- Relatively snow-sure glacier slopes
- Gentle intermediate terrain
- Lots to do off the slopes, especially in Zell am See
- Good cross-country trails nearby
- Limited area, especially when lower slopes are in poor shape
- Queues and crowds a problem when the glacier is most needed
- Sprawling resort and buses can get crowded
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News – 2016/17
At nearby Zell, the upper section of the new 10-person gondola in the Glemmtal, on the back of Schmittenhöhe, is planned to open for this season, along with a new 3.5km red piste. When the lower section up from Viehhofen is completed, probably two years later, a short bus-ride along the Glemmtal will link the Zell and Saalbach ski areas.
News – 2015/16
A new two-stage 10-seat gondola opened on Kitzsteinhorn, from Alpincenter at mid-mountain to the top; 8-seat chairs alternate with bubbles on the lower stage. The glacier area was reconfigured, with a new nursery slope at the gondola mid-station.
Apart from providing Zell’s snow guarantee, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, Kaprun is a resort in its own right. The village is a sprawling but lively place, with a smart new leisure complex nearby. Getting around can involve crowded buses, so its worth picking your lodging with care. As well as the glacier slopes, there is also a small area of intermediate terrain at Maiskogel, popular with families. But the area lacks extent and challenges to keep experts and mileage fans entertained for long.
Blogs, features and news
- Early season skiing
- Schmitten’s trees to the rescue on a wintery day in Zell-Kaprun
- Good resorts for pre-Christmas skiing