Winter in Kaprun

Winter wonderland in Kaprun

Experience the wonder of a magical winter in Kaprun. The countryside is blanketed in deep snow, icicles dance on the trees and the mountain slopes are glistening in the sunlight. The sky is a bit brighter, the snow a bit crisper -welcome to winter in Kaprun.

Premier Skiing in Kaprun’s Kitzsteinhorn

The alpine village of Kaprun is nestled in the valley of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier with direct access to three world renown ski resorts boasting 138 kilometers of slopes.

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier resort is legendary – you’ll be rewarded with some of the highest pistes in Salzburgerland. The Glacier with 41 km of slopes has guaranteed snow from October to May.

Even if you are a beginner - there are 13 km of wide easy slopes that meander down from the glacier to the Alpinecenter. Intermediate skiers will be challenged with over 22 km of slopes. But, where Kitzsteinhorn is in a class by itself is as a paradise for expert skiers.

The narrow "Black Mamba" piste winds its way down with a gradient of 63%, the steepest piste in the glacier resort. For powder snow enthusiasts, there are 5 signposted freeride routes for XXL backcountry skiing – sure to thrill the experts.

Free ski and boarders can hang out on the kickers, rails and boxes in the Glacier Park while the Easy Park and Central Park offer fun for beginners, experts and pros. Or perhaps, perfect your moves on the mighty 6-metre-high superpipe that attracts international athletes to the Kitzsteinhorn.

Exciting Redesign of Kaprun’s Maiskogel

The Maiskogel, located in the center of Kaprun, is known as an ideal ski resort for families. The 20 km of pistes provide a gentle terrain, friendly atmosphere and plenty of restaurant options in one of the cozy mountain huts.

A whole new era of skiing in Kaprun began in December 2018 with the opening of the MK Maiskogelbahn and Kaprun Center. The state-of-the-art Kaprun Center features a sports shop, rental center and a ski depot - where guests can store as many as 2,000 pairs of skis and boots right on the mountain. The MK Maiskogelbahn, a 10-passenger gondola whisks skiers up to the summit in blissful luxury.

The most exciting news in over 50 years kicked off in December 2019 with the completion of the 3K Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn-K-onnection gondola linking the Maiskogel with the Kitzsteinhorn. Now it is easier for glacier skiing from October to Spring with direct access to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier from the village of Kaprun.

Still looking for more skiing excitement? The Schmittenhöhe Resort is 5 km from Kaprun’s centre and easily reached with the free ski bus. The Höchkonig Ski resort at Maria Alm and the Ski Circus at Saalbach/Hinterglemm are within 30 minutes by car.

Explore Kaprun in winter solitude

Cross country skiers will be spoiled for choice in Kaprun. Only the sounds of the skis scraping against the snow crystals is heard as you escape from the crowds.

There are over 36 km of groomed trails in Kaprun including the: Golfplatztrail, Taurenspa trail Schloß trail and trails that lead in to Piesendorf and Niedernsill. When the sun sets, night owls can continue on the lit Nacht trail under the starry sky until 10 pm.

And if that’s not enough, the Gletscherloipe on Kitzsteinhorn provides high altitude training on the glacier plateau at 2,900 m.

Ski-touring

If you enjoy ski-touring, you could not ask for better. As soon as the first snow falls, you’ll be able to join ski touring athletes on the high altitude training ground on the Kitzsteinhon. The two signposted ski touring routes "Eisbrecher" (Icebreaker) and "Schneekönigin" (Snow Queen) start at the Langwiedboden station.

Memorable Kaprun winter holidays

Kaprun is not just a magical wonderland for skiers- with plenty of memories waiting to happen off skies. Start with exploring the spectacular landscapes on a guided walk -away from any hustle and bustle. Or looking to feel the wind in your hair? Fasten your seatbelt and feel the adrenaline rush as you safely speed down the Maiskogel on the Maisiflitzer alpine coaster. 

Take a gondola to the summit of either the Maiskogel or Kitzsteinhorn and be rewarded with stunning winter panoramas. Both mountains offer excellent restaurants, huts and apres ski bars to enjoy a local delicacy in the crisp alpine air. On the glacier, the Audi quattro ICE CAMP (opening January 5, 2019) is a great place to meet friends, admire the world of ice and snow or cozy up with a warm Glüwein in an igloo.

Rediscover a Classic Christmas in Kaprun

If you are lucky to be visiting Kaprun in December, you’ll be whisked away to an enchanted scene straight out of a Victorian Christmas card. The village of Kaprun is dressed in its finest wintery white blanket, windows are frosted, candlelight’s twinkle and warmly rugged up families debate their Christmas tree selection at the market. On the streets, the sounds of carolling wafts through the air as a horse drawn carriage glides over the snow. The start of Advent heralds the beginning of the Christmas season- the way it’s meant to be.

The 12th century Burg Kaprun (Kaprun castle) comes alive with the Christmas market. Artisan crafts, roasted chestnuts, thick goulash, warm Glüwein and restorative schnapps can all be found within the thick fortress walls.

You would be surprised to find out that not all Austrian Christmas traditions are gingerbread and sugar-coated treats. On December 5th, the eve before the Feast of St. Nicholas, Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) takes place. A half-goat, half-demon, hairy devil appears on the streets of Kaprun. His arrival is marked by the ringing of bells and exploding fireworks. Along the streets, Krampus is seen carrying a bundle of birch sticks to punish naughty children. But don’t worry, if you’ve been good you’ll be rewarded with small presents from Saint Nicolas.

Rediscover the art of winter relaxation

After days of skiing and trudging through deep snow, you’ll appreciate the rejuvenation found at Kaprun’s Tauern Spa, the largest spa and wellness centre in Austria. Your worries and muscle aches will disappear in the soothing natural waters in spa & sauna world.