Early summer sunshine
This hotel is quite unique within Zell as it's located right on the slopes for ski-in ski-out convenience and next to the Schmittenhöhe and Sonnenalm gondolas. It's an ideal choice for all as the owners certainly haven't scrimped on the facilities!
If you're looking for a family friendly holiday, you can't go wrong at the Hotel Alpine Resort as there's free hotel-run childcare in the evenings, babysitting, kids' menus and an indoor play area to help keep little ones happy.
For relaxation, try out the indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Or have a relaxing drink on the sun terrace, or a glass of wine at the après-ski bar.
And don't forget to take your holiday read and spend an hour or two in the reading room. It has its own small library, so don't worry if you do forget! And when you do head back out onto the mountain, use the heated ski room with private lockers to gain direct access onto the piste.
Nearest slope: You're on the slopes
Nearest lift: 50m to the Schmittenhöhe and Sonnenalm gondolas
Tuition meeting point: 25m
Resort centre: 2km
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 138kms 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
Half-board meals here include a hot and cold buffet breakfast and a four-course evening meal with a choice of main with interchanging starter, salad, and dessert buffets. There are also speciality buffets weekly including an Mediterranean buffet, a Farmer's buffet and a Gala dinner. Christmas and New Year's Eve kick it up a notch with more gala dinners and live music to match.
The 56 rooms at the Hotel Alpine Resort are spacious and contemporary, with lots of light hardwood and clean, crisp lines - and amazing views, of course. Most of the rooms come with balconies and all of them have cable TV, a fridge and a bath or shower and wc.
There's a free hotel-run children's club for three to 12 year olds that runs from Sunday to Friday at various hours. There's a bright and cheerful indoor play area, and babysitting is available too. On top of that, the restaurant offers special children's menus to make sure that everyone is taken care of.
For enquiries or to reserve places in the hotel-run children's club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0043 6542 72461
Official rating: ****
Lounge & bar area
Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room
Small library and reading room
Indoor play area and babysitting
Heated ski room with private lockers and direct piste access
Free hotel-run children's club
Ski hire shop
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes