Located in between the Ötztal and the Stubai mountain ranges and only 35km from Innsbruck, Kühtai is one of the highest resorts in Austria.
Boasting doorstep skiing, a snow-sure record and breath-taking scenery, this relatively unknown, small and quiet resort is one of Austria’s best-hidden gems. A modern gondola and other fast chairlifts make it easy and efficient to reach a variety of runs from cruising blues to token blacks. When the snow is worse lower down the valley, Kühtai becomes more popular with locals. There are numerous hotels and apartments in the area as well as a fitness centre and a few bars that become livelier on most weekends.
Resort Altitude: 2,020m
Resort Skiing: 2,660m
Total Ski Area: 39km
Blue Runs: 6km
Red Runs: 26km
Black Runs: 7km
With ski slopes as far as the eye can see, this high-altitude resort offers guaranteed snow, making it a true winter wonderland. Although Kühtai only has just over 39km of slopes, it is easy to navigate and carve up the snow as it is generally very quiet and peaceful. There are slopes open on Wednesday's and Saturday's for night skiing, meaning that you can make the most of your time in the resort.
The snow-sure terrain in Kühtai is wide, open and above the tree-line, making it ideal for intermediates. There are a few challenging sectors and difficult black runs which more advanced skiers will enjoy. The high altitude of the skiing here means that the conditions are skiable when other resorts are closed.
Although petite, this resort has some fantastic riding opportunities. On the shady side of the mountain, there are some fantastic powder fields that drop into snow bowls and onto the toboggan track. There is also a great snowpark with a line of various rails and big table-top jumps for more confident boarders.
There are multiple ski schools in Kühtai that put emphasis on the journey being the most rewarding part of skiing. There is full support from instructors right the way through your experience, giving everyone the best opportunity to make the most of their skiing whilst in Kühtai. There are also lessons available for the littlest of snow lovers.
There are a number of restaurants to choose from in the resort including everything from pizzerias to traditional eateries. Pizzeria Da Bruno is recommended for a great pizza in the evening and Casa Nuova for more traditional Italian food. Kühtaier Alm and Zum Kaiser are traditional restaurants serving delectable local cuisine.
Most of the bars are located in the hotels, such as the popular choices: Siglu, Dorfstadl, Eisbar and Alte Stube. Although the resort is quite small, there is plenty that guests can find to suit their tastes - from rustic Alpine, to more upbeat, après ski is still a part of this resorts nature.
There is plenty to do in Kühtai for those that don’t ski. Just a short drive from Innsbruck, the proximity to this city is ideal for making the most of the day. Sleigh rides, tobogganing, curling, and walks are also feasible.