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Ski Travel Tips in the #SalzburgerLand: Exploring Kitzsteinhorn, TauernSPA & Zell am See.


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Tell me this, my dear readers: Do you know the feeling of “being on top”? Standing in the freshest mountain air, greeting the midday sun, feeling the snow crunch under your feet and ski? Happiness. Pure and simple.

Just now, I have had such intense feelings. That’s in SalzburgerLand, the mountain province south of the city of Salzburg near the area around Zell am See-Kaprun lake district. This picturesque little spot saw me paragliding during summer, joining the famous tourism tech conference “Castle Camp Kaprun” and now, once more, has fuelled my love for winter travel. Winter & snow, however …

 

… reach well into spring here in the SalzburgerLand. Especially when it comes to glacier skiing at Kitzsteinhorn mountain: Sunny days alternate with perfect snow conditions for winter sport fans.

I have found myself a new love. Been watching him all day during my first ski day at the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See. Always eyeing his perfect shape, his majestic grandeur, his impeccable look. I’m talking, of course, about the mighty mountain massive around Kitzsteinhorn, at the entrance to the Hohe Tauern national park with some of the highest peaks in the Austrian Alps. Areitalm hut, at 1.400 metres above sea-level, also offers you spectacular views besides tasty, local hut fare. Further down in the valley, TauernSPA Kaprun boasts equally good mountain views.

With all this happiness in my mind and in my heart, I live every minute on my snowboard to the full. Enjoy watching the lake down in the valley, while taking in the sun for some nice new freckles on my nose. Those are the days: Perfect mountain air, sunshine without end and a healthy appetite after sport: This is what I call my kind of ski fun during spring. Check this out.

Unterwegs im SalzburgerLand ...

Travelling SalzburgerLand …

 

… mit atemberaubenden Blicken wie diesen auf die Berglandschaft Kitzsteinhorn ...

… with breathtaking views of the adjacent mountain landscape, including famous Kitzsteinhorn …

 

… in guter Gesellschaft ...

… joined by happy people …

 

… Traumaussichten auf den Zeller See ...

… splendid views of Zeller lake …

 

… Logenplätze in der "ersten Reihe fussfrei" ...

… best spots for mountain (snow) lovers …

 

… und neuen Freundschaften, wie hier mit der lieben Eva Fischer von ItsFoodTastic.com ...

… and new friendships forged, such as with charming food blogger Eva Fischer, of FoodTastic.at …

 

… lassen den Tag bzw. das Wochenende einfach nur zum Vergnügen werden. Spätestens hier ...

… make mountain activities the best way to spend days like these.

 

… beim Einkehrschwung auf 1.400 Metern Seehöhe ...

Enjoying our famous “Einkehrschwung” lunch break at the hut …

 

… und dem kulinarischen Hochgenuss in Form von Hirschkalbsbraten mit Trüffelpolenta ...

… featuring local specialties such as deer & truffle polenta …

 

… wird klar ersichtlich ...

… allow us to reflect …

 

… was für ein Glück wir haben: Blick auf das Skigebiet Kitzsteinhorn von der Genusshütte Areitalm in Zell am See aus.

… upon the happiness of being where we are, as well as the awareness of just how lucky we are, to enjoy the life we are living.!

 

However, majestic views are not all the SalzburgerLand has to offer. Feeling, touching, being moved is what it’s all about: And why not over a cocktail at the TauernSPA pool bar?

“Come on, let’s have another hugo”, Eva smiles, visibly entertained. We’ve had our first round of cocktails in the 25°C warm spa waters of the TauernSPA and are in for more: Right in the middle of the wide valley, between the Zeller lake and the soaring mountain tops of the Kitzsteinhorn, you will find the recently built, modern TauernSPA Kaprun and hotel. And even though the saunas look promising, it’s definitely the pool bar we opt for this time, providing some of the most spectacular views of the Kitzsteinhorn mountains right from the beautiful spa waters. More and more, I can feel the happiness inside of me growing. What a perfect day!

Ab in den TauernSPA ...

After spending the day in the snow, it’s time for TauernSPA …

 

… wo sich beanspruchte Snowboarder-Füße ...

… relaxing those snowboarder’s feet …

 

… bei Ein- und Ausblicken wie diesen ...

