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Kaprun-Zell am See


Kaprun-Zell am See make up part of the Europa Sport Region both are accessible by the local ski bus, which means the area provides a great range of skiing to suit all levels with 138km of piste.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier that reaches up to 3029m means you’re guaranteed snow. You will find some great off-piste on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier although most of Kapruns skiing falls within the beginner-intermediate category. However, visit nearby Zell am See (5km away)on the free ski bus, which is a much larger ski area and has many advanced runs.

Zell am See is a charming lake side, traffic free village with a good number of shops, bars and cafes. At the height of the winter season the lake freezes over making it possible to walk from one side to the other.
Off the slopes, in Kaprun you will find a larger village with a good mixture of traditional Austrian eating spots and newer cuisine as well as some very lively nightlife.

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Kaprun-Zell am See

Features in all Crystal Ski Holidays and Inghams brochures which typically is the most cost effective way to visit this resort, in our opinion.

Conclusion Rating
Value for money
5 stars
Après ski
4 stars
For Beginners
5 stars
For Intermediates
5 stars
For Experts
5 stars

15 Comments/Reviews

  • Gemma Marshall says:
    4 stars

    We’ve just returned from an AMAZING week in Kaprun. We booked through Crystal and stayed in Chalet Abendruh. Catered Chalet, food was good, although avoid the free wine! We paid around £500 for the package, including lift passes and ski carriage.
    The glacier snow was brilliant, we were worried spring boarding would be a bit dodgy but there was more than enough snow, with a bit extra to spare! Pistes were regularly groomed and in perfect condition. You MUST try the hot chocolate in the glacier bars, and have breakfast on the summit on a clear day. Views from the top were fantastic, make sure if you get a bluebird you go up there and get some photos! There were lots of blue and red runs, perfect for intermediates and beginners, although not too many blacks to challenge you. We didn’t go off piste, but the people we stayed with did and they fully recommend it! We didn’t get to board at Zell-Am-See or Kaprun as we were addicted to the perfect conditions on the glacier. The free buses to the gondola were very easy to use, although get up early to avoid the rush! Also try the Tauern Spa in the Kaprun village, they’ve spent a fortune on it and it’s worth every penny! Also visit Hotel Tafern for the yummiest steaks! Completely recommend visiting Kaprun, and we will be returning! Cheaper and better than France by a long way.

  • lorraine walker says:
    4 stars

    Recently returned from Kaprun(March 2012)went with first time skiers 2 children 6&11yrs stayed in catered chalet which suited our needs,snow fantastic on glacier shame no snow in village but this did’nt ruin holiday.I would recommend that if you want to hire equipment you do so from intersport on the glacier you can leave boots/skis there after your days ski-ing and pick up next day.Wish we had tried the apres ski in town but hard with children would definately return but maybe slightly earlier in season to enjoy the ski-ing off the glacier.

  • danny says:

    Visited Kaprun March 2012 in a party of 4. We all found it to be a fantastic resort with all levels of ski ability catered for although the advanced skier may want to travel to zell. The bus from the village to the gondala ran on the half hour although could get v busy to the point that some people were not allowed on at peak time.. The alpine center was great as were all the locals and staff we encountered. We booked through crystals ski and had a fantastic package!!! highly recomended!!!

  • Carl Jamieson says:
    4 stars

    4 of us spent a week in Kaprun and found it amazing. Even though a doctor told me I was too ill to ski I still had an amazing time with all the bars for apres ski and also it was still worth making the trip up to the glacier and beyond to sample the action and socialise. Well worth a trip and I will be going back soon I’m sure

  • Mark Porteous says:
    5 stars

    We returned from Kaprun on the 5th Jan and must say this was a great resort where everything is within easy reach,and being our honeymoon will stay in our memories for ever.
    We took ski school with Ski & Snowboardschule Kaprun and our instructor Andy Rose was second to none, was a great teacher and integrates with all his pupils very well, I would highly recommend him if you visit Kaprun..

