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Zell am See Options

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi there.

Me and 3 fellow Irish fellas are looking to head to Zell am See/Kaprun on 8th March. We've booked the flights from Belfast with Jet2 and are now looking to get the accomodation sorted.

We are in our late 20's / early 30's, and apres is a key feature of the holiday and as we are all 6-7 weekers, we enjoy cruisey reds over steep mogul fields or off-piste.

There seems to be a big difference in the price of accomodation at Zell centre as opposed to Schuttdorf or Kaprun, therefore our queries are:

- Is Zell am See centre the liveliest apres area or is there enough in the Schuttdorf area?
- Would you recommend staying in the centre of Zell over either Kaprun or Schuttdorf?
- Can you walk from the centre to the Schuttdorf area after a night out, or how expensive and frequent is the local taxi service?
- Which is the best area for cruisey red and blue runs?
- Which are the best apres bars, particularly earlier in the evening?

Hoping to book the accomodation over the next few days so would be keen to get any ideas in advance. Very Happy
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We are in our late 20's / early 30's, and apres is a key feature of the holiday and as we are all 6-7 weekers, we enjoy cruisey reds over steep mogul fields or off-piste.

You just described Saalbach-Hinterglemm, rather than Zell am See. Zell is a nice family-friendly cruisey resort, but S-H is far more extensive and definitely has better, livelier après. Zell, Maiskogel and Kaprun are reached by a ski bus rather than being linked so can seem like separate areas, whereas Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang is one large linked area.

Anyway, back to your questions:
- Definitely stay in Zell rather than Schuttdorf. Schuttdorf is great for families, but a bit quiet if you are looking for plenty of bars and nightlife. Kaprun is even quieter. You'll need a taxi to get from Schuttdorf to Zell and back - don't know the current price, but it won't be cheap. Taxis are however plentiful and are available all night.
- All of the area above the Areitbahn and Schmittenhohe lifts is a mixture of cruisey blues and reds. There is some fantastic skiing on the glacier above Kaprun, particularly on a sunny spring day.
- Early evening après: Schnapps Hans at the top of Schmittenhohe, Crazy Daisy, the Irish bar whose name I can't remember (but why would you travel to Austria to visit an 'Irish' bar) and a few others - there are a couple of Snowheads who are based in Zell who have written on other threads, so use the search function for more info.
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Have stayed in Zell 3 times over last7 years and can highly reccomend pension Hubertus directly across rd from main gondela and is only minutes away from centre of zell , If you want to surround your self with other Irish head up a very steep hill to house Ashling or Haus Tipperary near centre and enjoy!! we went to Saalbach Hinterglem for a Day last year from Zell and are heading back there for a week in early Jan ,can let you know more on our return if u like Madeye-Smiley
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I'd want to stay in Zell if I were you over other places in the area. Saalbach Hinterglemm is a much bigger ski area but the Zell am see town is really, really nice and has some lively bars at night. It's hotels are quite upmarket but I always find you get decent value for money in Austria compared to France and lol Switzerland, and the drink prices are nowhere near as obscene.

I think you can spend a tiny amount more on your lift pass and get Saalbach Hinterglemm included, together with a lot of other Austrian ski areas.
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