Southwest of Salzburg, the Zell Am See ski area has 36 pistes served by 21 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,245m. This ski area is much bigger that it appears on their piste map.
This is a good all around family ski resort on the slopes of Schmittenhohe (2,000m) that is ideal for beginners and intermediates. The Zell Am See - Schmittenhohe ski area is a groomers paradise that is not particularly known for it's steep runs or off-piste freeriding. With that said, if you catch this place with some powder, both the ski route #35 (Ketting Route) under the Kettingbahn and the ski route #32 (Eiskanal Route) under the Hochmaisbahn can be a lot of fun. Also, the ski route #36 (Kanonenrohr Route) can be interesting. Advanced snowboarders would enjoy a few days here if there has been some recent snow.
There are four separate ski areas in the Zell Am See - Kaprun region; the advanced Kitzsteinhorn (3,203m) south of Kaprun, the family-oriented Maiskogel (1,675m) running into Kaprun, the beginner Lechnerberg running into Kaprun, and the moderate Schmittenhohe (2,000m) leading into both Zell Am See and Schuttdorf. Combined the ski areas have 57 pistes for snowboarding served by two dozen lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 2,410m. There is a free ski bus linking each of the ski areas.
The main base lifts at Zell Am See (City Express), Schuttdorf (Ariatbahn) and Schmittental are known for their long morning lift lines, so make sure to arrive early.
For a mid-day refuel from snowboarding at Zell Am See, there are several excellent mountain huts including Jaga Alm off the Sonnenalbahn or the Hochzeller Alm off the Schmittenhohe summit.
After a day of shredding the slopes at Zell Am See, check out the apres scene at the Ebenbergalm on route #12D and Pinzgauer Hutte early off drag lift 16 on the back side of Hohe. For some nightlife, there are a variety of options including Crazy Daisys, Bierstadl, and finally the Viva Club.
For some authentic Austrian cuisine, try the Steinerwirt or the Lebzelter in Zell Am See.
Note, within the ski area, the Schmittenhohe Bahn tram lift out of the Schmittental basin may require an additional fare, but it can be worth it to get back up to the main summit.
To reach the snowboarding at Zell Am See from Salzburg by car, follow Route 215 west through Germany. Near Lofer, head south on Route 311 to Zell Am See.
To reach the snowboarding at Zell Am See from Salzburg by train, head to the Zell Am See train station.
Overall, Zell Am See - Schmittenhohe is the 5th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 52 snowboarding resorts in Austria.