New gondola at Zell am See accesses over 400km of pistes

17th October 2019, by Dave Watts

The new ZellamSeeXpress gondola opens up a link to the Saalbach ski area

The new ZellamSeeXpress gondola opens up a link to the Saalbach ski area

The Austrian resort of Zell am See’s local Schmittenhöhe ski area is small (77km of pistes) but has something to interest all standards from beginner to expert. It has long marketed itself jointly with Kaprun and its Kitsteinhorn glacier, a short bus ride away.

The huge news for this season is that a new gondola on the lower slopes of the back of Schmittenhöhe to and from the next valley will open and the resort will now be linked, via a short bus ride, to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn ski area. This transforms the attraction of the resort for keen intermediate piste bashers, adding another 270km of easily accessible slopes.

The new K-onnection gondola links the local Kaprun ski area to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier

Around 8km away from Zell am See is the sizeable resort of Kaprun, which has its own small ski area which will be linked directly to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area from this season, by the new K-onnection gondola. Until now the Kitzsteinhorn could only be reached from a lift base a further 6km up the valley.

The new Ski Alpin Card lift pass covers all these areas, a total of 408km of slopes – a vast area with pistes that suit all standards – and the ski buses that link them and run until 5pm or 6pm.

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