The family-run Daxer has changed a lot since it opened in 1962, but each generation of owners has focused on making sure their customers are always the priority.
It’s been extended several times over the years, to add more rooms and facilities, but you need only look at the chalet-style exterior to see that the Daxer has kept it touch with its traditional roots. The cosy Alpine atmosphere blends with true Austrian hospitality to create a home-from-home feel that keeps people coming back year after year.
Other modern additions to the hotel include the heated indoor pool and the wellness area, which has two Finnish saunas, s herbal sauna, steam room, infrared cabin, relaxation room and fitness room. There’s also a small bar and lounge area, and a play area for kids.
You certainly won’t go hungry at the Daxer. The day starts with a plentiful breakfast buffet, offering everything from eggs and bacon to fruit and cereal. When you get back from skiing, you can help yourself to afternoon snacks, including things like cake and pizza – just save some room for the excellent 4-course dinners. And throughout the day, you can stop for free tea, coffee and soft drinks.
When you do make it out the door, it’s just 5 minutes’ walk to the Schmittenhöhebahn and Sonnenalmbahn cable cars, and the TrassXPress gondola. Zell am See itself is around 25 minutes’ walk downhill or a 5 minutes' taxi ride. Or during the day you can take the local ski bus that operates until 7pm.
- Peaceful location above the town
- 3 minutes' walk to the Schmittenhöhe lift
- 3 minutes' walk to the Fallegglift and the nursery slopes
- 25 minutes' walk to the resort centre
- 35-40 minutes' walk back to the hotel
Perched deep in the valley, the Daxer is in an ideal location for the slopes. It's just a few minutes' walk to the lifts - including the Fallegglift drag, the Sonnenalmbahn and Schmittenhöhebhan cable cars, and the TrassXpress gondola. You can ski back to the lift stations on Black 13, Black 14 and Blue 5b, or take Red 20 right back to the hotel. You can also take a cruise down Blue 7 to warm up, before hopping on the CityXpress gondola. In terms of other amenities, most of the action is down in the centre of town, so you can either walk or take the ski bus or a taxi to explore.
All rooms have a cable TV, safe, hairdryer and free WiFi.
Twin room - sleeps 2-3 (max 2 adults): Austrian twin beds, single sofa bed when booked for three people, private shower, WC and balcony.
Quad room - sleeps 2-4 (max 3 adults): Austrian twin beds, double sofa bed, private shower, WC and balcony.
Superior twin Room - sleeps 2-3: Austrian twin beds, single sofa bed, private shower, WC and balcony.
Deluxe twin Room (new wing) - sleeps 2-4 (max 3 adults): Austrian twin beds, double sofa bed, private shower, WC and balcony.
- Lift to all floors
- 68 rooms
- Free WiFi throughout
- Small ski room
Wine, dine and unwind
- Bar and lounge area (accepts cash only)
- Happy hour three times a week (4-5.30pm)
Spa, wellness and pools
- Indoor pool 4
- Wellness area with sauna, steam room and relaxation area
- Hot and cold buffet breakfast
- Afternoon snack
- 4-course evening meals with a choice of main course and daily salad buffet
- Vegetarian options
- Free soft drink, juices, water, coffee and tea (10am-9pm)
- Happy hour in the umbrella bar, three times a week 4-5.30pm (one drink free)
Zell am See
- Beautiful lakeside town
- Plenty of tree line skiing
- Kaprun's glacier close to resort
With fantastic views, it’s no wonder Zell am See is a favourite year round. Thanks to its classic 19th-century architecture, scenic lake and a mountain backdrop there’s always a photo opportunity nearby. And in winter you can add a buzzing atmosphere and a load of varied skiing to that too. From the town centre it’s easy to grab the CityXpress gondola up the Schmittenhöhe. Here, you’ve got wide pistes with those great views and plenty of mountain huts. And you’ve always got free ski buses to whisk you 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. 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 restaurants alive with both locals and tourists.
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. If you feel like taking a break from skiing you can try plenty of activities including snowshoeing, cross-country and Nordic walking.
Plus the Kitzsteinhorn glacier is easily accessible by free local ski bus - all covered by your Zell am See-Kaprun lift pass.