The long expected and controversial EUR 72 million project Hochsonnberg has been kicked off in 2010 and the construction works commenced in 2011. Within 4 years, the Piesendorf valley will be connected with the Zell am See skiing area by a system of 4 modern lifts. The attractive ski region will increase capacity to compete with Saalbach/Hinterglemm and Kitzbühel.
On the west end of Piesendorf, a new Skizentrum will be built. With a ski school, equipment rental place and high-capavity parking place (700 cars and 20 busses), this new valley station will relief the busy moments at Areitbanh in Schüttdorf/Zell am See.
The whole plan can be seen on the official website of Schmittenhöhebahnen AG.
The discussion about the project can been seen on YouTube.
On the other hand, the long existing ideas to connect the Zell am See/Kaprun ski area with Saalbach/Hinterglemm remain only theoretical. On the ‘Saalbach’ end of the village of Viehhofen the connection does not seem that problematic but on the ‘Zell’ side a huge investment would have to be made. Besides, the investors and owners of Saalbach skicircus are not interested in loosing tourists to more popular ‘spa-like’ city of Zell.