Just down the road from Zell am See, Kaprun offers snow-sure slopes and glacial skiing in a small, quiet village. Within the Europa Sport Region of Austria, Kaprun is situated in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park, directly beneath the magnificent Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Along with its neighbouring resort, Zell am See, Kaprun offers excellent skiing, après nightlife and other activities with a great choice of bars, the 'Optimum' sports centre and the 'Tauern Spa' complex.
Resort Altitude: 800m
Resort Skiing: 3,203m
Total Ski Area: 138km
Blue Runs: 57km
Red Runs: 55km
Black Runs: 26km
Cross Country: 20km
With 138km of piste to explore, Kaprun has plenty of mountain to keep the average skier busy. The slopes are ideally suited to beginners and intermediates with great slopes that aren't too challenging. There are, however, a few steep black runs for ski veterans to stick their skis into. The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier reaches heights of 3,203m, making it a year-round haven for snow lovers. There is something for everyone in Kaprun, although it is ideally suited to intermediate riders and piste lovers.
Kaprun has glacial skiing, making the conditions here favourable for much of the season. With access to the more extensive resort of Zell am See, there is plenty of skiing to enjoy. For intermediates, there is a dedicated area of cruising runs and for the more experienced, the off-piste can be challenging. The quieter nature of the resort, however, makes it a great place for the less confident to really find their ski-feet.
For snowboarders looking for the best terrain, the Kitzsteinhorn is the place to be. Reaching off-piste powder packs from the Kitzsteinhorn is easy as can be and provides some great riding opportunities. Kaprun has some fantastic open carving runs, perfect for beginners, or those just looking to take it easy.
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There are over 30 places to eat in Kaprun, with the vast majority of the dining options specialising in traditional local cuisine. Hilberger’s Beisl is highly regarded for its regional cuisine. Italian restaurants are also highly recommended, with Pizzeria Paletti being the most popular place to go.
With a good selection of bars, Kaprun has lively evenings in the town to suit different tastes. Kristall Hotel has a sports bar with a relaxed environment as well as pool tables, darts, table football and its own bowling alley. Live music is played weekly in the Orgler Hotel bar. For a more extensive choice of nightlife, Zell am See is not too far away.
Kaprun has an ice arena with extensive activities and fun things to do. There are also beautiful walks around the glacier as well as tubing and tobogganing for the non-skiers amongst us, or for those that fancy a change of activity.
Kaprun uses 100% green hydro energy in a bid to reduce its overall consumption. Huge solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Alpincenter to store the heat from the sun on the glacier and use it to supply hot water to the local restaurants. Energy is also recycled from the heat that is generated from the motors which run the lifts, and this is reused to heat buildings within the Alpincenter, as well as the lift building at the base of the Panoramabahn. This has led to the lift company being awarded as the first in Austria to sign up to multiple environmental standards – 13001 and ISO 50001.