22 to 23 reasons to have a winter / ski holiday in Kaprun, Zell am See in Austria.

20, 22 and now 23 reasons, to have a winter / Skiing holiday in Zell am See / Kaprun area. It is one of those lists which will go on and on, there is the obvious skiing and snowboarding.  A trip to Salzburg by train is less obvious, and a ride down to the Gastein valley to enjoy the hot thermal waters, or a day out skiing in Sallbach and Hinterglemm, or shopping in Innsbruck. Anyway it is a list for starters and others may want to contribute ideas and suggestions of their own.

So 20+ reasons to holiday in the Europa Ski area of Zell am See and Kaprun here goes:-

1.Quick transfer times from the nearest local airport of Salzburg which is just over 1 hour away,  just over the German border is Munich airport at just over 2 hours away, Innsbruck airport is a little closer, making the holiday area easy to get to and from.
2.Plenty of flights out to and back from Austria from a wide range of airports.
3.Skiing in three distinctive areas of Schmittenhohe above Zell am See, the Maiskogel where you can ski direct down into the village centre of Kaprun, and the Kitzsteinhorn where at a height of 3204 metres the snow is guaranteed, and the glacier allows for all year round skiing. For a ski map on the area and further ski info click on the link, it is worth looking on the map and identifying the 3 lifts with the heated seats!
4.Skiing for all abilities, a mix of slopes and varied terrain to cater for beginners, intermediate, and expert making it an excellent family ski area.
5. Lovely Austrian village of Kaprun and the ancient lakeside market town (Fridays) of Zell am See.
6. Walking, skating, horse riding or curling on the frozen lake (see) at Zell, which normally freezes in the middle of winter.
7.Walking across the frozen lake to Thumersbach for a coffee and cake.
8.Having a hot chocolate or mocha in the Grand Hotel at Zell am See.
9.Three acclaimed snow parks up on the Kitzsteinhorn for you to show off your snowboarding stuff.
10.Marked walking paths, tree lined slopes to help you find your way about.
11.Marked and maintained cross country skiing trails.
12.For something a little different why not try snow shoeing?
13.Two toboggan runs one for Kaprun and another for Zell am See.
14.Try curling on the frozen lake or outside a hostelry!
15.Swimming or having a sauna in Zell am See, or at the new 85 million Euro Tauern Spa Kaprun or take in the thermal waters of the  the two spas in the Gastein valley only a short ride by train, car or taxi.
16.Go and watch a ice hockey match in Zell am See, very competitive and great fun.
17.Walk the 7 miles around the lake, stopping for a mulled wine.
18.Enjoy the alpine apres Ski activities, the Austrians know how to enjoy themselves.
19.Go up on the cable cars and enjoy a meal and take in the views.
20.Glacier skiing your guarantee of snow.
21.Shopping in the market in Zell am See, every Friday, and Christmas markets as well.
22.Relax you are on holiday and enjoy yourself.
23.Enjoy the Austrian scenery and winter sun you will not be disappointed.

Another item to embellish on is spa-world-kaprun, which at a 83 million Euro investment, covering an area 18,600 metres square and with a water area of 2060 metres square, it promises to be quite an all year round attraction, in a stunning location, making the area even more of a all season resort. To see further information on this blog about Tauren Spa World Kaprun please click on the link or here.

  • The final link is of a video from the Kitzsteinhorn glacier enjoy it for yourself, at your own pace.
  • For 30+ reasons to visit Kaprun and Zell am See in the summer, or for that matter in the spring or autumn please click on the reasons to visit link.
Looking for somewhere to stay? then please consider staying at Austria Holiday Apartment in Kaprun it sleeps from 3 - 9 persons in comfort, and has the added benefit of 3 bath / shower rooms as well.
Convenient location close to Supermarket, Ski bus stop and Kaprun center


    1. Will you be the person to make a comment?

      On Skiing, winter sports, on Austria, Zell am See, Kaprun or any other connected link in and around the area.

      Best wishes

      Derek Austria

    2. Hi Derek,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment about the entry on Zell am See.

      As requested, here is a poem about skiing in Austria. Feel free to use it on your blog but please put in a link to my poetry website, Oliver's Poetry, at http://www.oliverspoetry.com

      Best regards, Oliver

      Snowscape by Oliver Wilson

      Powder from the heavens
      descends to spirits leaven,
      Snowscape: weiss and gnostic stern,
      Lofty lamps like beacons burn,
      Ancient peaks keep their silence,
      Slopes shall sooner plight their judgment,
      Christ on cross in snow-cloaked shrine,
      Angels drawn by cherubs divine,

      Dank, verdant firs stand stiff as sentries,
      their wisdom passing down the centuries,
      Skin of fluff acts as a sheath
      agin sly ice of serrated teeth,
      Snow like alcohol coat,
      saviour from wind for any wight in it,
      Leaming fleece to crave and carve,
      bathe, roll within and out-loud laugh.

    3. Hi Derek

      You are also really handy for many other great ski areas in the region like Saalbach. Hope you are having a great winter over there, it has been excellent here in Innsbruck so far.


    4. Hey!
      Nice post,skiing tempted me to look through your post, I saw the pics of spa-world-kaprun,and Zell am See,I think they are so wonderful place and it is worth to visit.The ice cap is so amazing. thanks for sharing us.

    5. hey its nice post..
      and good images too...
      all those ice caps, routemap ...

      from manchinbele


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