Ride in to summer 2020
The Hotel Neue Post has the perfect location. It's in the centre of Zell – ideal for après, it's close to the lake – ideal for views and it's only 200m from the City-Express gondola – ideal for skiers and boarders.
And that's not all. They have a fantastic pool and spa area with a covered outdoor heated pool, two saunas, a steam room, a hot tub and even a fitness room in case you want to fit in a run or lift some weights.
In the evenings you should definitely relax by the open fireplace in the large bar area, or go for something a bit more intimate in the cocktail bar. And there's free Wi-Fi, so you can post your jealousy-inducing pics accordingly, no need to use up all your data!
Nearest lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 100m
With lively nightlife, picturesque scenery and great skiing for all levels, Zell am See is one of Austria's best loved lakeside resorts. On the mountain, it has a nice mix of runs that are perfect for complete beginners to the advanced. It's a fairly large ski area as well with 138km of runs with great snow conditions.
Head over to Kaprun (15 to 20mins away by bus) and you'll have guaranteed snow on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. A trip there is covered on your Zell lift pass too.
When you're not exploring the area, head into the Old Town and you'll be absolutely charmed by its magical medieval setting. The town is awash with cafés, bars and restaurants suiting all different budgets and tastes. Après starts on the mountain at around 3pm, the Berghotel is a good place to kick off!
Area size: 138km
Linked resorts: Kaprun. Saalbach and Hinterglemm (on Salzburg superski lift pass)
Resort altitude: 755m
Skiing altitude: 755m to 3030m
Number of runs: 62
Range of runs: 40% blue, 44% red and 16% black
Lifts: 15 drags, 17 chairs and 15 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
All guests have free use of the 600m2 wellness area with its heated and covered outdoor pool, two saunas, steam room, hot tub and fitness room. You can also book in a massage or beauty treatment if you need some additional pampering. These aren't free though unfortunately!
The Hotel Neue Post is on half board basis. It serves up breakfast with a delicious variety of bread, meats, cheeses, cereals and eggs waiting for you when you wake up in the morning.
Your evening meal is over three courses with a mix of local and international cuisine throughout the week.
There's a great choice of rooms here. Standard Austrian twin rooms are perfectly fine for two people, while ‘Superior' rooms and ‘Grande' rooms can take up to three and four people, respectively. The ‘Two Room' suites sleep from two to five people and have a regular bedroom plus a separate room with a double sofa bed.
Each of the 65 rooms and suites have cable TV, hairdryers, bathrobes, a bath or shower and convenient tea & coffee-making facilities.
Official rating: ****
Heated outdoor pool
Steam room and hot tub
Large bar with open fireplace
Departure airports: Birmingham, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes