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Zell am See - Kaprun

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Resort runs

Total runs: 138km
Top lift: 3029m
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Resort information

Resort height: 813m
Vertical drop: 1242m
Lift pass: Zell am See - Kaprun
Glacier: Yes - Kitzsteinhorn (at Kaprun)
Travel by coach: 16hrs from Calais
Travel by air:
Salzburg (2hrs)
Innsbruck (3hrs)

Zell am See is a superb choice for school ski trips.  Set aside a lake which is often frozen over, Zell is set amongst an unusual horse-shoe-shaped mountain range, with some great glacier skiing just down the road in Kaprun.  Add in a traditional Austrian welcome, spectacular views and some superb après ski, Zell am See is definitely a resort worth considering for your next school ski trip.

 

The Skiing…

The skiing in Zell am See is split into 2 areas, the main pistes of Zell am See itself and the nearby slopes of Kaprun, home to the excellent skiable Kitzsteinhorn glacier.  Zell am See slopes offer a huge range of pistes which will no doubt keep all abilities occupied all week, mostly open high up and wooded lower down the mountain.  Gondolas allow you to immediately reach wooded slopes around the Mittelstation and Areitalm, perfect for beginners and intermediates – further pistes can be found higher up at Schmittenhohe.  For beginners, some excellent nursery slopes can be found at Schuttdurf, with superb easy long runs to progress onto.  Whilst Zell is not a place to clock up high mileage, Intermediate skiers are well catered for with some long, fine runs, including the Sonnkogel runs which are excellent for carving and often quiet.  There are also some excellent timid ridge blues.  The resort also offers some nice black runs to test the best.

If you venture to Kaprun, you will not be disappointed.  The areas of Maiskogel on the outskirts of the village offers some lovely long blue runs.  Then venturing further up the mountain, you a whisked to the top of the Kitzsteinhorn at over 3000m, on a two stage gondola – this is where you will spend most of your time in Kaprun.  Unlike many skiable glaciers, Kitzsteinhorn offers genuine excellent skiing for all abilities, all year round.  Beginners will find delight in excellent nursery slopes and long, gentle blues to progress.  Red runs of varying lengths, and a few black runs with gradients up to 32 degrees will test the more accomplished skier.  Combine Kaprun with the excellent Zell am See and you get a truly superb week of skiing on your next school ski trip.

 

The Snowfall…

Snow-sure is a phrase that can definitely be applied to Zell am See, with the assurance of skiing year round in Kaprun available.  Zell itself has an excellent snow record, but in the back of your mind knowing skiing at Kaprun is close by adds further assurance..  And what a great confidence booster for your students to say that they have skied on a glacier – no matter what their ability!

 

Off the Slopes…

Zell am See itself is a town more than a village, and occupies an extraordinarily pretty location next to the lake.  Accommodation offered by Ski Adaptable will be in quiet locations out of town, offering a good base between the two ski centres of Zell and Kaprun – onsite facilities at accommodation will be able to keep students busy.  Zell itself has some superb après ski options, including a top-quality sports and swimming centre.  In addition, an ice rink and ice hockey matches take place, as does a weekly free ski show in Zell am See.  Nearby, the beautiful Salzburg offers further options for evening activities.

 

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