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 27th January 2015
I haven't heard a conversation in a bar for the last couple of weeks that didn't include the word "Hahnenkamm". People are wondering if it will be too mild, will there be enough snow - then a few days later - perhaps there is too much snow! The Hahnenkamm weekend is the highlight of winter in Kitzbühel. The Super-G on Friday and slalom on Sunday sandwich the main event, the downhill race on Saturday. Together with the Lauberhorn race in Wengen the previous weekend this is the toughest fortnight on the World Cup calendar.
Posted by John Barr on 9th January 2015
First the holiday skiers arrived, then Christmas day, and only then did we get a decent dump of snow. Those that chose to holiday over New Year rather than Christmas were lucky and had much the better snow. Now that the holiday season is over we have the slopes more or less to ourselves again, and the snow stays in reasonable condition all day.
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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