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Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbühel ski holidays…

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Kitzbühel is a charismatic, iconic ski resort in the Kitzbühel Alps, Austria. Famous for the Streif run on the Hahnenkamm, which for some, is the most challenging downhill World Cup course.

The medieval town centre adds to the charm of Kitzbühel, it is a resort than many skiers visit time and time again. If you are looking for a large ski area, this is the one for you. With over 1088km of skiing available in the wider Kitzbühel Alps as well as 284km of runs in the Ski Welt region within easy reach you will never be bored of the spectacular views.

Kitzbuhel, Austria

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SKIING IN KITZBUHEL

What to expect…

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If you are looking for an Austrian ski holiday with equal amounts for both skiers and non-skiers in your group, Kitzbühel is a great choice. Most of the resort centre is now more or less car free, with the main streets lined with the aforementioned bars and restaurants you are always just a short stroll from your next dinner location or favourite boutique. As one of the most popular areas for sporting event in Tyrol, this is a favourite resort for many celebrities hoping to enjoy the thrill of live sporting events.

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Steve

Kitzbuhel Expert

"Sitting at an altitude of 760m Kitzbühel has Austrian charm in buckets. With numerous cafes, shops, restaurants and boutiques lining the medieval streets, you are sure to find somewhere to relax and take in the views of the Kitzbüheler Alps."

LOCAL SKI AREA - KITZBUHEL

Nestled between Kitzbüheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel is often referred to as legendary.

This upmarket ski resort is just 75 minutes from Innsbruck airport making it the ideal ski resort for a long weekend skiing in Austria.

The Kitzbühel ski pass covers 4 areas including: Hahnenkamm area, Kitzbüheler Horn Area, Bichalm Area and Jochber-Pass Thurn Area. These 4 areas have plenty for offer for every level of skiers from beginner right up to advanced/professionals. Whether you enjoy cruisy blues, extensive off-piste options or spending time in the snow park there is something for everyone in Kitzbühel.

Kitzbühel was voted the ‘Best Ski Resort In The World’ in 2013, 2014 and 2015 so you can rest assured that this charming resort is a great choice for your next Austria ski holiday. Kitzbühel is also home to what is believed to be the first alpine ski run in Austria after Franz Reisch made the first descent of the Kitzbüheler Horn in 1893.

WIDER SKI AREA -
KITZBUHEL ALPS

The Kitzbühel Alps are home to some of the most tradition-rich villages in Austria.

Here you can enjoy your days on the slopes, or for the non-skiers of the group enjoy a stroll through the medieval streets of Kitzbühel taking in the charm and beauty of Austria while sampling the local delicacies.

With over 230km of piste on offer in the Kitzbuhel ski region, you could easily ski a number of different slopes each day of your holiday and find a new favourite every time. Welcoming the worlds’ rich and famous for over 100 years, Kitzbuhel is a hive of activity when the Hahnenkamm race comes around.

There are a range of activities available in the Kitzbuhel Alps including night skiing, tobogganing, curling and sleigh rides.

RESORT INFO

Key stats…

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Kitzbuhel Alps:

215km

Snow Cannons:

1,130

Snow Parks:

2

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Runs:

244

Beginner:

160

Intermediate:

112

Advanced:

34

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Resort Height:

762m

Min Ski Elevation:

800m

Max Ski Elevation:

2,000m

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Total Lifts:

89

Gondolas / Cable Cars:

12

Chair Lifts:

54

Surface Lifts:

23

Approximate transfer times:

  • innsbruck: 1 hr 30 mins
  • SALZBURG: 1 hr 30 mins
  • MUNICH: 2 hrS

KITZBUHEL VILLAGE

Kitzbühel is a picturesque town made famous by the World Cup Downhill ski race and beautiful medieval streets.

The cobbled streets are lined with stunning jewellery shops, boutiques and designer shops. This may be one of Austria’s more expensive ski resorts due to it’s glittering clientele but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an affordable resort for many people.

If you are looking for a particularly après ski scene then Soll or Saalbach may be a better option, that’s not to say that Kitzbühel doesn’t have its hotspots. For those who are feeling lucky a trip to the casino may be on the cards.

There are a range of accommodation types available, from apartments to luxury hotels or traditional chalets there is a property to suit every type of holidaymaker. Dating back to the 14th century Kitzbühel has a wide array of painted medieval houses and hidden passageways, it has a rich history adding to its already incomparable Austrian charm.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Kitzbühel is home to more than 100 restaurants so you can enjoy a different type of cuisine every night if you wish.

Whether you enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine or more international dishes there is a dish for everyone. For a top of the range restaurant the Unterberger Stubenwith and Hotel Tennerhof are a must. The Unterberger Stubenwith has a sun terrace and beautiful garden (in the summer) where you can enjoy authentic Tyrolean dishes. The Hotel Tennerhof serves prize winning Austrian cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian touches.

