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KITZBUHEL

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The picturesque town of Kitzbuhel, AUSTRIA is surrounded by magnificent peaks giving access to almost 360° of diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain at Kitzbuhel

Four skiing and snowboarding areas are covered by the Kitzbuhel Ski Pass; Hahnenkamm Area, Kitzbuheler Horn Area, Bichalm Area and Jochberg-Pass Thurn Area.

The terrain is made up of endless long wide linking trails, massive open powder bowls and cliff bands, moguls, treed areas and fast race courses. All four areas are supported by a first class lift system.

Hahnenkamm Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Hahnenkamm Area is the main skiing and snowboarding area beginning at the base of the Kitzbuhel Village. It lift links the neighbouring villages of Aurach, Jochberg and Kirchberg providing endless terrain options from 6,000 feet down to Kitzbuhel.

Discover huge open powder fields around the upper Pengelstein area as well as mogul runs and long intermediate linked groomers. Beginner slopes are located on the lower areas of the mountain.

With such a large amount of trails to choose from and the excellent snow conditions all levels can expect to improve their skiing and snowboarding skills in the Hahnenkamm Area.

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Hahnenkamm Ski Safari at Kitzbuhel

The world renowned 35km Ski Safari is a great way for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders to explore the Hahnenkamm Area.

Specific elephant symbol marked trails show the way with a vertical drop of 5,000+ feet. It is easy to follow and is possible to complete the safari loop in both directions without taking your skis or snowboard off.

A recently added reservoir with a storage capacity of 180,000 cubic meters has enabled more snow making to take place across the entire resort with specific snow guns installed ensuring the Ski Safari route will have snow from season start to end.

Hahnenkamm World Cup

The Hahnenkamm area is home to the famous Hahnenkamm World Cup Downhill race on one of Kitzbuhel's most challenging piste’s The Streif.

Strong intermediate level and above skiers can cover the same terrain as World Cup Downhill Course skiers.

Kitzbuheler Horn Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Kitzbuheler Horn Area is a fun area all levels of skiers and snowboarders with wide and fast trails just right for perfecting carving turns.

The lower slopes have a large section designated for beginners, a children's ski school and kindergarten and a snow tubing run.

The area is also a snowboarder’s paradise with a 450 meter Boarder X run a world class standard halfpipe and a giant snowboarding slalom course.

Bichalm Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The beautiful Bichalm Area rises from the edge of the neighbouring village of Aurach. It is an ungroomed paradise of off piste deep powder. A snowcat transports skiers and riders to the top from where they can choose their own route down. Experienced guides are available for hire in the area.

Jochberg-Pass Thurn Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Jochberg-Pass Thurn Area is linked to the Hahnenkamm Area via the ski safari route. It offers extensive skiing and snowboarding options for intermediates and advanced and is often less crowded than the Kitzbuheler Horn and Hahnenkamm Areas.

The Zweitausender runs are very steep and great for off piste powder for those looking for a real challenge.

Recent Lift Upgrades at Kitzbuhel

The old Steinbergkogel Chairlift was replaced with a new high speed eight seater chairlift. The new detachable lift has protective bubble covers heated seats and covers the distance 4 minutes faster than the old chairlift.

The Ehrenbachhöhe T-bar was replaced with a new Sonnenrastbahn Chairlift; a detachable six passenger chairlift featuring child safety devices. The new chairlift transports skiers and snowboarders up to the Ehrenbachhöhe intersection much faster than the old T-bar and without the long queues.

New Ki-West eight passenger gondola was installed providing access to the Kitzbuhel Winter Sport Area from Skiwelt Westendorf. The gondola transports 1,600 passengers per hour over 3,056 meters in less than 10 minutes.

New Panoramabahn Kitzbüheler Alpen eight passenger monocable circulating gondola was installed for the 2006/2007 winter season. The gondola connects Hollersbach/Mittersill in the Salzburg region with the larger Kitzbuhel ski area.

Night Skiing and Snowboarding at Kitzbuhel

Every Thursday and Friday night from 6.30pm to 9.30pm Kitchberg has night skiing and snowboarding on the Gaisberg terrain. The on mountain restaurants stay open serving hot drinks and sweet snacks.

