Altitude: 786 Meters

Kaprun in short

  • Glacier skiing with 100% guaranteed snow
  • A separate lower family ski area
  • Pleasant atmosphere

Kaprun is located in a picturesque setting in the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest national park in Austria. Part of the Zell am See - Kaprun ski area, this cosy, family-friendly ski resort gives access to an extensive ski area with high-altitude runs and guaranteed snow thanks to the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Next-door Zell am See completes the offer, with lower-altitude skiing through the trees in a pretty setting on the edge of Lake Zell.

The ski area at the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier can be reached via cable car, but Kaprun itself has a small and neatly arranged ski area called the Maiskogel, if you don't fancy the drive. Once you reach the glacier you will find that beginners, in particular, are in for a treat. The ski slopes here are wide and neatly arranged, which makes them ideal for long practice sessions. Snowboarders have not been forgotten either, as there's a great fun park with a half pipe. From the winter season 2019/2020, the two ski areas of Kaprun, the Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn, will be connected via a new gondola lift.

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Three ski areas to explore

Reachable by gondola from just outside the village centre, the ski area at the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier offers high-altitude skiing with reliable snow cover from autumn through spring. The ski area has 40km of pistes in total and is appropriate for both beginner and advanced skiers. Freestylers will be happy to know there's an extensive snow park with kickers and rails, and freeriders can explore five off-piste lines on the glacier. Further down the mountain and practically in the village itself is the Maiskogel ski area. Its slopes only go up to 1675m above sea level and the runs are mostly blue, but this tame, accessible ski area is the perfect place to learn if you're just taking your first foray into skiing or snowboarding. The long-awaited lift connection between the Maiskogel and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is finally coming to fruition, making it much easier to ski both ski areas in one day. If you're looking to cover some different terrain, the ski pass also allows skiing on the slopes of the Schmittenhöhe at Zell am See. In total, the Zell am See - Kaprun ski area has around 135km of slopes.

Child-friendly ski area

Like Zell am See, Kaprun is a wonderful destination for family ski holidays. This is especially true in the winter, however, as the glacier ski area can become overrun by intimidatingly fast skiers in the spring and autumn. In the winter months, the practice lift in the village provides the perfect place for children to take their first turns in a safe and relaxing setting. The easy-to-reach Maiskogel ski area also has blue and red runs, great for the whole family to ski together.

Partying in Kaprun

The après-ski here is varied and you can find just about anything from the more traditional "stubes" to the more modern "dancing on tables" type of nightclub! Umbrella bars dot the pistes, enticing skiers and snowboarders to abandon the slopes a little early and drink the afternoon away with their ski boots still on. Down in the village the party continues, with a host of bars and a lively nightlife scene. Must-visit après establishments include the Baumbar and the Pavillon.

Winter activities in Kaprun

Once you come down from the slopes you can try out the Optimum Sports Centre with indoor pool and fitness studio, indoor tennis and squash court - if you're not exhausted from your day on the slopes! There's a small ice skating rink, sledging possibilities, horse sleigh rides and a bowling alley. Cross-country skiers will also be in their element, with 58km of trails to explore. For a different angle to the sport, don't miss a trip on the Glacier trail on the Kitzsteinhorn. Here you can go cross-country skiing at 2850m above sea level! Winter hikers, in their turn, will be rewarded for their hard work and can enjoy a delicious meal at the Tauernblick mountain restaurant at an altitude of 1091m above sea level. Other hiking trails include the trail that follows the Kapruner Ache, a river that flows through an impressive mountain range.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Kaprun

Restaurants 42 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 10 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 4 Concert hall -
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Kaprun

No. of ski schools 7Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Book ski schools in Kaprun online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 14 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 13 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 19 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 2 Offers available
Ski-Touring 2 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 1 Offers available
Cross-Country-Skiing 1 Offers available
Snowshoeing 1 Offers available
Other-Activities 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Kaprun

No. of hotels 26 Supermarkets 3
Total no. of hotel beds 3200 Banks
Total no. of beds 7800

 Tourist information for Kaprun

Kaprun Information
0043 - 06547 - 8080

 Distances from Kaprun

Railway station
Zell am See approx. 8 km by bus
Salzburg approx. 90 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 49 km 51 minuten by car

 Kaprun for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Kaprun

Public saunaFootpaths 60 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltocht met oud en nieuw en wekelijks de "Show on Snow"
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool - Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court - Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about Kaprun

2 June 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Authentic Austrian villages and traditional charm define skiing in Austria. But that doesn’t mean the Austrians don’t know how to party – in fact, après-ski was basically invented here! The ski areas in Austria offer a wide variety of terrain for every taste and budget, from the glitzy slopes of St. Anton to the family-friendly resort of Mayrhofen. We’ve narrowed down the top 15 ski resorts so you’re sure to find the perfect place for your next ski holiday, whether it’s a family bonding trip or ... More ›

8 March 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

If you've already been to Zell am See - Kaprun, then you know it's an amazing ski area with loads of pistes to choose from. That being said, there are a few that stand out among all the others! On this list you'll find our top 5 choices for the best pistes in the Zell am See - Kaprun ski area. Do you agree or would you add another one to the list?... More ›
(Photo: © Schmittenhöhebahn AG)

6 February 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Zell am See - Kaprun has around 135 kilometres of pistes, spread out along the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn/Maiskogel. Thanks to the new zellamseeXpress, it's also easy to reach the Skicircus. Zell am See - Kaprun offers reliable snow cover thanks to the glacier pistes on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. But it's not just about the skiing here - in this article we've laid out 10 things you can't miss on your next ski holiday in Zell am See - Kaprun.... More ›
(Photo: © )

1 November 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Snow cover is one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday. There's nothing worse than arriving at your skiing destination after a long summer and finding the hills still green and covered in flowers! It's a little hard to ski without snow, and since we've all experienced this horrorshow at least once in our lives, we've learned to scope out ski resorts with guaranteed snow at the moment of booking our holidays. If you're planning on going skiing in Austria this year, here are 10 Austrian ... More ›

16 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Believe it or not, summer is a busy time for many ski resorts. Even when the Alps aren't covered in snow, there is plenty to do: lifts, piste bashers, and snow cannons must all be inspected and fixed where necessary, and preparations must be made for the upcoming ski season. Some ski resorts take advantage of the ski pistes being closed to instal new lifts! Here you'll find a quick overview of the major new lifts that will be inaugurated for the 2019/20 ski season.... More ›
(Photo: © TVB Paznaun Ischgl)

Ski area
Zell am See - Kaprun

Zell am See - Kaprun
Total slopes 138 (km)
Blue slopes 59 km
Red slopes 51 km
Black slopes 28 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (50 )
Drag lifts 17
Chair lifts 16
Gondola lifts 17
Train 1
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