As clichéd as it sounds, there literally is something for everyone - regardless of where you’re staying or how you like to kick back off the slopes.
For a unique experience, there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than at Kitzsteinhorn’s ice camp. A small hamlet of igloos at 2500m, there’s an art igloo, ice lounge and a great sundeck, not to forget the piece de la resistance - a glowing bar carved from ice where you can enjoy some exclusive ‘Pure Glacier’ vodka!
Fans of classic European après will love the slope side restaurants and the bars right at the bottom of the runs in both villages. For a strong sense of tradition, the Breiteck Alm in Zell and Kaprun’s Dorfstadl both specialise in local delicacies - a firm favourite being the delicious Kasnocken (melted cheese dumplings)- all washed down by the ever present glühwein and jagertee.
That said, there are plenty of watering holes with a more modern vibe. The Ginhouse in Zell has more varieties of gin than you’d ever have thought possible and in Kaprun the Kitz900m specialise in tower drinking- an economical and inventive way of ordering rounds, the beers are served in a giant tower that you tap yourself!
Ice skating on the frozen lake Zell is a favourite for tourists and locals alike, though nearer the end of the season you may have to be satisfied with the indoor option. The Tauern Spa has all of the saunas and spas you’d expect, as well as a great range or treatments. The new “Kidstein” Children’s SPA, allows parents to relax and be pampered whilst little ones enjoy their own pool compete with slinky slide and ‘Wolfs grotto’.
When is best to ski?
With glacial slopes at over 3000m, it’s hard to find a bad time to ski the Kitzsteinhorn. The stunning panoramas from the summit are equally breath-taking at either end of the season and the snow quality (and quantity) rarely disappoints.
Likewise, the Schmitten is now 100% covered by snow making facilities and with the recent improvements to the artificial snow coverage on Maiskogel, you’ll usually find good snow on the lower areas of the resort as well. Ski the summits in the morning, and then spend the afternoon lounging by the lake later on in the season - it’s never too early to start your après.
The rustic, chocolate box charm of Kaprun lends itself to holidays over the festive period when the village twinkles around the clock and the advent market at Zell always draws visitors from far and wide – these are our favourite times to visit but if you prefer a more peaceful week of skiing, off-peak times like January and March are usually quieter (and often cheaper too).
The Europa Sport Region at Christmas comes alive with festive magic each and every year. Stock up on festive treats at the advent market before wandering the fairy-tale streets of Kaprun.
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Spend New Year’s Eve in the Europa Sport Region and watch in amazement as the streets of Zell come alive. Party the night away with the locals, or have a more sedate evening with the family in the picturesque Kaprun.
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At Half term in the Europa Sport Region, the resorts are a haven for families. With separate areas for beginners and children, great tuition for all ages, and smaller crowds than some of the larger French resorts, everyone’s assured of a great time.
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The Kitzsteinhorn glacier sits at 3000m and there’s 100% artificial snow cover on the Schmitten, which means that snow’s rarely a problem in the Europa Sport Region at Easter.
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