Kitzbuhel – Austria
Skiing reputedly started in Kitzbuhel in 1893 after local hero Franz Reisch brought a pair of skis from Norway to try out on the mountains of Austria. From these beginnings the town has become one of the largest and liveliest resorts in the country. The ski area has 145km of pistes, including the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill run, and has benefited from many recent lift upgrades. However, in years of sparse snowfall Kitzbuhel (Kitz-bool), at an altitude of just 760m, can suffer.
One of the main strengths of Kitzbuhel is the town itself - its picturesque centre retains colourful medieval buildings, several churches and a nearby castle which is now a hotel. The vibrant après-ski scene is typically Austrian and the nightlife alone is worth the visit to Kitzbuhel. It is a great destination for skiers and non-skiers alike, and serious shoppers will be impressed by the presence of Louis Vuitton and Swarovski.
The main part of the Kitzbuhel ski area can also be accessed from the neighbouring villages or Reith, Kirchberg, Aurach and Jochberg, so check that the ski school or restaurant you are searching for is in the same area as you are.
- For serious skiers the world-famous Hanhenkamm downhill run is a must
- A visit to the nearby town of Kirchberg is a great excursion for non-skiers in the party.
- A balloon trip is a great way see the outstanding beauty of the area.
- Try your hand in the casino. You may get lucky and be able to affors to shop in Kitzbuhel the following day!
- Access glorious powder fields on Bichlalm with guided snowcat tours (bookable at www.alpin-experts.at)
Posted by John Barr on 7th April 2015
The vast majority of Austrian pistes are now supported by snow making equipment. This is good, in that you can now rely on decent snow cover in the lower resorts during the main part of the season. However, the downside is that, even though snow making technologies have improved over the years, natural snow is generally better to ski on.
Posted by John Barr on 12th February 2015
For many of the friends that visit us during the winter getting away from work is their top priority, followed by spending time with us, and the skiing – at least for some – is almost an afterthought. However, Richard, who visited us last week is an enthusiastic skier, so I planned to make the most of his time on the slopes.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||760 m|
|Highest lift||2004 m|
|Lowest lift||762 m|
|km of piste||170|
|Number of lifts||53|
|Lift pass price||€241/ 6 days|
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