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A new lift will connect the already huge Ski Circus with Zell am See-Kaprun, creating Austria's biggest area for on-piste skiing.


It's been talked about for years but finally it becomes a reality this winter.

Representatives from the Salzburgerland region have been in London to give more details of the development which will give access to more than 400km of pistes.

The Ski Circus - which includes the resort of Saalbach - was already the second largest ski area in Austria with 270km of pistes straddling both Salzburgerland and the Tirol.

Until this winter it was just behind the mighty Ski Arlberg, which incorporates St Anton, Lech-Zürs, and Warth and has 305km of pisted runs.

SaalbachSaalbach in the Ski Circus
















This season Ski Arlberg loses its Austrian record for the highest number of kilometres of pistes, although it remains the biggest totally lift-linked area that you can ski without the need to get a bus.

To do the whole Zell am See-Kaprun/Ski Circus ski area, you will need to hop on two buses as well as lifts.

The Zell am See Xpress lift opens on 7th December and provides a link between the 270km in the Ski Circus and the approximately 130km in Zell am See-Kaprun.

All 408 km will be on the same lift pass, the Ski ALPIN card.

Zell am See Xpress valley stationZell am See Xpress valley station - image Schmittenhöhe bahn












The top of the two-stage 10-person gondola is at Salersbachköpfl (1,920m).

The bottom is in the Glemmtal valley at Viehhofen.

A new red run will follow the lift down.

From Viehhofen it's a 5 to 10 minute bus ride to Saalbach.

Or, if you're on the Saalbach side you can ski down one of the most beautiful blue runs in Austria to the village of Viehhofen and pick up the lift there to get to Zell am See's Schmittenhöhe ski area.

Blue run to ViehhofenThe run to Viehhofen from the Saalbach side
















Skiing in Zell am See Skiing in Zell am See 















But the Zell am See Xpress is not the only significant new lift.

The K-ONNECTION is opening on 30th November.

It will give direct lift access for the first time from the centre of Kaprun to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at 3,200 metres.

Lifts from Kaprun to the Kitzsteinhorn glacierFrom Kaprun to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier















The Ski ALPIN card lift pass will cover not just the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier shown on the piste map below, but all the resorts in the Ski Circus - Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang, Fieberbrunn.

Zell am See-Kaprun piste mapZell am See-Kaprun piste map with orange arrows pointing to the new lifts













All the lift passes on sale will cover the whole expanded ski area from day tickets to multi-day tickets, season and year-round passes.

"With 408 kilometres of ski slopes, including glacier, 121 lift facilities and a maximum of attractions, the new card promises a sheer endless mountain experience and is therefore the ticket highlight in the entire Alps," the ski area boasts.


PlanetSKI had some fabulous skiing in the area last season:

We hit Fieberbrunn for some serious sports action:
We look forward to going back to try out the new link and experience Austria's new biggest ski area.

Austria's new expanded ski area for 2019-20The new ski area

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news

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