Being the closest resort to Austria's Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Kaprun offers snow sure, high altitude ski slopes through to the middle of July. In addition, the resort 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 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 the resort 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.
Skiing in Kaprun
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. Don't neglect the alpine coaster, you can't beat a spot of sledging.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is definitely the jewel of the Zell am See - Kaprun ski area. What used to be a 10 minute shuttle ride to the Gondola station from Kaprun is now a brand new tri-cable gondola from the town centre - from December 2019 you won't need to catch any buses to ski Kaprun's mighty high altitude glacier rising up to over 3,000m at the Gipfelwelt 3000 with stunning panoramic viewing platforms - it's well worth a visit even if you don't ski. Check out the Kitzsteinhorn page for more information on the new gondola giving Kaprun town direct access to the slopes - Kaprun may just be the surprise of the season as a result (in a very good way).
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). Especially after recent snowfalls. There are numerous 'ski routes' through the powder that will have you begging for more. But don't forget it is glacial so there are treacherous crevasses and such like. Always take a guide and pay attention to the information boards, take advantage of the transceiver training area and the Monday morning offerings of off-piste training (two and a half hours).
The winter Ice Camp is a great spot for a gluhwein surrounded by ice or in the igloo. But back in town some of the liveliest bars are actually in Kaprun's hotels such as the Sport Kristall, offering pub games and live music.
The Pavillion Bar has a great buzz with dancing through to the early hours. And as mentioned earlier Zell am See is only a short bus ride/taxi away if you’re looking for more.
One of the big draws to Kaprun on the post-ski front is the Tauern Spa complex with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and a plethora of spa services. A fantastic place to unwind and relax.