Kitzsteinhorn (Kaprun) Trip Report


Kitzsteinhorn (Kaprun) Trip Report

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Admin posted 22-Feb

Last week we spent a few days around Zell-am-See and skied various resorts around there.

We spent the first day (Monday 13th February), on the Kitzsteinhorn, having taken the dedicated Gletscherjet gondolas up from the valley about 5km up the road from Kaprun.

Although lift-linked to the Kaprun ski area, the Kitzsteinhorn is very much a separate area with a completely different character to the slopes local to Kaprun. Driving (or taking the ski bus) up to the Gletscherjet avoids the long ride up the Maiskogel from Kaprun and the (very impressive) connecting lift from there across to the Kitzsteinhorn.

There are two main bases, one above the other at around 2,000 metres and 2,400 metres respectively - so quite high already, where successive sections of the Gletscherjet connect. Once up to the second level, the ski area expands dramatically around the bowl / valley and lifts go up as high as 3,029 metres.

As soon as you hit the second level you're struck by incredible views in all directions and making the effort to go right to the restaurant at 'The Top of Salzburg' is well worthwhile.

Despite there having been no snow for the previous 10 days or so, the high altitude and cold weather (of the week before) had kept the snow in good condition and on-piste was excellent skiing.

Off-piste cover was thin and hard, however, and - despite the great looking terrain opportunities - we didn't bother after a couple of initial forays to check it out.

There's an entertaining but small skier cross course, a reasonable terrain park ... and an absolutely huge half-pipe for the freestylers...

What We Liked
- Stunning Views
- Well-groomed pistes
- Efficient Lifts
- Great-looking freeride terrain (although old snow stopped play for our trip)

What We Didn't Like
- Bottlenecks! Needing to get everyone off the mountain via, essentially, 2 routes, means the upper lifts close earlier than you might expect which funnels everyone down pistes that are not really wide enough (for half-term levels of skiers at least).
- Variable pricing of on-mountain food; from ok-ish to expensive.
- Being asked for tips! Seriously? Who does that? We would have tipped in any case, but being asked sucks.
The Admin Man

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posted 23-Feb

Went to Kaprun a few years ago and really enjoyed it ...trying to catch the bus back from Zell was murder but varialble prices ...try France ...anything from €2.5 to €5.2 for a coffee in Les Arcs

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posted 23-Feb

daved wrote:varialble prices ...try France ...anything from €2.5 to €5.2 for a coffee


I'm considering launching an "Apfelstrudel Index" for Austria; on-mountain ranged from a reasonable €4 to a less reasonable €7.70 - even if the "artisan" vanilla custard was rather nice... :lol:

Coffees were similar to French price ranges but more variable quality, sadly! Dislike generalisations but Italy is the place for well-priced and good coffee.
The Admin Man

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posted 23-Feb

admin wrote: Dislike generalisations but Italy is the place for well-priced and good coffee.

I do agree ..after a couple of weeks in France we went on to the Val Di Fassa ....nicer coffee ..nicer prices

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posted 07-Mar

And bloomin' good hot chocolate!

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posted 07-Mar

If in the Kaprun area and mobile, a good area to start from is the 6-seater heated chair at Paß Thurn or the gondola mid-station at Breitmoos, from where you have access to the Kitzbühler Alps.
Edited 1 time. Last update at 07-Mar-2023

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posted 23-Mar

You say you were asked for tips. I have skied on the Kitzsteinhorn for about 80 weeks in the last 10 years and 11 weeks this current season and I have never once been asked for a tip.
You also forgot to mention the advanced terrain park which has some massive jumps.
The ski area that you refer to as being in Kaprun is called the Maiskogel. The Kitzsteinhorn is considered as being in Kaprun.
The lift pass also covers Zell am See, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Fiberbrunn and Leogang which is now the largest linked area in Austria.
You were there during half term and the slopes were therefore very busy.

Topic last updated on 23-March-2023 at 22:39

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