Our Favourite Ski Resorts

Kaprun, Austria

If you are looking for a ski sure destination with a short airport transfer and some decent après-ski then Kaprun has to be on your shortlist.

Kaprun town itself is at under 1000 metres but don’t let that put you off in terms of its snow record. Just a short bus ride and cable car from town is the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier with a top station at over 3000 metres and offering some excellent intermediate skiing throughout an extended ski season.

If you are a beginner, or if you just want to get your ski legs back, then the excellent Maiskogel slopes are accessible via lifts from the centre of town. Ski schools and instructors here are excellent and we booked an instructor for the two of us who was excellent value, spoke perfect English, and made significant improvements to our ski techniques in just a couple of hours.

Once you have mastered Maiskogel and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier then why not jump on a bus down the road to Zell am Zee? Only 10 minutes away and offering varied skiing plus excellent views down to the lake. Be aware that many of the Zell am See slopes get the sun all morning and so are perfect for sunny morning skiing. By the afternoon, however, the pistes can become rather slushy and may become particularly treacherous on some of the narrow lower slopes if you are skiing all the way to the bottom…. Best avoided!

With your skiing day over, Kaprun offers a variety of traditional Austrian and international cuisine at some excellent local restaurants, plus a few bars and clubs for those who want to carry on partying. Be sure to try the speciality Austrian beers and of course the famous Glühwein to warm you up and ease those sore muscles!