… in the midst of soothing waters …

 

… erholen und gleichzeitig ...

… and soaring views like these …

 

… inspirieren können: Blick auf die coole Poolbar des TauernSPA Kaprun.

… and why not treat yourself to a cocktail right inside the pool? Friendly waiters come to you straight from a little pool house, the charge being put on your waterproof wrist watch. Clever.

 

TauernSPA, Du siehst mich wieder !!

TauernSPA, I’ll be back !!

 

Last but not least: Kitzsteinhorn itself. Tremendous. In no time, the modern mountain cable cars bring us up to 2.000 – 3.000 metres above sea level, where glacier skiing offers perfect conditions and views over some of the highest mountains of Austria.

Have I ever been here? “I come from a skiing family. Since I was three years old, I have undertaken countless trips to various ski resorts in Austria”, I often hear myself saying. However, Kitzsteinhorn, the mighty mountains around and some of the modern lift facilities are new to me, too: “The pillars you can see here supporting the T-bar lift? Well, they have been built right on the glacier ice and have to be adjusted all the time due to the movement of the ice”, our ski instructor Helmut Schneider and his colleagues of the mountain cable cars Kaprun tell us over lunch at the Gipfelrestaurant some 3.000 metres above sea level. “Thanks to the modern cable car facilities, we have furthermore been able to offer visitors a peek inside the mountain and through to a viewing platform of a kind. It is a very unique, fascinating subterranean mountain museum about the national park Hohe Tauern as well as the ‘holy trinity’ you can see around us: Alpine skiing for everyone, use of water for electricity plants as well as nature protection through the adjacent national park Hohe Tauern. Let’s take a closer look, shall we”, Ing. Norbert Karlsböck, head of the mountain cable cars Kaprun tells us with a friendly smile. And yes, it’s definitely worth “sacrificing” one hour of your skiing time to check out the interior of the mountain and its unique viewing platform: A look upon the highest mountains of Austria is not to be missed from this day at the Kitzsteinhorn.

Aufwärm-Übungen zum Tagesbeginn …

Exercising in the high mountain air …

 

… das Gletscher-Skigebiet Kitzsteinhorn ...

… ahead of our day at the glacier ski resort Kitzsteinhorn …

 

… sowie Skischulleiter Helmut Schneider, unser Begleiter während dieser Traumtage, stets gut im Blick.!

… led by Helmut Schneider, our ski instructor and local mountain expert.!

 

Selbiger besucht mit uns das IceCamp am Berg ...

He also leads us over to exploring the mountain IceCamp …

 

… in dem gern auch schon mal am Vormittag Vodka-Shots ausgegeben werden!

… with tasty vodka ice shots being served even (or especially?) at 11.00 in the morning!

 

Weiter geht's ...

As we continue …

 

… on "Top of Salzburg" ...

… on “Top of Salzburg” …

 

… Aussichten wie sonst nirgends ...

… enjoying truly unique views …

 

… in dieser "Gipfelwelt der Gefühle".

… from this window to the mountain tops.

 

Von 3.000 Meter Seehöhe blicken wir hier auf das allerhöchste Bergmassiv der österreichischen Alpen, den Großglockner mit 3.798 Metern Seehöhe.

We also get a glimpse of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner at 3.798 metres (far left in this pictures), from our viewing platform at 3.000 metres above sea level.

 

Unterdessen lauschen wir beim unterirdischen Stollengang den "Geräuschen der Bergwelt", welche hier in einer interaktiven Bergtour gut dargestellt werden.

The mountain museum also has us “listen” to the noise and sounds of the interior of the mountain, as it continues to grow, shift and crack.

 

Tausend Dank an meine tolle Truppe für diese im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes atemberaubend schönen Bergtage (auf 3.000 Meter Seehöhe ist alles möglich ..!). Wir sehen uns am Kitzsteinhorn!

Thank you so much to my wonderful group of explorers, who have made those days unforgettable and full of fun!

 

Next time up, I’ll tell you even more about Zell am See, including restaurant tips, a visit to the recently opened casino Zell am See as well as our meeting with two fashion designers of a kind. Stay tuned!

More awe-inspiring mountain pics from our trip:

Disclaimer: We have been invited by SalzburgerLand Tourism on this trip to Zell am See – Kaprun. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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