The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,243 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 720 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The highest point of the track is 2,000 m above sea level.
Season starts on 18 Nov and ends on 9 Apr (142 days). Average season duration in Austria is 120 days.
Average snow depth during the season (18 Nov to 9 Apr) is 78 cm at summit elevation and 13 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 130 cm at summit elevation and 19 cm at the base.
Schmitten - Zell am See features 80 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 79 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 18 sunny days.
Since 2013/2014 kids park ´Schmidolins Drachenpark´ at the chairlift Glocknerbahn top station
Night slope at the Ebenbergbahn
Fun slope XXL in the area of the chair Hochmaisbahn at the Sonnenalm
8 seater chairlift Glocknerbahn
Since 2012/2013 new 4 seater chairlift Sonnengratbahn
The Ski Resort
Even riding up the Schmittenhöhe with the gondola is a special experience. The Schmittenhöhenbahn is a design of the Porsche Design Studios.
The 77 kilometers (47,8 miles) of well-groomed ski trails separate equally into blue, red and black marked trails. So you can´t really complain about too less choices for your ability!
The kids park at Glocknerwiese is a fun place for kids. Look for the magic carpet at the Areitbahn base station that takes the little ones right back up the mountain. The mascot Schmidolin even has its own fan club, the Junior Club. The membership is actually free of charge and includes a children newspaper that provides information about news and important events. Further, all Junior Club members get a ski day and kids Olympics for free and gift cards for Skiwasser (water and syrup) as well as invitations for club events.
Snowboarder and freeskier get their moneys worth in the terrain park Schmitten. You´ll get everything here what a freestyler´s heart desires: rails, fun boxes, kickers and spins. The absolute highlight is the longest fun slope in the world, right at the Hochmaisbahn. It features a length of 1300 meters (4265 feet) and tunnels, step turns, waves and jumps await risk-seekers of all levels. Get comfy in the chill area where you can actually watch the freeskiers and boarders.
Professionals should check out the famous downhill Trassabfahrt or hit the mogul slope in the training area. Those who want to take home a great vacation souvenir should definitely purchase a video of themselves speeding down the Sonnenalm ski movie run.
On Mountain Dining
Get out at the summit and you´ll see the Schmitten-Café at the top station of gondola Schmittenhöhenbahn. Get comfy on the sun deck and enjoy the impressing alp panorama. You can also relax on the sun deck of Sonnkogel restauarant. Austrian cuisine mixed with the perfect wine choices and the beautiful view of the surrounding mountain world make this one to the right choice for every lunch break. You often have live music here as well.
The Apres-ski meeting point at Schmittenhöhe is ´Cabrio´ and is located right at the base station Areitbahn I. The panorama umbrella bar at top station Areitbahn III attracts with good music and drinks.
Don´t miss the legendary Trassabfahrt. Follow for 4 kilometers (2,4 miles) and overcome a height difference of 900 meters (2952 feet) to Schmittental. It´s one of the most challenging and steepest trails in the province of Salzburg.
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The region around Zell am See- Kaprun features great winter hiking trails that are all connected to each other. You can also book guided snow shoe hikes. The lake Zeller See is the ideal spot for ice skating fans in general and it´s easy to get caught up by playing ice hockey or ice curling. In case the lake is not quite frozen you can check out the ice rink.
Tobogganing is a blast for the whole family! Between the ski resorts Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn are several runs. The one that starts at Köhlergraben and passes Schmittental is lighted at night.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The disco Crazy Daisy is one of the most popular hangout spots among seasonaires. The ´Insider´ bar and the famous Baumbar also have a good reputation for nightlife. Stars like Roy Black, Falco, Fendrich or C. C. Catch have performed here already.
Dining and Restaurants
Gourmets find exactly the right restaurant for their palate. The rustic Erlhof serves mainly Austrian specialties and takes pride in its wine list. The restaurant Feinschmeck has Mediterranean, international and regional cuisine on their menu. A special highlight: In the middle of the restaurant there is an open fire where barbecue specialties are freshly prepared. In the year 2013 this one won a Falstaff Gabel for creative cooking.
By car Coming from Vienna take B 227 and A 1 by passing St. Pölten to Salzburg. Continue on A 8 Reichenhall to Steinpass and via B 312 to Unken. After you have to continue on B 311 to Zell am See.
Coming from Munich take A 8 via the interchange Inntal to Traunstein. On the B 306 to the exit Siegsdorf and via Steinpaß B 312. Pass Unken and continue on B 311 in order to get to Zell am See.
Coming from Zürich take A 1 to Winterthur and after switch to A 14. Continue via Bludenz, Landeck Inntal freeway and Imst. From Innsbruck continue on B 312/E60 and take exit Wörgl. Pass Kitzbühel, Paß Thurn and Mittersill to reach Zell am See.
Coming from Milan, pass Brescia, Trient, Bozen and Sterzing Brenner freeway, Innsbruck Inntal freeway and exit in Wörgl. Continue via Kitzbühel, Paß Thurn, Mittersill to get to Zell am See.
You have access to the ski resort in Zell am See, Schüttdorf and Schmittental.