Winter sports fans & excursion guests are treated to extraordinary nature and extraordinarily enjoyable sporting experiences on the Kitzsteinhorn in the Zell am See-Kaprun Region. On the edge of Hohe Tauern National Park, Salzburg's only glacier ski area is a unique location in the Eastern Alps. In addition to virtually endless opportunities for winter sports, the glacier - including TOP OF SALZBURG/Gipfelwelt 3000 - is home to a high-alpine excursion destination that is open year-round. The K-ONNECTION provides a direct link from the town center of Kaprun and the Maiskogel Family Ski Area to the Kitzsteinhorn, for ultimate Ski-in Ski-out convenience to and from the glacier and never-before-seen perspectives of the surrounding mountain world.
The K-ONNECTION lift link unites the town center of Kaprun and the popular Maiskogel Family Ski Area with the Kitzsteinhorn. For winter sports fans and excursion guests, this means significantly shorter distances, Ski-in Ski-out between Kaprun and the glacier, and the total convenience of the Kaprun Center with valley station, ticket windows, ski depot and a sport shop. Each section of this ultra-modern cableway reveals unique perspectives and fascination insights into the pristine, high-alpine winter landscapes. Traveling a total distance of twelve kilometers from the valley station up to TOP OF SALZBURG at 3,029 m, you will rise a total of 2,261 vertical meters and traverse four different climate zones. The heart of the K-ONNECTION is the 4.3 km-long 3K K-onnection. This, the most modern lift in the world, links the mountain station of the MK Maiskogelbahn (Eleven. 1,570 m) with the Langwied mid-station (1,976 m) on the Kitzsteinhorn.
Skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn is a special experience: Both the high elevation as well as the proximity to Hohe Tauern National Park make a day of winter sports on the Kitzsteinhorn one-of-a-kind. The daily routine becomes a distant memory, while the heavens are close enough to touch: The snow-covered peaks and fascinating natural scenery cause you to pause from time to time in veneration. Anyone who has ever stood on the Kitzsteinhorn knows the sense of exhilaration that comes from gazing out on those mighty 3000-meter summits. Until early summer, guests of Salzburg's only glacier ski area are able to indulge themselves in the full spectrum of winter sports. The broad pistes, state-of-the-art lifts, inviting restaurants and absolute snow-certainty guarantee astonishing variety to fans of winter sports.
Thanks to its snowy high elevations, the Kitzsteinhorn is famous for its deep-snow slopes. Freeriders appreciate the five marked routes, the "Freeride Info Base" and the "Info Points" at the entrance to each of the hills, providing important safety tips for everyone venturing out into open terrain. Workshops for beginners and experienced riders are offered in cooperation with two ski schools under the umbrella of "Freeride Monday". For ski tourers, the Kitzsteinhorn features two marked ascents from Langwied alongside the piste: the "Schneekönigin" variant climbs 474 vertical meters, the goal being the Alpincenter at 2,450 meters above sea level. The "Eisbrecher" route, with an 899-meter gain, leads to the mountain station of the Maurerlift at 2,875 meters. Guided ski tours are offered every Thursday: Together with the guide, you will make your way to the top of the pristine, 2,642 meters-high Tristkogel.
Several beautifully maintained snow parks make the Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel an unsurpassed hotspot for the freestyle community: some of the best worldwide, with the promise of boundless variety. The first to open its doors on the glacier is the aptly named "Glacier Park" in October. As of December, the "Easy Park" welcomes all snowboarders and free skiers eager to take on their first elements. In January, "Central Park" provides yet another winter playground to show off your stuff. The "Maisi Park" features a special fun area and elements that are easy to master - even for the youngest kids.
The ICE CAMP on the Kitzsteinhorn offers the astonishing constellation of an art space, ICE Bar with sundeck, and automobile presentations at over 2,600 meters above sea level. Three interconnected igloos - each twelve meters in diameter - are designed by Carinthian artist Max Seiwald. Around 60 tons of ice and 2,500 cubic meters of snow go into this work of art. Construction of this unique world of snow and ice behind in December, while ICE CAMP opens in mid-January. Ingeniously combining a relaxed atmosphere, music and art, an immensely popular gathering spot for winter sports fans and excursioners.
In the Kitzsteinhorn mountain station at 3,029 meters above sea level, the excursion destination TOP OF SALZBURG/Gipfelwelt 3000 promises magically beautiful views of Hohe Tauern National Park. Non-skiers are also able to enjoy unique attractions including two panoramic platforms, Cinema 3000 showing the film "Kitzsteinhorn - THE NATURE", the National Park Gallery with fascination info stations, and the highest restaurant in Salzburg. Winter hiking and cross-country skiing are also possible on the Kitzsteinhorn.
Thanks to the K-ONNECTION cableway all the way up to the Kitzsteinhorn, nature-loving visitors can also embark on an exciting tour from the valley up to the glacier. This wintry excursion is offered every Tuesday and Sunday, taking full advantage of the convenience of the lifts and accompanied by an experienced National Park Ranger, treating families to intriguing insights into the nature of the high mountains: Amongst other things, you will learn where eagles nest, the important function of barrier forests and how glacial ice is created. Participants benefit from an eagle's-eye perspective, gliding across four climate zones spanning 2,261 vertical meters. A ride on the 3K K-onnection is a breathtaking highlight, not least due to two specially designed "Explorer Cabins": Unique interior features enable you to enjoy unforgettable 360-degree views extending from Zeller See to the Grossglockner. Your ultimate goal is TOP OF SALZBURG/Gipfelwelt 3000 at 3,029 meters above sea level.
One genuine challenge of the ski area is the "Black Mamba" piste with gradients as much as 63 %. If you like to collect data, Skiline allows you to tally your stats, while the Skimovie hill with giant slalom course on the glacier will allow you to indelibly immortalize your skiing prowess. There are two Skyline speed checks, one on the Kitzsteinhorn and a second on the Maiskogel. And this winter, yet again, you can participate in the Kitzsteinhorn K-ONNECTION CUP involving five Skyline.cc disciplines: Complete four of the five for a chance to win exclusive prizes.
Spine-tingling excitement through and through – the first alpine coaster in the province of Salzburg is open as well in winter.
Guided safely on rails, you race in green two-seaters with up to 40 km/h downhill. Waves, jumps and spectacular spins let the adrenalin race through the veins and cries of joy can be heard from the Maiskogel. Adults and children find a popular excursion destination and exciting adventure when tobogganing here at the Alpine Coaster in summer as well as in winter.
- Length uphill ride 730 m
- Length downhill ride 1,300 m
- Bridges, 5 jumps, 5 angular support spins and waves
- Duration of the ride approx. 12 minutes
- Children aged 3-7 ride accompanied by an adult
Tobogganing fun for the whole family - all through the year and whatever the weather!