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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 manyand varied.
Kaprun's mountain huts are manyand 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 and a superb local village ski hill.

Snow-sure within the upper ski area reaching to 3029m, Kitzsteinhorn offers ‘winter’ skiing from mid-October to the start of May. Kitzsteinhorn has great of,f-piste and powder days, perfect groomed slopes for all levels, Austria’s biggest half pipe, modern lifts and glorious views across to Großglockner and the entire Hohe Tauern National park. This is Austrian skiing at its best. The town of Kaprun at its base comes complete with castle and enthusiastic après scene. Add a smaller ski hill (Maiskogel), accessed directly from town and stunning lakes nearby to the area’s charm, it is placed firmly in the ‘must do’ category.

The Powderhounds visited Kaprun in January 2017.  A complete review is coming soon.

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’s lower run ends right in Kaprun. Maiskogel rises a more than respectable 960m above town, with two chairs (4 and 6 person) making their way up to the top at 1730m elevation. A limited number of pistes to suit all snow riders wind their way back down to Kaprun. Maiskogel is a great option for bad weather days on the real ski hill, Kitzsteinhorn.

Kitzsteinhorn has 41km of piste skiing available from 1976m up to 3029m, and a ski-able vertical of 1053m. The piste terrain is mostly suited to intermediates, but is also known for its huge half pipe and extensive park. Five freeride routes ranging in vertical drop from 250m to 700m allow for some safe, yet challenging exploration. Wide open off piste powder fields, bowls, natural halfpipes and rock gardens await the more adventurous. A new 8 seater chair replaces some old surface lifts from season 2016/17. It adds to the funicular, cable car, 5 gondolas and 3 other chairlifts. Several surface lifts servicing the glacial areas make up the remainder of the lifts.

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.

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

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 other international flights the gateway airport would be Munich.

Public transport options abound. Trains run regularly direct to neighbouring Zell am See fro mall 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 (change at Wörgl) 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 area 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. It has a mind-boggling 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.

Some accommodation favorites in Kaprun include:
Lederer’s living – Highly rated, superb, modern and stylish accommodation in the centre of Kaprun. Family owned, it has a large range of room configurations and apartments available. Next to ski bus stop and shops. Underground parking, Wi-Fi, delicious breakfast and Tauern Spa entry included.

Tauern Spa Hotel
– Unique hotel located a short distance from Kaprun. Beautiful rooms, all with balconies, complimentary beverages, access to 25 different pool, spas & saunas on site plus a buffet breakfast without equal make this a stand out in Kaprun. Half board also available.

Hotel Kaprunerhof
– A short walk from the centre of town, Hotel Kaprunerhof has lovely rooms and suites, with or without half-board. The food is exceptional and the pool and spa facilities first rate.

Aparthotel Waidmannsheil – Beautiful apartments configured with one, two or three bedrooms. Centrally located close to ski bus stop and shops. Covered parking, Wi-Fi and great breakfast buffet included.

Dorfchalets Kapru
n – Great Value fully self-contained chalet apartments all with mountain views. For couples or families. Full kitchens, large sitting rooms, comfortable bedrooms. Free entry in to Tauern Spa complex.

Haus Salzachblick
– Our secret location for those who prefer a relaxed and quiet country location, Haus Salzachblick is only 10 minutes from Kaprun above the small town of Walchen. You will love the comfortable apartments and expansive views up and down the valley.

For more detailed information see the Kaprun Accommodation Info 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

  • Not many true ski in /ski out options.
  • 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.

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!

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    Kaprun Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    770– 3,029 (2,259)
  • 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)(on piste)
    Longest run – 5km+
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 41%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €50
    Child - €10 - 25