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January 04, 2012
Snowgoose from United Kingdom
Stayed in Zell over Christmas. Conditions were fantastic for the whole week. Stayed in the Pension Herzog. B&B €34pppn. It is excellent value, clean comfy and friendly. It is only 200m from the CitiExpress and 300m to the centre of town. As for the skiing, as with most resorts get up early to avoid the rush. Definitely avoid the top of the CitiExpress at about 10 when the schools set off. For some of the best conditions head to the red runs on the right of the mountain as these are sunny, wide and fun. None of the blacks barring the top of black 11 are too testing as they are wide albeit in places steep.
A trip up to the glacier is worth a try. The piste map suggests that it is very close. It's not. The bus trip takes about 30 minutes. Again, early morning is the time. The glacier loses the sun from early afternoon and the temperature drops quite quickly. The main blues between the drag lifts get very busy, actually the whole of the glacier was very busy. There was only one black open on the two days we went to the glacier and there is only one tricky bit to that which is quite steep and narrow but again not up the standard of many blacks.
My only word of warning on the skiing front in Zell is that if you are with a beginner, advise them to take the cable down. Most of the runs down to the bottom are red or mainly black. The piste map shows a blue to the bottom of the CitiExpress. Don't be fooled. The blue stops about 150m from the end and there is then a fairly steep busy red down to the bottom. Quite often you see people taking their skis off and sliding on their bottoms to get down.
Nightlife in Zell is typically Austrian. Lots of Europop and oompah music but all great fun. Try the Outsider for a couple of apres-ski drinks and then move on to the Diele bar which bangs out music until officially 4am (but it does run later). I was disappointed by the Crazy Daisy. I had not been to Zell for about 20 years and remembered it as a good fun place but this time I found it all a bit flat and boring. A couple of times it was virtually empty.
Even though it was amazingly busy, most of the time lift queues were few and far between. However, it was very, very busy on the mountain and care needed to be taken to pick your way down through the crowds. (This could be down to the fact that this was the first decent week of snow of the season so everyone headed up the mountain.)
Overall, I would rate Zell as a good intermediate resort and worth a visit if you have not already done so.
Zell am See Clasificaciones
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(1) Al menos una parada durante la noche, (2) requiere un día entero, (3) requiere más de la mitad de un día -puede que tenga tiempo para dar algunas vueltas (4) llegada a la hora de almuerzo y esquí toda la tarde, (5) hay un aeropuerto principal a una hora de Zell am See .
Transporte público: 4.8
(1) No hay autobuses o taxis hacia Zell am See, (3) Los autobuses o trenes disponibles son lentos o poco frecuentes, (5) Es fácil llegar al complejo, tránsito frecuente de autobuses y conecciones de trenes.
(1) Un resort desagradable en una localidad sin mayores atractivos, (3) vista de montaña y resort de nivel regular (5) un escenario espectacular y una hermosa localidad histórica.
(1) No hay lugares donde alojarse en o cerca de Zell am See , (3) algunos lugares para hospedarse en el resort, (5) una amplia variedad de alojamientos adecuados para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Habitaciones Baratas: 4.2
(1) Presupuesto de alojamiento no disponible (3) Apenas uno o dos albergues, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) varias hostales y pensiones a precios módicos disponibles.
Hoteles de lujo: 4.8
(1) Alojamiento de alto nivel no disponible, (3) Apenas uno o dos hoteles de alto nivel, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) algunos hoteles de lujo en Zell am See.
(1) La zona de esquí se encuentra lejos de cualquier alojamiento, (3) un autobús de esquí le lleva de forma gratuita a la zona de esquí en un viaje corto, (5) alojamiento de esquí "Ski-in"/"Ski-out"está disponible.
Cuidado de los niños: 4.2
(1) No hay ninguna guardería en Zell am See, (5) el resort tiene excelentes guarderías, incluyendo al menos una a un precio muy razonable.
Nieve segura: 3.9
(1) Ocasionalmente se presenta suficiente nieve para esquiar, (2) a menudo está cerrado debido a la falta de nieve, (3) ocasionalmente sufre de una falta de nieve, (4) rara vez sufre de una falta de nieve, (5) Zell am See se presenta nieve segura incluso en las temporadas más pobres.
