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This was originally a mining village and finds in the area date back to a Celtic provenance. Nowadays it has a population of around 3,000, based mainly around tourism and the massive hydro-electric power plant in the mountains above the village.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier skiing area was the first major project of its kind in Austria and boasts the highest cable car pylon in the world (according to the lift company) at 113 metres.
As the nearest village to a glacier ski area, the ski season starts earlier than in neighbouring Zell am See and the hotels will start filling up with guests in the late autumn, especially on November weekends.
The area in winter is principally known for the skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn, which attracts
many Austrians, Germans and eastern Europeans with the snow-sure conditions.
However, the Maiskogel hill just outside the town and the small draglifts closer
to the accommodation add to the slopes on offer. Kaprun is also well-known
on the British market as a stronghold for the
Crystal ski package holiday brand.
More information about skiing
It is relatively easy to get to by public transport, with good train connections
through to nearby Zell am See and relatively easy road connections from the
motorways. Salzburg Airport is the most convenient but Munich and Innsbruck
are also potential options.
More information about the hotel accommodation and travel options
What the resort is good for...
- guaranteed skiing - the Kitzsteinhorn glacier is just up the valley
- skiing for all abilities with the local area and the neighbouring resort of Zell am See
- nice resort
What the resort is not so good for...
- local area is limited - the glacier and a trip to Zell am See require bus rides
- glacier can get crowded when snow conditions elsewhere are poor