Great park rat resort for autumn and spring riding, and winter season compliment to Zell-am-see
Kaprun Winter / Kapru Zell am See
Freeriders wanting to gain access to Kaprun's best terrain and main runs, should head to the Kitzsteinhorn . Further up, you can reach good off-piste powder stashes, which can often still be found in the summer months of June and July. There are also a couple of off-piste hikes to the back of the peak, one which takes you to Niedernsill but you will need to rent a guide which is 200 Euros for the day. Another good place for off piste is Weißsee Glacier which is included with the ski pass. It is 25km away so you will need to drive as the bus doesn't go there. It is very small but not much of it is pisted so it is usual to have fresh tracks. Note it is not possible to board all the way down to the valley from the glacier.
Freestylers are provided with a park at Kitzsteinhorn all year round, and a smaller park at Maiskogel in the Winter. There's also one down in Zell am See with a halfpipe. Kaprun's park is not the world's best but it still has an array of hits, but really freestylers should search out Kaprun's natural drops.
All riders will be at ease whether they board at Kaprun or Zell am See, as both resorts have some great open carving runs. At Kaprun you can access some excellent spots from the Alpencentre, but unfortunately there is only one short black run on the glacier.
Beginners can get going on a number of easy runs on the Maiskogel mountain, which is reached by a drag lift from the centre of the village. If you can't handle a drag lift, take the cable car at the north end of the village to reach the east slopes. Beginners are spoilt when it comes to snowboard instruction; Kaprun was the first Austrian resort to have an independent snowboard school. If you get bored with Kaprun, Zell am See is only a ten minute bus ride away and gives you access to an extra 50 miles of piste covered by the same pass.