The riding around Sell am see and Kaprun is mostly xc oriented, up and down on forestry roads “schotterwegen”, here and there bits of singletrail. You will get plenty of beautiful mountain views, no matter if you choose the family friendly loops in the valley or the climb up to the Hundstein (2117m.)
But the real mountainbike highlight of this area are the trails on the Kitzsteinhorn. From the back of the valley behind Kaprun you can take the lift up to the Kitzsteinhorn (2450m.) for a 12km. single track descent.
Mountain biking in Sell am see
- A long, natural trail.
- plenty of entertainment for the rest of the family
- Saalbach and Leogang are nearby
- The lift ticket is on the expensive side.
- The XC trails are not very exciting
Sell am see is a popular holiday destination. There is plenty to see and do for everybody. From strolling along the waterfront and eating cake to driving the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. If you are planning a family holiday, with an occasional day of riding Sell-am-see would be a good base, depending on your preference you could ride the local xc tours or get a bit more adrenaline in the bikeparks of Saalbach-hinterglemm and Leogang.
Kaprun is a bit more laid back and quieter because it’s in a dead-end valley. But there is still plenty to do, don’t miss the Sigmund-Thun Gorge, which was carved out by the glacier water over thousands of years.
Hotels & apartments
There are several campings scattered along the lake near Sell am see, do you want animation for the kids and a swimming pool or just pitch your tent in a farmer’s field, take your pick.
In Kaprun there is Camping Mühle, close to the village centre and also an excellent base for hiking and biking.
The main attraction are the trails at the Kitzsteinhorn. They are advertised as three trails, but is actually one trail (Geissstein + Wüstlau) for about two thirds of the descent and then for the last third you can choose to avoid the more challenging part of the Wüstlau trail via the Bachler trail.
The trail is mostly natural alpine singletrack, with some berms and small jumps thrown in. Here and there a short section of forest road and in the last part of the Wüstlau trail some tight but rollable hairpins.
If you have a bit more than basic skills, you can put the seat on your XC bike low and have a lot of fun on this trail, but maybe you’ll have to walk a couple of meters once in a while. Or you can take your enduro bike and go faster.
After the fun has ended you will have to pedal back up to the lift, but it’s not far.
GPS & Mtb trailmap
Bike shops/Mountainbike rental/Bike guiding
Tips and tricks
The trails on the Kitzsteinhorn take you high up in the mountains and the times I have been there, there where not a lot of other riders. So you have to be self reliant and bring bad weather clothing and tools, a spare tube and a pump.
Also because you are higher up there is a bigger chance that there is still some snow, so check before you go if the trails are open. (Usually mid June- mid Sept)
Sigmund Thun Klamm This is a beautiful gorge carved out by the water roaring down from the glaciers, you will find it near the end of the Kaprun valley.