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Ski Schools in Zell am See

Learn to ski in Zell am See


Zell am See is situated in the Kitzbühel Alps, directly at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe mountain. The resort is less than 1.5 hours drive away from Salzburg and only 2 hours away from Munich and Innsbruck. The peak of the Schmittenhöhe lies at 1,965m and offers an excellent panoramic view of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain in the adjacent Salzburg Slate Alps.

The Schmittenhöhe ski area has approximately 138km of skiable area, including the Kitzsteinhorn and Kaprun Maiskogel pistes. The resort is very popular with families and ski schools in Zell am See utilise the wide range of slopes at all levels, around 73km being beginner slopes. A single ski pass - the Ski Alpin Card - covers not only the Zell am See-Kaprun area but also the neighbouring Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn and Hinterreit regions, the three regions together offering a total of 408km of slopes.

Ski lessons for beginners in Zell am See


Beginner lessons start from age 4yrs and ski schools in Zell am See start their first-time skiers on very gentle slopes, teaching them the basics of gliding and the snowplough before moving onto simple turns.

There are several beginners areas within the resort: The lower-lying Schüttdorf and Schmittental areas have easy slopes and beginners’ lifts. Higher up the resort, further gentle slopes can be found at the areitXpress mountain station and at the Kapellenbahn, Kettingbahn and Hahnkopf lifts.

Adult beginners can also make the most of their Ski Alpin Card and explore some of the 140km of blue runs within the three resorts.

Kid’s ski lessons in Zell am See


Ski schools in Zell am See have three friendly mascots who accompany their little learners on their first days on the slope; Robby Roo, Crazy Tiger and Schmidolin the dragon. Kids’ ski lessons last for 4hrs per day, lesson groups being divided according to age and ability. Ski schools in Zell am See start by teaching their young beginners the basic techniques at the lower-lying nursery areas in Schüttdorf and Schmittental. Beginners with a little more experience quickly advance to any of the 6 blue runs within the resort, such as the route 7 run, which is a well-known confidence builder.

Young intermediate skiers are taken to red runs within the resort, the majority being situated in the Sonnkogel area. 56% of the runs within the Zell am See-Kaprun area are red, so there is plenty of space to practice. Route 12 is a very long but gentle red run and a favourite of the ski schools in Zell am See. It’s ideal for skiers who are advanced beginners to intermediate level.

Ski lesson prices in Zell am See


Ski lessons for kids and adults start at 46EUR/day (4hrs). Private lessons start at 65EUR/hr, for both children and adults.

The best ski schools in Zell am See


Ski- & Snowboardschool Zell am See


Founded in 1945, this ski school is one of the largest ski schools in Austria with more than 120 international ski instructors and years of experience. Lessons are offered in English, German.

Meeting point: Top station CityXpress, Schmittenstraße 7, Zell am See

CheckYeti customers reviews: kids-friendly, experienced, patient

Skischule Zell am See Outdo


The Outdo Ski and Snowboard School team speaks several languages and offers kids and adults a relaxed and fun learning environment. Lessons are offered in English, German and Danish.

Meeting point: Meet at the ski school office in Zell am See, Schmittenstraße 8

CheckYeti customers reviews: relaxed, experienced, beginner-friendly

Ski school Entleitner


This small family ski school in Zell am See was founded in 1974 and is now in its second generation. Individualised and high-quality private lessons are given in English, German and Dutch.

Meeting point: Arranged individually

CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, relaxed, beginner-friendly

Ski School Bewegt Kaprun


Private lessons, ski touring and snowshoeing lessons are offered in English and German by this friendly team.

Meeting point: Arranged individually

CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, beginner-friendly, patient

Ski and snowboard School Kaprun


Established in 1952, the multinational team from this ski school in Zell am See offers private ski and freeriding lessons for all ages in English and German.