    Don’t forget to visit the top of Salzburg and get a picture taken which you can download from the Internet, also do go and pay your respects to the poor people who lost their lives in 2000 in the tunnel fire..

  • Damir says:

    We went to Kaprun 02/02/13.The first moment we came in Kaprun we liked the town and the people.Ski school is excellent for all kind of skiers.begginers or prof.Hotels and food is wow.When we went to ski on the Glacier that was dream come thru.We enjojed so much that we didn`t want to go home.We promised ourselves that we will deffinately BE BACK.

  • BM says:

    Just came back from Kaprun (March 2013), went on a Crystal Ski package – the crystal reps basically have a ‘tick-box’ job and are NOT pro-active AT ALL at fixing customers problems, I spent 3 days out of 6 sorting out a pair of boots that actaully fitted, the crystal rep was nowhere in sight and was only interested if I had actually found a pair, and that was done via text messages, the rep wasn’t even interested that I was on my 3rd pair of boots 50% way through my holiday. InterSport was the crappy boot hire company that Crystal pushes to it’s customers to hire boots from. It turns out that most of the ski instructors are aware that InterSport hires boots that don’t fit and skies that are too long and that it’s a very common problem, that people have to spend time and effort out of their holiday to exchange boots and skies until they get the correct pairings. Would I go back to Kaprun? – Yes. Would I use Crystal? – Never Again!! Would I use InterSport? – Never Again!!. Would I use a small independant ski and boot hire company in Kaprun – Yes!! Does Crystal give a s**t? – No they don’t, all I got was handed a customers satisfaction survey by the very same rep that wasn’t interested, funnily enough it was 3 pages of tick-boxes…..says a lot that does.

  • Claire says:
    5 stars

    My boyfriend and I have recently returned from a fantastic week in Kaprun.
    We stayed in Chalet Mara run by Ingams where Sarah, Beth and Alex did a great job making us feel at home, amd the Chef did an excellent job!
    I took ski lessons with the Kaprun Ski and Snowboard school, highly recommended!
    Kaprun itself is a lovely resort, the glacier makes for fantastic skiing and theres some pretty good Apre ski to be had!

  • Simon and Toni says:

    Just had a week in Kaprun, fab ! ,5 days of which were taken up with ski lessons which were invaluable. Andy Rose our ski instructor was a great teacher and made learning easy especially for two novice 50 yr olds.5 star experiance.

  • Laura & Ed says:
    5 stars

    We have just returned from a weeks skiing in Kaprun and it was amazing! The hotel was lovely and the skiing even better. We had lessons with Kaprun Ski and Snowboard School and they were brilliant. My husband had never skied before and his instructor was great at teaching and by the end of the week he was going down the red runs with no problem. My ski instructor, Andy Rose, was fab. I hadn’t skied for 10 years and after a few lessons with him I felt like I hadn’t been away. As well as teaching me loads and helping my improve my skiing technique he also made each day great fun. There wasn’t a moment I didn’t enjoy and by the end of the week I went down both of the black runs and loved it. One of the best holidays we have been on and a big thanks goes out to Kaprun Ski and Snowboard school.

  • Nick Buttle says:
    4 stars

    Had a week in Kaprun in early April and experienced the best snow I’ve skied on in 20-odd years. Took the family for the first time and while the glacier is not ideal for absolute beginners, they all coped well. We went for private lessons as we started and ended midweek – the tuition was great and the kids were flying in no time at all. The glacier is a bit of a pain to get to with the crowds on the ski bus and then 2 gondolas but well worth it. If you have a car, I’d drive to the gondola. We were recommended to a couple of restaurants: Unteraigen is a short cab ride (or walk) up the Maiskogel and sits beside the piste. It serves traditional Austrian food (ribs, pork knuckle etc) in large quantities and was a roaring success with everyone in our party (meat lovers) of all ages. We also had good and varied food at Flair and Kitsch & Bitter in town. We stayed in a 3 bed apartment (Avenida Mountain Lodge) as I wanted the space for the family and the indoor pool. The pool was too cold to use for the kids although the apartment was great and right by the ski bus stop. We would definitely go back to Kaprun – the town is easily accesible and not too big and the snow, tuition, food, beer and scenery were great. And that was in April. Thanks to Andy for all the information not to mention tuition! ‘Only’ 4 stars because of the crush in getting on the ski bus while trying to protect your children. Leave your skis in lockers on the mountain and drive instead!

