Good Times Never Seemed So Good.

pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: every girl’s best friend lost a bit of sparkle after 50 years touring.

Simon Perstorper, co-owner of the après ski bar chain OFF PISTE BAR, gives us some insight into Zell am See and Kaprun. They will continue to be a go-to resort for passionate skiers seeking challenging pistes and powder, great dining and a vibrant après ski and night life. He has given us his top five reasons, but I recommend you go and make your own list.

The Variety of Skiing

One of the top things about Zell am See and Kaprun, two ski towns connected by one ski pass, is that there is something for everyone. Regardless if it is your first time on skis or if you’re stomping 5m drops in the off-piste there is something for you. Families and back-flippers all unite on two extensive mountains – the Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn – which ensures a fun and creative holiday.

Glacier Skiing

Free skiing above the ski resort of Kaprun

There is no doubt that it is the glacier, Kitzsteinhorn, that makes Zell am See and Kaprun a world class ski resort. By offering snow from October to May, seemingly endless free-skiing lines, a large number of steep pistes and three snow parks, it is the ultimate mountain for any skier or snowboarder with ambition.

The On-Snow Lift Connections

There has been major investment in the lifts connecting the ski resorts in Zell am See and Kaprun. This includes the K-onnection from Kaprun to Kitzsteinhorn, a €81 million project which will be fully open for the 2020 winter. It enables skiers to go straight from their hotel to the top of the glacier and thus avoid overly crowded ski buses. Money has also been invested in connecting the local Schmittenhöhe mountain with Saalbach-Hinterglemm via the zellamseeXpress lift. When the second of the two lifts is up and running in 2019 Zell am See and Kaprun will be part of the largest ski area in Europe.

Aboard a ski lift overlooking the ski resort of Zell am See

In Resort Dining

Restaurants in Zell am See and Kaprun take pride in their high standards. Catering to a large variety of clientele most dining venues can be enjoyed regardless of how deep your pockets are. Two of the best ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor are ‘Deins and Meins’, a family run Austrian eatery specialising in steaks, and ‘Brasserie Traube’, an Asian inspired restaurant run by an eccentric Swede.

The Après Ski Revival

Zell am See and Kaprun are classic après ski resorts with a long history of boot dancing and shot-skiing. The past few years have seen a status quo in the après scene. But now, the new bar concept; OFF PISTE BAR is re-writing the après ski map with tag lines ‘Always Live’ and ‘For Skiers – By Skiers’. By offering live music every day throughout the whole winter in a modern, mountain-inspired environment, OFF PISTE BAR is set to become the no-brainer go-to place for all skiers and boarders wanting to celebrate their winter holiday.

Enjoying a band at the Off Piste Bar in Zell am See

pop trivia: Part way through his 50th Anniversary tour in 2018, Neil Diamond announced he was retiring, with immediate effect, from touring, due to ill health. This line is from ‘Sweet Caroline’, a Neil Diamond anthem, originally a hit in 1969, which is now a sporting event chant and après ski staple around the world.