ZELL AM SEE AND KAPRUN, AUSTRIA
TRANSFER TIME (approx): Salzburg 2 hours (to Zell am See)
2 hours 15 mins (to Kaprun)
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £171 (low season)
£178 (mid season)
£190 (high season)
Child £88 (low season)
£92 (mid season)
£97 (high season)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 8km
Zell am See is a lakeside town which turns into a lively and popular ski and snowboard resort in the winter. The pistes are on the Schmittenhohe mountain, which is easily accessed from the resort centre. The resort has a good atmosphere with plenty of shopping, restaurants and pubs.
Kaprun is a 20 minute bus ride away and is situated at the foot of the Kitzteinhorn glacier. This means that Kaprun offers high altitude pistes with guaranteed snow. Although a bit smaller than Zell am See, this resort still has a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Good range of slopes for beginners and a vast amount of blue and red runs for intermediate riders in the area. There are also a number of black runs especially in Zell am See. There is also brilliant off piste, especially after a dump of fresh pow.
For the freestyle minded, both resorts have plenty to keep you occupied. Both have a halfpipe and snowboard parks. The Kitzteinhorn glacier park is situated on top of the glacier, almost 3000m above sea level. It boasts about 30 features on seven different lines with something for beginner to advanced riders. There are rails, boxes, loads of kickers, a hip and quarterpipe.
Both Zell am See and Kaprun are popular resorts, with plenty to do off the slopes. In Zell am See you will find a good range of shops, cafes, bars and a lively nightlife, as well as a sports centre with pool, ice skating, bowling and a cinema.
In Kaprun, there is still a good apres ski atmosphere. The 'Optimum' Sports Centre is popular, with its indoor pool and fitness studio. There is also indoor tennis and squash, a small ice skating rink, horse drawn sleigh rides, and a bowling alley.