  • Sean says:
    5 stars

    I have recently returned from a trip to Kaprun. Along with my group I stayed in the chalet Abendruh operated by Chrystal Ski This was fairly basic accommodation but served the purpose well.
    The Kitzsteinhorn glacier provided a good selection of blue and red runs which as an adaptive skier suited me perfectly. The short bus ride is worth it and the cable car to the top allows for breath-taking views. There is an excellent ice bar halfway down the mountain is a novel way to round off the day’s skiing before heading back to the village for more après ski.
    We didn’t make it as far as Zell am See its self but it will be worth a return visit to make that trip.
    Going end of season was a risk worth taking the snow was excellent and there were a few bargains to be found in the end of season sale! This website also helped me to save on car parking. I will go to Kaprun again for sure

  • Chris says:
    5 stars

    Visited Kaprun in April, despite it being the end of the season, the snow was escellent and the resort catered for all skiing abilities.
    I stayed at Chalet Abendruh which was a short walk from the bars and the bus stop.
    The Apres Ski was fantastic, both with the bars on the mountain and in the village.
    I will definitely visit Kaprun again.

  • Gabriëla says:
    5 stars

    During the 2013-2014 season, I already spend 3 weeks in Kaprun. Last visit was during Xmas and NY, the first in November. During both visits, the condition of the slopes up on the glacier were very nice. With some fresh snow coming in every now and then, there were days with some powder and days with nice, hard, good prepped slopes.
    The glacier provides a nice selection of slopes for all levels. If going up is to much of a fuzz for a day or so, having some fun skiing time at the slopes of Maiskogel can be recommended as well. But fresh snow was needed on these slopes during my visit. However, with over multiple establishments to choose from right next to the Maiskogel slopes, time can be spend well in different ways ;)
    The costs for a stay in Kaprun are average. Prices for lift tickets are comparable to those in other resorts, as well as prices for (hotel) rooms. Quality of the rooms is good, clean with enough space and good quality breakfast.
    The night life of Kaprun is lifely with a nice selection of different bars, cafes and restaurants. Highly recommendated are Palleti for a nice pizza dinner, and Pavillon and Lederhosen bar for great apres ski times! For those which like to go to nice theme based parties: every Friday eve there is a special “Kissing Wax” party at Pavillon!!
    If you are planning on visiting this resort the coming time: have a lots of fun and enjoy the super view from Kitzsteinhorn!!

  • Mary says:
    5 stars

    Returned home from my 9th ski trip to Kaprun & returning there in 3 weeks….I reckon that says it all!
    Brilliant skiing every time. I’m a Maiskogel lover but having Zell am See & the glacier with it’s guaranteed snow just a short bus ride away is a real bonus.
    I’ve attended the excellent Ski & Snowboardschule Kaprun several times & can’t big them up enough; professional, fun & safe tuition is always delivered.
    If you’re skiing on the Maiskogel make sure you visit a place known as Anita’s for lunch (lower Maiskogel, just after the house in the middle of the slopes) they do the best Goulash soup! We always meet up at the end of the day in the Leder hosen at the bottom of the Maiskogel, brilliant atmosphere & even better hot chocolate with rum.
    Always book with Crystal & never had any problems. We’ve stayed in a few of the hotels in Kaprun, they’ve all been good, especially the Antonius (lovely pool & wellness area).
    All in all I can’t recommend this resort enough

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