Kaprun3.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%

Beautiful Kaprun ski resort.
Beautiful Kaprun ski resort.
Kaprun ski resort high alpine lifts and terrain on Kitzsteinhorn.
Kaprun ski resort high alpine lifts and terrain on Kitzsteinhorn.
Ski powder at Kaprun on Kitzsteinhorn all year round.
Ski powder at Kaprun on Kitzsteinhorn all year round.
Kaprun will warm the cockles of your heart!
Kaprun will warm the cockles of your heart!
Kaprun ski resort has a modern and efficient lift system.
Kaprun ski resort has a modern and efficient lift system.
Kaprun's mountain huts are many and varied.
Kaprun's mountain huts are many and varied.
Kaprun ski area Maiskogel is brilliant for families and ends right in town.
Kaprun ski area Maiskogel is brilliant for families and ends right in town.
Kitzsteinhorn off piste ski terrain offers powder and challenge aplenty.
Kitzsteinhorn off piste ski terrain offers powder and challenge aplenty.
The Gletscherjet4 gondola on Kitzsteinhorn.
The Gletscherjet4 gondola on Kitzsteinhorn.
Maiskogel is Kaprun's child friendly ski area.
Maiskogel is Kaprun's child friendly ski area.
Challenging off piste like X2 on Kitzsteinhorn are great for advanced skiers.
Challenging off piste like X2 on Kitzsteinhorn are great for advanced skiers.
Maiskogel - fun for children and adults alike on its nice 900m vertical.
Maiskogel - fun for children and adults alike on its nice 900m vertical.
Kitzsteinhorn's signature advanced piste, Black Mamba - easy start then pitch!
Kitzsteinhorn's signature advanced piste, Black Mamba - easy start then pitch!
Kaprun has loads of other activities, including the tunnel walk at Gipfelwelt.
Kaprun has loads of other activities, including the tunnel walk at Gipfelwelt.
Maiskogel impresses - restaurants, bars, perfect piste and activities.
Maiskogel impresses - restaurants, bars, perfect piste and activities.
Easy access powder for beginners at Kitzsteinhorn. What could be better?
Easy access powder for beginners at Kitzsteinhorn. What could be better?
Steep off-piste powder for advanced riders!
Steep off-piste powder for advanced riders!
Kaprun alpine terrain on Kitzsteinhorn.
Kaprun alpine terrain on Kitzsteinhorn.
Ski Kaprun.
Ski Kaprun.
Get high and hang out at over 3000m at Kaprun!
Get high and hang out at over 3000m at Kaprun!

Kaprun

Kaprun (Kitzsteinhorn) Ski Resort Austria

Skiing in Austria wouldn’t be complete for Powderhounds without a visit to wonderful Kaprun ski resort and skiing the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn. Lift pass linked with the nearby Zell am See ski resort, Kaprun provides something for everyone in a beautiful combination of high alpine glacier and a superb local village ski hill.

Snow-sure within the upper ski area reaching to 3029m, Kaprun offers ‘winter’ skiing from mid-October to the start of May. Kaprun has great off-piste on powder days, perfect groomed slopes for intermediates, Austria’s biggest half pipe, modern lifts, a smaller family ski hill and glorious views across to Großglockner and the entire Hohe Tauern National park.

Kaprun Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The three Kaprun ski areas of Lechnerberg, Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn offer vastly different skiing and boarding experiences. Beginner tows called the Lechnerberg are right in town and great for first timers and families. Maiskogel is Kaprun's other family ski hill. Rising a more than respectable 960m above town, it has some wonderful piste to suit all snow riders, winding their way back down to Kaprun. Brilliant views and numerous bars and restaurants make it a real surprise package.

Kitzsteinhorn is Kaprun’s jewel in the crown. Rising up to 3029m and with a ski-able vertical of 1053m, it provides mainly intermediate piste terrain, a huge half pipe and park plus extensive advanced off piste routes.

For more detailed information see the Skiing and Snowboarding Kaprun page.

Summer Skiing at Kaprun

The upper glacier area of Kitzsteinhorn is open in June and July for a short summer skiing season. Terrain is limited but good enough to have a bit of fun or learn to ski in the relative warmth.

Kaprun Snow and Weather

Whilst snowfall statistics are difficult to acquire, the high elevation and northerly aspect of Kitzsteinhorn will generally guarantee quality snow conditions – a pleasing thought for all Powderhounds. With its resident glacier, Kitzsteinhorn has a long season, effectively from mid-October to end of July, but can be susceptible to poor weather conditions. The lower elevations of Maiskogel and Lechnerberg, leave them vulnerable to high temperatures early and late in the season.

Where is Kaprun, Austria?

Kaprun is in Salzburg province and is located 110km south of Salzburg in central Austria. Kaprun is close to Austria’s highest mountain – Großglockner (3798m).

Closest major gateway airports are Innsbruck (142km) and Salzburg (109km). Both service European and UK destinations. For direct international flights from around the world, the best gateway airport is Munich.

