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Matthias Leitner Owner and manager of the Hotel Active by Leitners in Zell am See-Kaprun © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus Matthias Leitner Owner and manager of the Hotel Active by Leitners in Zell am See-Kaprun © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus Matthias Leitner Owner and manager of the Hotel Active by Leitners in Kaprun

“This region offers so many oportunities. We have the glacier and that means natural snow pretty much all year long. And, of course, there is the amazing view of Lake Zell and the surrounding mountains. It's beautiful!”

Zell am See-Kaprun

All the delights of winter are uniquely nestled between the snowy glacier, beautiful mountain peaks and the shimmering lake of Zell am See-Kaprun. With a 100 percent snow guarantee and three ski areas include free ride routes, huge snowparks, dedicated ski touring, and Schmittenhöhe’s 360 degree view with more than 30 peaks over 3,000 m , there is fun for everyone. We asked Matthias Leitner, former pro freestyle skier and hotelier, for his favourite postcard-from-home moments.

Matthias' Winter Tale:

  • Matthias Leitner Owner and manager of the Hotel Active by Leitners in Kaprun © Zell am See Matthias Leitner Owner and manager of the Hotel Active by Leitners in Kaprun © Zell am See

The stunning peaks and welcoming huts attract all types of visitors and local guides love to share their secrets. “The alpine world of Zell am See-Kaprun is my office and workplace,” explains Andreas Gassner, Zell am See-Kaprun mountain guide. “We have been out and about in our local mountains for decades so we know the most beautiful spots and best summits. I recommend a tour up to the Ronachkopf, a calm beautiful mountain exclusively for snowshoe hikers and ski tourers. You hike up through snowy trees for an hour and from the Ronachkopf we enjoy an amazing view over the lake, the glacier and the mountains.” But that’s not all. “You have to taste the traditional Austrian food in the hut up there, then enjoy skiing down the prepared piste.”

5 Things Not to Miss

The Icebar in the Audi quattro ICE CAMP © Kitzsteinhorn The Icebar in the Audi quattro ICE CAMP © Kitzsteinhorn

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1. Raise a glass
Sample icy cold glacier vodka from the ultimate chilled glass made of ice -- inside a real igloo no less. High upon the glittering Kitzsteinhorn glacier, the ICE CAMP makes a snow-sure and festive stop filled with wintery treats.

2. Coast from top to bottom
Zoom to speeds of up to 40km per hour on the Maisiflitzer, the year-round alpine coaster snakes from the heights of the Maiskogel on an adrenaline-fueled fun course. Children from 3 years up are welcome, making it fun for the entire family.

3. Shoot an action video
Become a star of the slopes making your own action video on the world's longest funslope. The spectacular Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See is home to a funslope with 1,300m of snails, tunnels, waves and steep curves. Fun for all skiers and boarders from beginners to advanced.

Enjoying the stunning view of the alpine landscape © Schmittenhöhebahn Enjoying the stunning view of the alpine landscape © Schmittenhöhebahn

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4. Dig into local delights
Lunch becomes a matter of love when tasty Austrian specialities meet tapas at the Areit Lounge high on the Schmittenhöhe. A visit to this new chic, stylish and very modern ski hut is a must. With open fireplace and stellar views, this is creative cooking at its best.

5. Start your day at the top
Start early and fuel up with a delicious breakfast up on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Fragrant coffee, tasty locally cured meats and regional cheeses, freshly baked breads at the highest restaurant in Salzburgerland get the ski day off to a great start.

Facts & Figures

With 138km of groomed pistes, three mountains, as well as thrill-packed snow parks, fun slopes and freeride routes, Zell am See-Kaprun is one of Austria’s most attractive winter sports regions. Plus, there’s an extra-long season from October to May.

Check out events like Winter Spartan Race, an obstacle race of tests and toughness. For skiers and snowboarders, carvers, free-riders and families with children, these three ski areas, charming huts and atmospheric pedestrian village make for superb alpine holidays.

Schmittenhöhe

Altitude: 750 - 1,965 m

77 km of slopes:
  • 30 km blue slopes
  • 28 km red slopes
  • 19 km black slopes (steepest slope 70%)
27 lifts:
  • 8 cable cars
  • 10 chair lifts
  • 9 drag lifts
22 huts and restaurants

Kitzsteinhorn - Kaprun

Altitude: 911 - 3,029 m

41 km of slopes:
  • 13 km blue slopes
  • 25 km red slopes
  • 3 km black slopes
  • 10.5 km ski routes
17 lifts:
  • 7 cable cars
  • 5 chair lifts
  • 5 drag lifts
12 huts and restaurants
 

Practical Information

Ski season: December 2019 - May 2020
Closest airports:
  • Salzburg (80 km)
  • Munich (200 km)
Price of 6-day lift pass:
  • Adult £200 - £225
  • Youth £148.50 - £169.50
  • Child £99 - £113
  • Free for children born from 2013 onwards
Top events:
The summetplattform on the Kitzsteinhorn over 3.000m above see level © Kitzsteinhorn The summetplattform on the Kitzsteinhorn over 3.000m above see level © Kitzsteinhorn

Further Information

* Prices calculated against exchange rate of 22nd May 2019.

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