The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Salzburgerland is being prepared for opening on May 29th.  There will be some restrictions and social distancing measures will be required.

The mountain operations will start on May 29th, including summer skiing at the Kitzsteinhorn glacier plateau using the Gletscherjet 4 & Magnetköpfllift.

Other summer activities such has hiking and biking will also be allowed.

“Based on regulations announced by the Austrian health minister we are planning to start the summer season on Friday, 29 May 2020,” said a statement from the resort.

“The health and safety of our guests and employees are always our top priority – which is why we have developed appropriate safety guideline for our lifts and our tourism offers.”

The full details of the safety measures have not been released, but we will update this post when we have further information.

The Maisi Alm restaurant  in Kaprun will open on May 15th.

The resort also adds that “due to the extraordinary situation all is subject to changes at short notice”.

Austria is deemed to have done well in battling the spread of covid-19 with 608 deaths reported to Wednesday 6th May.

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI article as we reported the lifting of some restrictions.

Tirol lifts some of its coronavirus restritions

Elsewhere other alpine resorts are opening for summer activities with financial guarantees to encourage visitors.

Tux in the Tirol which usually has summer glacier skiing at Hintertux is trying to encourage visitors.

“Even if it is not easy to plan a vacation, especially if it is still unclear when the borders will open again, we would like to offer everyone the opportunity to book carefree,” said the alpine resort.

“Book your summer vacation with us  and use the free cancellation option or a rebooking up to 48-hours before arrival at the participating partner companies – without giving reasons.”

The offer is made from now on with arrival until October 31, 2020.

“Let’s look forward to a great summer together and let us look positively into the future with the power of the mountains!”

Tux, Austria

Tux, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI.

We will be taking a look at the situation in the Tirol in Austria and reporting on the situation there shortly.

It is likely to be only the domestic market in the alpine resorts as the Austrian borders remain closed, with entry only allowed to those with a health certificate and others that put themselves into quarantine for 14-days.

In Vienna Airport it is now possible to get a covid-19 test on arrival with a 2-3 hour wait for the result.

From 27th June the Kitzsteinhorn area hopes to open the 3K K-onnection, a new gondola that gives direct access between Kaprun, Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn – all the way up to the ‘TOP OF SALZBURG’ at 3029m.

This will be the first time these areas have been so easily connected in summer.

To encourage visitors the area is offering a 10% discount on all Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel tickets – excluding season & annual passes as well as Alpine Coaster Maisi Flitzer Tickets.