Ski tours Ski touring in Zell am See-Kaprun

Getting close to winter nature. Going your own way away from the groomed pistes. Enjoying the silence and the view: ski tours in the alpine surroundings of Zell am See-Kaprun exert a very special fascination. Here you can conquer the mountains with your own muscle power and at your own pace. The region offers numerous piste tours that are ideal for preparation and training. At the same time, winter sports enthusiasts will find the most beautiful opportunities for off-piste ski tours in pristine terrain on the Pinzgau grass mountains and in the Hohe Tauern. Here, qualified mountain guides are happy to accompany you and show you powder snow and firn classics.

Piste tours & the ski touring mountain Ronachkopf

Whether you are a ski touring novice or an experienced tourer: a piste tour is a good start to the season and ideal training in between. In Thumersbach, opposite Zell am See, there is even an entire mountain reserved just for ski tourers. The Ronachkopf offers a groomed uphill track and a rewarding descent. This tour is a total of 2.1 kilometres long and, with a difference in altitude of just under 500 metres, is also easily doable for beginners to the sport. The reward awaits at the top: a magnificent view of Lake Zell and a stop at the cosy Enzianhütte before the descent.


Ski touring routes on the Kitzsteinhorn

There are also designated ski touring routes in the high alpine surroundings of the Kitzsteinhorn: The "Schneekönigin" (Snow Queen) and the "Eisbrecher" (Icebreaker) are two ski tours that are already accessible from mid-October - perfect for all ski tourers who are looking forward to an early start to the season in autumn. Both tours start at Langwiedboden and offer an optimal training effect due to the altitude. The "Schneekönigin" leads 474 metres uphill to the Alpincenter. On the longer "Eisbrecher" you master approx. 900 metres in altitude up to the upper terminus of the Maurer lift. After a short rest at the Alpincenter, the descent follows on groomed pistes or off-piste (only with avalanche safety equipment!).


 Nice weather on the Kitzsteinhorn | © Robert Niedring
Ski tours on the Maiskogel

Every Wednesday evening during the winter season, the pistes on the Maiskogel belong to ski touring fans: Here you can put on your skins, climb and take long turns down into the valley until 8pm. Don't forget your headlamp and hot tea for refreshment! The pistes on the Maiskogel are also open daily from 8am to 6pm for ski tourers. The ski touring route on the Maiskogel offers a safe alternative to the piste tour: This route reveals impressive views of the Salzach Valley and the Zell Basin.


Panorama from the Maiskogel | © Klaus Listl
Guided ski tour to the Tristkogel

A classic off-piste ski tour tip is the route to the Tristkogel in the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski resort. The starting point for this tour is again the Langwiedboden gondola terminus. From here the tour leads through charming terrain towards the summit of the Tristkogel. Around 660 metres of difference in altitude have to be mastered during the three-hour ascent. Preparation and experience are necessary for a tour off-piste: Be sure to check the avalanche and weather reports, and never set off without full equipment! Once a week you can also experience this ski tour together with qualified mountain guides.

Fantastic ski tour in Zell am See-Kaprun | © Stephan Obenaus
Ski Touring Thursday
28.12.2023 - 25.04.2024
Thu from 8.30 am
Registration necessary: 0043 6547 8232, Kitzsteinhorn 40, 5710 Kaprun
Experience a guided ski tour on the Tristkogel.
Other guided tours

A multitude of scenically impressive ski tours await you in the entire Zell am See-Kaprun region: In high winter, the Pinzgau grass mountains with the Schmittenhöhe offer particularly good conditions. From spring onwards, ski tourers are drawn to the world of the Hohe Tauern for firn snow tours. Ski touring dreams come true on the Hohe Sonnblick, Hocharn or Grossvenediger. When planning your tour, it is best to rely on the expertise of a qualified mountain and ski guide from the region: they know best about snow conditions and weather situations and will guide you safely into and through the terrain.

Tips before the ski tour

Inanimate snowy landscape on the Kitzsteinhorn | © Manuel Ferrigato
The perfect ski touring equipment - Rental

You can rent the equipment for your ski tours in Zell am See-Kaprun at the numerous sports shops in the region: they provide touring skis and ascent skins, ski touring boots and avalanche equipment for purchase or rental.

Bründl Sports Maiskogelbahn valley station
Bründl Sports Maiskogelbahn valley station
closed Opening hours
15.12.2023 - 14.04.2024
8.15 am - 6 pm

Kitzsteinhornplatz 1b
5710 Kaprun | Austria
tel.: +43 6547 83888873

Europsport Zell am See
Europsport Zell am See

Schillerstr. 4
5700 Zell am See | Austria
tel.: +43 6542 47267

Europsport Kaprun
Europsport Kaprun

Nikolaus-Gassner-Straße 15d
5710 Kaprun | Austria
tel.: +43 6547 20314

Ski Dome I - Ski school & Intersport Oberschneider
Ski Dome I - Ski school & Intersport Oberschneider

Nikolaus-Gassner-Straße 21
5710 Kaprun | Austria
tel.: +43 6547 8232

Sport Achleitner
Sport Achleitner
opened Opening hours
13.04.2023 - 26.11.2024
Mon - Fri:
8.30 am - 6 pm
8.30 am - 5 pm

Postplatz 2
5700 Zell am See | Austria
tel.: +43 6542 73581

Hervis Kaprun
Hervis Kaprun

Sigmund-Thun-Straße 22
5710 Kaprun | Austria
tel.: +43 6547 20184

Sport2000 Schmitten
Sport2000 Schmitten

Schmittenstr. 125
5700 Zell am See | Austria
tel.: +43 6542 21817

Sport2000 Areit
Sport2000 Areit

Flugplatzstr. 16
5700 Zell am See | Austria
tel.: +43 6542 21859

Sport2000 Zell am See ski rental
Sport2000 Zell am See ski rental

Postplatz 4
5700 Zell am See | Austria
tel.: +43 6542 72024

your packing list for off-piste ski tours:

  1. The most important items: avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, shovel, avalanche airbag, if you have one.

  2. A change of warm clothes

  3. Weatherproof clothing and equipment

  4. Hat, gloves and ski helmet for the descent

  5. Sunglasses and ski goggles

  6. Sun protection

  7. Crampons for spring tours

  8. Food and enough to drink

  9. Mobile phone including emergency numbers

  10. Possibly camera and binoculars