The medieval walled town of Kitzbühel forms the centre of what is probably the most charming and beguiling ski town in the world. Quite simply nowhere else on the planet can match it for a sense of history and tradition. Among ski racing fans Kitzbühel ski resort is world famous as the home of the classic Hahnenkamm Downhill course on which the World Cup Men’s Downhill is held each January.
Most of the centre is now more-or-less car-free. The main streets are lined with hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, some of which have been standing for centuries and others that have just been made to look as though they have. The old town can be especially enchanting at night, when it assumes a real fairy-tale image.
With over 179km of varied, groomed pistes, Kitzbühel ski resort is one of the largest in Austria and has invested a lot in a modern, high-speed lift system. While the Hahnenkamm’s Streif run might not be for the faint-hearted, Kitzbühel skiing is otherwise a brilliant choice for intermediate skiers. There’s a huge variety of blues and reds to discover and intermediates will find most of the slopes here accessible. More advanced skiers might like to head off-piste with a guide to discover some of the 200 square kilometres of terrain that’s hidden away. Here's our guide to Kitzbühel ski resort.