Kitzbuhel – Austria

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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.
 

  1. For serious skiers the world-famous Hanhenkamm downhill run is a must
  2. A visit to the nearby town of Kirchberg is a great excursion for non-skiers in the party.
  3. A balloon trip is a great way see the outstanding beauty of the area.
  4. Try your hand in the casino. You may get lucky and be able to affors to shop in Kitzbuhel the following day!
  5. Access glorious powder fields on Bichlalm with guided snowcat tours (bookable at www.alpin-experts.at)

 

Kitzbuhel blogs

They think it's all over - but not quite yet

Posted by John Barr on 25th March 2014

OK, I admit it, it's all my fault. Last Saturday, after weeks of blue skies and warm weather I put the snow blower back in the shed and brought out the lawn mower. So overnight the temperature dropped 15 degrees and on Sunday it dumped 40 cm of fresh powder.


I bet Fred Astaire never had this problem!

Posted by John Barr on 24th March 2014

One of the things that used to be part of our life in the UK, but that we can't do in Austria is dancing. From our previous home in Reading we were within easy reach of half a dozen locations that ran CEROC (modern jive) dancing evenings. But the nearest jive club for us is now in Munich, two hours away. So when we heard that there was a ski and dance holiday being held in the nearby resort of Niederau we jumped at the opportunity to strut our stuff on the dance floor. Unfortunately, a few weeks before the holiday I had broken three ribs, so I could neither ski nor dance!

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At a glance

Resort altitude760 m
Highest lift2004 m
Lowest lift762 m
km of piste170
Number of lifts53
Beginner pistes38%
Intermediate pistes44%
Advanced pistes18%
Snow parks1
GlacierNo
SnowmakingYes
Nearest airportSalzburg
(80 km)
Lift pass price€233/ 6 days
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