Kitzbuhel

Overview

For ski affectionados Kitzbuhel is the most famous name in the racing calender, with the Hahnenkamm downhill a must see weekend in the World cup racing schedule. This is the most challenging of all the races and to ski this downhill requires pretty large "Cojones"

Kitzbuhel is a pretty traffic free medieval town with cobbled streets, quaint church and attractive buildings it is definitely one of the prettiest resorts in Austria and a big favourite of Snowfinders. The town has a really lively atmosphere apres ski time and some of the best fun bars in Austria.

With the recent addition of the 3S cross valley gondola the area has been opened up to include the areas of Jochberg and Pass Thurn. With the whole lift system being gradually brought up to date Kitzbuhel is proving increasingly popular for those seeking a more traditional ski resort. The one problem with Kitzbuhel is the village altitude of 760 metres which means in poor snow years the village is sometimes lacking in natural snow.  

For beginners there are free lifts at the nursery slopes at the Hahnenkamm and some good blues to progress onto.

Intermediates will find a range of great terrain and you can even do the World cup downhill if you visit after the event, it is narrow tricky and steep, quite how anyone can do this at 80mph is beyond us!!!

Experts will find some seriously steep pitches in the Steinbergkogel - Ehrenbachgraben area as well as some great off piste.  

The Kitzbuhel area is well know for its excellent mountain restaurants, these are many and compared to France offer great value for money.

Positive

  • Varied skiing
  • Abundent off slope activities
  • Good resturants on Mountain
  • Pretty town

Negative

  • Unreliable snow on lower pistes
  • Poor nursery area
  • Few pistes for experts

Offslope/apres ski

A great destination for those seeking apres ski fun. Kitzbuhel has a large number of throbbing bars where the party starts early and goes on into the wee small hours. For those wanting a quieter more refined apres ski, they will find plenty of choices with the Kortschak and Praxmair, both  atmospheric cafes serving up some of the best pastries in Austria. The Londoner is a well known apres ski bar and is crowded noisy and fun.

The lift pass gives money off entrance to the Aquarena pools and leisure centre and there is ice hockey bowling and excursions into Salzburg and Innsbruck.

 

Our View

Appealing medieval town with extensive slopes. Excellent fun during the evening with plenty to keep the apres ski crowd amused. Good resort especially during the height of the season when snow conditions are good. Possibly not a resort to consider for early or late season skiing.

At a glance

Chalets:
3
Hotel & Apartments:
25
Pistes:
145km
Resort height:
760km
Top station:
2000m

Suitability

Experts:
3 stars
Intermediates:
4 stars
Beginners:
2 stars
Non-Skiers:
5 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
4 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars