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Skiing in Kaprun Austria

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Kaprun is a village not far from the well-known ski resort of Zell am See in the province of Salzburg.

The two ski resorts are combined in one tourist office administrative area and both bring advantages to the co-operation. Zell am See has the international name and brand, while, with the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski resort, Kaprun can boast one of the main snow-sure ski areas closest to the major cities in the eastern part of Austria.

Last updated: 01.09.23

quick ski facts about kaprun

Kaprun is located in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg in between the lake at Zell am See and the mountains of the Hohe Tauern.
The village of Kaprun is situated at 786 metres above sea level. The glacier ski area goes up to a height of over 3000 metres.
The ski season in Kaprun usually starts in October with the high altitude skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area and the lower trails nearer the ski resort opening in December.
The main Kaprun winter ski season is planned to last into April, although skiing on the glaciers generally lasts well into spring if there are good snow conditions.

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Location: 5710 Kaprun - Salzburg - Austria

This was originally a mining village and finds in the area date back to the time of the Celts. 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 ski area was the first major project of its kind in Austria and boasts the highest cable car pylon in the world (according to the ski 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 its guaranteed snow. However, the Maiskogel ski area just outside the town and the small drag lifts closer to the accommodation add to the slopes on offer. The Ski Alpin multi-day ski pass offered in Kaprun also covers the ski slopes in both Zell am See and Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
More Information Read more about the slopes on our skiing page.

Kaprun is relatively easy to get to by public transport, with good train connections through to nearby Zell am See and convenient road links from the motorways. Salzburg Airport is the most nearest airport to Kaprun but Munich and Innsbruck are also potential options.
More Information Find out more about getting to the resort on our travel information page.

The settlement itself is a pleasant large village without the hustle and bustle of downtown Zell am See - many visitors are attracted by precisely those qualities...
More Information More information about Kaprun hotels & other accommodation

Why choose Kaprun for your ski holiday...

  • 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
  • attractive village-style resort

What are the drawbacks...

  • 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

Skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier
Skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier

Nearby Ski Resorts

  • Zell am See
    Zell am See one of the most scenic ski resorts in Austria, set on the shores of the frozen Lake Zell and with the ski slopes rising from the mountains behind it. The skiing at Zell am See is included in the multi-day Ski Alpin ski pass and can be reached by the regular ski bus service.
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm
    The ski area in the Glemm valley and over the top of the mountains into Leogang and Fieberbrunn is one of the most extensive in Austria. Most skiers visiting the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski area from Kaprun will probably end up starting their day at Saalbach and then doing a sweep around the head of the valley above Hinterglemm before returning on the other side.