Cross-country skiing in Zell am See-Kaprun

The perfect trails for your holiday

In Zell am See-Kaprun, cross-country skiing is a varied adventure for beginners and professionals. You enjoy the silence and the view of the enchanting mountains. Imagine, you can even cross-country ski on the glacier, and the Zell am See-Kaprun region also offers great opportunities for nocturnal cross-country skiers.

Highlights in the cross-country skiing paradise of Zell am See-Kaprun:

  • 107 kilometers of cross-country skiing in the region
  • Additional 200 km cross-country skiing trail network (Pinzgauer Saalachtal)
  • Night trails until 10 p.m. (Kaprun & Maishofen)
  • 1 km glacier trail on the Kitzsteinhorn
  • Equipment for rent online


Exciting trails around Kaprun

There is a lot to see here when cross-country skiing: on the castle trail in Kaprun you can see the mighty Kaprun Castle with its massive walls. In Zell am See you have a brilliant view of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the glacier skiing area on the Kitzsteinhorn when you are on the Brunnwies trail or the golf course trail. If you are looking for a challenge, then try the glacier trail on the Kitzsteinhorn!


From mid-autumn, you have the opportunity to do your laps at up to 2,900 m above sea level (the first gondola leaves at 8:15 a.m.). But beware: cross-country skiing is really exhausting at high altitudes. The trail on the glacier is 1 km long and is particularly popular in spring (when the trails in the valley melt away) and in autumn. The pros come to the Kitzsteinhorn for altitude training. If you train regularly at altitude, then cross-country skiing in the valley is less strenuous. So if you should be preparing for a competition, the Kitzsteinhorn is the place for you.

Consider this when cross-country skiing on the glacier

Please only decide to go cross-country skiing on the glacier if you are really healthy. If you are struggling with cardiovascular problems or a lung disease, then we strongly advise against sport at this altitude. In general, it is advantageous if you drink more water than usual on the glacier, as you lose more fluid when breathing at high altitudes than in the valley. The mountain air contains less water! The oxygen concentration is also lower at higher altitudes. The result is shortness of breath. We recommend that you first get used to the mountain air before you move fast.

Impressive network of trails

On the optimally groomed trails, you always have the choice between classic cross-country skiing and skating style. There are around 107 km of trails in the region. You can see the towns of Kaprun, Zell am See, Piesendorf, Niedernsill, Bruck, Fusch and Maishofen. This is a sporty way of sightseeing! But that’s not all! It continues into the adjacent Pinzgauer Saalachtal with 200 km of cross-country skiing trails when you have reached Saalfelden. Hey, do you actually want to go cross-country skiing in the evening? Then there are two trails available to you that are illuminated at night: one trail is in Kaprun and one in Maishofen (near Schloss Kammer).

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