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Kaprun ski resort

Tourist Office

Kaprun Information
A 5710

Telephone: (6547) 8080
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.zellamsee-kaprun.com


Part of the Europa Sport region with Zell am See but not quite lift linked. A regular ski bus links the high altitude skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier where there are powder bowls. The toboggan runs care illuminated for night sledging.


Kaprun is the best-known partner of Zell am See. But Zell has had a reputation for being a large, traditional ski centre from the early days of winter sports tourism, and thus with a somewhat aged lift system. Kaprun, however, has the image of a hi-tec, high altitude, glacier resort, with year round skiing above 3000m, accessed by a state of the art gondola and six seater chairs.

In fact neither reputation is quite correct! Zell am See’s ski area has invested heavily in new lifts and snow making while Kaprun has managed to retain its pleasant Tyrolean village atmosphere and is actually at only a slightly higher elevation than Zell am See, 5km (3 miles) away. It has its own small ski area on the Maiskogel, but to reach the high altitude skiing of the Kitzsteinhorn you first need to drive or take a bus (15 minutes) to the base of the funicular or gondola. They will lift you high up to the ski area and its networks of gondolas, chairs, funiculars and drags.

Kaprun is an ancient village, first mentioned in documents of 931 AD (February 9th to be precise!) when it had a slightly more wordy title: ‘Chataprunnin in Pisoncia’. A castle was built there during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and remained in the control of two wealthy families for over 500 years. The Napoleonic Wars saw defeat for the area and the castle passing to Bavarian control. In 1812 a local forester bought the castle and it changed ownership a dozen times before being purchased by the Gildemeister family in 1921. Currently it is owned by a private association who use it for a variety of events.

Kaprun’s reputation changed from that of a run-of-the-mill farming community to a centre for climbers and mountaineers about a century ago. More fame developed in 1955 when two huge beautiful reservoirs were completed above the village higher in the Pinzgau valley. These great feats of engineering still attract many visitors today. Another, in 1965, the Gletscherbahn underground railway up to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, made Kaprun’s name as one of the first year-round winter sports centres, bringing more international fame.

Kaprun now attracts more than 700,000 guests annually, a sizable chunk of the two million plus visitors to the Europa Sport Region as a whole. Although tourism is obviously the main industry, farming continues quietly in the background.


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Looking to the summer Alpine glacier ski season

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in the Austrian Alps.

If you’re looking for summer skiing in the Alps, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Zell am See-Kaprun should be a fine destination.

The Austrian resort is enjoying its snow sure spring skiing season, and is already planning ahead for its summer season

All those who are looking for a freestyle challenge have to drop in at Mellow Park. The snow park boasts three different areas which are all located at an altitude of above 2,500 metres (8,200ft) which is a guarantee for natural snow.

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Freeskiers invade Austrian Alps

Freeskiers love any excuse to head for the Alps.

Austria’s Zell am See-Kaprun is hosting the world’s freeskiing community this weekend at the Austrian Freeski Open.

For the first time in its history the most important freeskiing event in Austria is taking place in the holiday region between the Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe. The four day event attracted freeski celebrities like the Swedish freeskiing legend Jon Olsson, Australian Russ Henshaw, and Bobby Brown from the USA.

The professional freeskiers are competing against each other at the ‘Slopestyle Contest’ staged in the snow park on Kitzsteinhorn, attempting to win their share of US $20,000 in prize money.

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It’s all about ‘electric’ at Austria’s Zell am See-Kaprun resorts


Apparently Segways come with winter tires.

Austria’s twinned ski resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun have decided to embrace electric transportation with new electric car charging stations and Segway rentals.

The resorts already offer guests and locals public service stations to recharge electric vehicles, and the twin towns are planning to offer emission-free personal transportation rentals to guests. Rentals include electric bicycles, scooters, and Segways. The resorts is also promoting car free days.

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October freestyle training on Kitzsteinhorn glacier

Kaprun have announced plans to run freestyle camps for children, teens and novices over a three week period starting on October 17th and ending November 7th on the resort’s Kitzsteinhorn glacier.
The camps will offer expert tuition in the 180° or 360° turn as well as the disciplines of the switch, ridding in deep powder, big air, jumps, grabs, grinds and slides at the boxes and rails
“The camps are for skiers and snowboarder who want to stretch their limits, but although challenging, it will not be too challenging! Safety and fun first!” said a resort statement.
Participants will need twin tip skis or a freestyle snowboard as well as a helmet. The resort also suggests a back protector is advisable. The equipment can be rented if required.

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Glacier Mountain Biking Featured At Kaprun’s Snowclimb Event

Mountain bikes, not skies, will be tearing down the eternal ice of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Austria soon.
As a part of a three day event including bike freestyling and cross-country races, Kaprun will hold its Snowclimb mountain biking race up the glacier on Saturday August, 8th at 9am local time.
The event kicks off August 6th with the XC (cross-country) Battle which starts at 8.30pm in the centre of Kaprun and includes bike races and other action with steps, stairs, trees and water.
The following evening is mountain bike freestyle night, and Saturday’s main event is followed by a Mini XC-Battle starting at 4pm. This competition is billed as a little “XC battle” for kids and very young newcomers.
There’ll also be an additional Promi-Race starting at 6pm and parties on both the Friday and Saturday evenings.
Kaprun is one of four glacier areas currently open for skiing and boarding in Austria, with over 2.3m (7.5 feet) of snow on its slopes.

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Summer snow festival coming to Ktizteinhorn

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun, one of about a dozen European glacier ski areas still offering summer skiing, has announced added attractions in the coming weeks.
The Kitzsteinhorn’s Ice arena opened earlier this morning. Facilities include snow slides served by a magic carpet conveyor lift, a ‘PistenBully’ snow grooming vehicle for children to play on and a snow beach with Ice bar, a panorama terrace at the summit station and a 362m long panorama tunnel straight through the Kitzsteinhorn. In addition the Panorama terrace Glocknerkanzel provides a view of the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain. There is also a secured glacier path across the eternal ice and a daily free guided panorama hike across the glacier on offer.
On Sunday July 5th the centre celebrates all these facilities and opportunities by staging a festival for the whole family with free use of many of the facilities. The program includes a guided summit tour up to 3203 meters, a guided panorama glacier hike, access to the Ice Arena with its sliding areas and snow beach, PistenBully rides and a special program on the day for children.
Children up to the age of 15 get a return day ticket for skiing free of charge, youth and adults pay special prices of 12.10 Euros for a return ticket or 21.50 Euros for a ski ticket for youths, or 15.20 for a return ticket or 28 Euros for a day’s ski ticket for adults.

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