The resort of Kappl in the Paznaun valley saw its first inhabitants arounfd 1400AD. It is located in the western Tirol and is 100km from Innsbruck and enjoys a skiing area served by a four-passenger cable car; two four-seater chairlifts; one two-seater chair and five drag lifts. The resort is part of the Silvretta-Paznaun-Samnaun area which has 68 lifts and 300km of pistes.
There are a number of famous ski resorts in the Paznaun Valley but at Kappl winter sports enthusiasts have 40km of prepared pistes to use at a altitude varying from 1200m up to 2700m. These break down into 15km of blue; 20km of red (medium) and 5km of black (difficult) and snow machines ensure skiing is possible from the top right down to the valley during the winter season.
The 2007-08 winter season opens in December when skiers can enjoy the "Sunny Mountain Adventure Park" at an altitude of 1830m. This "best kept secret" resort has started to build up a reputation of providing family-friendly facilities at attractive and reasonably priced holidays. It is a huge winter playground which unfolds right in front of the aptly named Sunny Mountain Restaurant so parents can watch every move their kids make from the comfort of the restaurant and a cup of hot chocolate! They can watch the progress of their youngsters at ski school without having to get up from their lounge chair.
The adventure park provides a colourful carousel helping kids learn their balance whilst giving the fun of a merry-go-round effect. There are short wave slides as well as a childrens mogul run, many colourful and funny figures, tunnels, archways and lots more making the adventure park a fairytale playground.
A magic carpet, tow ropes and practice lifts transport the children time and again to the starting point of the fun where "Flaxi" the alpine gnome is in charge, ably supported by "Wusel" the badger and "Pabio" the polar bear.
The village of Kappl has a population of 2,700 inhabitants and provides guest beds for an influx of 4,700 visitors. There are restaurants, a pizza bar, cafes with apres-ski events, an Internet cafe, snack bar as well as mountain restaurnats. The village provides all the usual shops together with a doctors surgery, garage, two banks, hairdressers, library, post office and a therapy centre.
But the Paznaun Valley is all about skiing and the area for medium to good skiers is extensive. If you have a car, you can visit Ischgl or Galtur whilst enjoying the benefits of staying at the quieter and smaller village of Kappl. There is a link across to Switzerland from Ischgl but be prepared for a full days skiing.
In the evenings there is a 6km-long illuminated natural toboggan run from 1830m down into the valley with events on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There is snow-shoe walking, ice skating (at Ischgl and Galtur) as well as tuition for mono skiing, carving and telemark skiing.
A FREE bus service is available so if you do not want to use your car or a taxi just wait at the bus stop!