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Austria: Zell am See, Kaprun, Kitzsteinhorn snow report 2017/18

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My ski season 2017/18 started yesterday on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. It was a beautiful autumn day with blue cloudless skies in the morning. It clouded over a little in the afternoon but the sun still shone through.

There isn't much snow around (probably not unusual at this time of year), so that basically only the two Kitz T-bars and the Gletscherjet 3 & 4 offered usable pistes (+ the short Magnetkopf T-bar, useful for the Fun Park addicts). Here are some photos...

First the view at Langwied - not a flake of snow...


Going up the Gletscherjet 2 snow began to appear but piste 11/13 under it certainly wasn't skiable...


And here's the view from the top of the Gletscherjet 2, looking over the ski area. You could ski down to the Alpincenter on piste 1...


Further up was more wintry. This is looking from the top station of the Gletscherjet 4 over the Fun Park to the Kitz T-bars (where the main skiing was for mere mortals like me)...


And here looking down the piste beside the Kitz T-bars. The pistes were pretty hard-packed but good to ski, softening a bit lower down in the afternoon...


Despite the great weather it was quiet on the pistes with no lift queues. All in all a good day if not wildly exciting.


For the future the Kitzsteinhorn and Kaprun have plans to build a couple of lifts to provide uplift directly from Kaprun village to the glacier (more accurately from Kaprun to Langwied, i.e. the top of the current Gletscherjet 1/bottom of Gletscherjet 2). The idea is for one 10-seater gondola to go from Kaprun village up the Maiskogel slopes. And from that there will be a 3S (3 cable) type gondola to take you on to Langwied. The Maiskogel gondola should be available next season, the final link a year later (2019/20). As I understand it, there won't be any skiable piste under the 3S lift, so you would have to download on that but then you could ski the Maiskogel pistes (presuming there is snow cover).

Details, including a map, can be found at http://www.k-onnection.com/en/.


But coming back to the present, this was the view yesterday looking from the Kitzsteinhorn to Zell am See and the Schmittenhöhe...


No snow there yet but the building of the new Areitbahn is progressing - here is the bottom station...
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Thanks @espri, looks pretty decent there at Kitz, wouldn't mind being there and having a go at that right now.

That's quite some development in Kaprun, I do think that would make staying in Kaprun a more attractive proposition. I hate having to get buses and that put me off going there before when weighing up possible destinations. Will be interesting to see if that does attract more visitors.
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Kitzsteinhorn getting whiter by the minute snowHead
https://www.bergfex.at/kitzsteinhorn-kaprun/webcams/c522/

https://www.bergfex.at/kitzsteinhorn-kaprun/webcams/c519/
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Yes. And the beginner button lift, the Schneehasen-Lift, which was only being prepared on Tuesday, is running now. Winter's coming!
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Thanks for the update espri, interesting developments indeed, will much improve Kapruns prospects as a resort in its own right. That is as opposed to a ZamS accessory attached to a back up plan in a poor snow winter.
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I was back on the Kitzsteinhorn today and more snow has fallen in the last fortnight - compare this photo of the view at Langwied with the one at the start of this thread...



However, the runs down from the Alpincenter to Langwied are still not open, although snow cannons were blasting away everywhere.

As well as some more snow there were considerably more skiers than two weeks ago which meant some queuing. It wasn't too desperate, about five minutes on average, I'd say. This was the queue at the Kitz T-bar around 11 o'clock...



And things eased off after lunch, particularly at the Schmiedinger chairlift. This was the only major addition to the available skiing since my last visit and it is where I spent most of my time during the day. Here's a view looking down the piste...



And this is what it was like on the piste by the Kitz T-bars (with even a little snow showing on top of the Schmittenhöhe at Zell am See - looks as though they've been using the snow cannons there too)...



It was a good day, with excellent snow (except when I skied over one rock). And the weather was fine, overcast at first but sunny later, some wind at times.
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Kaprun/Kitzsteinhorn webcam looking a lot better

https://www.bergfex.at/kitzsteinhorn-kaprun/webcams/c522/
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We're heading out to Zell in March, hopefully this is just the start of the snow Smile
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DB wrote:
Kaprun/Kitzsteinhorn webcam looking a lot better

https://www.bergfex.at/kitzsteinhorn-kaprun/webcams/c522/

Yes, and more runs seem to be opening, e.g. the Maurer piste.
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I have just had another two days excellent skiing with a friend on the Kitzsteinhorn. Yesterday was a true bluebird day. And added to that the pistes were much quieter than a week ago (though somewhat busier again today but without any real queuing). Today was much the same in the morning but it clouded over after lunch, with flatter lighting. The snow is mostly great, grippy with only a few icier patches. Here is a view (from today) looking over the main ski area from the Kristallbahn chairlift...


Yesterday's only problem was that the GletscherJet 3 broke down around lunch time (don't know why). To reach the main pistes we took the Gipfelbahn cable car instead and then had the unusual experience of having the Gletscher-Shuttle all to ourselves on our way to the slopes.

With new snow having arrived the area is gradually opening more runs and lifts. Yesterday the Maurer T-bar and the Sonnenkar I chair were running and in the afternoon the Kristallbahn chairlift started up but only blue piste 13 was open to reach it. Today the more direct piste 12 had also opened - here is a view looking down that to the bottom station of the Kristallbahn (with the skies already overcast - more snow forecast for the weekend)...


Today even piste 11 down to Langwied was skiable, opening up another long run and meaning that it was possible to ski down at the end of the day rather than download on the GletscherJet 2.

One other comment about the coming lifts linking Kaprun centre to the Kitzsteinhorn (mentioned in the first post earlier). I learned today that the new Maiskogelbahn 10-seater gondola going up from the town will actually replace the current Panoramabahn Schaufelberg chairlift (and maybe the upper Almbahn chairlift, though I'm not sure about that). Construction work is already in progress on a new office building beside the present Schaufelberg lift - I presume this is the Kaprun Center with ticket office, sports shop, etc., mentioned on the website.

P.S. Both days we saw the new Areitbahn I gondola in Zell am See running.
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