A traditional, charming Austrian ski resort, Kaprun sits by its big bother Zell am See to form the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area. Both are a part of the Europa Sport region, with 130 km of piste all together. Though Kaprun is smaller and quieter than Zell am See, its popularity is growing steadily as people return to enjoy the 365 day a year skiing on its Kitzsteinhorn glacier, sunny north and south facing slopes and mountain village atmosphere. The views from the glacier are spectacular, taking in a lake, Zell am See and the highest mountain in Austria.
Kaprun is directly linked with Zell am See by bus (about 10 minutes), so it is easy enough to mix up your skiing by heading there. Maiskogel and Schuttdorf are the other two ski areas at Kaprun, and a free bus service connects them all every 20 minutes. With some major upgrades, the lift system is now fast and modern meaning you can fit a lot of skiing in. The slopes will mainly suit beginners and intermediates - there are some good black pistes, but experts looking for extensive challenging terrain may want to venture to nearby Saalbach and Schadming.
There's a great mix of piste from low sunny bowls, tree-lined runs, to high altitude skiing above the tree line. With 200 km of cross country trails, this is a paradise for those who like to explore the countryside on skis. Kaprun is directly linked with Zell am See by bus (about 10 minutes), so it is easy enough to mix up your skiing by heading there. The nightlife is quieter than Zell am See, but still fun and varied. There is a great family feel, and it is known for its friendly attitude and hospitality. There's a great old castle to check out, and great facilities for kids.