Zell an See can be done on a long weekend trip as it's close to Salzburg airport. 2004 saw the joining up of Rotaski HQ and Rotaski Northern office after a nine year gap with the Geordies now assuming that with another nine years skiing under their belts they'd be leaving Kilo behind - a detour off piste sorted them all out though. Get the right taxi driver back to the airport and he'll show you all the best views of Salzburg.
“The medieval lake-side town of Zell am See is one of Austria’s most appealing winter and summer resorts. Its huge international popularity rests on its hard-to-beat setting on the shore of a beautiful lake at the foot of the 2,000-m Schmittenhöhe.The mountain provides ample easy intermediate skiing, and the towering presence of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above the delightful neighbouring village of Kaprun means that snow is guaranteed in winter.“
The 2008 ski trip saw Paul the Welsman turn up in his own ski gear rather than everybody else's cast offs. The Black run back to Zell was skied in near darkness except for the occasional floodlight on the piste and both Martin & Paul had their skis stolen at the Schmittenhöhe restaurant at the top. Only when there were just two of them left did they realise they had each others skis and then proceeded to ski back to Schüttdorf by mistake before getting the bus back to Zell.
The 2016 ski trip saw more drinking than skiing with a couple of days with our friends at the Schmittenhöhe restaurant being almost completely written off and a bill the size of a small country’s annual budget.A taxi ride over to Saalbach for one day skiing and and a day skiing on the glacier at Kaprun found us much better weather than cloudy Zell. An extra star for Zell as a new lift opened in 2017 linking the area to Saalbach.