Public transport options abound. Trains run regularly direct to neighbouring Zell am See from all points in Austria. Zell am See is 8km by road north of Kaprun. Most train journeys to Zell am See from Innsbruck take around 2 hours and from Salzburg about 1½ hours. Regular buses, free for anyone with a ski pass, regularly connect Zell am See and Kaprun.

For more detailed information see the  Travel to Kaprun page.

Interlinked with Zell am See

The Kaprun ski area is interlinked via a short bus ride to delightful Zell am See ski area (also known as Schmitten). The combined Kaprun-Zell am See ski lift ticket covers the slopes of Kitzsteinhorn, Maiskogel and Schmittenhöhe. The difference in vertical from the base near Zell am See (760m) to the top of the ski-able area of Kitzsteinhorn (3029m) makes for an impressive 2269m vertical across the resorts – shame you can can’t ski it all in one hit! It does however provide access to a total of 138km of trails and 50 ski lifts. As an added bonus, all piste runs at Zell am See are covered by high tech snow-making.

Nearby Ski Resorts

A host of nearby ski resorts can be conveniently reached by car, bus or train from either Zell am See stations. Ski resorts accessible by train and bus include the vast Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, iconic Kitzbuhel, the huge SkiWelt–Brixental , Wildkogel at Bramberg , Weiβee Glacier World, Rauris and resorts in the Zillertal via Krimml.

Kaprun Accommodation

The village of Kaprun is a real town that is focused on tourism and has a wide array of accommodation available. Once in Kaprun you can put the car away as you can walk or take a bus everywhere you will need to go. There are only a handful of real ski in ski out accommodation options in Kaprun, all on the side of Maiskogel. For a full Austrian mountain experience, spending a few nights in nearby Zell am See or in a 'berghotel' on Schmittenhohe is fantastic.

For more detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Kaprun Hotels, Apartments and Guesthouses page.

See all Kaprun Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.

See all Zell am See Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.

Facilities & Services

Kaprun, with its population of around 3000 people has a full range of services, shops, bars and restaurants including ski shops to hire ski or snowboard equipment.

Maiskogel can be skiied like a moving feast. Seven bars and restaurants line it slopes from top to bottom. Kitzsteinhorn has food options placed in its 4 major hubs from top to bottom. 

Ski rental depots are literally at every major centre and lift hub. Either an Intersport or Kitz Sport can provide all you gear.  Similarly options for ski instruction, lessons and guiding abound in the town and on Kitzsteinhorn.

For more detailed information see the Resort Services and Food & Nightlife page.

Local Activities

Skiers and non skiers alike should head up to Gipfelwelt 3000 (Gipfelwelt = Summit World) and Kitzsteinhorn’s highest lifted location. Spectacular lifts and a 360m tunnel walk provide an exciting experience and glorious views (cloud or not!) across to Austria’s highest peak Großglockner and the entire Hohe Tauern National Park.

The nearby Tauern Spa complex  (access to 25 different pool, spas & saunas) will sooth anyone’s cares away. 

Cross country(Nordic) skiing, sleigh rides through town and a mountain coaster for little and big kids alike, scenic train rides to Krimml, and Kaprun Castle provide additional entertainment.

For more detailed information see the Activities & Tours page.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Guaranteed snow most of the year on Kitzsteinhorn.
  • Huge variety of terrain and lift pass link with Zell am See.
  • Breathtaking views from Kitzsteinhorn.
  • Diverse range of accommodation available.
  • If weather poor (low visibility), lower elevation skiing available on Maiskogel or at Zell am See.
  • Easy access by train via Zell am See.
  • Close to a vast number of other ski resorts in the region.
  • Variety of other non ski activities to do in area.

Cons

  • No direct foot access to Kitzsteinhorn ski lifts from town. Shuttle bus required.
  • Base areas at Maiskogel and Lechnerberg vulnerable to vagaries of climate warming.
  • No ski in ski out lodging at or near Kitzsteinhorn.

Pros or Cons (depending on your perspective!)

  • Kitzsteinhorn is very exposed when the winter blizzards roll in, but hey, it doesn’t snow when the sun shines!

Tours in or near Kaprun

No listings were found for Kaprun.

Ski lodging & accommodations for Kaprun
Hosted Ski Tours & Multi-Resort Safaris
 
Kaprun

View Larger Map











Compare Europe Ski Resorts

Best Europe Ski Resorts
Europe Ski Resort Ratings


    Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Kaprun Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    770– 3,029 (2,259m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 - 8m (unofficial)
  • Lifts (19)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    7 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Kitzsteinhorn: Oct - mid July
    Maiskogel: Dec - mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 29 (61km)
    Runs (incl. Zell am See) - 138km
    Longest run - 5km+
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 41%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Summer Skiing (Kitzsteinhorn)
    Adult - €42
    Child - €21
    Child under 6 - Free

    Winter Season (incl. Zell am See)
    Adult - €46 to €51
    Child - €23 to €25
    Child under 6 - Free

    Winter Season - Maiskogel only
    Adult - €39
    Child - €20
    Child under 6 - Free
 

    Zell am See Trail & Piste Map
  • Zell am See Trail & Piste Map