Austria Ski Trip 2018

Sensational views, extensive skiing area, glacierskiing and a buzzing resort atmosphere make Zell am See a year-round favourite.  Thanks to its classic 19th Century architecture, scenic lake and a mountain backdrop, there’s always a photo opportunity nearby.  From the town centre it’s easy to jump on the CityXpress gondola up the Schmittenhöhe and the wide, scenic pistes, a variety of different skiing and plenty of mountain huts.  And there are always free ski buses to whisk skiers about – including over to the neighbouring glacier resort of Kaprun.

On the shores of the Lake Zell, within the shadow of the beautiful Hohe Tauern National Park, Zell am See is a great ski resort.  Known as the Europa Sportregion, it is one of the most picturesque resorts in Austria.  Especially popular are the tree-lined runs that dominate the lower part of the mountain.  Thanks to friendly slopes, a traffic-free centre and plenty of non-ski activities, Zell am See is a great choice for families and intermediate skiers.  The car-free town centre has a wintry picture-postcard feel about it, with quaint cafés and a collection of traditional restaurants.

During the height of winter, the lake often freezes over, enabling you to walk from one side to the other – and even try some curling or skating too.  For those who’d like to take a break from skiing, there are plenty of activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country and Nordic walking.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is easily accessible by free local ski bus, which is included with the Zell am See-Kaprun lift pass.  For details of this bus service, please download the brochure below:

Zell Am See-Kaprun Ski Bus Info

The Trip Specifics

The Crickhowell High School ski trip is scheduled for Friday 14th December to Saturday 22nd December 2018.  The total cost of the trip is £850.00.

A non-refundable deposit of £150.00 is payable upon booking and only upon receipt of this fee will your place be reserved.  Booking will close on Friday 23rd March 2018.

The final balance of £700.00 is due by Friday 21st September 2018.

The preferred method of payment is by ParentPay.  Those paying by cheque should make cheques payable to Crickhowell High School and handed in to Mrs Bush in Room S5.  Please do not hand payments in to the Main Office.

There are a limited number of places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Besides a full day out on the pistes, the trip includes a full programme of evening activities and entertainment to include swimming, tobogganing, bowling, quiz evening, ice hockey match, Tyrolean evening, Christmas market and disco.

The total cost of the trip includes / does not include the following:

If you would like to book a place for your son / daughter on this trip, please complete a copy of the Ski Trip Consent Form and return it to Mrs Bush in Room S5, together with the deposit cheque. 

These should be place in an envelope with the student’s name and tutor group written on the front.  We will acknowledge receipt of your deposit.  It’s a good idea to book early as this has always proved to be a very popular trip.  Places are limited up to a maximum of 80 and places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

It is important to note that whilst skiing is very enjoyable, it is also physically demanding and can be very hard work, especially for beginners.

All general school rules regarding behaviour apply throughout the trip.  Please refer to the trip letters below.

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This is a strictly no smoking trip.  If your son / daughter smokes, they will not be able to go on this trip.  The school reserves the right to decide whether an individual should / should not be allowed to participate in the trip and the decision may be taken at any time up until the departure date.

The ski trip is open to all years, regardless of skiing ability or experience.  Whilst it is accepted that accidents will of course happen, any student causing non-accidental damage during the trip will be liable for its repair / replacement.

The Tour Organizer and Transport

Our ski trip is organized by Ecole, part of Edwards Coaches Ltd.  Ecole has a proven track record in organizing these kinds of trips for schools and Edwards Coaches Ltd, is a UK award-winning family-run business celebrating 90 years and is the largest independently owned coach company in Wales.  They have a modern fleet of executive standard vehicles, equipped with the latest facilities, vehicle tracking and environmentally friendly technology.  The drivers are highly experienced, well trained to CPC standards and DBS certified.

The following document is a detailed itinerary for the whole trip.  Click on the link to download your personal copy.

Ski Trip Itinerary 2018

During the course of the coach transport to and from Zell Am See, parents / carers / guardians will be able to track the progress of the coaches online by either visiting or visiting the Ecole website at and navigating to GET IN TOUCH and then VEHICLE TRACKING.

This is a trial system, so if you find any errors or have any suggestions, please get in touch with Ecole direct on either 01443 215282 or email on

Zell Am See

An old city of stately buildings, Zell am See is a delightful place to stroll in, when you are not skiing. The town sits on a mini-peninsula that juts into a pretty alpine lake.  Above the town is the Schmittenhöhe ski area, with 77 kms of groomed slopes in open snowfields at the top and trails through the trees on lower sections.  But this is only part of the attraction. It is also partnered with Kaprun and marketed with the smaller village as the Zell am See-Kaprun region.  Kaprun, a 10 minutes away by bus, has vast snowfields on the glacier under the Kitzsteinhorn mountain.  The whole region boasts 138 km of marked trails, 56 lifts, a highest vertical of more than 2270 metres and a longest run of six kilometres. 

Aside from the wide range of skiing activities, Zell am See offers a plethora of other activities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Leisure centre
  • Bowling
  • Curling
  • Indoor and outdoor ice skating
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Climing wall
  • Ziplining
  • Paragliding
  • Microlight flights
  • Helicopter rides
  • Market
  • Local interest museum
  • Ice cave
  • Casino
  • Ice hockey matches
  • Day trips to Salzburg
  • Snow biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Nordic walking

Gartenhotel Daxer

During our trip, we’ll be staying at the family run Garten Hotel Daxer, a pretty alpine hotel situated a stone’s throw from the Schmittenhöhebahn, Sonnenalmbahn and TrassXPress cable cars.  It is set in a quiet location on the sunny side of the Schmitten valley.  The hotel boasts a cosy entrance lobby with an open fire, dining room, sauna, steam bath, swimming pool, elevator, outdoor children’s playground and all rooms are ensuite with a balcony and free wifi.

