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Austria, Kitzsteinhorn – Great Skiing

Published: 9.2.2017
If you love skiing and snowboarding and you are not beginners, then go to Kitzsteinhorn. It is a glacier in the Alpes in the Hohe Tauern. Snow is there all year long. Kitzsteinhorn is 3203 meters high and situated to the north from the highest mountain in Austria - Grossglockner.

The ski resort sits at 1975-3000 meters of altitude on the northern slopes of Kitzsteinhornu. Two cable car cabins link the valley with the resrot. There is a vast car park at the bottom station and it is for free. If you stay in Kaprun or Zell am See which are both nearby, you can travel to the resort by skibuses. Skipass is available at the car park or online. The cable car gets you to 3 029 meters. From there, enjoy the amazing vista over the Alps and Zell am See. To get some time off the skiing, we recommend two scenic routes, a national park gallery, and a restaurant.

bar and slopes at the first station – Langwied

Nowe, there are only wide ski slopes of all difficulties. Snow is natural, there are many routes for freeriders, three snowparks, and the largest superpipe for freestylers in Austria. Moreover, you can try slalom situated in separate line. There are heated cable cars with seats. You can use classic tow on short slopes. The slopes have their numbers so you won't get lost in large ski resort of the Alps. When buying a skipass you also get a map so you can find a slope of such difficulty that suits you the best.

view over Zell am See, upper section

If you want to improve your skills, you can hire a director. There are severl ski schools. Both groups or individuals can train there. Moreover, you can easily rent equipment. There are two sport stores on Kitzsteinhorn. Moreover, there is mountain rescue, visitor center, and ski rental and service.

the vista from the highest laid station – Gipfelwelt   a view from seat cable car of Kristallbahn

Once hunger and thirst overcome you, there are many places to fulfill your needs there. ICE CAMP is one of them. Situated at 2600 meters it presents an incredible world of ice and snow with three large igloo. Each igloo has diameter of 12 meters and all are linked one to another. The interior design changes every year and everytime is stunning. There is a bar in one igloo. There you can drink from ice glasses. Next to it, there is a stand selling some snacks, benches, flding beds and great music plays in the background helping you to relax. If you feel cold, go to heated resting rooms.

ICE CAMP

Ski slopes are usually more crowded in February and March. This is due to spring break in Austria as well as surrounding countries. The weather changes rapidly in the mountains. Your week there can either be sunny or snowy.

ski slopes in the upper section of the picture

There are many facilities where you can find accommodation - from rather cheap apartment, cozy familiy hotel, or luxurious hotels spa included. Ifyou find accomodation in Kaprun or Zell am Zee, the night life is amazing there. In Zell am See especially, there are many restaurants, bars and stores.  a obchodů. Volný čas si můžete také zpříjemnit procházkou kolem rozlehlého jezera nebo právě ve zmíněných lázních.

GPS: 47°12'28.5"N 12°41'04.2"E

 

Text: Veronika Schubertová

Photos: Irena Mazánková



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