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Sarah Fox, SkiWeekends

Sarah Fox - Sales Director "Kaprun gives you direct access to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, with the possibility of skiing from October to July!  As well as being connected with Zell am See, Kaprun is an ideal choice for a short break for those looking for a snow sure Austrian resort"


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Kaprun offers snow sure, high altitude skiing through to the middle of July. In addition, Kaprun has its own, smaller mountain; the Maiskogel with a hand full of lifts servicing a mix of beautiful tree lined ski runs. However, the big draw is most certainly the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

Dominated by the spired church and 13th century castle rising above the town, a laid back air runs through the traditional architecture. As much a town as a ski resort, at the heart of Kaprun are the Salzburger Platz and nearby riverside with plenty of shops, cafés and bars. Due to surprisingly good transport links, it's easy to head over to nearby Zell am See for more extensive shopping, dining and night life options.

Or if you're eating on the mountain, most restaurants are also accessible to pedestrians which makes it easy for a mixed ability group to meet up for lunch.

Our top hotel picks for a ski holiday to Kaprun: Votters Hotel, Soulsisters Hotel.

ski area overview

Kaprun, Austria is the ideal ski destination for all ability skiers. The Maiskogel mountain offers some fantastic family friendly tree-lined skiing and a nice respite between the trees when the weather comes in up on the glacier.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is the place to head in the Kaprun ski area. Since early 2000 there is now a new tri-cable gondola (Gipfelwelt 3000) from the town centre which means you won't need to catch any buses to ski Kaprun's mighty high altitude glacier rising up to over 3,000m with stunning panoramic viewing platforms - it's well worth a visit even if you don't ski.

Whilst the majority of the glaciers slopes are wonderful intermediate runs there is a lower learning section as well as the recently opened Black Mamba piste. With a gradient of 32% this can be an exhilarating black slope and is proving popular already. The ski area has started to promote itself for freeriding (off-piste).


Carbon CO2 emissions by flight and minibus transfer

Flight + Transfer

313.1kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from London Gatwick to Salzburg, and shared minibus transfer.

Carbon CO2 emissions by ski train and minibus transfer

Train + Transfer

7.6kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from London St. Pancras to Zell Am See, and shared minibus transfer.

Carbon CO2 emissions by car


120kg CO2 *

* Average kg of CO2e per person, based on a return journey from the M25, via. the Dover ferry in a car carrying 4 people.

To reach the nearest station (Zell Am See), you'll need to take the Eurostar to Brussels, and change for a NightJet train to Salzburg. Find availability and tickets at Rail Europe.

Kaprun accommodation