Der Waldhof is one of the few slopeside hotels in Zell and you can ski or board right back to the hotel, so popping back for a drink in the warming bar is easy. This elevated position means you'll have some far-reaching and pretty special views out over the town, the lake and beyond.
The hotel spa facilities are free to use and include an outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room, so there's plenty of leg rejuvenation to be had. There's free Wi-Fi throughout to stay connected with friends and family, and weekly live music for some local entertainment.
It's a 10 minute stroll to the resort centre and a charming place to enjoy a winter break thanks to the traditional Austrian feel. The cosy lounges and a very impressive wine cellar provide plenty of variety to your relaxation.
This is a supremely great place for groups on holiday. Oh, and don't forget about the free daily après-ski snacks! What more could you want after coming off the mountain?
From the hotel to…
Nearest slope: You're on the slopes - the blue run Abfahrt 16 runs past the hotel
Nearest lift: 350m
Tuition meeting point: 350m
Resort centre: 500m
About the resort
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, but transport isn't.
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: 55
Range of runs: 42% blue, 35% red and 23% black
Lifts: 20 drags, 17 chairs and 13 cable cars
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
From the 4th of March 2017 until the end of the season, the hotel will be on all inclusive board.
With the half board meals, you'll receive an extensive buffet breakfast and a very appetising four-course evening meal. Don't miss the weekly Italian buffet which is always a hit.
At Christmas they serve a lovely holiday meal and the New Year Gala dinner has a champagne reception with entertainment and a midnight buffet included (and you must wear smart dress, of course - it is New Year after all).
The 79 rooms here give you a good variety to suit different party sizes, tastes and budgets. Each are bright, charming and very spacious. All of them come with a bath or shower, cable TV, a minibar and a mini-safe for your important belongings.
Official rating: ****
Outdoor pool and hot tub
Sauna and steam room
Free daily après-ski snacks
Live music weekly
Heated ski lockers
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham