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A Typical Day in Kaprun

Are you:

  • interested in improving your skiing? 
  • training to become a ski instructor and want some intensive coaching before the ski season starts? 
  • simply an enthusiastic skier with a passion to develop your skiing which in turn will help you enjoy the mountain more and lead you in to more interesting and challenging areas?
and
  • are your kids leaving you behind on the slopes and do you need to improve your level to keep up with them? 

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" then our Kaprun courses would be ideal for you. 

We have been running courses in Kaprun since 2007 and prior to that our pre season ski courses were based in Tignes in the French Alps.  What took us to Austria was simply the quality of the glacier, the excellent snow record, the high quality accommodation and the great après ski.  In fact, it was a very easy decision to make to base our pre season ski programme in Kapurn on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier – and we are delighted that we did.

Each ski coach has an average of 6 people in the group and we generally have between 4 – 6 groups running each week.  The terrain on the glacier is excellent and there are blue, red and black runs on piste, some with bumps and also off piste possibilites if the snow is good.  Our base level is blue run skiers who can manage the odd easy red and we also have race training and all mountain courses running simultaneously. 

One of the questions people ask is what does a typical day on a Kaprun ski course involve.  Well the day starts with a hearty breakfast offering at around 07:30hrs at the Hotel Mitteregger.  We all then meet outside the hotel at 08:15hrs and jump on the shuttle bus which takes us up to the gondola station at the foot of the glacier.  The shuttle bus takes about 10 minutes and the journey in the gondolas up to the glacier takes about another 15 minutes – there are 2 very comfortable gondolas and no expense has been spared here.  On arrival at the glacier ski area we make our way upstairs to the Alpincenter restaurant where we normally have a quick coffee and put on our ski boots before heading out on to the slopes at around 09:00hrs.  People leave their skis and boots in the lockers overnight which makes the trip to the slopes each morning very easy.

We ski through until about 12:00hrs and come back for lunch either in the Alpincenter or in one of the other mountain restaurants.  Coaches uses this as an opportunity to look at your skiing on the iPad using the latest (Dartfish) technology.  This works well and you have the opportunity to work on any points of your performance and technique after this feedback during the afternoon ski sessions. 

The afternoon sessions generally run from 13:00hrs through to 15:15hrs when we finish with a drink in the Alpincenter, perhaps with some more video feedback.   We then change out of our ski boots before heading back down in the gondolas.  As one would expect Austrian/German efficiency means the shuttle bus is waiting at the bottom of the gondola and we normally arrive back at the hotel for 16:15 / 16:30hrs. 

There is then some downtime for rest, relaxation or socialising each evening - many people like to browse around the shops or enjoy the après ski in Kaprun village and some like a pre dinner snooze after the day’s exertions.   We generally meet up for a relaxing beer in the hotel bar before dinner and then eat together as a group.  Supper is 4 course offering where we enjoy traditional Austrian food and is normally served around 19:30hrs.  Some people then enjoy a late night digestif or music in the local bar while others head for bed as it all starts again tomorrow. 

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