Cañones de nieve: 4.5
(1) Zell am See depende completamente de nieve natural, (3) hay sólo algunos cañones, (5) hay cañones de nieve en todas las pistas.
Aplanadoras de Nieve: 4.6
(1) No hay aplanadoras de nieve en Zell am See, (3) ocasionalmente algunas pistas quedan sin aplanar y en mal estado, (5) todas las pistas en Zell am See se aplanan diariamente.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquiar cuando está ventoso o la visibilidad es mala, y a menudo se cierran los elevadores, (3) hay algunos árboles de escasa visibilidad pero a veces los elevadores cierran, (5) Zell am See es principalmente en el bosque donde puede esquiar en días de luz plana y ventosos, rara vez cierre de elevadores.
Opciones cercanas: 4.8
(1) Si las condiciones de nieve son pobres en Zell am See, va a ser pobre en todas partes cercanas, (3) existen buenas alternativas a una hora en automóvil, (5) otros lugares en el mismo paquete proporcionan una rica variedad de condiciones de nieve segura para esquí.
Clasificación regional: 3.9
(1) Zell am See usualmente tiene pobres condiciones de nieve en comparación con otros centros turísticos en la región, (3) tiene condiciones medias para la región, (5) usualmente tiene las mejores condiciones de nieve en la región.
Eleva al personal: 4.5
(1) El personal en Zell am See es descortés e ineficiente, (5) Eleva al personal en Zell am See son agradables, alegres y con ganas de ayudar.
Multitudes/colas de espera: 3.8
(1) el resort siempre está concurrido y suelen haber largas colas, (3) ocacionalmente tranquilo durante fines de semana y vacaciones escolares, (5) poco concurrido y colas de espera son muy raras.
Escuelas de esquí: 4.6
(1) Ninguna escuela de esquí disponible, (2) una o dos escuelas de esquí pero sólo en el idioma local, (3) algunas escuelas de esquí pero solicite por adelantado instructores multi-lingües.
Alquiler y Reparaciones: 4.9
(1) No se consigue nada, ni siquiera cera de esquí o PTex. (3) hay algunas tiendas de esquí pero la renta de equipos debe ser reservada con antelación, (5) equipos de esquí de buena calidad a la venta o en alquiler y reparaciones son posibles durante la noche.
Variedad de pistas: 4.4
(1) Las pistas son habituales y sin rasgos distintivos, (3) las pistas son variadas pero no lo suficientemente extensas para una semana, (5) Zell am See tiene interesantes y diversas pistas incluyendo bosques y altos terrenos alpinos.
(1) Principiantes pueden sólo ver otros en esquís o snowboard, (3) algunas suaves laderas pero principiantes pueden aburrirse en menos de una semana, (3) extensas áreas de terreno suave.
(1) Ningún terreno intermedio en Zell am See, (3) esquiadores intermedios se aburrirán al cabo de unos días, (5) vastas zonas de cruce de pistas.
(1) Nada para esquiadores y snowbordistas avanzados, (3) suficiente terreno empinado por algunos días y con algunos muy buenos para el esquí fuera de pista, (5) Suficiente áreas de terreno empinado y áreas fuera de pista para entretener a esquiadores avanzados al menos por una semana.
Parque de Nieve: 3.7
(1) Ni siquiera un trampolín en Zell am See, (3) Parque de tamaño medio y bien cuidado, (5) enorme parque diseñado por expertos, con senderos para saltos y carreras de boardercross.
Fuera de pista: 3.4
(1) Ningún "fuera de pista"que valga destacar, (2) "fuera de pista" fuera de los límites, (3) alguna variedad de "fuera de pista" que permanece fresco durante uno o dos días, (5) una amplia gama de rutas "fuera de pista" que pueden permanecer sin marcas de tránsito por varios días.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquí de fondo alrededor de Zell am See, (3) hay algunos senderos para esquí de fondo disponibles, (5) la zona cuenta con muchos senderos espectaculares y bien mantenidos para esquí de fondo.
