Winter Holiday in the mountains

In winter, the majestic facade of the GRAND HOTEL shines with the ice of the frozen Lake Zell and the snow in the Alps. A fantastic impression and an unforgettable part of a winter vacation - 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 408 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!

For the winter season 2023/24

Our Christmas- and New Years Eve programme

  • Romantic horse-drawn carriage ride 
  • Night watchman walking tour
  • Torchlight hike
  • Beer tasting in the brewery Pinzga Bräu am See
  • Tobbogganing 
  • Christmas presents for everybody
  • Enormous New Years Eve programme
  • And much more

Find our programme 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

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.

Suggestions for winter hikes & snowshoe hikes

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!

Spaß für die ganze Familie

Freeride & Skitouren

Freuen Sie sich vor einer atemberaubenden Kulisse auf ein Freeride-Gebiet mit freien Hängen & Felsen die Freerider jeder Könnerstufe genug Spielwiese bieten um an einen Tag nicht zweimal die gleiche Linie fahren zu müssen. 

Freeriding in der Weißsee Gletscherwelt

Aufgrund der besonderen Höhenlage bietet die Weißsee Gletscherwelt Tiefschnee- und Firnabfahrten die keine Wünsche offen lassen. Vom Magazin NEWS wurde die Weißsee Gletscherwelt zum "besten Skitourengebiet Österreichs" gekürt und vom ADAC Skiguide mit 4 Sternen belohnt - die Weißsee Gletscherwelt gilt als wahres Paradies für Tourengeher und bietet optimale Bedingungen für Einsteiger und Profis.

Skitouren in der Weißsee Gletscherwelt

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 through the winter landscape of Kaprun. And afterwards, why not have some of the warming "Glühwein" (hot spiced wine) when you go for a stroll through the Christmas market?