Powder Skiing in Zell am See-Kaprun

Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo

Just a few photos today to give you an idea of the side country action we were able to enjoy in Zell am See-Kaprun. Or mostly Adam actually, I got to play the photographer for these shots! I did get a good workout in, hiking in and out of spots to not ruin the untouched powder but still get a pretty good angle.

The photo above is actually the bit of backcountry that I talked about in our resort review. You can see the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort in the background. This side had a lot more snow on the trees and was absolutely picture perfect! It just happened to be a few hundred meters below the gondola… oh well! Worth it for the pictures, as I said. Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo

There’s a funny story to go with the picture above. Since I don’t have any powder skiing experience I just about managed to make a couple of turns before stopping awkwardly. Anyway, we’ve actually recorded myself “dropping in” to a bit of backcountry and Adam reminding me to take it slowly. A couple of seconds later my skis get stuck on a tree trunk and I front flip into the powder. It was one of those super slow motion falls and must have looked absolutely hilarious! The video is for another day though. Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo These couple of shots above as well as the one below are some of my favourites. If you look closely you can see that most of the snow wasn’t white and beautiful anymore but I am still very proud of how these pictures came out!

Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo

The photo above is just off the piste at Schmittenhöhe and was one of those photo locations that required a bit of a hike out. I learned just how hard it is to shuffle my way back up the hill with my skis on. After just a couple of steps I wanted to rip off all of my layers! Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo

These tree shots were taken just off one of the black valley runs. Adam stopped because he found this spot where the sun illuminated the trees and snow so we went to have a look. It also meant that we could avoid some of the by now pretty icy piste which was a blessing. I had the best time ducking low and bumping over snow covered fallen logs when I skied out of here.

If you look closely, you can see the gondola in the shot below – that’s the beauty of the side country: not much hiking involved! Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo Powder skiing in Zell am See Kaprun via Bee and Roo

Author: Anna

Anna ("Bee") is a globetrotting, outdoor-loving German expat who prefers tea over coffee and sleeping in a tent over bivvying. She is rarely seen without her camera and something Gore-Tex in her pack.

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    • Thank you Lauren, that’s nice of you! We really enjoyed Zell for our first trip together. It’s great to spend a few days in, much more than a week would probably be a bit boring though I can imagine. Do you ski?

  • Great photos! I had my first experience of ‘off piste’ (ie just next to the piste) powder a few days ago, which didn’t exactly go well. Guess it helps to know what you’re doing – and how to get your skis back on without losing them in the deep snow

    • Haha, Katy, I know that feeling so well. It was my first time in the back-/sidecountry when we took all of these photos and I managed to faceplant into a tree trunk, loose a ski and then awkwardly hobble back to it just to figure out a way to put it on again. At least, I guess, the landing is somewhat cushioned by the powder! If you do have any hot tips for my next try I’d love to hear them!