(1) No designado "luge" o carreras de trineo, (3) hay carreras de trineo en tobogan abiertas a menudo, (5) Zell am See cuenta con instalaciones largas y bien mantenidas para "luge" y carreras de trineo en tobogan accesible a todas las edades.
Gastronomía de montaña: 4.6
(1) Ningún lugar para comprar alimentos en las pistas, (3) algunos lugares para comer arriba en la montaña pero a menudo muy caros y concurridos, (5) existe una gran variedad de excelentes restaurantes de montaña justo al lado de las laderas para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Dónde Comer: 4.7
(1) Lleva tu propia comida, no hay ni siquiera una tienda. (5) Una gran variedad de lugares para comer y beber en el resort, desde comida rápida a restaurantes de lujo.
Después del esquí: 4.4
(1) Nada para hacer, ni siquiera un bar (3) hay algunos bares en el resort pero nada especial, (5) clubes y bares permanecen abiertos hasta muy tarde y tienen un ambiente agradable.
Otros deportes: 4.6
(1) Ningún otro servicio deportivo aparte de los elevadores, (3) el resort tiene sólo una pequeña piscina pública, (5) cuenta con todo tipo de instalaciones deportivas, incluyendo una piscina de tamaño completo.
(1) Además de la nieve y caminar no hay nada más que hacer aquí, (3) el no-esquiador encontrará cosas para hacer por pocos días pero puede que se aburra después de una semana, (5) la zona turística es un lugar fascinante para visitar, más allá de los deportes de invierno.
Paseos de invierno: 4.1
(1) Caminatas con accesos muy limitados y ningún sendero con raquetas (3) un par de senderos escénicos para caminatas con o sin raquetas (5) diversos y extensos senderos para caminatas de invierno en todos los niveles.
Valor del Pase de Esquí: 4.1
(1) Un pase de esquí de 1 semana está sobrevalorado en comparación con el número de elevadores disponibles, (3) el pase de esquí tiene un valor relativamente aceptable y abarca un número razonable de elevadores, (5) el valor de los pases de esquí es excelente en relación calidad-precio y cubren un gran número de elevadores que abarcan un área extensa.
Valor (Nacional): 4.1
(1) En general, Zell am See es uno de los centros de esquí más caros en el país pero en sí no lo vale, (3) de promedio medio por el dinero que representa , (5) en general ofrece lo mejor en temas de resorts en el país.
Valor (Global): 4.4
(1) En general, Zell am See es uno de los centros de esquí más caros del mundo, (3) en general ofrece relación media en cuanto a calidad-precio comparado con centros de otros países, (5) internacionalmente el resort ofrece una excelente relación calidad-precio.
En base a voto(s) Voto
February 07, 2011
Richard Purton from United Kingdom
As a group and as a family we have been going to Zell am See for the last 11 years. It is ideal for children, beginners and intermediates. But with 32 years of skiing behind me I still find plenty of challenging runs. Go at the end of January. Longest lift queue last week: 1 minute.
March 11, 2010
Barticagyal from Austria
I live here, right on the slope by the city express. The Schmittenhoehe area is always crowded in February. The best time to come is usually towards the end of January. Snow conditions are not always as good as Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn or Saalbach-Hinterlgemm as another reviewer says, but I agree, the area is good for beginner-intermediate people who just want to have fun on the slopes.
January 10, 2010
Fiona from United Kingdom
After reading all the positive reviews I had high hopes about Zell (Zell am See). It is definitely a beautiful, quaint town and parts of the ski area are very beautiful too but we were a bit disappointed by the skiing. Blacks are more like reds and the reds were often so crowded it was difficult to pick a route through all the people. We've since heard that this period of the year is the most crowded (1st week of January) as it is Christmas in Russia.
