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If you're looking for wonderful, heartfelt Austrian hospitality in a gorgeous hotel setting then the Alpenhaus is for you. It stands in the heart of Kaprun and close to the Maiskogel lift which is home to the brand new K-Connection - a direct lift link to the Kitzteinhorn Glacier.
It’s a modern hotel with a welcoming alpine ambience, genuine hospitality and some seriously nice public areas for relaxing at the end of the day. Head to the open bar with its comfy sofas and stylish forest-inspired light fittings, or soak away and aches in the Veda Spa. There's a good size indoor pool, massage treatment rooms and no less than six saunas!
The food is quite superb at the Alpenhaus, and the chef is renowned for producing both regional and international cuisine of the highest standard - perfect for fuelling for and refuelling after your days on the slopes.
At the end of the day, you're in for a treat as the rooms simply ooze comfort. There's plenty of space and light with gorgeous furnishings and facilities to match. All in all, you'll be in for a memorable stay at the Alpenhaus.
Nearest lift: 350m from the Maiskogel gondola
Nearest slope: 350m from the Maiskogel piste
Tuition meeting point: 350m (at the bottom of the Maiskogel gondola)
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 10m
Forming one half of the 138km ski area and about a 15 minute bus ride from lively Zell am See is the more laid-back resort of Kaprun. It's a really charming resort which is smaller than Zell with a much more rustic feel. It's not a sleepy village though as you'll still have a selection of bars and restaurants too choose from, some with traditional Austrian bar games like bowling and the classic hammerschlagen (hammering six inch nails into a stump!).
2019/20 sees a brand new gondola which joins Kaprun village and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. It's called The K – Connection and it finally means skiers and snowboarders no longer have to catch a bus to the base of the glacier meaning more time on the mountain!
For a more lively nightlife scene, equally picturesque scenery and great skiing for all levels, Zell am See is one of Austria's best loved lakeside resorts. On the mountain, it has a nice mix of runs that are perfect for complete beginners to the advanced.
When you're not exploring the area, head into the Old Town of Zell and you'll be absolutely charmed by its magical medieval setting. The town is awash with cafés, bars and restaurants suiting all different budgets and tastes. Après starts on the mountain at around 3pm, the Berghotel is a good place to kick off!
Area size: 138km
Linked resorts: Saalbach and Hinterglemm (on Salzburg superski lift pass)
Resort altitude: 755m
Skiing altitude: 755m to 3030m
Number of runs: 62
Range of runs: 40% blue, 44% red and 16% black
Lifts: 15 drags, 17 chairs and 15 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
At 1,000 m², the Alpen Veda Spa is an incredibly calm place to be. With lots of wonderful natural textures and tones, you can't help but feel relaxed and close to nature. The spa is split over two floors and includes an indoor swimming pool providing panoramic views, six saunas and four relaxation rooms.
There's also a varied range of beauty and well-being treatments for a bit more pampering. Or for those who want to carry on the fitness regime on holiday, there's a fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment by PRECOR.
The half board here is a delight. Breakfast is an extensive buffet style with lots of continental treats as well as cooked options - perfect for fuelling your days on the mountain.
Your evening meals will feature both regional and international cuisine, all made with fresh produce with as much as possible being sourced from the local area, You can look forward to a buffet starter, plated main with three choices and a buffet desert. Why not complement the delights with an appropriate glass of wine.
The Alpine feel which runs throughout the hotel carries on into the light and sizeable rooms. Each of the 55 bedrooms and suites have modern furnishings including Austrian twin beds, flatscreen TV, minisafe, mini bar, and a full bathroom with shower or bath, hairdryer and bathrobe (with a €50 deposit).
Official rating: ****
Dining room and breakfast room
Bar and lounge
Free WiFi throughout the hotel
1,000m2 spa and wellness area with heated indoor pool, six saunas, four relaxation rooms and massage and beauty treatments available
Lift to all floors
Ski and board equipment storage including heated boot rack
Departure airports: Birmingham, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes