Your personal winter week

Zell am See, Kaprun & more regions

I am Vera, your personal holiday assistant. I know that winter in Zell am See - Kaprun has a lot more to offer beside skiing. Nevertheless, I know that you are also visiting because of the 408 kilometres slopes. These include 5 freeride lines, 3 snow parks, Austria's largest super halfpipe and the longest fun slope in the world. How about trying something different, such as cross-country skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing or tobogganing?

The region offers a wide variety of activities and highlights for everyone. If the weather does not fit your plans there are also alternative indoor activities to choose from. For example, you can spend a relaxing wellness day in the indoor swimming pool in Zell am See or in the Tauern Spa Kaprun. You are still looking for an accommodation for your winter week?

A skiing day on the Schmittenhöhe

Day 1

The weather is good, only a few clouds in sight. Let’s start the ski day on the Schmittenhöhe and save the Kitzsteinhorn for another day. From the city centre, you can take the City Express cable car and start skiing from the middle station. From there you can easily access the Areit and the Glocknerwiese. Tip: One or two runs on the steep, north facing “Standard” slope to start the day. You will find only few skiers there in the morning.

In the afternoon, you should visit the south side slopes only for the sunny huts. There are excellent restaurants such as the traditional Sonnalm or the new, stylish Schmidhofalm - typical Pinzgau delicacies are served there.

A skiing day on the Kitzsteinhorn

Day 2

Today we have blue skies - off to the Kitzsteinhorn, one of the highlights of the region! Vera's tip: The cable cars start at 08:15. An early weak up is worth the freshly groomed slopes with only a few skiers. In the upper area of the Kitzsteinhorn there are 3 snow parks suitable for all skill levels, plus the largest half pipe in Europe. Most freeride lines start at the height of the Alpine Centre.

The Krefelderhütte is our lunch tip. They serve traditional Austrian food and have the biggest sun terrace. In the afternoon, the Igloo village based just above the Alpine Centre is worth a visit – take an exciting glance into an amazing ice world, surprise yourself!

A wellness day in Zell am See or Kaprun

Day 3

Fresh snow is just about to cover the landscape in fluffy white. There is poor visibility on the terrain, if you go up to the higher slopes.  That is perfect for a few morning runs on the Maiskogel, before going to the Tauern Spa. The Tauern Spa offers a huge water world for the children. The wellness area offers steam baths and panoramic saunas for the parents.

Vera's insider secret tip: If you only have 2-3 hours, go to the indoor pool in Zell am See. This is the cheaper option and offers a similar wellness experience. In the Zell am See indoor pool there is also a 25 metre pool, a diving board and a slide.

Ski touring in Zell am See or Kaprun

Day 4

We already had some good days of skiing and today we want to try something new. Ski touring is a great combination of skiing and hiking. Next to beautiful downhill runs, you can work on your fitness while you are touring up the mountain. Rental equipment is available in numerous sports shops of the region. Many ski schools employ experienced ski touring guides. If you are already an experienced mountaineer, you can tour on your own. Whether you choose prepared slopes or marked routs. If you want to go off-piste and leave the marked terrain, an experienced guide and avalanche equipment is highly recommended.

Vera's insider secret tip: On Wednesday you can go up the Maiskogel until 8pm. A nightly ski tour is a unique experience. Further the Ronachkopf tour with starting point in Thumersbach is open every evening. The Enzianhütte serves regional specialties after an exhausting tour and is the perfect stop just under the peak.

Snowshoes & toboggan

Day 5

If you want to hike alpine terrain during the cold season of the year you should try snowshoes. The numerous hiking trails of the summer, turn into romantic winter paths. Depending on the level of snow you can either decide to take snowshoes or just hike the trails.

Vera's Tip: Register for a guided hike on the Schmittenhöhe or to the Kitzsteinhorn peak. Information can be gathered at local tourism offices or the bottom lift stations.

Still enough energy for an exciting toboggan run in the evening? We have some options for floodlight tobogganing. Kohlschnait/Bruck: After a very short hike of 20-30 minutes, you can stop at the Kohlschnait guesthouse. Vera´s insider tip: Worlds longest toboggan run in Bramberg. (14km length) An adventurous journey accessible by cable car.

Alternative activities in winter

Day 6

While your family is spending the day on the mountain, you can choose from various alternative activities down in the valley. Did you know, the region has 107 kilometres of cross-country slopes for classic and skating style? The trail reaches from Niedernsill via Kaprun and Bruck to Zell am See.

But for those who want to rest their tired feet, you should book a romantic horse sleigh ride through the winter wonderland of the Zeller Moos. Rides can be booked for the summer as well. In addition there are various cultural highlights, who are open during winter: Kaprun Museum, Vogtturm Zell am See, Vötter's oldtimer museum and many more.

Closing day of the winter week

Day 7

If you still want to ski on your departure day, visit the Maiskogel or start the day early at the Schaufelberg. The cable cars open at 08:15. Whoever takes the first gondola will enjoy the fresh slopes. Vera´s insider tip: Buy the cheaper half-day ticket. It ends at 11:30, but still you can enjoy lunch at the top as you don´t need your ticket to ski down the Schmittenhöhe.

You can no longer motivate your kids for a last skiing day? Take a stroll through the city centre of Zell am See. Visit the numerous boutique shops or grab a last-minute souvenir for your friends back home.