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  • 762 m
  • 3029m  (Kaprun)
  • 1238m   (Zell am See)
  • 140 km
  • 23 Mountain Restaurants
  • 30 km
  • Salzburg 1.5 hours, Munich 2.5-3 hours
  • Large beer €4.50
    Coffee €2.50
    Goulash soup €6.50
    Spaghetti Bolognese €9
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Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria

“Great variety, lively, superb all-rounder”

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Resort Overview

The neighbouring resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun offer a combined 140 kilometres of piste and are ideal for all abilities with beginners, intermediates and families particularly well catered for. The skiing includes guaranteed snow on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier (3,029 metres) and a free and efficient ski bus network connects the two areas.

With its stunning lakeside setting and traffic-free, cobbled resort centre and lots going on off the slopes, Zell am See has been popular for both Winter and Summer visitors for many years. The City Xpress, Areitbahn and Schmitten lifts are all conveniently located and the resort boasts a great selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with lively nightlife.

Kaprun is less than 10 kilometres from Zell am See and is slightly smaller than its lakeside neighbour and much closer to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier which offers a long skiing season. The Maiskogel ‘family mountain’ has direct access from Kaprun with the skiing on the glacier around 10 minutes on the free ski bus from the resort centre. Kaprun also offers a good choice of shops, bars and restaurants.

On the Mountain

The Schmittenhohe is the local mountain of Zell am See with a top altitude of 2,000 metres, extensive snow-making on all of its pistes, some charming mountain huts and snow and fun parks. The lift system is modern and efficient with the renowned car maker, Porsche, even lending a designing hand. New for the 2016/17 winter season is the Zell am See Xpress 10-seater gondola which is the first phase of a link with Saalbach-Hinterglemm and services the first section of descent towards Viehofen in the Glemm Valley.

Zell am See offers excellent, varied terrain with wonderful views down to the glistening expanse of Lake Zell and across to the Hohe Tauern National Park which includes Austria highest mountain, Grossglockner (3,798 m).

In Kaprun, the lifts on the local ‘family mountain’, Maiskogel, are perfect for beginners and families. However, the main attraction is the high altitude, snow-sure slopes at Kitzsteinhorn which boasts a long skiing season from October through to May. With a top station of 3,029 metres, freeride and ski touring routes, dedicated family areas and some great snow parks, Kaprun really does have something for everyone.

The ‘Gipfelwelt 3000’ – Peak World Summit station – on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier offers a panoramic viewing platform, gallery, cinema and summit restaurant.

Off the Mountain

Austrian après-ski would not be complete without an Umbrella Bar and the bar at the bottom station of the City Xpress in Zell am See is no exception. In town, the Castle Bar in front of the Hotel Neue Post is a popular choice and Zell am See has a wealth of other bars, restaurants and clubs from which to choose.

The Pavillon bar in front of the Kaprun Tourist Office is popular after the skiing day and a clutch of bars at the other end of the high street – Kitsch & Bitter, Rotor Bar & Lounge - offer late night entertainment in Kaprun.

There is tobogganing locally and Zell am See offers night skiing twice a week. For a relaxing afternoon or even a down-day, head to the Tauern Spa near Kaprun which offers a fantastic array of pools, saunas and treatment rooms. And, if you still have the energy and fancy a flutter, head to the Casino at the lakeside Grand Hotel in Zell am See.

Please note that we do not have Resort Managers or representatives in Zell am See-Kaprun. Our guests enjoy the remote services (24/7 mobile) of our Resort Managers who are based in the Kitzbüheler Alps region.

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