Number of runs: 29
Resort Height: 786.0M
Top Lift Height: 3029.0M
Total Length of runs: 61KM
Easy runs: 16
Medium runs: 9
Difficult runs: 4
Annual Snowfall: 0CM
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Kaprun Ski Holidays - High Tech Glacier Resort
Guests having their Austrian skiing holidays in Kaprun have a choice of three ski areas every morning. There's the year round skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, Kaprun's most 'local' ski area on the Maiskogel, or the most extensive Schmittenhöhe skiing above Zell am See, but accessible by a gondola from a car park at Schüttdorf between the two resorts. A regular free ski bus service which runs every 20 minutes connects all the areas and resorts.
The Maiskogel cheap ski holiday area is served by a cable car (tram) from the edge of the village, or a drag lift, and there are four other drags dotted around the top of the cable car serving largely easy blue runs through the woods, with a single red. Lower slopes are on a wide open sunny meadow. This area is a complete contrast, almost the antithesis of the nearby high altitude glacier skiing where there is of course not a tree to be seen. Across the valley there are a further two drag lifts next to the sports centre. The one next to the resort is a perfect last minute ski holiday destination as it is good for beginners serving nursery slopes on either side, with snow making covering both. The higher drag following on serves an intermediate red. Either side provides a good half day's skiing for the intermediate skier.
Last Minute Ski Holidays In Kaprun - Great for All Seasons
The Kitzsteinhorn is a perfect cheap ski holiday reosrt for your ski holidays in Austria as it has a large sunny bowl criss-crossed by a network of more than 20 lifts, including a cable car (tram) in addition to the access gondola from the valley, which take you on up to the highest point at 3029m. In addition, there are two quads and a six seater chair lift, plus a network of drags. This is the area formerly served by the underground funicular railway that was destroyed and many people killed in the infamous tragedy.
Most of the trails on the mountain are graded easy or intermediate (red). Unfortunately, although the area is up to 2450 metres above Kaprun and the valley base station, it is not possible to ski all the way back down on-piste, because of the formation of the terrain. Instead you need to take the gondola back down from the base of the glacier ski area, which covers a vertical approaching 1000m. Last minute ski holidays can sometimes be a little hindered by queues at this point to go down, and indeed to come up, can be bad especially at busy times and when snow cover is thin at less snow sure destinations.
The Kitzsteinhorn management, not content with having a glacier, have added snow making to the glacier's lower slopes to ensure superb conditions.
Zell am See's 75km (47miles) of trails make up around three fifths of the Europa Sport Region and are largely located on the Schmittenhöhe mountain behind the town.
Cheap Ski Holidays In Kaprun - Fantastic Apres Ski
More than 50km (31 miles) of the terrain is graded red and blue, including an 8km (5 miles) trail, the Schutt, descending the full 1200 metre vertical back down to the resort, making this a perfect destination for a cheap skiing holiday in Austria.
Advanced skiers have several long medium-steep blacks descending through the forest back down to the resort to enjoy, several usually mogulled, and Zell has a reputation for good off-piste powder when conditions are right. Zell am See's sunny slopes do have good snow-making cover on nearly two thirds of the piste.
Cross country skiers on a last minute ski holiday have up to 200km (125 miles) of trails around the valley, including a 10km (6 miles) track on frozen Lake Zell, a 6km illuminated track at Kaprun and a 3km high altitude trail on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at 2,900 metres.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is one of Austria's major 'boarding destinations, with the added attraction of year round opening. If the weather is good you can even hit Lake Zell in the afternoon for a beach party - a regular occurence during the summer. It is extremely boarder-friendly with snow parks and natural pipes and 'boarder friendly access by cable car, which travels direct to the heart of the action.
Chairlifts take over to serve the rideable terrain itself, the highlight of which is the Langwied sector which has natural half pipes and bumps. Professional 'boarders train here and summer 'boarding camps are organised.
Roxy Chciken Jam:
23 jumps, rails, and boxes on nearly 30,000 square metres of pristine glacier snow: the Roxy Chicken Park on the glacier of Kitzsteinhorn is the perfect venue for the worldwide largest snowboard event exclusively for girls. From 12th to 14th December the female boarding elite from all over the world is going to flock to the glacier on Kitzsteinhorn and show their tricks there. The aim is still the same as last year: gaining valuable points for the overall results of the 'Ticket to Ride Women's World Snowboard Tour'.
Intersport Bründl at the main lift station offers rentals, sales and service on the glacier itself. The ski school also have 'boarding divisions.
In winter, at neighbouring Zell am See, there's an additional half pipe at the Glocknerwiese and there's plenty of surfing and cruising terrain all around the Region. A test centre provides demo boards on the slopes here.
Kaprun has a relatively active nightlife with a majority of quaint rustic bars and eateries but with the snowboard boom helping to fuel a lively bar scene as well. Top choices include Partykeller, Kitsch and Bitter, S'Funferl, Pavillion, Killy's, Winkler's, Paletti and the Baum Bar.
There is plenty to do besides party in Kaprun - bowling, toboggan run, sleigh ride, swimming, skating and a host of other opportunities. Then you can always go on down to Zell am See.
Kaprun's major off-slope attraction is its swimming and leisure complex, Optimum, which incorporates a leisure pool as well as a heated outdoor pool, Turkish bath, whirl pool and three saunas. Services available include sun beds and lamps, solariums, massage, pedicure, and you can even rent your bathing costume if you forget to bring one.
There's a bowling alley on Schlossstrasse, tennis courts, a small library at the information centre and a local folk museum near the church. Outside there's a natural ice rink. You can sometimes go ballooning, try paragliding, horse riding, take a sleigh ride, or have fun on the illuminated toboggan run (2.5km/1.5 miles).
Over in Zell am See there is ice sailing and ice surfing on Lake Zell when frozen. In the air there's a choice of scenic flights in light aircraft, gliding, paragliding, hang gliding, even parachuting.
Zell's indoor ice rink stages hockey and curling matches as well as skating. There's an indoor riding school, sleigh rides, even llama riding in Kaprun! The multi sports centre has indoor pool, sauna and solarium, and there's also a beauty farm, bowling, a cinema, library and museum in the town. Concerts, exhibitions, festivals and theatre in the castle are staged, there are also art galleries.
If you still feel there's not enough to do off the slopes locally, many excursions are organised from the town, with popular destinations including the thermal springs of the Gastein Valley (see Bad Gastein or Bad Hofgastein), the ice cave at Werfen, the salt mines at Hallein, Europe's highest waterfalls at Krimml and the provincial capital of Salzburg.
All told there are some 90 restaurants in the region, with a further 20 cafés, bars and cake shops, about a quarter of which are in Kaprun, largely in the hotels. Top choices include the Auhof, Dorfstadl, Jagawirt, Baum Bar and Hillbergers. Zell am See has a further range of dining choices ranging from McDonalds to gourmet Austrian fayre. Good choices in the latter cake shop category include the Café Feinschmeck or the Moosshammer. After that, value establishments include relatively low priced fast food, Chinese and pizza restaurants. Many of the hotel restaurants have economic set menus. Guiseppes is known for its high calibre Italian whilst the Traubenstüberl is one of the best of the many offering regional specialities and traditional Austrian dishes.
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