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Winter Holiday between Glaciers, Mountains and Lakes

Zell am See-Kaprun is one of the best-known and most legendary winter sports regions in the Alps: Anyone who appreciates brilliant descents and absolute snow reliability comes here. The ski mountains in Zell am See-Kaprun - the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area with the Maiskogel and the Schmittenhöhe panorama and family area - encompass more than 66 slopes with 138 kilometers and make the region one of the most diverse winter sports areas in Austria. With the new Ski Alpin Card, the region has also had a simple bus connection to the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn since winter 19/20 from the new valley station of the zellamseeXpress and, together with the completed K-onnection from Kaprun to the Kitzsteinhorn, opens a new dimension of winter sports.

SKI ALPIN CARD

1 TICKET - 3 REGIONS - ENDLESS SKIING PLEASURE

The Ski ALPIN CARD is the key to three premium ski resorts connected by one ski ticket: the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See as well as the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski resort in Kaprun offer fun on the piste and skiing pleasure at the highest level. Enjoy an endless variety of mountain experiences on 408 piste kilometres, 121 lift facilities and much more with just one ski pass. 

 

KITZSTEINHORN GLACIER SKI RESORT

Starting from October, you experience Salzburg's earliest start to the season in the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski resort. The new cable car connection Kaprun-Maiskogel-Kitzsteinhorn takes you directly from the center of Kaprun with two new cable cars across the Maiskogel to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area with 100% snow reliability. This means ski in-ski out from the valley station of the MK Maiskogelbahn, which can be easily reached on foot or by ski bus from Kaprun.

  • 61 km of pistes
  • skiing from October until early summer
  • 5 Freeride Lines
  • 3 Snowparks
  • family highlights at Maiskogel

SCHMITTENHÖHE ZELL AM SEE

The diversity of the panorama- and family skiing area Schmittenhöhe in winter is hard to beat. Beginners can look forward to family pistes, experts "carve" across  "Standard" and "Trass" and experience big ski sport. Cosy huts, sunny terraces and plenty of good atmosphere are waiting in between. The Schmittenhöhe offers three entry points in Zell am See as well as a new valley station in the Glemm valley. Via the slopes of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn you can reach the Schmittenhöhe skiing area with the zellamseeXpress. A stunning panoramic view to up to 30 three thousand metres high mountains of the Hohe Tauern awaits on the Schmittenhöhe.

  • 77 km of pistes
  • one of the world's longest fun slopes
  • night skiing

SKICIRCUS SAALBACH HINTERGLEMM LEOGANG FIEBERBRUNN

With the Ski ALPIN CARD you can also explore the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. You can start with the zellamseeXpress into the valley and then you are in the Home of Lässig after a short bus ride. The well-prepared slopes, the snow-covered freeride slopes and the diverse après ski possibilities offer unforgettable holiday moments for both - beginners and experienced skiers.

  • 270 km of pistes
  • gentle pistes and carving slopes
  • World Cup downhill
  • Freeride-Eldorado and perfectly shaped snowparks

Aktiv off the slopes

Ice skating/Skating

The ice rink in Zell am See is very popular with amateur ice skaters and curlingers: curling sticks and ice skates can be borrowed, and an ice skating service is also offered.If Lake Zell is frozen over in winter, ice skating fans can also do their laps on the natural ice in the open air.

Cross-country skiing

  • Cross-country skiing is pure deceleration: lovers of the Nordic sport get their money's worth in Zell am See-Kaprun - both in classic style and with skating.
  • A network of 107 perfectly groomed kilometers of cross-country trails opens up the region: including simple circular trails for beginners as well as challenging, sporty trails for ambitious skaters.
  • The Schlossloipe in Kaprun is particularly suitable for beginners and connoisseurs, with a slight difference in altitude.
  • Experienced runners who are looking for a sporty challenge including a few meters in altitude appreciate, among other things, the glacier trail on the Kitzsteinhorn, which is guaranteed to have snow well into spring.
  • If you want to do a lap in the evening, there are three night trails to choose from.

Toboggan

  • The Köhlergraben toboggan run leads over 1.5 kilometers from the Gasthof Köhlergraben through the Schmittental to the Hotel Waldhof in Zell am See. Depending on the snow conditions, the run is illuminated until 10 p.m., on Tuesdays the toboggan bus runs the whole evening to Schmittenhöhe and back again.
  • The Guggenbichl toboggan run in Kaprun, which is also illuminated until 10 p.m., offers two kilometers of tobogganing fun.

Snowshoeing and Winter hiking

  • Around 40 kilometers of cleared winter hiking trails in Zell am See-Kaprun allow long walks, for example around Lake Zell or on the Schmittenhöhe.
  • On Zell's local mountain, the Schmittenhöhe, guided snowshoe hikes for beginners and advanced skiers are offered at 2,000 meters above sea level.
  • During a guided tour on the Kitzsteinhorn, participants can visit the legendary ICE CAMP presented by Audi quattro - a wonderful world of ice and snow.
  • In the district of Thumersbach, the Ronachkopf is ideal for a snowshoe hike: the goal is the summit at 1,350 meters and the Enzianhütte.

Ski touring

Ski tours on the Kitzsteinhorn:

  • For ski tourers there are two marked ascent routes on the Kitzsteinhorn from Langwiedboden, which can be used as early as October.
  • In the "Snow Queen" variant, 474 meters of altitude are overcome, the goal is the Alpincenter at 2,450 meters above sea level.
  • The "Eisbrecher" route with an altitude of 899 meters leads to the top station of the Mason lift at 2,875 meters. 
  • There are guided ski tours every Thursday: Together with a guide, you go up the 2,642 meter high Tristkogel, followed by a deep snow descent.
  • After their adventures in deep snow, touring athletes come to the skyline bar in the Alpincenter: Here, dishes specially tailored to endurance athletes are served.

Ski touring mountain Ronachkopf:

In the Thumersbach district, the “Ronachkopf” ski mountain is reserved exclusively for ski tourers and snowshoe hikers: there is an easy and a medium-difficulty variant for the ascent, the slope is prepared. The stop is at the Enzianhütte below the 1,350 meter high summit.

Winter weekly program

In the winter weekly program, guests have the choice of undertaking various activities such as snowshoe hikes, winter yoga or torchlight hikes.

Our tips for excursions in the Salzburg Region

City of Salzburg

The city of Salzburg is a festival city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the filming location of the Sound of Music and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The top sights include the DomQuartier Salzburg, the Salzburg Museum, the Museum der Moderne, Hellbrunn Palace with the water games, the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart's birthplace and home, the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Christmas markets in Advent. Accessibility: Train or car (approx. 90 km)

National Park Worlds Hohe Tauern Mittersill

The modern national park worlds are a spectacular museum to touch and participate in. The 1,800 m² alpine adventure world extends over three levels and offers children and adults unique insights into the Hohe Tauern National Park habitat through interactive themed stations. A special highlight is the 360 ° panorama cinema.Accessibility: by Pinzgauer local train, bus or car (approx. 25 km)