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Kitzbühel Ski Area
200 days of snow safety
The Kitzbühel ski resort, with the best guaranteed snow in Austria and its 185km of glorious pistes, is undoubtedly one of the most popular resorts in the world. 57 cable cars and lifts, astounding freeriding options, almost 200 days of guaranteed snow and, above all, the world-famous Streif await in the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’!
Holidays in the best ski resort in the world
The excellent infrastructure and variety of the Kitzbühel ski resort is also recognised in international circles – Kitzbühel won the title of ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ in 2015. It has also won this award five times in a row within Austria and is also currently ‘Austria’s Best Ski Resort’. Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (also known as ‘KitzSki’) make a major contribution to this with their regular infrastructure investments. KitzSki is investing in the renovation of two lifts for the 2018/19 season and will be continuing the regeneration works at the Kitzbüheler Horn. More than 280 million euros has been invested in the infrastructure of the entire ski resort since 2000.
Skiing is traditional in Kitzbühel
The most legendary sports town in the Alps has more than 125 years of skiing history. Easy access, long winters, guaranteed snow and a host of top-flight events are what make Kitzbühel stand out.
The hallmarks of the Kitzbühel ski resort are its kilometres of well-groomed slopes and cutting-edge cable cars and lifts. Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel invests every year in even more convenience and skiing fun.
The ski season is a long one in Kitzbühel. 200 days, to be precise. Skiing enthusiasts will find ideal conditions in Kitzbühel from mid-October to early May. Once again this year, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel was one of the first non-glacier ski resorts in Austria to open the new winter season in October. The Austrian Ski Federation is only too happy to take this opportunity to train. Every skier can expect special offers to mark the start of the new ski season!
Skiing facts and figures
Beginners are able to improve their technique on 106 kilometres of easy slopes. Skiers with sporting ambitions love the 79 kilometres of medium and difficult pistes. In total, 92 marked and groomed slopes spanning 567 hectares provide guaranteed fun skiing.
Kitzbühel even has varied terrain to offer besides the famous Streif race piste. Beginners and professionals alike can carve all the turns they like on 230 kilometres of pistes.
But it’s not just the numbers that are impressive. Anyone who has ever looked out from the chairlift to the Südberge mountains up to the Hohe Tauern mountains knows why they come to Kitzbühel to ski. A little tip: immortalise your impressions of the Kitzbühel Alps at Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel’s two photo points (www.KitzSki.at). The photo points are free of charge and waiting for you on the Steinbergkogel and on the 8-seater Brunn chairlift, at around 2,000 metres above sea level.
Free practice lifts in the valley
Did you know that skiing is free at all the practice lifts in the valley in Kitzbühel? What a great opportunity for families, beginners and beginners-again to make their skiing holidays in Austria even more affordable! The following facilities look forward to welcoming you:
- - Rasmusleiten A5 (Kitzbühel)
- - Mocking A9 (Kitzbühel)
- - Hausleiten F3 (Jochberg)
- - Pass Thurn G2
- - Reith E5 & E6
- - Aschau D10 & D11
Food is a big deal in Kitzbühel. There are around 60 ski huts and restaurants on the mountain just waiting for you to take a break. You can also choose from traditional regional cuisine or top-class Gault&Millau award-winning cuisine in the town centre and the surrounding holiday villages of Jochberg, Aurach and Reith. A five-course Mediterranean dinner on the Hahnenkamm mountain or perhaps Krautfleckerl noodles in an old town house? The choice is yours in Kitzbühel!
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Skiing fun for the whole family
The sports town has plenty on offer for families and children, too. Every ski school has its own kids area, where the next generation of skiing stars can try their hands (and legs) at a few turns. The Snowpark at the Kitzbüheler Horn is pure fun. The Audi quattro Funslope with its waves, tunnels and bridge makes skiing an adventure for the little ones. The kicker line for advanced skiers and snowboarders is perfect for trying out your freestyle tricks.
What really stands out as unique are the free practice lifts in the valley that are free for all beginners in Kitzbühel and the surrounding holiday villages. Yet there’s also plenty going on for families off-piste – change things up with the weekly themed children’s hikes or a visit to the Aquarena swimming pool. Carriage rides, tobogganing or ice skating – a holiday in Kitzbühel is an unforgettable experience for the whole family!
The legendary Streif racing piste
One word, one legend: Streif! Test your mettle in winter or summer on the most challenging downhill run in the world, where the best skiers fight for every hundredth of a second in the legendary Hahnenkamm races every January. A word of warning: anyone attempting to emulate the world’s best downhill skiers should have plenty of skiing experience. The Streif’s key points, like the Mausefalle, Steilhang and the Hausbergkante are marked as ‘extreme ski routes’. Pleasure-skiers can also have their own Streif experience, however, on the family Streif ski route – a taste of the World Cup atmosphere without the most difficult bits. Beginners can strut their stuff on the ‘Mini Streif’, an obstacle course at the foot of the Hahnenkamm downhill run. The legendary Ganslernhang slope is yet another jewel in the crown of the Kitzbühel ski resort. Follow in the tracks of the master technical skiers on one of the last remaining classic slalom runs in the World Cup
Freeriding on Kitzbühel’s grass-covered mountains
As pastures cover the slopes up to the peaks, a mere 50 centimetres of snow is all that’s needed for powder snow perfection. You can of course tackle all the peaks yourself. Ski tourers love the great overview and easy accessibility of the Kitzbühel Alps. The backcountry covers more than 200 square kilometres, offering plenty of space for solitary mountain experiences. Off the beaten ‘Streif’ track, untouched powder snow and glorious nature await.
Cross-country skiing, winter and snowshoe hiking, tobogganing, ice skating, alpine curling or trying a new fashionable sport – there’s so much to do in Kitzbühel. No wonder it’s known as the most legendary sports town in the Alps.
Nestled between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm mountain, Kitzbühel’s grass-covered mountains are the perfect place for hiking, even in winter. Kitzbühel Tourismus offers winter and snowshoe hikes to the most beautiful places in Kitzbühel. There are also evocative torch, sunset and full moon hikes. If you’d rather explore the region on your own, there are many route options to be found on maps.kitzbuehel.com.
Kitzbühel’s cross-country trails take in the “Gamsstadt” itself, the Wilder Kaiser, the Brixental valley and even Pass Thurn. Covering some 62 kilometres in all, these fascinating trails are ideal for pleasant outings and free to use for skaters and cross-country skiers. Kitzbühel’s cross-country trails are perfect for bon vivants – easy and no extreme gradients. For spectacular views and guaranteed snow, head to the high-altitude trail at 1,200 m on Pass Thurn.
As well as delightful horse-drawn sleigh rides around Schwarzsee lake, Kitzbühel is also home to high-octane activities such as winter Segway tours and fatbike downhilling. In contrast, precision and patience are the order of the day when it comes to alpine curling – and a game at the Gieringer Weiher is an absolute must. Kitzbühel sports park also features the only curling hall in Austria, offering a unique opportunity to try the sport dubbed “chess on ice”.