Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Ski Resort

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

Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Ski Resort

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Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn

Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn3.5/55
Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn3.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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Interlinked Ski Resorts

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm
Zell am See

    Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    770m – 3,029m (2,259m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 - 10m
  • Lifts (22)
    9 Gondolas / cable cars
    5 Chairs

    Ski ALPIN - 121 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Kitzsteinhorn: Oct - early June
    Maiskogel: Dec - mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm

    Kitzsteinhorn summer operation
    Late June to Late July
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 61km
    Runs (incl. Zell am See-Skicircus) - 408km
    Longest run - 5km+
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 41%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Ski ALPIN Card
    Valid Kaprun-Zell am See-Skicircus
    Adult - €51 to €56.50
    Child - €24 to €26
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Kitzsteinhorn Summer Only
    Adult - €45
    Child - €22
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Zell am See Trail & Piste Map
  • Zell am See Trail Map
    Kaprun-Zell am See Trail & Piste Map
  • Kaprun-Zell am See Trail Map

Kaprun (Kitzsteinhorn) Ski Resort Austria

Skiing in Austria wouldn’t be complete for Powderhounds without a visit to wonderful Kaprun ski resort & the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn. Lift pass linked with the nearby Zell am See & Skicircus Saalbach ski resorts, Kaprun provides something for everyone in a beautiful combination of high alpine glacier & 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 June & then a month of 'summer' skiing after that. Kaprun has great off-piste skiing on powder days, perfect groomed slopes for intermediates, Austria’s biggest half pipe, modern lifts, a smaller family ski hill & glorious views across to Großglockner & the entire Hohe Tauern National Park.

Pros & Cons for Kaprun Ski Resort


  • Guaranteed skiing from October to July on Kitzsteinhorn.
  • Awesome variety of terrain in combination with lift pass linked Zell am See & Skicircus Saalbach.
  • Modern & ever expanding lift system.
  • Amazing value lift pass price combined with Zell am See & the Skicircus.
  • Breathtaking views from Kitzsteinhorn.
  • Diverse range of accommodation available.
  • If the weather is poor (low visibility), lower elevation skiing available on Maiskogel, Zell am See or the Skicircus Saalbach.
  • Easy access by train & bus via Zell am See.
  • Close to a vast number of other world class ski resorts in the region
  • Wide variety of non-ski activities to do in the ski resort & general area.


  • Maiskogel & Lechnerberg base areas vulnerable to vagaries of climate warming.
  • No full vertical on-piste ski trail from Kitzsteinhorn to Kaprun (lift transfer required).
  • Limited ski-in ski-out lodging near Kaprun & none on 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!
  • Relatively quiet après ski in Kaprun for an Austrian ski area – it is better at Zell am See or Saalbach.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The three Kaprun ski areas of Lechnerberg, Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn offer vastly different skiing and boarding experiences. Each brings a required element of ski resort to the table & put together with Zell am See & Skicircus Saalbach, offer the full spectrum of ski & snow experiences that anyone can wish for.

See the Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn ski trail map here.

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 plus numerous bars & restaurants make it a real surprise package. The new gondola provides ease of access to newer skiers & now links it to Kitzsteinhorn.

The high peak of Kitzsteinhorn is Kaprun’s jewel in the crown. Rising to 3029m with a skiable vertical of 1053m, it provides mainly intermediate piste terrain, a huge half pipe & park plus extensive advanced off-piste freeride routes. When the snow is deep enough in the valley, super long freeride descents are possible from Kitzsteinhorn. Classic descents of up to 2000m skiable vertical can be achieved from the summit all the way down into the Pinzgau valley near Mühlbach.

The linking of Kaprun to Kitzsteinhorn via gondolas from Maiskogel (removing the need for shuttle buses to the glacier) is a game changer for the area. The linking of lift passes to both Zell am See & Skicircus Saalbach is an absolute triumph.

For detailed information see the Kaprun Skiing & Snowboarding page.

Lift Pass Linked with Zell am See & Skicircus Saalbach

The Kaprun ski area is lift pass linked to the delightful Zell am See (also known as Schmitten) & Ski circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. The combined Ski ALPIN lift ticket covers the slopes of Kitzsteinhorn, Maiskogel, Schmittenhöhe, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang & Fieberbrunn. 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 408km of trails and 121 ski lifts - an area comparative to the massive Ski Arlberg.

Summer Skiing on Kitzsteinhorn

The upper glacier area of Kitzsteinhorn is open in late June & July for a short summer skiing season. Terrain is limited but good enough to have a bit of fun sliding on-piste, leaping in a terrain park or learning to ski in the relative warmth.

Snow & 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 (particularly the base) & Lechnerberg, leave them vulnerable to above freezing temperatures early & late in the season. The regions amazing snow-making systems make up any shortfalls in the lower reaches of the ski resorts.

Where is Kaprun Austria?

Kaprun is in Salzburg state, 110km south of the city of Salzburg in central Austria. Kaprun is close to Austria’s highest mountain – Großglockner (3798m).

Closest major gateway airports are Innsbruck (INN) (142km) & Salzburg (SZG) (109km). Both service European & UK flight origins. For direct international flights from around the world, the best gateway airport is Munich (MUC).

Public transport options abound. Trains run regularly direct to neighbouring Zell am See from all points in Austria. Zell am See is 7.5km by road north of Kaprun. Most train journeys to Zell am See from Innsbruck take around 2hr & from Salzburg about 1½hr. Regular buses, free for anyone with a ski pass, regularly connect Zell am See and Kaprun.

For detailed information on the best way to get there, see the Travel to Kaprun page.

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.

Search & book all Kaprun ski accommodation here.

For a full Austrian mountain experience, spending a few nights in nearby Zell am See or in a 'Berghotel' on Schmittenhöhe is fantastic.

Search & book all Zell am See ski accommodation here.

For detailed information on the best places to stay in Kaprun & Zell am See, see the Kaprun Hotels, Apartments and Guesthouses page.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rental depots are literally at every major centre and lift hub at Kaprun & Kitzsteinhorn. To break the mould of using an Intersport shop, get a discount when you search & book your Kaprun ski & snowboard gear from our Skiset partner located in the centre of town.

If the snow depth in the valley is good & you want to try one of the huge off-piste descents from Kitzsteinhorn but are unsure about your abilities; off-piste ski lessons & guiding can make all the difference. Or perhaps you just want a regular ski lesson. See our Kaprun Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information & booking.

Facilities & Services

Kaprun, with its population of around 3000 people, has a full range of services, shops, bars and restaurants.

For food & drink in the resort, Maiskogel can be skied like a moving feast. Seven bars & restaurants line it slopes from top to bottom. Kitzsteinhorn has food options located in its 4 major hubs from top to bottom.


Skiers & 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.

Nearby Ski Resorts

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


The Powderhounds last reviewed Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn in 2017 and with all the lift development in the region since then, we are set to return in early 2021. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read previous reviews.

See how Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Kaprun

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Magic Dolomites & Austrian Alps Ski Safari
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski safari taking in the best Dolomites & Austrian ski resorts over 10 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
Price p/p From price based on 10 days, private group of 4, twin share
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USD 8,176
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Premier Austrian & German Ski Resorts Tour
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski tour taking in six premier Austrian & German ski resorts over 9 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
Price p/p From price based on 9 days for a group 4, twin share.
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USD 7,504
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