On Mountain Restaurants at Kitzbuhel

On mountain restaurants serve hot delicious goulash, schnitzels, pizzas, sandwiches and rustic Tyrolean fare.

The large restaurant at Pengelstein has a self service cafeteria lunch room, a restaurant and an enormous scenic sun deck. It has a snow bar enabling you to stop and have a quick drink whilst still strapped into your skis or snowboard!

Restaurant Hochkitzuhel at the top of the Hahnenkamm Gondola is open for breakfast and lunch. It also has 5 course romantic candlelight dinners in the evenings.

Restaurant Gipfelhaus at Kitzbuheler Horn at the top of the cable car has a large sundeck enabling you to soak up the scenic views whilst looking across the valley back towards the Hahnenkamm area.

Other Activities at Kitzbuhel

Off piste activities at Kitzbuhel include paragliding, hiking, snow shoeing, ice skating, curling and hot air ballooning. Indoor tennis, bowling and swimming is available at the Aquarena.

Kitzbuhel has a thrilling 5km long tobogganing course at Kirchberg staying open until 10pm every night.

Shopping at Kitzbuhel

The cobbled streets in Kitzbuhel are lined with the latest designer clothes shops, jewellers, art galleries and antique stores. Specialty food stores and markets are scattered throughout the town as are many ski and snowboard shops.

Intersport, Ober Sport and Sport Olympia are just a few ski and snowboard shops selling and hiring the latest equipment.

Restaurants at Kitzbuhel

Kitzbuhel has 100+ restaurants ranging from local Tyrolean fare to Italian, French, Chinese and Mexican.

Traditional Inns like Huberbrau serve delicious local meat specialties. The Italian restaurants seem to be the most popular serving pizzas and pastas, Bariqu Restaurant highly recommended.

Fine dining restaurants Schwedenkapelle and Tennerhof serve excellent food and have top service.

Restaurant Neuwirt in the Schwarzer Adler Hotel serving Tyrolean creative meals in a casual atmosphere was awarded a Michelin Star in 2005.

Nightlife at Kitzbuhel

There is no shortage of evening entertainment in Kitzbuhel. Choose from cocktail bars, English pubs, packed bars and nightclubs open til all hours of the morning.

The Londoner Pub has live bands and is always packed from 6pm onwards. Sigi's Sports bar is very popular as is Mangoes staying open until 5am.

Kitzbuhel has 3 discos with Club Take 5 the most popular.

If you want to relax go to one of the quiet hotel bars for a cocktail and cigar or even test your luck on the roulette wheel at Casino Kitzbuhel.

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Emily Watson, USA. Spread over so much area the skiing in Kitzbuhel is hard to top. I believe you could spend a season there and still not ski every part. It's surprisingly well maintained for a European resort with great grooming, reasonably fast chairs, long bump runs, a lot of off piste powder filled bowls as well as a great variety of trails for all levels of skiers. I really enjoyed being able to cover miles and miles of trails each day, on some mornings we would catch the bus to surrounding towns, like Kirchberg and spend the day making our way back to Kitzbuhel. I did manage to put on a few pounds though, the schnitzels you can buy for lunch are sensational, I ate so much food, pastries for breakfast, schnitzels and potato dishes for lunch and pasta and meat for dinner. It wouldn't stop me going back though, maybe I'll spend a little less time at the table and more on the slopes!

Paula Kerdel, USA. Not only is it incredibly glamorous and oh so european, it's has some of the hottest nightlife of any resort I've been too. It kicks off with happy hour at 5pm, live bands, dancing and drunk english men, ending 10 hours later with the stagger back to your chalet! Oh, the boarding is top notch too, you could fit about 2 1/2 Vails into the inbounds terrain. The accommodation really varies, there are back packer hostels, hotels, self renting chalets and condos, which is what makes it so great and I suppose so suitable for those on a shoe string budget and those who have no budget!

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,562
2,000
Base
2,362
720
Average Snowfall
180 inches
Lifts
54
Trails - view map
150
Terrain %
advanced
17
intermediate
41
beginner
42
Halfpipe
2
Terrain Park
2
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