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.
Resort Altitude: 800m
Resort Skiing: 2,000m
Total Ski Area: 179km
Blue Runs: 101km
Red Runs: 61km
Black Runs: 17km
Cross Country: 40km
The combination of friendly locals and striking mountain scenery makes for an unforgettable stay in Kitzbühel ski resort. With more than 50 high-spec lifts, 179km of Alpine skiing and a further 120km of cross-country skiing, Kitzbühel is a haven for snow lovers. Whilst the skiing in Kitzbühel is more geared to intermediate and advanced skiers, there are a number of lifts serving the green practice slopes which are free of charge, allowing first-time skiers to get to grips with the basics before investing in a pass.
Skiing in Kitzbühel is fantastic for all ranges of abilities. Boasting 179km of skiable terrain, not including off-piste, snow lovers will find plenty to carve their skis into at this ski resort. The Hahnenkamm ski area is Kitzbühel’s largest sector, home to the Streif piste on which the Hahnenkamm Downhill is run. Outside race periods this piste is a relatively harmless red run that can be tackled by many intermediates. Most of the slopes in Kitzbühel are ideal for beginners and intermediates, although more advanced skiers will find enough of a challenge.
The terrain, as with skiers, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Boarders should head for the Kitzbüheler Horn where there is a half pipe, fun park and boardercross course. There are, however, quite a few drag lifts around Kitzbuhel ski resort, which often snowboarders try to avoid. Don't let this put you off though, there is plenty that can be accessed around the resort without the need of a drag lift, including a vast amount of off-piste.
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In Kitzbühel, there are lots of restaurants, with traditional Austrian cooking dominating the scene. Most of the best regional cooking is to be found in the resort’s many hotels. Boasting such an abundance of eateries both on and off the mountain ensures that there is something to suit every palate and pocket.
Kitzbühel ski resort is a very lively place with bars and nightclubs to appeal to all ages and budgets. Many skiers and boarders are unable to resist the temptation to stop off at one of the ice bars at the foot of the slopes at the end of the afternoon. As people gravitate back towards the town, The Londoner and at the Stamperl are always lively.
Kitzbuhel boasts many of the typical activities that non-skiers will love, such as hiking, tobogganing, ice skating and curling; there are, however, plenty of fun events that take place in the resort. The Hahnenkamm-Race is the talk of the skiing world every January, and the unique Snow Polo World Cup takes places here as well, giving you plenty of spectating to enjoy.