A 10 minutes drive from CLC Alpine Centre, the Schmittenhöhe mountain is a popular focus for exciting winter sports and summer hiking and mountaineering for Zell am See.
Rising almost 2000m above sea level, there are incredibly beautiful views across 30 majestic 3000m peaks, Zell’s crystal clear lake and sweeping valley from its summit. As far back as 1927, a cable car has been transporting visitors through this wonderful white world and modern day thrill seekers get to ride there in Porsche designed cabins.
Located on the eastern edge of the Kitzbϋhel Alps, this is mountain sports paradise with everyone able to take to the slopes, from absolute beginners to ‘snow pros’ ready to tackle its ‘black’ challenges, due to the sheer diversity offered by 77km of perfectly primed ski slopes, and there are also countless walking trails. There’s even an illuminated Nightslope experience, for added magical atmosphere.
An undoubted highlight of the Schmitten is the XXL Funslope, close to the Hochmais lift on the Sonnenalm, with 1.300m of twists and turns it is described as ‘the longest Funslope in the world’! Loved by novice and expert alike, it offers snails, tunnels, waves and steep curves. The Snowpark Zone for freestylers is adjacent with a series of butter boxes, wave boxes and kickers for beginners; while rails and kickers, a curved box, industry pipes and a jib boom provide plenty of stimulation for the more advanced.
There are brilliant children’s zones where little ones can get their first taste of Alpine adventure on the Magic Carpet or Schmidolin’s Dragon Tunnel, while older siblings can show off their swooping and swerving at Schmidolin’s Dragon Park. Among many more highlights are Austria’s highest E-Motocross Park, Disc Golf (a cross between golf and Frisbee), a ski-movie course and photo points.
Whether skiing, snowboarding, hiking, paragliding, hang-gliding or any other glorious mountain activity, there are plenty of stopovers, amiable huts and inviting Alpine restaurants, as well as a programme of events, to top off a holiday that’s sure to leave you smitten by the Schmitten.
For operational information, opening hours and weather forecasts visit www.schmitten.at/en
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