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About the Resort
The glacier ski area, the Kitzsteinhorn, extends up to 3,209 meters above sea level. This guarantees snow all year round, thus making even sun skiing from late spring to autumn great fun. Out of the 130 km of incredible trails in Kaprun-Zell, more than 40 km of them have snow-making facilities.

Have more fun on the slopes and on your snowboard
Enjoy your holiday where winter is still a real winter: in the Europa-Sportregion where snow is a sure thing. Whether it's skiing, carving or snowboarding, you'll definitely have more fun here: from the groomed trail and the deep snow-covered slopes to the permanent snowboard fun park. And your winter holiday will be a true winter fairy tale off the slopes as well.

The village "Kaprun"

The historical town name 'Chataprun Pisonica' was officially mentioned on 9th February 931. At that time, Kaprun was a mountain village; most people were cattle farmers.

At the turn of this century, Kaprun became famous for its professional mountain-guides. The officially recognized mountain-guides were based in Kaprun, Kesselfall, Wasserfallboden, and Mooserboden.

The construction of the hydro-electric power station 'Tauernkraftwerke' (completed 1955) brought prosperity to Kaprun. The hydro-electric power station of Glockner-Kaprun is visited every year by thousands of sight-seers from all over the world.

Since 1965, the Glacier Cable-car company Kaprun transports thousands of skiers, sun-worshippers, mountaineers, and hikers to the hights of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

30 years ago, the construction of cable-cars and ski-lifts at 3.029 metres altitude was a technical revolution.

Kaprun is one of the first-class addresses for tourists in Europe. In the skiing area on the glacier of Kitzsteinhorn, at a height of 3,203 m (10,508 ft), skiers, carvers, and snowboarders find the very best conditions for everything that is fun in winter. Since 1966 Zell am See and Kaprun have merged to form the ‘Europa-Sportregion’, offering their guests 130 km (81 miles) of finest pistes for winter sports. You are not in the mood for skiing or snowboarding? In that case you are sure to find an alternative among the 40 different kinds of sports in the programme here.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Kaprun developped into a 4-season holiday resort; it now has over 700.000 overnight stays per year. Apart from tourism, Kaprun is well known for its crafts, trade and agriculture.

The Burg Kaprun

The building of the castle in Kaprun is assumed to have taken place around the 12th century, because the east tower features romanic criteria!
In 1280, the “tower to Chaprunne” is referred to documentary as a compensation for the assaults undertaken by the Velbers. Initially, the castle was probably possessed by the Earl of Falkenstein or Peilstein.

  • 1287 The castle is falling to the Archbishop Rudolf.
  • The Velber become the owners in 1338, from 1480 to 1600 the castle serves as an archiepiscopal court that settlers care taking matters.
  • In 1526 the castle is burned down by rebellions farmers, around 1600, Josef Hundt of Ainetperg reconstructs the castle in today’s layout.
  • In 1601, the guardian Caspar Vogl, who shows solidarity with the Pinzgauer farmers, is decapitated.
  • Salzburger Musketeers occupy the castle in 1645. From then on various owners are listed.
  • In 1921, Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein sells the castle together with the Fischorn castle to the Peruian Minister H.E. Gildemeister.
  • The castle association purchases the castle in 1984, and intensive renovation begin.
  • Ever since, the castle association and the culture association Tauriska have been using the castle for cultural purposes as well, and in the meantime the castle has established itself to the cultural central point in our country.

Slopes


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of Schmitten piste map

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Kitzsteinhorn piste map

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Sleep Kaprun

Hotel Apartment House Zell City

The 'Apartment house Schmitten' is located in the Schmittental, a very quiet area, just a few minutes walk to the lower terminus of the Schmittenhöhe – the main mountain of Zell am See. Close to the apartment there are following ski lifts: Sonnenalmbahn, Schmittenhöhebahn and TrassExpress.



Hotel Vötter's Sportkristall ****

The **** Hotel Vötter's Sportkristall is a comfortable family run hotel in the beautiful Sport Region Zell am See - Kaprun. We offer many recreation facilities, such as wellness area, with an indoor swimming pool and a nice outdoor jacuzzi, which ist also open on nice winter evenings. We do have sauna, steam bath, infrar redlight cabin, solarium and a well equipped gym.




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Play Kaprun

Ski & Snowboard School
Ski & Snowboarding Kaprun
is the longest established ski & snowboard school in Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn and offers:

  • Ski school for beginners: special programm with short carving skis - easy learning.
  • Ski school for intermediate skier: new perspectives to open you up through finely coordinated lessons ... seeing, sensing, feeling.
  • Free-ride and freestyle courses and ski-safaries for the advanced skier.
  • Modern lesson and learning aids for kids & teens - multilingual ski instructors
  • Snowboard courses: snowboarding is a lifestyle, we turn greenhorns into real board freaks, showing experts what they can do in the halfpipe and in fat powder.
  • ski / board rental ... best price and best quality!
  • Safety standards ... all your skiing-board equipment is maintained and fully serviced according to legal regulations.
  • For children helmets are free of charge!

Lessons
Times: 9.30 - 11.30 and 12.30 - 2.30 pm

  • for beginners start Sundays, 1 - 5 day courses
  • for intermediate starts Sundays and Thursdays
  • for children course are on Sundays and Fridays. Lunch supervision provided.
  • Specials: final race every Thursday, video and foto analyse.
  • Skischool open: middle of December to middle of april.
  • All year long: private lesson at the glacier kitzsteinhorn.

Info and booking address:

Ski & Snowboarding Kaprun, School & Rent Gernot Schermer Sigmund Thun Straße 18, 5710 Kaprun Austria
www.skischool-kaprun.at
email: skischool@kaprun.at
tel. +43 65 47 80 70


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