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Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel Ski Resort Guide

Kitzbühel, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length158km
Highest Lift2,000m
Resort Height800m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Salzburg
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Kitzbühel

Austria's most famous resort, a lively town with chic overtones which most skiers agree has Austria's best intermediate/expert skiing in the mountains above it.

Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 800m, with 158km of marked runs.

Kitzbühel has direct access to 158km of downhill skiing, with 70 marked pistes, served by a total of 30 ski lifts.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Kitzbühel?

The next notable snow forecast is 14cm, expected on 27 October, with around 15cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Kitzbühel Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1323km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2578km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2267km
Downhill
Total Length
158km
Cross Country
Total Length
40km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
30

Altitudes

Kitzbühel Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,000m
Resort Altitude (Kitzbühel)800m
Lowest Piste790m
Max Vertical1,210m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Kitzbühel
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Kitzbühel Overview

Kitzbühel is one of the best known names in skiing history and remains one of winter sports key destination resorts to this day. Residents of around 40 countries annually make the trip to the Tyrol to visit the resort marketed as 'The Pearl of the Alps'.

Located beneath the famous Hahnenkamm mountain, it has retained its compact village centre and traditional architecture which has grown from a thousand years of history. Today the village is a mix of the liveliest and most colourful international winter sports and après ski of a modern resort, with underlying sophistication in shopping, restaurants and accommodation. In short, there is the proverbial something for everyone here.

One of the earliest Austrian resorts to embrace downhill skiing, the first downhill skis arrived in the village in 1892 after a resident Franz Reisch, who later became mayor, read a book from Norway about the sport. Two years later a large consignment of skis arrived from Norway to be used in the first Ski championships at the resort. At that time downhill skiing was of the basic Telemark technique, Alpine skiing developed in the early twentieth century in Austria, and the first of the famous Hahnenkamm races was staged in 1931.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Kitzbühel is 7km long and the most difficult run is the 'Skiroute Streif Rennstrecke', which is 2km in length.

Skiing

Kitzbühel is a name synonymous with serious skiing, and conjures up images of historic victories in the great Hahnenkamm race by skiing legends like Franz Klammer. The 'Streif' run on the Hahnemkamm is actually 3200 metres long and racers hit speeds of around 140kph (88mph), around 50,000 spectators arrive each season to watch this spectacular event.

There are, however, plenty of other less internationally well known runs around Kitzbühel's mountains, better suited to we mere mortals.

There are around 160km (100 miles) of largely lift inter-linked ski runs in the ski area include over 60 lifts giving a combined 75,000+ sph uplift between the neighbouring resorts of Aschau, Aurach, Jochberg, Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Pass Thurn and Mittersill.

These includde a popular 35km (22 mile) one-day 'Ski Safari' route, with trails marked by an elephant symbol and a special guide available from the tourist office. For winter 2004-5 the Safari route was fully completed thanks to the installation of the 3S gondola, described as the world' most beautiful and spectacular, with the lift rising 400m above the valley floor in places. Since winter 2007-8 the entire route has also been covered by snowmaking.

The local ski area was extended still further by the Ki-West gondola which, more or less, links it to the SkiWelt ski area nearby, creating a ski region of more than 400km (250 miles) of piste, one of the world' largest, although with a few short bus trips needed in places to make connections, if that matters.

Straying further afield the giant Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard takes in the skiing above more than 30 villages in the area and opens up a giant region of nearly 1100km of trails, served by over 360 lifts. Skiers and 'borders have a larger choice than usual of ski schools with five in operation, the largest of which is the internationally famous Rote Teufel School or 'Red Devils' with over 200 instructors offering tuition in all disciplines. Current snow conditions are broadcast through live film of the mountain peaks on the local cable TV service every morning.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The Kitzbühel Horn mountain boasts two half pipes, a quarter pipe and a sprint slalom course. A table jump allows jumps from five to ten metres The Ski Safari route is also popular with boarders who enjoy the powder options. Every ski shop in the resort offers 'board hire and every ski school offers snowboarding tuition. A second snow park is complete with boxes, kickers and rails.

Location and Map

Where is Kitzbühel?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Tyrol.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Kitzbühel is Salzburg, 80 minutes drive away.

Innsbruck Airport, Munich, Linz, Bolzano and Memmingen airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 30 ski lifts are able to uplift 76,230 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 84km of ski runs, with 780 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Kitzbühel open?

 Open from : 7 November 2020.

 Closes : 1 May 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Kitzbühel Piste Map
Kitzbühel

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Kitzbühel, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Kitzbühel Tourist Office for the latest.

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Kitzbühel Webcams

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Kitzbühel.

Aprés Ski

Kitzbühel is known for its lively and often sophisticated nightlife centred on the many restaurants, 40 or so bars and four discothèques. Especially popular bars include the Londoner on Franz Reisch Strasse, the Goldene Gams on Vorderstadt and Flannigans on Jochbergerstrasse. Warming drinks on offer include 'Jagertee' (tea with rum or schnaps) and Glühwein. The Casino is open daily from 7pm with live music in the lobby from 9pm. There is also a cinema and other popular evening activities include bowling, tobogganing and sleigh rides. The ice rink is open 13.30 - 16.00 everyday, as well as from 20.00 - 22.00 on Fridays and 10.00 - 12.30 on Sundays.

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