Extension of the skiing area Schmitten – Zell am See-Kaprun



Over the valley limits – Schmitten is growing!

Over the valley limits – The building of the new cable car up to the Salersbachköpfl and the resulting connection with Glemmtal marks the beginning of a new era in the skiing history of the Schmitten.  

Those who would like to broaden their horizons have to overcome boundaries – or in the mountains cross valleys and surmount peaks and check the other side: This is the reason the Schmittenhöhebahn AG is building the zellamseeXpress, which will provide you with even more fun when skiing on the Schmitten as of the next winter season 2016/2017.

New connection and new slopes: From Glemmtal up to the Schmitten

With the new zellamseeXpress the old downhill run used in the years between 1930 and 1980 will be reopened. Since the winter of 2014/15 the old downhill run has been open for ski tours down to Viehhofen. The new 10-seater monocable gondola runs from a corner station above Viehhofen up to the top station on the Salersbachköpfl at 1,920 metres (section 2). From there a 3.3 km long red piste lined with snow making machines leads you to the corner station. This way the guests on the Schmitten can check the other side. The erection of the new cable car provides winter sports athletes with another, completely new slope, which offers even more comfort. By the way – a 100% of the ski runs on the Schmitten are equipped with snow making machines. Guaranteed fun in the snow and on the ski runs!

In a second construction stage the extension of section 1 down into the valley, from the corner station to Viehhofen, is planned. The opening of this direct connection from and into Glemmtal is scheduled for the winter of 2018/2019. The total volume of investment for the project (ski run and cable car) will be approx. 25 million Euros.

Connection to Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn

The connection with Glemmtal is still possible via the ski route to Viehhofen. The ski route ends in Kreuzlehengraben in Viehhofen. Every hour the 680 bus takes you from the bus stop at Förstereck back to Zell am See. The ride takes about 30 minutes. The bus is free for skiers with a valid lift pass. The same bus (from Maishofen to Schönleitenbahn) and the efficient ski bus shuttle system ensure the connection into Glemmtal where you can enter the Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn. And so your guests will have Austria’s largest skiing area with a total of 270 km ski runs and 70 lifts virtually at their front  door – something which will make all winter sports athletes’ skiing hearts beat faster.

zellamseeXpress: new gondola (10-seater monocable gondola) to the Salersbachköpfl

Construction: 10-MGD
Capacity: 2,200 p/h
Time: 9.22 minutes
Speed: 6.0 m/s
Number of gondolas: 69
Capacity per gondola: 10
Gondolas outfitted with: heated seats, intercom
Frequency: 12.86 sec
Inclined length: 2,884.16 m
Height bottom station: 1,120 m
Height top station: 1,920 m
Difference in height: 800 m
Number of pylons: 19
Drive: mountain



The Schmittenhöhebahn AG and its almost 330 employees is an exemplary enterprise and a major employer in the region Zell am See-Kaprun. 27 lift and cable car installations on the Schmittenhöhe as well as ships on the Zell am See lake are amongst  the most popular tourist attractions in Zell am See-Kaprun in both the winter and summer months. The Schmittenhöhebahn AG transports up to 10.4 million people per year and indeed, in the winter the capacity accounts for 49,529 people per hour.