365 Days – The Glacier
The Kitzsteinhorn – The Glacier
Freedom at 3.000 Metres
The unmistakable silhouette of the Kitzsteinhorn has made the "white mountain" the symbol of the Zell am See-Kaprun: The "Kitz", as the mountain is affectionately known, is not only the only glacier ski area in Salzburg, but thanks to the "Gipfelwelt 3000" also an all year round, high-alpine adventure mountain. As the highest viewing point in the country, the panorama platform "Top of Salzburg" at 3,029 meters above sea level opened a unique panoramic view of Austria's highest mountains and the glacier of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Over 50 years Kitzsteinhorn – Freedom in Snow
Since 1965 Kitzsteinhorn has been skied upon: Austria´s first glacier ski area is also the only one in the province of Salzburg and the Kitzsteinhorn was from the beginning on the pioneer in cable ways and ski technique. Those skiing here, follow famous tracks: The world's elite alpine ski racers have trained over the past five decades on the Kitzsteinhorn.
The Kitzsteinhorn is a modern ski resort whose range of offers have over the decades, been constantly expanded: we therefore have wide spacious glacier slopes for winter sportsmen, four snow parks, Austria´s most exciting super pipe, five free ride routes and with the Freeride Monday, weekly guided free ride tours, a glacier cross-country track and the two ski tour hiking routes „Schneekönigin“ and „Eisbrecher“. Another special feature is the steep black slope „Black Mamba“with a length of 1.000 metres and 63 percent gradient. On over 3.000 meters above sea level, reigns on the 41 kilometres of slopes from October through to early spring, a snow guarantee.
Varied is the Event Winter on Kitzsteinhorn: following the Opening Festival WOW Glacier Love, beginning of November, is among others the Freeride Qualifier X OVER RIDE, the culinary series of events „Hochgenuss“ in the Gipfelrestaurant and the ICE CAMP presented by Audi quattro with spectacular ice art and panorama terrace.
365 days Nature and Mountain Experience
For several years the glacier is granted a ski break in summer. Therefore we open our popular ICE ARENA in July and August. This winter playground with snow beach, sunbeds, slides and snow bar, transforms the visitors at over 3.000 metre above sea level in the middle of summer in a cool world of snow and eternal ice. While the skis are placed in the basement in the summer, hikers and mountain bikers are attracted to the Kitzsteinhorn: guided hikes with the National Park ranger or the Gipfeltour „My first 3.000“ with a certified mountain guide promises a totally special experience. Absolutely spectacular are the three natural mountain bike freeride trails "Geißstein trail", "Wüstlau Trail" and "Bachler-Trail", which include a total of up to twelve kilometres in length and 1,500 meters in altitude and count to some of the most challenging what the Salzburg province has to offer on free ride routes.
„Gipfelwelt 3000“and Enjoyment on the mountain
In the „Gipfelwelt 3000“ on Kitzsteinhorn, the visitors can experience the whole year round the fascinating alpine and glacier world of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The „Cinema 3000“ promises film enjoyment of top quality: on the eight metre wide screen, the film „Kitzsteinhorn – The Nature“ is shown. The National Park Gallery is a 360 metre long tunnel with information stations, running through the mountain ending with another panorama platform, which geographically situated in the National Park Hohe Tauern: on this magically viewing place, the visitors find themselves on eye view with the Grossglockner and the highest mountains in Austria.
In summer there are twice daily and in winter every Tuesday, free guided tours offered by the National Park rangers. With its partner, the Hohe Tauern National Park, the Kitzsteinhorn has a partner contract and close co-operation with the largest reserve in the Alps.
NEW: A gondola ride to the top of Maiskogel family mountain
An exciting contrast to the mighty 3204 m Kitzsteinhorn, with its craggy cliffs, high-alpine terrain and the eternal ice of the glacier itself, the Maiskogel, a far gentler mountain just outside Kaprun, is a popular excursion destination for locals, nature lovers and especially families with kids. Thanks to the new MK Maiskogelbahn, you can now even enjoy a gondola ride from the town center of Kaprun to the top of the Maiskogel. In winter, the new Stanger mid-station gives families, beginners, “Sunday skiers” and ski schools ideal access to broad, flat pistes right from the heart of town. Maisi Fantasy Park on the Maiskogel is a great springboard for all little freestylers on skis or a snowboard wanting to playfully develop their own bag of snowpark tricks. In summer, the lift gives hikers, outdoor fans and families a quick, comfortable option for reaching the start of their hiking routes and walks. Crossing lush green alpine meadows, you will hike from one hut to the next, able to enjoy traditional local foods whenever you are in the mood for a break. As a biker, the new lift provides you with an excellent means to avoid unnecessary strength-sapping climbs before you get down to the “serious business” of exploring the high-alpine terrain of the Kitzsteinhorn. Those rustic huts on the Maiskogel, incidentally, are open year-round, offering a wide selection of culinary treats and popular regional dishes. Back in the valley, adventurers big and small are guaranteed an exhilarating ride thanks to the Maisiflitzer, Salzburg’s very first Alpine coaster. Make yourself comfortable on the green two-seater sleds and then, guided safely by the rails, zoom down the mountain at speeds up to 40 km/h. Waves, jumps and spectacular roundabouts are guaranteed to excite mom, dad and the youngsters alike, and will definitely get that adrenaline pumping. At the family amusement & fun park right outside the Kaprun Center, you will discover a true play paradise: With bouncy castles, slides, a pedal-car track and many more, boredom is guaranteed never to be a factor.
Superlative cable-car project: K-onnection Kaprun – Maiskogel – Kitzsteinhorn
The dream of creating a connection between the Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun’s local mountains and ski areas, has occupied this glacier community for generations. In December 2018, the first stage finally became a reality with the opening of the new MK Maiskogelbahn. In December 2019, the 3K K-onnection will also be completed, providing a link to the Kitz and its 100% snowy ski area directly from Kaprun. Able to offer ski-in-ski-out convenience to and from the glacier, the Kitzsteinhorn will now justifiably be ranked amongst the top ski areas in all of the Alps. The one-of-a-kind scenic lift ride from Kaprun town center to the Top of Salzburg (elev. 3,029m) will not only take you along the longest continuous lift axis in the Eastern Alps (12 kilometers), it will also span the greatest elevation gain. Further information can be found at www.k-onnection.com