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The world evolves constantly. So does the Kitzsteinhorn, for as all areas and forms of life do, it is also subject to technology, climate and – consequently – requirement change. The Gletscherbahnen Kaprun JSC has accompanied the mountain through these alterations ever since its establishment.

The first cable car to the Kitzsteinhorn comes into operation in 1965. A lot has happened ever since: Today, the ski resort comprises also Maiskogel and Lechnerberg. Nine gondola, six chair and nine towing ski lifts open up a total of 62.5 kilometers of slopes.

Winter sports could be done all year round on the Kitzsteinhorn – until 2007. Eventually, constantly rising temperatures take a toll on the glacier, too. Sad, but at the same time revealing, for change also always brings to light what has previously been unknown; things and places that have been invisible to the eye have now surfaced.
 

A mountain for every season of the year
The Kitzsteinhorn can be explored at any time of year. Some activities can be done only in summer, some only in winter, and others are season-independent. During the warmest months, the Kitzsteinhorn offers cooling as well as a rich variety of nature activities for families, sports lovers and day trippers.

[All information is subject to change.]

 

Year-round offer

TOP OF SALZBURG

  • Salzburg's highest-situated attraction on 3,029 meters directly borders the Hohe Tauern National Park, Alps' largest nature reserve, and features the two panoramic platforms "TOP OF SALBURG" and "National Park Gallery", the 360-m-long info tunnel "National Park Gallery" and Austria’s highest-situated movie theater "Cinema 3000".
Details on TOP OF SALZBURG »

Maisi Flitzer

  • The attraction falls under the category 'alpine coaster' and is operated year-round. Starting at the valley station with a leisurely ascent and after reaching the highest point, the 1,300-m-long ride takes a speedy turn back down, leading over bridges, waves and turns. Drivers can control the speed of their descent, which reaches a maximum of 40 km/h, while an automatic distance control system prevents collisions.

 

Fall

Snow sports

  • Ski season on the Kitzsteinhorn starts in fall with ski operation in the upper glacier area. Additional slopes and lifts open with further snowfall, as do the two marked ski touring routes on the Kitzsteinhorn. Their access point is located at the Langwied area on 1,976 meters:  The “Schneekönigin” (snow queen) is a moderate tour to the Alpincenter on 2,450 meters and covers 474 vertical meters. Up to this point, the “Eisbrecher” (ice breaker) runs parallel to the “Schneekönigin” to then continue up to the Mauererlift’s top station on 2,875 meters. In sum, ski tourers with great stamina cover 899 vertical meters.

Snowpark

  • Given sufficient snow, the Glacier Park on the glacier plateau on 2,900 meters opens with a first setup.

Superpipe

  • The 150-m-long and 6.5-m-high superpipe is the venue for the annual “Pipe Training Weeks” in November: World's best halfpipe riders book exclusive training slots to get ready for the upcoming competition season, before the superpipe opens to public in December.

SnowTime

  • On the first weekend in November, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Zell am See-Kaprun region dedicate two days to new developments in the field of winter sports. Those who are interested have the opportunity to test next season's brand new skis and snowboards and to attend workshops and other exciting events in the valley.

 

Winter

Area

  • In winter, Kitzsteinhorn, Maiskogel and Lechnerberg feature a total of 62.5 groomed kilometers of slopes. Since 2019, the glacier ski resort Kitzsteinhorn can be reached directly from the Kaprun town center via the Maiskogel thanks to the 3K K-onnection, Salzburg's first tricable gondola ski lift. The 12-km-long cable car route K-ONNECTION starts on 768 meters and reaches up to the Kitzsteinhorn summit station on 3,029 meters, making it both the longest in the Eastern Alps and the one that conquers most vertical meters.

Freeride

  • There are five freeride routes on varied terrain for all skill levels: X1 Ice Age, X2 West Side Story, X3 Left Wing, X4 Jump Run, X5 Pipe Line.
  • Freeride Monday: From approximately late December until late April, both freeride newbies and pros can participate in respective workshops. The courses take place on Mondays and are aimed at both skiers and snowboarders aged 13 and older.

Snowparks

  • Glacier Park on 2,900 meters from October to December
  • South Central Park on 2,670 meters from February to April
  • Easy Park on 2,600 meters from December to May
  • Central Park on 2,500 meters from February to April

Superpipe 

  • 150 meters long and 6.5 meters high
  • The superpipe opens in December to visitors after the Pipe Training Weeks in November (see fall offer).

