The 10th most popular snowboarding destination in Austria.
Sunday 17 December 2017 06:25 GMT
Southwest of Salzburg and south of Kaprun, the Kitzsteinhorn ski area has 21 pistes served by 13 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 825m. Most of the high alpine slopes are located well above the treeline. It is known for its year-round glacial slopes that are popular with the freestyle crowd.
There are four separate ski areas in the Zell Am See - Kaprun region; the advanced Kitzsteinhorn (3,203m) south of Kaprun, the family-oriented Maiskogel (1,675m) running into Kaprun, the beginner Lechnerberg running into Kaprun, and the moderate Schmittenhohe (2,000m) leading into both Zell Am See and Schuttdorf. Combined the ski areas have 57 pistes for snowboarding served by two dozen lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 2,410m. There is a free ski bus linking each of the ski areas.
On powder days, you'll want to explore the ski routes off Kitzsteinhorn, especially the X1 freeride ski route off the Gipfelbahn, the X2 and X4 ski routes off the Kristalbahn. There's also great backcountry freeriding off the back of the Kitzsteinhorn leading down into the Niedernsill Valley, but you'll need to hire a guide.
After a morning of shreading, refuel at the Gletschermuhle or the Krefelder Hutte.
If you are looking for terrain parks, the three snow parks on Kitzsteinhorn are the place to go. The half-pipe with a height of three and a half metres is only one of many highlights in Mellow Park with its 30,000 square metres of ground.
To reach the snowboarding at Kaprun from Salzburg by car, follow Route 215 west through Germany. Near Lofer, head south on Route 311 to Zell Am See. Continue through Zell Am See on Route 168 and then turn left heading south on L215 into Kaprun.
To reach the snowboarding at Kaprun from Salzburg by train, head to the Zell Am See train station. Then, take the local bus to Kaprun.
Overall, Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 64 snowboarding resorts in Austria.