Kitzbuhel Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

For ski affectionados Kitzbuhel is the most famous name in the racing calender, with the Hahnenkamm downhill (more correctly known as The Streif) 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 "Grande 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 of 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.

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 (50% off both) and there is ice hockey, bowling, and excursions into both Salzburg and Innsbruck.

 

Overview

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 very early or late season skiing.

At a glance

Pistes:
168 km
Resort height:
760km
Top station:
2000m

Suitability

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Positives

  • Varied skiing
  • Abundent off slope activities
  • Good resturants on Mountain
  • Pretty atmospheric town
  • Great apres ski

Negatives

  • Unreliable snow on lower pistes
  • Poor nursery area
  • Few pistes for experts
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Seamless service, fine dining and the ultimate in luxury – Ian Fleming has written many of his books in this famous hotel – there’s plenty of reasons to stay at...

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Hotel Kitzhof REF: AI0304

The Hotel Kitzhof is centrally located in Kitzbühel, just a 5 minutes’ walk to the resort centre and about the same to the slopes. It’s in a beautiful setting and the...

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Hotel Kaiserhof REF: AI0295

The Hotel Kaiserhof has a superb location next to the famous Hahnenkamm gondola for easy access to the slopes and celebrated for its impeccable service that goes that little bit further to...

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Hotel Goldener Greif REF: SSB0133

Located between the majestic mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps you will find the 4 * Hotel Goldener Greif directly in the middle of the town centre of Kitzbühel. This four-star hotel...

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Hotel Weisses Roessl REF: SSB0138

The beautiful Weisses Rössl is Kitzbühel’s leading luxury 5-star hotel. With special emphasis on cuisine and personal service, it is ideally located in the centre and just 400m from the main...

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As one of Kitzbühel’s first hotels, it has a rich history and offers a great central location 100m from the main square of Kitzbühel and 800m from the nearest lifts...

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Hotel Schloss Lebenburg is a fairy tale retreat that allows you get a flavour of 17th century architecture while living in modern comforts and luxuries. This once aristocratic castle has...

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Hotel Schweizerhof REF: AI0298

Enjoying lovely views of Kitzbühel and the mountains, the Hotel Schweizerhof is in a great position opposite the Hahnenkamm gondola to get the lift up in the morning, and ski back to...

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Enjoying an ideal location in Kitzbühel, the popular Q Hotel Maria Theresia is only a short stroll from the village centre and a 4 minutes’ walk from the Hahnenkamm gondola. With...

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Hotel Edelweiss REF: AI0303

Location is key when you’re planning a ski holiday and that’s exactly where the Edelweiss stands out. It’s on a quiet edge of the town centre close to everything you’d...

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