Ski touring

  • The ski resort offers three marked ski touring routes, two of which start at the Langwied area on 1,976 meters: The "Schneekönigin" (snow queen) is a moderate tour with 474 vertical meters leading up to the Alpincenter on 2,450 meters. Up to this point, the "Eisbrecher" (ice breaker) runs parallel to the Schneekönigin to then continue up to the Mauererlift's top station on 2,875 meters. So, ski tourers with great stamina cover 899 vertical meters. The route is located on the Maiskogel, starts at the Maiskogel parking lot and leads up either to the Almbahn top station on 1,733 meters or to the 3K K-onnection valley station on 1,570 meters.
  • Ski Touring Thursday: On Thursdays from approx. late December until late April, a state-certified mountain guide accompanies participants over 660 vertical meters to the Tristkogel summit on 2,642 meters.

ICE CAMP presented by Audi 

  • From approximately mid-January until mid-April, the Kitzsteinhorn’s wintry landscape features three igloos: The ICE CAMP presented by Audi carries visitors to a wonder world of ice and snow. Besides the igloos with Audi showroom, there is also a sun deck with bar, loungers and lounge music.

Snowshoe hiking

  • Guided Snowshoe Hike: On Wednesdays from approximately mid-January until mid-April, a guided snowshoe hike to the ICE CAMP presented by Audi takes places.

Fun slopes & competitions 

  • Black Mamba: The black slope starts near the Kristallbahn valley station, is 1,000 meters long, descends 290 vertical meters and has a gradient of up to 63%.
  • Eagle Line: The fun slope for beginners and advanced freestylers covers one kilometer and features waves, berms and other alternating obstacles.
  • Maisi Line: Wave track for kids and beginners on the Maiskogel
  • Skiline.cc: Riders can save their ski pass in the free Android and iOS app. Vertical meters, cable car rides and slope kilometers are tracked over the day and eventually available as a diagram. The Skiline vertical meters terminals are located at all valley stations. Moreover, Skiline can record speed checks (at the Kistallbahn top station and on the Maiskogel) as well as a ski movie of the Giant Slalom track (by the Kitzlifts).

Guided National Park ranger tours

  • National Park Gallery Tour: On Tuesdays from approximately mid-December until mid-March, Hohe Tauern National Park rangers guide visitors through all TOP OF SALZBURG attractions, with focus on the 360-m-long info tunnel “National Park Gallery” free of charge.
  • Kitzsteinhorn Explorer Tour: On Tuesdays from approximately late December until mid-March, this tour with a Hohe Tauern National Park ranger starts at the valley station in Kaprun and, via cable car rides, leads through four climate zones all the way up to TOP OF SALZBURG on 3,029 meters.
Details on current winter offer »

Spring

Spring skiing

  • The glacier ski resort offers winter sports enthusiasts an extra-long ski season owing to its altitude. The groomed slopes as well as the snowparks and the superpipe are available until late May.

Glacier Spring Festival

  • This event takes place in late April / early May to celebrate the end of the winter season on the Kitzsteinhorn with free ski test, culinary highlights, live music and much more and to ring in the glacier spring with spring skiing until late May.

 

Summer

3K K-onnection

  • Since 2019, the Kitzsteinhorn can be reached directly from the Kaprun town center via the Maiskogel thanks to the 3K K-onnection, Salzburg's first tricable gondola ski lift. The 12-km-long cable car route K-ONNECTION starts on 768 meters and reaches up to the Kitzsteinhorn summit station on 3,029 meters, making it both the longest in the Eastern Alps and the one that conquers most vertical meters.

Hiking

  • My first 3,000er: On Wednesdays from approx. mid-June until late September, a state-certified mountain guide accompanies participants rope-secured to the 3,203-m-high summit of the Kitzsteinhorn.
  • Nationalpark Gallery Tour: From approximately mid-May until late September, Hohe Tauern National Park rangers guide visitors through all TOP OF SALZBURG attractions, with focus on the 360-m-long info tunnel “National Park Gallery” free of charge.
  • Kitzsteinhorn Explorer Tour: From approximately late June until late September, this tour with a Hohe Tauern National Park ranger starts at the valley station in Kaprun and, via cable car rides, leads through four climate zones all the way up to TOP OF SALZBURG on 3,029 meters.
  • Maiskogel Hut Tour: This 4-km-long hike is perfect for families with toddlers. After a leisurely ride with the MK Maiskogelbahn, the hike starts at the top station on 1,570 meters. The path passes by four rustic pasture huts that offer local delicacies and superb views.
  • Family Hike: After meeting with the hike guide at the Panoramabahn valley station, ascending to the summit station on 3,029 meters and some sliding fun and cooling off in the ICE ARENA, the hike starts at the Alpincenter on 2,450 meters and ends on the Langwiedboden on 1,976 meters. Here, the cable car brings everyone back to the Panoramabahn valley station.

Mountain biking

  • Freeride trails for advanced riders: The Geissstein Trail starts by the Alpincenter on 2,450 meters; over a length of 3.4 kilometers, it descends 492 vertical meters to the Langwied area. Here, on 1,976 meters, starts the 6.5-km-long Wuestlau Trail, which ends near the Kitzsteinhorn valley station after descending 1,100 vertical meters. Starting at the Astenweg path, the Bachler Trail leads over 1.9 kilometers and 413 vertical meters near Lake Klamm. Eventually, the Kesselfall route leads back either to the Gletscherjet valley station or the MK Maiskogelbahn top station.
  • Maiskogel Trail for beginners: The 3.7-km-long trail starts at the MK Maiskogelbahn top station on 1,570 meters and meanders down the Maiskogel over 381 vertical meters to the Stanger mid-station. Here, rider either choose to take the MK Maiskogelbahn to get back to the starting point, or ride down to Kaprun.
  • Trail Tuesday: On Tuesdays from approximately early July until early September, pros introduce bikers into proper downhill techniques for fun and safe rides on MTB freeride trails.
  • Kids Bike Day: On Mondays from approximately early July until early September, kids aged 8 years and older playfully learn from pros the basics of trail riding. There is a workshop for beginners and for advanced riders.
  • Services: MTB wash points (at the valley stations, the MK Maiskogelbahn Stanger mid-station and at the Restaurant Gletschermuehle), free of charge MTB transportation in cable cars, e-bike charging stations (MK Maiskogelbahn top station and Restaurant Gletschermuehle)

(E-)Bike riding

  • There are three bike tours to choose from: Kitzsteinhorn Uphill: Particularly ambitious bikers start their uphill journey at the Kaprun Center. On 24.9 kilometers, they climb demanding 2,179 vertical meters to the Gletscherjet 3/4 mid-station on 2,617 meters. To shorten the tour, bikers take the MK Maiskogelbahn and/or the 3K K-onnection. Maiskogel Tour: Those who want to ride the entire loop tour start the 19.5-kilometer-long trail by the Kaprun Center at the foot of the Maiskogel. 880 vertical meters run by quaint huts, blooming pastures and through mystic conifer forests. 3K K-onnection Tour: The ride with world's most modern cable car 3K K-onnection lasts approx. 12 minutes and offers spectacular views of the high-alpine mountain world all the way down to the Zell valley. While the ride on the same-named tour takes a little longer by bike, it is certainly equally beautiful. After a relaxing ascent with the MK Maiskogelbahn, the 10.4-km-long route starts at the top station. Bikers reach the Langwiedboden on 1,976 meters after an elevation gain of 730 meters. And those who still have power in their calves at this point extend the tour to the highest reachable point – the Gletscherjet 3/4 mid-station on 2,617 meters. The tour may also be done the other way round by taking first the Kesselfall route that runs by the picturesque Lake Klamm and leads back to the Kitzsteinhorn valley station. Here, the cable car brings both the biker and their bike to the Langwiedboden on 1,976 meters. Before setting off, it's time to enjoy the breathtaking view from up here.

Climbing

  • Climbing crags Rettenwand & Gruensteinfindling: After an approximate 25-min walk from the Alpincenter, there are numerous secured climbing routes of different levels of difficulty.

ICE ARENA 

  • The snow-covered slope on the glacier plateau on 3,000 meters offers guests fun and cooling in July and August. Slides can be borrowed free of charge on site. After the slide, the moving carpet brings young and old back up to the starting point. The ICE ARENA Snack Bar at the foot of the slope offers snacks and drinks as well as loungers and a snow beach to sunbathe and relax.

Fun & games

  • KIDS-steinhorn: On the adventure playground by the Restaurant Gletschermuehle on 2,500 meters, kids take the role of native wild animals and hide like marmots in the burrow, climb like ibex on walls or float like eagles in the air.
  • Water playground Langwied: Wooden water toys motivate kids to play with pure mountain water while their parents watch them from nice rest areas.
  • Family & Leisure Park Maiskogel: Adjacent to the Kaprun Center, there are slides, a bouncing castle, climbing walls, a carousel and more.
Details on current
Summer offer » & Bike offer »

 

Restaurants & bars

Gipfel Restaurant › on 3,029 meters › 150 indoor seats › year-round

  • Salzburg's highest-situated restaurant uses a self-service model and offers both local and international dishes as well as a view out of panoramic windows over the surrounding high-alpine landscape. The restaurant also features a bar and a separate lounge area.

ICE ARENA Snack Bar › on 2,900 meters › in July & August

  • At the foot of the ICE ARENA sliding hill, the snack bar offers snacks and drinks.

ICE CAMP Bar  on 2,600 meters › from January to April

  • Above the Alpincenter, visitors enjoy snacks and drinks while listening to lounge music on the ICE CAMP Sun Deck presented by Audi.

Alpincenter › on 2,450 meters › 750 indoor seats › 1,100 outdoor seats › in winter

  • In the self-service restaurant with in-house bakery, guests put together a meal to their liking by choosing from mostly home-made Austrian and international dishes at the free-flow buffet.

Skyline Bar › on 2,450 meters › 72 indoor seats › in winter

  • The in 2023 newly-designed day bar in the Alpincenter offers snacks, coffee and drinks. There is also a special menu for ski tourers.

Parasol › on 2,450 meters › 120 capacity › in winter

  • The umbrella bar in front of the Alpincenter invites winter sports lovers to enjoy a cold or warm drink in lively atmosphere in between descents.

Gletschermuehle › on 2,450 meters › 120 indoor seats › 180 seats in the sun room › 30 outdoor seats › year-round

  • The large restaurant offers mainly traditional Austrian cuisine.

kitz900m › on 911 meters › 65 indoor seats › 70 outdoor seats › open seasonally

  • The bar at the Kitzsteinhorn valley station offers second coffee in the morning as well as snacks and drinks for lunch and drinks in the afternoon. In winter, the ski bus transports visitors from the Kaprun town center up here free of charge. In summer, bus transport is also free with the Pinzgau Mobility Card.

Maisi Alm › on 768 meters › 90 indoor seats › 120 outdoor seats › year-round

  • The restaurant is located at the Kaprun Center and open year-round. In summer, picnic baskets filled with local delicacies can be purchased here.

Maisi Alm Après-Ski › from December to March

  • An in-house DJ ensures guests have a blast after a day on the slopes at the bar by the Maisi Alm.

AC Box › on 2,450 meters › in July & August
3K Box › on 1,570 meters › from June to September
Maisi Snack › on 768 Metern › from June to September

  • The snack bars offer snacks and drinks as well as tickets for the 3K K-onnection and MK Maiskogelbahn cable cars (AC and 3K Box) or the Maisi Flitzer (Maisi Snack).

 

Services

Kaprun Center › service center at the MK Maiskogelbahn valley station on 768 meters

  • info service and ticket sales
  • Bründl Sports: shop, ski rental and bike service
  • ski and boots depot
  • ski school

Langwied › service center on 2,000 meters

  • Intersport Oberschneider: shop, ski rental and ski depot
  • ski school
  • Restaurant Haeuslalm

Alpincenter › service center on 2,450 meters

  • info service
  • ski and boots depot
  • Bründl Sports: shop, ski rental and service
  • SOS slope patrol

Free ski bus

  • from late October to early May
  • in/from Zell am See – Kaprun MK Maiskogelbahn – Kitzsteinhorn Gletscherjet 1 & Panoramabahn
  • Christmas until Easter: Bruck-Fusch – Kaprun MK Maiskogelbahn as well as Niedernsill – Piesendorf – MK Maiskogelbahn

Free parking

  • Kaprun MK Maiskogelbahn: 900 parking lots for cars, 20 parking lots for busses
  • Gletscherjet 1 valley station: 1,600 parking lots for cars, 80 parking lots for busses

 

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