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Why do we favour one ski resort over another? What makes us try a new place, and go back? It is a complicated question - is it the culture, the ambience, or are there other more tangible factors?
Does the skiing suit me? Are the pistes spacious or crowded, is it big enough, does it have lots of groomed runs, are the lifts efficient and comfortable, can I be sure of snow?
Alpine Property intelligence is proud to join with Montenius Consult to present a new way to answer these questions – which is factual, unbiased and unopinionated.
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• Skimiles® measures the size of every ski resort by 10 specific factors •
• Ski Area Comfort is determined by the efficiency of the lifts, the comfort of the lifts and how much ‘elbow room’ there is on the piste •
• Snow Reliability considers the altitude, snowfall data and snowmaking coverage •
• Ski Area Value combines all these factors for one easy to recognise overall result •
Kaprun has two separate ski areas (Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel). The data displayed refers to the larger one (Kitzsteinhorn). The total length of runs for both is 48 km. They will be lift-linked by 2019/20.
Kaprun is especially known for the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, open to skiers from October until July. There is skiing for all abilities and although truly challenging slopes are limited, it is best suited to adventurous intermediates; the off-piste is good. Visitors have a wider choice too, Zell is a short bus ride away offering a larger ski area and variety of piste options. Saalbach and its linked resorts are a little further, opening up one of Austria’s largest ski areas and all doable for a day trip. The town itself is attractive with typical Austrian charm, it is relatively quiet, with a year round population. The lake at Zell and surrounding areas are a fabulous visit in the summer.
What about property in Kaprun? To us, the Austrian property market is excellent value in the context of the Alps, resorts have made a huge effort to upgrade their infrastructure and offer comprehensive snow-making, this matters to property investors. Various new and refurbished developments are underway in Kaprun, and there is usually a good selection of chalets and apartments starting at €5k/sqm. With over 2m overnight stays annually in the region (including Zell), the rental market is a solid proposition for property owners.