Ski Austria

Kaprun Resort Reviews

Ski Austria

Kaprun Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Kaprun Ski Resort

Kaprun Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 17 votes and 28 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Kaprun.

Public Transport: 4.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kaprun, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.7

(1) No places to stay in/near Kaprun, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.6

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kaprun.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Kaprun, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Kaprun is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.2

(1) Kaprun relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.5

(1) There are no snow groomers at Kaprun, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kaprun are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.5

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Kaprun is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Kaprun, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.4

(1) Kaprun usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.6

(1) The staff at Kaprun are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kaprun are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.4

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.5

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.9

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.1

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kaprun has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Kaprun, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.2

(1) Not even a kicker at Kaprun, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 3.6

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 3.5

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Kaprun, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Kaprun has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.3

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.9

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.4

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.9

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.6

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.8

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.9

(1) Overall, Kaprun is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.1

(1) Overall, Kaprun is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 16, 2011
Andrew Crump from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
8th Jan - 15th Jan 2011 at Kaprun. Fantastic resort, very charming and easy to reach everything. The glacier was brilliant and even if the weather was iffy which it was the last couple of days the snow up there was brill plus it was brilliant blue sky and pretty warm. I found all the mountain restaurants pretty reasonable. Burger, chips and a soft drink: 7 Euros, or spag bowl and drink 9 which I think is much cheeper than France. The only things that can be expensive is wine and spirits although beer is cheaper than the UK. The glacier is 10 mins max in the bus and you can reach Zell by getting a cable car from Schuttdolf which takes 5 mins in a bus. Over all, being this my 6th different resort: 9/10!!
September 27, 2010
David from Ski Austria Austria
My wife and I had several holidays in Kaprun in the early 1990's and have just returned from our third visit in the last two years. We were mountaineers but are now more into walking and looking at the amazing colours of the wild flowers in summer (we are not skiers). We like Kaprun because it is much quieter than neighbouring Zell am See and a much friendlier place. There are excellent uplift facilities into the mountain for walkers and many miles of paths varying in grade from very easy to nigh on impossible - take your pick. Although Kaprun shuts down a bit in summer there are still plenty of nice hotels, B&Bs, appartments and restauraunts to accomodate everyone.
April 11, 2010
Dan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have just returned from Austria after a week long ski trip with my school, run by PGL. Although late in the season, the snow was extremely good: the glacier at Kaprun meant that even in April, the snow felt crisp and fresh without either melting and becoming slushy, or freezing and becoming hard. The slopes were great, providing plenty of skiing for beginners up to advanced skiers. Although there are only two black runs in the resort, plenty of off-piste runs have been opened providing a good challenge for the more experienced. In terms of bars and restaurants, there are plenty on the mountain. At the very top, there is a panoramic view point as well as a large and usually quiet restaurant. Halfway up the mountain, the main restaurant at the alpine centre serves a huge variety of food. Be prepared for high prices here however, for a decent meal, you won't get much change from 10 euros! Overall, the resort has great views and slopes with consistently good snow even late in the season. The ski pass itself allows skiing in two other resorts, including the picturesque Zell am See across the valley. Plenty of skiing for everyone, Kaprun offers it all.
February 17, 2009
nic from Ski Romania Romania
I've been to Kaprun each winter season since 2003. We like it very much: the snowsure glacier, the varied slopes, the 3029m restaurant & terrass, the tunnel + panorama at top, the easy slope near our pension where our 2y4m boy skied (soon after Predeal, of course), decent prices, free parking, useful locals, cosy restaurants, TV channel with images from all Austrian resorts and new large shopping areas near Zell, the lake ... We dislike: the economic bulbs in the rooms, the rather chilly inside temp (approx 19C), the long drive from Bucharest. That's it. We've been in the summer too and it is lovely.
October 30, 2008
Derek Housley from Ski Austria Austria
Skied there last year and found that it was an ideal resort, with a good mix of slopes for beginners, intermediates and expert. The three ski areas of i)Kitzsteinhorn with the glacier skiing above Kaprun, ii)The Maisikogel where you can ski down into the centre of Kaprun, iii) The Schmittenhohe above Zell am See with fantastic views over the lake at Zell and beyond. There is further skiing in Sallbach and Hinterglemm in the next valley along, and the Gastein Valley is only half a hour away by car. Good and short transfer links of just over 1 hour, and indeed the icing on the cake. For more info see the blog at:- austria-holiday-apartment.blogspot.com/ Derek Austria
October 27, 2008
Doug W from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
First went to Kaprun as a complete beginner in Dec 05 straight into ski school behind our hotel (Taurenhof); excellent week and learnt a lot. Have now been every year to either Kaprun or nearby Zell usually twice a year. Have tried other areas but keep returning to this place. Like one reviewer said "don't tell everybody about it, it will be spoilt" Every thing is perfect from the snow sure glacier, to the varied pistes, the food, the reasonable prices for top hotels, the friendly locals, just everything; it's the daddy. Counting down the days to 3rd of Jan 09
March 28, 2008
Karen and Pat from Ski Ireland Ireland
Stayed in Kaprun with our 6 month old. Great resort, very family friendly. Skiing is great, with blues and reds being good enough for those who have skied a good number of times. Would recommend for families and will definitely be back. Great creche facilities. Will be back again for sure!!
January 09, 2008
Steve B from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Glacier provides a snow sure holiday. When the conditions are right (which is most of the winter) there are so many off-piste possibilities. The village offers, probably the best beginners slope available and small children have several areas in which to learn as well. As an alternative the area of Zell am See is a short bus ride away and offers a large variety of skiing. Zell is a larger town and nosier/livelier than Kaprun. Kaprun town is typical Austria and has many restaurants and bars without being too noisy. So a family friendly resort with a lot of skiing and a beautiful setting. Doesn't get any better.
December 05, 2007
Bruce Carter from Ski United States United States
I worked in Kaprun for the 2005-2006 season and had a great time. The people are really friendly (much friendlier than the French (I worked in Chamonix this season). The kitzsteinhorn had brilliant snow especially compared to Zell Am Zee - the park was good and has been upgraded and now hosts Roxy events. Off-piste is brilliant but to get the most out of it you need a guide. I lived there for six months and only got to know the best routes at the end. They are not obvious and can be dangerous (six ski instructors were killed by avalanche off the back of the Kitzsteinhorn in 2004. Palettis is great and great cheap pizza. Hope this review has been a help.
March 13, 2007
pete from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Very good place for all levels. By staying in Kaprun you can bus to Zell or the glacier. I would advise avoiding the glacier on Sundays; iy's very busy. Flanigans bar in Zell for English sports is a good bar. All buses inc in ski pass.