Early summer sunshine
The Hotel Lebzelter is a historic hotel that dates all the way back to the 15th Century - but don't worry, the amenities are fully modern due to a tasteful restoration. You can feel the history as you walk through the hotel past the wooden clad walls and ceilings - it's very calming.
It offers great value for money, a great location (right in the colourful pedestrianised centre of Zell and 200m from the City Express gondola) and it has a very popular après-ski bar (known as a Stüberl in Austria). It's the perfect place for a rejuvenating beer at the end of the day.
A relaxing session in the sauna and steam room may be just what you need after a full day on the mountain. You can also relax in the small lounge and watch a little TV, or use the free Wi-Fi to catch up on news from the outside world.
Nearest lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 150m
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
The half board at Hotel Lebzelter gives you a buffet breakfast and a four-course evening meal which comes with a choice of main and a salad buffet to make sure you're not missing out on those all-important veggies. Your Christmas and New Year meals are included too.
The 50 rooms in this historic hotel have been tastefully refurbished but retain plenty of character with great details and loads of natural light. Some of the rooms can take an extra bed while some have a bath, but all of them come with cable TV, telephone, hairdryer and mini-safe. Simple and perfect.
Official rating: *** Superior
Sauna and steam room
Stüberl sports bar
À la carte Restaurant
Cosy lounge with TV
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