December 17, 2008
Dan from United Kingdom
As we have a flat in Schuttdorf we are regular visitors to the area, we love it and have been in every season of the year. Zell am See is great all year round. The only time we do not ski is summer, but the glacier is still usually open, however not great in August. There is a great deal to do in the summer, biking, walking, swimming, fishing, water skiing and more. Be careful of going in October as many of the restaurants and bars etc are closed. A few tips that may come in handy, if the snow is poor get on the bus to Kaprun. Snow on the glacier always seems to be good there to me. There is also another great resort in easy striking distance - Saalbach - which has an extensive ski area and generally has better conditions than Zell. Again you can get the ski bus there from Zell am See and if you have a car it is even easier; about a 15 minute drive. Saalbach Hinterglem has over 200 kms of skiing and a great lift system. You can get a single lift pass that covers all three resorts (Zell, Kaprun and Saalbach) at not much extra to the standard pass. You can even get a pass that covers some 22 resorts in the Salzburg area, including Kitzbuhel (approx 40 min drive from Schuttdorf). If you have a car many resorts are in easy striking distance and the road system is easy to use. We love the place, the people are great the facilities fantastic and the life style is how it should be. Hope this helps.
March 28, 2008
rebecca mayhem from United Kingdom
Visited Zell for the first time in Feb 08 for a friends wedding & it was so fantastic I was back there within 3 weeks! It's really pretty in Zell with wild nightlife and the glacier at Kaprun is amazing. I will definitely be back!
March 12, 2008
Fire44 from Ireland
Had my best skiing holiday ever, during the first week of February 2008. It was our first time to visit Zell am Zee, and we were very impressed. It's a beautiful area, great town, loads of restaurants and bars, plenty of shopping and facilities, and skiing was great. A lot of the easier blue and red runs are at the top of the mountain, where you can pick and choose which runs suit you. We will definitely return to Zell and Crazy Daisys for apres-ski!!!
January 29, 2008
dave cox from United Kingdom
Zell am See is the most beautiful place I have visited. I will be going there at the end of Feb for 2 weeks. This will be my 8th winter visit and there is something for everyone. I have also been there four times in the summer and I'm still unsure when it is the most fantastic.
December 17, 2007
Dawn from Austria
Went for Christmas 2006. Had a fab time. Snow was limited as it was everywhere this year. Some friends had no snow at all in other Austrian resorts! We had enough and they kept the canons going as much as they could. It was ok, just got slushy later in the afternoon. It is the most beautiful place to visit; the lake and mountain are so pretty. Oliver's restaurant at the very top of the mountain is fantastic. Stayed at the Fischerwirt in the centre of town. Very nice and friendly, staff were excellent. Going again for Christmas and new years this time and there is loads of snow.
December 02, 2007
dave rock from United Kingdom
I went to Zell am See at Christmas time last year. It was a good time to go and the snow was quite good too. Lots of things to do for the children too, especially as they have a great kindergarten there. The night life was good too. They had a nice market in the town centre and sold some lovely mulled wine there which helped warm you up. A great place to go all 'round ! Enjoy.
March 16, 2007
Edward Donnelly from Ireland
Sorry, back again. Have to disagree with Johns comments below...great terrain for everybody particularly beginners. Some nice sections on blue runs that would give a beginner great confidence and should have them on reds by the end of week.
March 16, 2007
Edward Donnelly from Ireland
Great spot to spend a week, particularly if with a group of mixed abilities. Schuttdorf is probably the best place to stay as it is positioned between Zell and Kaprun, so if conditions are varied in the week you can choose and have easy access to either resort. Very picturesque with really friendly locals. Have skied in France,Italy,USA and Andorra but Zell (& Austria) is by far the best all round ski holiday. Not only just about skiing but fantastic apres-ski. Having a few schnapps in an igloo bar at mountain summit as the sun is setting and silouettes of skiers dancing on tables in their skiboots to tacky Euro techno was FUN. Prices are great particularly for ski equipment. Black runs are really of red standard, but if you think you're so advanced that these runs are limiting, there is plenty of off-piste!!
January 29, 2007
Iain Wilson from United Kingdom
Just got back from an interesting week of skiing in Zell, Jan 20-27. This is the second time I've been skiing here. Last year the snow was fantastic. Went the week of the 21st and it was totally amazing, there was even snow at the airport, the first time in ten years apparently. The trip via the coach to the resort was snow all the way. Then Zell its self was covered. All the roofs had snow. The village was covered. Stayed last year at the Waldhof (http://www.derwaldhof.at/). A very nice 4 star hotel up the valley and away from the main centre. A great hotel with excellent food and a very friendly staff. Plus the best part was the ability to ski right to the door.
This year, however, was a complete different take. After arriving at the airport it was warm. There was no snow anywhere! The coach trip up the resort didn't look great either. The resort was clear and none of the roofs on the hotels had any snow. The centre looked completely different, still very nice, but not as nice as it was when covered in snow. This year we stayed at the Zum Hirschen (http://www.hotel-zum-hirschen.at/). A very different hotel near the centre and about 50m away from the city express lift. Food was good, but we all felt that the staff could have been a bit more friendly. Rooms were very clean and facilities were great. Just the friendliness let it down and the amount of smoke.
As for the skiing, last year was great, all the runs were open and the snow was well over 170cm. The sun was out and it couldn't have been any better. Yhis year 75% of the runs were open. A lot of the slow easy blues down to the centre were closed and had NO snow on them. Only one of the blacks was open but covered in ice and a real danger to ride. Later in the week the temperature dropped and they could start to run the cannons, which cover 90% of the slopes. By the end of the week a few more runs had opened and the snow was beginning to cover the lower runs. On the Saturday we left it snowed all day and we could see the lower runs were open back to the city express.
So in summary, if they have snow it's a great place with something for everyone. However, if the snow is limited, then the beginners will struggle as the easy blues will be closed and the experts will miss the black runs as the ice and lack of lower snow will close them too!
For a better view of the snow, a webcam and some more info have a look here - www.schmitten.at
Would definately go back again and again.
March 22, 2006
john coleman from Ireland
Had a great time at Zell am See, mid February, snow was fantastic. It is a most beautiful place to vist. Not great slopes for starters, and some of the chair lifts can be very crowded. However, we all had a great time, and will go back again.
March 13, 2006
Declan Soden from United Kingdom
Back from a week skiing in Zell am See with 10 friends (4th March-11th March 2006). Great conditions, loads of snow, stayed in four star Schwebebahn at the top of the village next to the main gondola. Nice place, good food, although hotel reception service was pretty poor, they had overbooked the hotel which caused some problems and were charging for tap water (3 euro for a jug and 6 euro for a bottle) plus tea and coffee were extra even though we paid half-board. Nice to go, best snow fall I've seen in six years, if you're advanced the one trip would be enough, the village is pretty but does not have a lot of choice unless you're shopping for ski gear. Skied in Canada (Whistler), Sweden, Andorra and Austria and by far the most picturesque of all.
February 16, 2006
julia from United Kingdom
Been to Zell am See many times. It is beautiful. Down on a lake with good apres-ski, nice shops and cafes and lovely mountain restaurants.
The skiing can be a bit limited when the snow is poor and sometimes there is a big queue for the main cable car.
I would recommend Zell for early intermediates and for those with perhaps a non skier in their party.
January 26, 2004
paul from United Kingdom
Just got back from Zell am See 24th jan 04.
Zell is a very pretty place with views over the lake from most pistes.I have just spent a week with four beginner snowboarders,and found the resort suitable mostly for intermediate boarders and skiers.Most blue runs in this resort are narrow ski shuses.As other people have mentioned,Crazy Daisys is THE place to go for Apres ski,and piste-side umbrella bars are relatively quiet compared with other resorts.Any questions feel free to mail me. : )
January 05, 2004
Jason Murtagh from Ireland
Just back from my first visit to zell am see. great conditions there at the moment. snow fall every day , plus the snow cannons have been going too.... Result great sking . best from middlestation up. all lifts ,condolas ,cable cars open for business. for beginners the nursery slopes have a good covering too. apres ski.. got to be crazy daisy's.great music atmosphere and of course great beer.
October 29, 2003
Helen Woodger from United Kingdom
this is a fantastic resort, with the perfect mix of everything plus cluture spilling out of ever corner. slightly limited skiing area, but amazing apres ski. visit crazy daisies for a beer and listen to boots band play - you can even take them home with you in CD form! any tips you want from hotels to bar email!