Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun: Surprisingly versatile must see

Susan 5 October 2020 Reading time 7 minutes

The Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun is one of the most famous glaciers in Austria. But why is this mountain so famous and especially: why is it a must to visit it?

Top of Salzburg

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun is one of the eight glaciers in Austria. It is the only glacier and the highest ski mountain in the Salzburgerland. The glacier is no less than 3029 meters high and offers a breath-taking view of the Austrian mountain peaks. This place is also called the “Top of Salzburg” and is a highlight for the Zell am See and Kaprun region.

Gletsjer Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn

Plenty of winter fun for everyone in Kaprun

Skiers op de gletsjer in Kaprun

The great thing is that you can ski here from early October until early summer. Skiers of all levels can enjoy the Kitzsteinhorn, as you will find flat and easy slopes as well as challenging downhills. In addition, you can cross-country ski at no less than 2900 meters.

Snowboarden op de Kittzteinhorn

But there is more, because there are many challenges for off-piste skiers, ski tourers, snowboarders and freeriders. There are challenging snow parks and mega super pipes that attract winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. The glacier is also popular among many ski clubs which can already start training early in the season. It is very interesting to observe how they train, and you might even spot the future Marcel Hirscher. Do you have ambitions like that, and do you love an adrenalin-kick? Then, the Black Mamba ski run is a must. This black run has a length of 1 km with an incline of no less than 63%.

Black mamba Kaprun

New cable car with magnificent view over Kaprun

Since Winter 2019/20, Salzburg’s first tri-cable circulating cable car, 3K K-Connection, takes you directly from the town centre of Kaprun via the Maiskogel uphill to the Kitzsteinhorn. This area now offers 61 piste kilometers and 21 lift facilities. This new cable car is highly recommended, because of the fantastic view of the beautiful mountain scenery of Kaprun and Zell am See.

Liftstation Maiskogel in Kaprun Centrum


Lift van de maiskogel naar de Kitzsteinhorn

Panoramakabine K Connection

One lift pass: Alpin Card

There is one lift pass: The Alpin Card.

The Ski Alpin card is the key to three premium ski resorts connected by one ski ticket:

  • Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun
  • Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Leogang/Fieberbrunn
  • Schmittenhöhe Zell am See

Enjoy 408 piste kilometres, 121 lift facilities

Fantastische skipisten op de Kitzsteinhorn

Our tips for the Kitzsteinhorn

Tip 1: After a day of skiing on the Kaprun glacier, it is wonderful to relax in the Tauern Spa in the evening. The warm indoor- and outdoor pools and the different saunas offer plenty of relaxation for your muscles.

Tauern Spa Kaprun

Tauern Spa Kaprun

Tip 2: Visit the ICE CAMP by Audi Quattro. From January to mid-April you admire the wonderful world of ice and snow in 3 inter-connect igloos. You can chill here, have a drink at the bar, admire the igloos and the ice art or view the Audi showroom. The Ice Camp is also accessible for hikers. They walk across the sign-posted Ice Camp Trail (approx. 30 minutes) from the Alpincenter uphill to the igloo world of ice and snow)

Icecamp Kaprun

Icebar Icecamp Kitzsteinhorn

Tip 3: In the mountain station you will find Gipfelwelt 3000” with the Cinema 3000 and the Nationalpark Gallery. Here, you will learn all about the fascination nature of National Park Hohe Tauern in all possible ways.

Escape the corona troubles in Haus Piesendorf

So, if you want to escape from all corona troubles and enjoy the white mountain peaks, fresh powder snow and fresh mountain air: You are more than welcome! Book a long weekend in October, November or December and enjoy peace, space and fantastic powder snow on the Kitzsteinhorn. Haus Piesendorf offers various apartments. New this winter: our detached Austrian house for groups up to 24 persons.

Haus Piesendorf in de winter

Haus Piesendorf nearby Kaprun

Kitzsteinhorn and corona

Corona measures also apply on the Kitzsteinhorn – Maiskogel. Always check the most current corona information on the website of the skiing area. More information: Hygiene & Safety at the Kitzsteinhorn

We have listed the most important rules for you:

  • Distance rules: keep a minimum distance of 1 meter from each other
  • Disinfectants available
  • Mouth mask/mouth cover mandatory in lifts and lift stations, a buff or scarf is also allowed
  • Strict health rules for employees at lifts, ski schools, receptions etc.
  • Mouth mask/mouth cover mandatory in restaurants (not at the table)
  • Ski classes up to 10 people
  • No Après-Ski


Freeride Kitzsteinhorn


About the author

Susan Hes
Susan Hes

Susan and her partner are the driving force behind the accommodations at Haus Piesendorf. She has now lived in Austria for more than 12 years and therefore knows the Zell am See region on her thumb.