Kaprun / Zell am See

Considered to be one of Austria’s most popular skiing destinations, Zell am See is located in a picturesque natural setting nestled between a lake and the foothills of the Schmittenhöhe Mountain. Part of the same district is the village of Kaprun, which is located at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. The resort area is officially known as the “Europe Sports Region”.

The area offers a diverse range of winter sports related activities with a total of 132 km of ski runs in three interconnected ski resorts – Kitzsteinhorn, Maiskogel and Schmittenhöhe, which are located above the area’s main two villages, Kaprun and Zell am See.

Several years ago, two modern gondola-type lifts (Gletscherjet l and ll) were opened in the area offering ultra-fast, ultra-safe and ultra-convenient transportation up to the glacier (the local Alpine Center). The upper stop on the lift is at an elevation of 3,029 m, which guarantees high quality natural snow, not only during the normal ski season, but also on the hottest summer days.

Located directly above the village of Zell am See is the Schmittenhöhe Mountain ski resort, which offers 77 km of well-maintained ski runs for all levels of skier. It is a highly sought after ski destination by professional skiers due to its large number of advanced (black flagged) runs – with perhaps the most famous one being the 4 km Trassabfahrt, which has a total drop of 900 m.

The ski season never ends in what is historically considered to have been the first ski resort in Austria. Located on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, the resort offers 40 km of what are mostly moderately-advanced and beginner ski runs. The smaller Maiskogel resort in Kaprun has 15 km of runs and it is an ideal choice for beginning skiers and for families with small children. Lovers of the free-rider style of skiing will like riding the open untreated slopes in the Langwied area. There is also a wide range of options for snowboarders – the recently expanded Kitzsteinhorn Funpark and the Schmittenhöhe Snowpark with a halfpipe.

There are over 200 km of ski runs for fans of traditional skiing. There is a high capacity and well-functioning network of ski buses (the cost of the rides is included in the price of the ski pass). The picturesque village of Maishofen, which is located just 4 km from Zell am See, offers a more quiet and peaceful environment; and, perhaps most importantly, in contrast to the cost of accommodations in Zell am See or Kaprun, it has more moderately priced hospitality service providers. Because of the regular bus service provided between Maishofen and Zell am See, and also the not too distant Saalbach – Hinterglemm ski resort, many visitors prefer to buy a universal ski pass offering access to all of the different resorts.

There is an unprecedented selection of after-ski leisure and entertainment activities, many of which are available at the local Optimum wellness center in Kaprun and the Freizeitzentrum in Zell am See (swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, massages, etc.). There is also a covered ice rink in Zell am See (ice skating, hockey and curling), natural lake ice skating, covered tennis and squash courts, horseback riding, bowling, sightseeing flights, team paragliding, snow rafting and snow tubing, night skiing, snow shoeing, glacial passage tours, igloo sleepovers, etc.

Zell am See is a place with an elegant, romantic, charming and spa-resort-like atmosphere and wonderful picturesque settings – the lakeside esplanade that is popular with young couples who like to sit on a bench, enjoying the sun and beautiful lake views.

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