The hotel contact details are:

Gartenhotel Daxer, Michael Wartbichler GmbH & Co KG, Georg Rendl Strasse 8, 5700 Zell Am See, Austria
Tel:  +43 6542 72283—6

Kitzsteinhorn – Kaprun Ski Region

There are 41 km of slopes and 10.5 km of ski routes available.  17 lifts transport skiers around and the whole area reaches an altitude of 3,029 m above sea level.

The Kitzsteinhorn near Kaprun is legendary.  It  is the first glacier ski resort in Austria. The only glacier lifts in the Province of Salzburg are open for skiing from October until July.  With the opening of the Gletscherjet 3 + 4 lifts and the Schmiedingerbahn lift, the lift offering in the ski resort has been improved radically and waiting times are now finally a thing of the past.  Beginners will feel at home on the many easy slopes, whilst athletic skiers can find a real challenge on the “Black Mamba”.  The Kitzsteinhorn is also well known as a freeride hot spot.  Slopes of all difficulty levels can be found on the Kitzsteinhorn.  From wide and easy glacier runs to very steep slopes – there is something for everyone.  Ski routes and powder snow runs round off the offering.

A variety of modern lifts transport skiers to the Kitzsteinhorn.  Feeder lifts take skiers quickly up from the valley to Langwied and further on up to the Alpincentre.  Gletscherjet 3 and 4 are 10-person gondolas leading up from the Alpincenter to the glacier.  On the glacier, the lifts are mainly tow lifts.  The Schmiedingerbahn chairlift is Salzburg’s highest chairlift rising up to 2,775 metres.  This 8-person chairlift is high-speed and has weather-protection covers and heated seats.  There are additional modern chairlifts with covers and some with heated seats around the Alpincentre.  A 2-person chairlift is available at the snowpark for repeat runs.

For a copy of the piste map, click on the link below:

Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun Piste Map

Schmittenhöhe—Zell Am See Ski Region

There are 77 km of slopes and 8 km of ski routes available.  27 lifts transport skiers to the start of the pistes and the whole area is rises to an elevation of 2,000 metres above sea level.

Perched high above Lake Zell, the ski resort on the Schmittenhöhe peak offers variety and fun with a total of five valley runs. Further to the construction of the zellamseeXpress gondola lift, the ski route leading to Viehhofen has been developed into a run up to the corner station.  The winter sports resort of Zell am See boasts a long list of highlights including the Schmidolins Dragon Park and the Kidsslope children’s ski area beside the Glocknerbahn chairlift.  Winter sports enthusiasts seeking a more challenging experience can enjoy the thrill of the world’s longest fun slope and the Trass run with gradients of up to 70%.  And if your legs aren’t too tired by the time evening comes around, you can enjoy carving a few more turns above the rooftops of the little town of Zell am See on the night ski run.

The Schmittenhöhe distinguishes itself with its variety of runs.  There are easy, intermediate and difficult runs (approx. equal distribution).  There are also 7 challenging ski routes, a SkiMovie course and an extra long funslope adding to the variety.  A new slope leads down to the Glemmtal thanks to the construction of the zellamseeXpress gondola lift and it is even possible to ski to Viehhofen.

Modern gondola lifts lead up to the ski resort from the valley, including the Schmittenhöhe lift, with its gondolas designed by Porsche.  In the ski resort itself, modern chairlifts, some with weather protectors and seat heaters, await the winter athletes.

The new 10-person zellamseeXpress gondola lift provides access into the Glemmtal.  The zellamseeXpress also has free WLAN and jukebox.  Using a smartphone, you can choose your favourite songs to be played on the gondola speakers during your ride.

There are tow and practice lifts for beginners, as well as modern and covered people movers from SunKid.  For a copy of the piste map, click on the link below:

Schmittenhohe Piste Map

Maiskogel—Kaprun Ski Region

Maiskogel is well geared up for family skiing fun with perfectly groomed slopes and snow-making equipment.  Heavenly skiing enjoyment for all, whether beginner or expert.   Maximum fun is guaranteed at the ever popular Alpine Rollercoaster Maisiflitzer or at the Fantasy Park.

The Maisiflitzer is a racy downhill ride, the first alpine rollercoaster in this region.  Reaching speeds of 40 km per hour, it waves, jumps and spins through the course, providing a spine-tingling, adrenalin pumping experience.

The Fantasy Park is the ideal springboard for all young freestylers, whether on snowboard or skis, who want to learn the tricks in a fun, step by step way in the safety of the snow park.  But skiing or snowboarding across small obstacles is great fun for adults too.  And admission is free!

There are 20 km of slopes available and 3 lifts in the Maiskogel-Kaprun ski region, which is located at a altitude reaching 1,730 metres above sea level.

The base station of the new “MK Maiskogelbahn” is situated directly at the centre of Kaprun and offers you a comfortable ride up to the middle of the family ski resort. 

Most of the slopes on the Maiskogel are easy, being wide with a constant slope, perfect for beginners or those wishing to build confidnce.

All of the slopes on the Maiskogel are accessed via a 10 person gondola and a chairlift with weather protectors.  There is also a j-bar lift, which provides access to the beginner area.

The Kitsteinhorn-Kaprun Piste Map below covers the Maiskogel ski region:

Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun Piste Map