By |Published On: 23 January, 2024|4.1 min read|

The Kaprun ski area is one of the most popular skiing destinations in Austria. And that’s not an easy achievement! There, you will have guaranteed snow year-round, diverse slopes, and plenty of off-piste activities to enjoy too. Discover 5 highlights of the Kaprun ski area and get ready for an unforgettable holiday in the snow.

1. Lots of snow

The pride of Kaprun is the famous Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, or as locals call it, ‘the Kitz’. This glacier is so high up that it has guaranteed snow cover all of spring, autumn, and winter. There are also several snow cannons in use that provide some extra, artificial snow. This makes Kaprun one of the few ski areas that is guaranteed snow all year round. From mid-October to early July, you will have fantastic conditions for skiing and snowboarding there. And thanks to its modern 3K-Konnektion cable car, you can head directly to the slopes from the centre of Kaprun. So, you won’t need a car or to wait for a ski bus. That means less time on the road and more time on the snow: every skier’s dream!

2. Diverse slopes

Skiing in Kaprun means something for everyone. On the smaller Maiskogel mountain, you will find many wide blue slopes that are perfect for beginners. The area is great for families and is quiet enough for practicing. For more advanced skiers and snowboarders, there are plenty of more challenging slopes on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Professional ski and snowboard teams often go there to train. Do you dare face the ‘Black Mamba’? With a 63% drop, it is the steepest slope in the area. Freestylers will have lots of fun on slope #1, where there are plenty of bumps to jump over. For a well-earned break, stop for schnapps at Ice Camp, a cosy bar with a great view. Are the 61 kilometres of slopes in Kaprun not enough for you? Then there is also the Ski Alpin lift pass. It will give you access to the Zell am See and Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski areas, meaning you’ll have over 400 kilometres of slopes to explore!

The diverse slopes in Kaprun

Photo: you will find a diverse selection of slopes in Kaprun

3. Other winter activities

Are you travelling with non-skiers or perhaps just need a break? Don’t worry, there is plenty to do in Kaprun besides hitting the slopes. Head to one of the many excellent restaurants or cafés in town to enjoy delicious and authentic Austrian dishes. Have you really been to Austria if you haven’t tried schnitzel or Kaiserschmarren? Of course, you could also just take the après out of après-ski. Cheers! Would you rather do something active? Take a walk through the breathtaking natural landscape, visit an ice-skating rink, or treat yourself to some shopping in Zell am See. Swapping the cold for a warm and peaceful spa is also not a bad plan. The Tauern Spa in Kaprun is a popular spot, but you could also just choose a luxury accommodation with its own wellness facilities and enjoy a soothing massage right at your home away from home.

A delicious plate of Kaiserschmarren

Photo: eating Kaiserschmarren is a must during your trip to Austria

4. International atmosphere

A day of skiing or snowboarding in Kaprun always ends with some après-ski fun. For party animals looking to do something different, Dutch Week is not to be missed. It’s the kick-off to the start of the ski season and it lasts at least four days. The party is spread throughout Kaprun, both in the village and up on the slopes. Immerse yourself in the international atmosphere and enjoy live performances, Tyrolean style parties, and famous Dutch DJs until the sun comes up. With just one wristband, you can join in with it all. Don’t worry, the fresh mountain air is the best cure for a hangover the next morning. If you’re looking for a snowy escape with a balance between culture and partying, then definitely add Dutch Week to your list.

5. Night skiing adventures

Can’t get enough of the snow? In Kaprun, you can still enjoy the white gold after sunset. And with the aforementioned Ski Alpin lift pass, you can get access to the slopes in both Zell am See and Kaprun. In Zell am See, you can ski at night multiple days a week. Speed down the illuminated pistes whilst admiring the spellbinding view of the houses lit up below. Don’t forget to look up at the beautiful starry sky. It’ll be a guaranteed highlight of your ski trip!

Skiing under the stars in Kaprun, Austria

Photo: ski under the stars in Kaprun, Austria

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Hi! I'm Sally, one of Sunweb’s travel experts. I’m always planning my next adventure, and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Check out my travel blog posts for advice and inspiration.
23 January, 2024

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