Zauchensee is a small ski settlement up in the mountains above the town of Altenmarkt in the province of Salzburg. It is part of the Salzburger Sportwelt, which includes nearby Flachau and Filzmoos, as well as being included as part of the massive Ski Amadé lift ticket.
It is probably overshadowed as a 'high' resort by the nearby resort of Obertauern but Zauchensee's altitude and snow record is nothing to be sneezed at and it is the venue for regular World Cup ski races.
The limited amount of accommodation means that it is in very few travel company brochures but access is relatively easy for the independent skier.
Elevation: 1350 metres
Location: Zauchensee - 5541 Altenmarkt - Salzburg - Austria
Where the modern ski resort of Zauchensee now stands was in relatively recent times still a farming hamlet at the end of a small access road.
The first lift was only built in 1964, the road was improved for visitors at the same time and the Zauchensee lift company set about improving the possibilities for ski accommodation.
The connection to Flachauwinkl over the mountain was made in the 1980s and the resort has enjoyed the visibility of regular top class World Cup races since the start of that decade.
The skiing heads up in three different directions from Zauchensee - to the west the resort links over to the village of Flachauwinkl where a shuttle bus crosses under the Tauern motorway to connect with the Kleinarl ski area.
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Although it is located high in the mountains, Zauchensee has good road and rail access nearby.
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Despite the hotel building programme, accommodation is relatively limited for this ski-from-the-doorstep resort. More is available down the valley in Altenmarkt, which also offers its own ski area.
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