - Kaprun

Ski area Schmittenhöhe

77 km of slopes with 5 downhill runs and a snow guarantee await you at the local mountain Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See. Here you can find more details about slopes and restaurants for the Schmittenhöhe ski area.

Ski area Kitzsteinhorn glacier

41 km of slopes, an off-piste paradise for freeriders, snow parks, the "Gipfelwelt 3000" with an observation deck and Salzburg's highest summit restaurant await you on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Here you will find more details about slopes and restaurants.

Ski area Maiskogel - the family mountain

21 kilometers of slopes and fun for the entire family near the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Details about the ski area and the restaurants can be found here.

Our saving hint: reserve your ski equipment online & save money

Your ski equipment is already waiting for you in Zell am See - you will get your ski equipment simple and easy! Book online and get your desired ski model for your skiing holiday.

Your benefits if you reserve your ski-equipment in advance

• Price benefit – you save 12%
• No queues in the shop when collecting the equipment
• Material benefit – you will get the ski equipment that you want to have
• You only pay for the ski equipment for as long as you actually use it. If you only ski for 5 days instead of 3 you will get some of your money back!

 Reserve your ski equipment here

Endless skiing pleasure

Extension to the ski region

GRAND SKIING – since the 2016/17 winter season, you can enjoy a new descent into Zell am See equipped with snow machines, and from the 2019/20 winter season the largest connected ski region in Austria will await you!

The fusion of the Schmittenhöhe ski region with the Leogang-Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski circus and the Tyroelan Fieberbrunn will enable you to enjoy almost endless skiing pleasure with 347 kilometres of slopes!

Merger of the ski regions in winter 2016/17: You can travel from the Salersbachköpfl (Schmittenhöhe 1,920m) via the new descent (3.3 km long red slope equipped with snow machines) to the corner station above Viehofen. You can also once again reach the Schmittenhöhe mountain station with the zellamseeXpress, a 10-cabin gondola lift. As in winter 2015/16, you can still travel into the Glemmtal via the ski route and 680 ski bus line.

Winter 2019/20: If you take the descent from Salersbachköpfl, you can not only travel to the corner station above Viehofen, but also take the 10-cabin lift directly to Viehofen (it is no longer necessary to use the ski route). You can then take the ski bus from Viehofen back down into the Glemmtal.

Ski ticket information: With the Salzburger Superskicard and Kitzbühler Alpen AllStar Card, you can weave your way down the slopes in both the multifaceted Zell am See - Kaprun ski region and the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn ski circus.

Off the slopes

Out into nature

Snowshoe hikes

Get your snowshoes on and go for a walk through deeply snow-covered woods. This type of walking is great exercise, lots of fun and improves conditioning.

With a far-reaching network of paths, even remote areas are accessible.

Breathe in and enjoy

Winter walking

Hiking or walking is the best way to enjoy the glistening winter white in all its complete serenity. On the mountain, stop at a cosy cabin, or stroll along the path along the lake. From the shore, watch swans and ice skaters on the ice; or do what is impossible in the summertime: cross the lake to Thumersbach.

Pure idyll

Cross country skiing

Deeply snow-covered landscapes, glass-clear mountain air and dreamy panoramas: 107 km of the cross-country runs will take you to the most impressive locations of Zell am See - Kaprun and extend even into the bordering regions.

Fun for the whole family


Discover the beautiful winter wonderland during a fun-filled tobogganing party. Just around the corner, in Bruck at the Glocknerstraße, is the Berggasthof Kohlschnait. The lights of the toboggan run can be seen from afar. After a leisurely ascent by tractor and a warming stop at the inn, you race into the valley with speed and fun.

On the indoor rink or on the lake

Ice skating

The surface of Lake Zell measures more than 4,5 km² between the Kitzsteinhorn and the Schmittenhöhe - all of it ideal for ice-skating. Should the ice be too thin, you can always practice your skills at the ice rink whenever you feel like it!

Winter romance

Sleigh riding

(Not only) romantics enjoy heading through the idyllic winter wonderland on a horse-drawn sleigh. Wrapped up in warm blankets, you will enjoy an unforgettable trip right around Lake Zell. And afterward, why not have some of the warming "Glühwein" (hot spiced wine) when you go for a stroll through the Christmas market?