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Zell am Ziller

Zell am Ziller Ski Resort Guide

Zell am Ziller, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length29 miles
Highest Lift7,907ft
Resort Height1,870ft
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Munich
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Zell am Ziller

Delightful village in the spectacular Zillertal with a Super Zillertal lift pass giving access to virtually all the region's lifts and over 600km of terrain. In December 1999 the local skiing was linked to Gerlos, Wald and Gerlosplatte, creating the Zillertal Arena, the largest area in the Zillertal and one of Austria's largest ski areas. Wide range of off-slope activities include the more unusual, such as stamp-swapping for philatelists at the Cafe Rosengarten on the third Wednesday of every month, air-gun shooting and billiards.

Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Zell am Ziller is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,870ft, with 29 miles of marked runs.

Zell am Ziller is part of the Zillertal Arena ski area with access to 200 miles of downhill skiing, with 143 marked pistes, served by a total of 112 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Zell am Ziller itself (29 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Zillertal Arena ski resorts of Gerlos and Königsleiten.

With ski lifts as high as 7,907ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Zell am Ziller?

The next notable snow forecast is 13in, expected on 7 August.

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Ski Area Stats

Zell am Ziller Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 7 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
45
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
20
Downhill
Total Length
29 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
28 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
22

Zillertal Arena Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
14
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
89
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
40
Downhill
Total Length
200 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
112

Altitudes

Zell am Ziller Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift7,907ft
Lowest Trail3,051ft
Resort Altitude (Zell am Ziller)1,870ft
Max Vertical6,037ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Zell am Ziller
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Zell am Ziller Overview

In December 1999 Zell's local skiing was lift-linked to neighbouring Gerlos, Konigsleiten and Gerlosplatte to create the Zillertal Arena, the fourth largest ski area in the Tyrol and one of the largest in Austria. Skiers get good value for money here - The Zillertal Super Ski Pass opens up a vast area of trails served by more than 170 lifts throughout the Ziller Valley including the guaranteed snow trails of the Hintertux Glacier, known as some of the best glacier skiing in the world, as well as free travel on scheduled trains and buses. Zell am Ziller itself is lift linked to four other ski areas in the Zillertal Arena ski domain.

Long before the American gold rush days Zell thrived as the gold mining centre for the Ziller Valley. Between the 14th and 19th centuries Tyrolean gold was much in demand and was used for minting coins throughout Europe. In 1997 the old mine in Hainzenberg was re-opened to the public and offers some insight into how hard the miners worked.

The name 'Ziller' derives from the Ziller River which, since Roman times, has acted as a natural boundary between provinces and countries. The dioceses of Brixen and Salzburg used it as a natural boundary and the red and green church towers still reflect this historic period in the Ziller Valley. Originally known as The Land in the Mountains, this province was first referred to as the Tyrol in 1248. The third largest province in Austria, with Innsbruck 60km/37 miles as its capital, eastern Tyrol has the highest concentration of ski resorts in the country, the biggest and most well-known, Mayrhofen, situated at the lower end of the Ziller Valley. Zell im Zillertal (tal means valley) is the collective name for Zell am Ziller and the many resorts which are located in the valley.

The first ”foreign“ visitors to the Ziller valley and Zell were welcomed early in the last century, and the Ziller valley has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. The construction of the Ziller railway provided much easier access to the resort, which previously had only been possible on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. It soon became obvious that improving the appearance of the resort and guest facilities should be treated as a matter of urgency. Itinerant salesmen and folk singers were frequent visitors to the valley at the end of the 18th century, and were in no small part responsible for extending the region’s fame and praising its virtues beyond the boundaries of the valley.

In summer the network of hiking and biking trails plus the easy gondola access to the mountain tops make it ideal for exploring the spectacular mountain terrain while the glacier makes it a summer ski and board destination too. This area holds a special place in the heart of many British skiers as so many of them learned to ski here. Unlike so many resorts, the beginners slopes are high enough up to ensure good snow cover giving learners both excellent conditions and spectacular views. Nearly 600 peaks rise above 3000m and the Wildspitz at 3,774m tops them all. Even the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner 3797m reaches into the Tyrol.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Zell: NR.8A / Gerlos: NR.6/6A'.

Skiing

The Zillertal Arena is the fourth largest skiing area in the Austrian Tyrol with skiing all the way to neighbouring Gerlos which is the hot spot for boarders, Krimml, Konigsleiten and Wald. Lifts were linked up for the 1999/2000 season creating one of Austria's largest ski areas. With the Zillertal Superski Pass you can also ski at any of the surrounding resorts. Its possible to ski and board every day of the year on the Hintertux Glacier.

In summer, the skiing is at 3250m and includes 18km of prepared pistes. Lifts open at 8.30 and its best to ski early as the snow tends to get very soft after lunchtime. There is a ski shop at the top of the Gletscher Bus (the second bus-like gondola) with a locker service where you can leave your gear overnight. There are panoramic cameras at the top of the glacier so its possible to check out the weather on TV (ORF2) without even leaving your hotel room.

Zell am Ziller offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

The Zillertall Pass gives boarders access to all of the surrounding resorts including the Hintertux glacier. Hot-Zone Snow Park in Gerlos is the place to be - the hotspot for boarders in the Zillertal Arena. The terrain park has been designed with professional input from top snowboarders.

Hot-Zone Snowpark in Gerlos (Vorkogel lift); Snowpark at Gerlosplatte, 80m Halfpipe at Gerlosplatte; 100m Halpipe in Gerlos/FuBalm

Location and Map

Where is Zell am Ziller?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Zellberg, Schwaz.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Zell am Ziller is Innsbruck Airport, 52 minutes drive away.

Munich, Salzburg, Bolzano, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Memmingen and Friedrichshafen airports are all within three hours drive.

Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts are able to uplift 23,800 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 44 miles of ski runs, with 319 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Zell am Ziller open?

 Opened : December 24, 2020*
*Zillertal Arena.

 Closed : April 4, 2021*
*Zillertal Arena.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Zell am Ziller, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Zell am Ziller Tourist Office for the latest.

Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Zell am Ziller.

Aprés Ski

Some of the hotels have their own entertainments programmes including Tyrolean evenings with traditional folk dancing as well as discos and live music.

Great fun in more than 30 huts and snowbars in the skiresort as well as in the 5 apres ski bars directly at the base station and in the village guaranteed.

Zell am Ziller