Meeting point: Arranged individually

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner-friendly, patient, experienced

Ski hire Zell am See


Some ski schools in Zell am See offer lessons with ski hire included. For skiers who prefer to hire their equipment, there are 9 ski hire centres within the town centre, plus 7 more within the resort.

What makes learning to ski in Zell am See so special


Located at the Schmittenhöhe is a snow park with 12 obstacles, designed for beginner to advanced skiers. With butter boxes, wave boxes and kickers, the park is recommended by ski schools in Zell am See for novices who want to have a first try at freestyling. For those with a bit more skiing experience, there are industry pipes, a jib ton and various rails and kickers.

Right next to the snowpark is the Funslope XXL, which means guaranteed fun for all the family. Easy snow waves, quick banked turns and a spectacular snow tunnel make the Funslope XXL the place to be after lessons are over.

FAQs

How do we find a suitable activity?

In every ski resort you will find an overview of all available offers. On the left side you have filters to quickly find the right offer. For example, you can search specifically for beginner ski courses for children in groups.

How do we find offers for our desired date?

Under the menu item "Select course date" in the upper left corner of the page you can select a desired start date. At the top of the search results you will find the offers for the desired start date. Below follow offers in a similar period.

How do we find group lessons or private instructors?

Group courses are marked with "Group". You can search specifically for group courses by selecting the "Group" filter under the "Category" menu item. Private teachers are marked with the inscription "Private". You can search for private teachers by selecting the "Private" filter under the "Category" menu item.

How do we find offers in our language?

Under the menu item "Language" you can select a desired language. Afterwards only offers will be shown where this language is available.

When should we book?

During the holiday weeks, ski and snowboard courses are usually fully booked. In order to make sure that there is still a place available in the desired ski or snowboard course, the motto is: the sooner the better.

How do we find our appropriate experience level?

Next to the menu item "Experience level" you will find a description of the individual experience levels. If you're still not sure, you don't need to worry. Simply choose the experience level that best suits your abilities. Before the first lesson of a group course, ski schools will assess your abilities so that you can be placed in the right group. In any case, private instructors will take your abilities into account on an individual basis.

How do we find offers including equipment?

All offers including equipment are marked with the inscription "Ski rental included". If you find the inscription "Ski rental optional" you can book the equipment for this offer. You will find offers including equipment faster if you select the filter "Ski rental including" under the menu item "Popular options". Depending on the provider, an offer including equipment contains: skis, ski poles, ski boots and helmet. You will find a detailed list of the included rental items in the respective offer description.

There is no offer including equipment, where can we alternatively rent equipment?

In a ski resort there is almost without exception the possibility to rent winter sports equipment. If you book via CheckYeti, you will receive discounts from our partner Skiset, where you can conveniently reserve your equipment online.

How many participants are usually in a group?

This depends on the ski school. Some ski schools have a maximum number of participants per group. You can find this information in the descriptions of the offers.

At what age can children ski or snowboard?

There is no fixed age limit here. Supported by specially trained children's ski instructors, children can already learn to ski playfully at kindergarten age. Depending on the children's level of motoric and social development, the ideal starting age is between 4 and 5 years. Occasionally there are children who can already learn to ski at the age of 3 1/2 years.

How many days should the lessons last for our children?

During the holiday weeks, children's ski courses for beginners usually start on Sunday or Monday. The program is designed in such a way that the best learning results are achieved when your children take part in the ski course throughout the week. So they don't miss the final event (race, etc.) and experience a great week with their group. For advanced children the learning success usually kicks in on the third day.

Is it better to put our child in a group lesson or a private tuition?

The group lessons are generally recommended for beginners. Learning together with peers is more fun. The children are not constantly in the focus and have the possibility to catch their breath between the individual exercises, while the other children are on it. In order not to underchallenge highly talented children, a private ski instructor is recommended.

Can we join our child with a private instructor?

Yes, that's possible. Some providers even offer special family offers. Otherwise, you can simply book a private instructor for children or adults and inform the ski school after booking that you would like to go together.