If you are looking for character then you should visit Schwedenkapelle which is in a converted medieval church near Fleckalmbahn gondola, this can be found between Kitzbühel and Kirchberg.

MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS

Kitzbühel has a range of cosy mountain huts, perfect for a quick bite to eat before hitting the slopes again.

Whether you are looking for a budget self-service option or a gourmet lunch there is an option to suit every budget. If you want to rub shoulder with the rich and famous, you might want to visit the Berggasthof Sonnbuhel or Toni Alm.

In Hahnenkamm you’ll find the aforementioned Berggasthof Sonnbuhel, specialities include freshly caught fish and some of the best lobster dishes in Austria. If you have a sweet tooth then make sure you try the traditional Kaiserschmarrn pancake, you’ll probably enjoy many of these during your Austria ski holiday.

Just next to the mountain station Hahnenkammbahn at 1662m there is the Restaurant Hochkitzbühel bei Tomschy. This particular restaurant is open until 11pm, and you can take the gondola back down to the valley. If you want cosy dining rooms and fantastic views of the Kitzbüheler Horn then try and get a seat at this restaurant. For a quick lunch break visit Sonnalm which is at the base of the Hartkaserbahn lift. This self-service restaurant has a large sun terrace where you can take in the surrounding views.

APRES SKI

Kitzbuhel has three ‘discos’ in the centre of the resort as well as a number of pubs and bars.

At the higher end of the budget you will find Club Take 5 which has recently been refurbished. Other 'discos' include the Olympia and the Royal, all of which stay open until dawn.

Next door to the Praxmair café you will find the Prax Keller bar which is located down a very steep flight of stairs, not one for anyone in ski boots as these steps can be tricky! For a taste of home head to the Londoner where you will find the Hahnenkamm racers congregating. Opposite the Londoner is Stamperl which is equally as lively.

For a spot of après after you come off the slopes head to Drop In Pub in the Rathausplatz square, enjoy classic Austrian après with fresh pretzels and local beer on tap. If you prefer a little après drink, then Jimmy’s cocktail bar is also a firm favourite with the locals.

You are unlikely to run out of options but if you do then you can head just 4 miles down the road to Kirchberg where you will find an Austrian take on a London pub which is normally a hive of activity most nights.

RESORT ACTIVITIES

For a more relaxing activity head to Aquarena where you will find a sauna area, Turkish bath, solarium, and two big water slides, ideal for the whole family.

If you want to indulge yourself in the spa experience there are a range of treatments available including numerous types of massages, mudpacks and mudbaths for a full body spa experience. Hit the streets of Kitzbühel and visit some of the designer shops and local boutiques. Kitzbühel has charm and quality in bucketloads and this is reflected in the shops and restaurants in resort.

NON SKIERS

If you want to make the most of your time in Kitzbühel there is a wide range of activities available for non-skiers.

If you are hitting the slopes this year and you're looking for some alternative activities Kitzbuhel has plenty to offer.

Try your hand at curling, skating, tobogganing, ice yachting or paragliding just to name a few. These are great activities for the whole family, or if you're travelling as part of a larger group.

If the weather isn't great head inside to Aquarena and treat yourself to a few spa treatments in the warm.

WHO IS KITZBUHEL SUITABLE FOR?

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GROUPS

With over 100 restaurants on offer in Kitzbühel there is something to cater for every taste.

Whether your whole group visits one restaurant or you split up and come back together for an evening on the tiles there is a wide variety of options available. Groups visiting Kitzbühel can range in proficiency, if part of your group are beginners and some are advanced skiers you can all enjoy a day on the slopes.

With over 179km of piste on offer there are plenty of slopes to satisfy every type of skier. The majority of slopes in Kitzbühel are ideal for beginners and intermediates.

INTERMEDIATES

Intermediates will enjoy the Hahnenkamm area of Kitzbühel, it is covered with long cruisy blue runs and plenty of scope to head across to more challenging reds as you gain confidence.

If you are up for a serious challenge then try your hand at the 35km Ski Safari which links the Hahnenkamm to Resterhöhe, the whole course is clearly marked with distinctive elephant signs. The course (one-way) takes a full day and those who’ve completed the course get the free bus back to Kitzbühel at the end of the day.

The Ski Safari is a great way to take in the incredible vistas and you never know who you might share a chairlift with, in fact on this course you’ll never take the same lift twice so make the most of those chairlift conversations.

SNOWBOARDERS & FREESTYLE

Kitzbühel attracts a crowd of serious snowboarders who head straight to the off-piste areas at Pass Thurn which is the highest area in the region.

For those who haven’t been to Kitzbühel before the Kitzbüheler Horn is an absolute must for anyone who enjoy freeriding and freestyle skiing. The snow park near the Brunellenfeld chairlift has a 100-metre-long halfpipe and a permanent boardercross track which is a popular choice for boarders visiting Kitzbühel. If you can’t see the park just listen out of the music blasting from the on-mountain bars. Test your speed on the radar course and challenge your friends.

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