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Kitzbuheler Alps – No 1 Ski and Mountain Resort Area in the World – Great for Summer and Winter
Kitzbuehel, 6370, Austria
Kitzbuehel, 6370, Austria
Kitzbuheler Alps ski area
Even the name Kitzbuhel makes you want to stay in one of the most beautiful regions of Tyrol. The Kitzbuheler Alps ski area benefits from the excellent infrastructure with 179 kilometers of slopes, 36 ski routes and a snow park. A very special challenge awaits daring winter sports enthusiasts: the legendary “Streif“, the venue for the Hahnenkamm race.
1) General information about the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area
- A total of 179 kilometers of slopes, including 17 km of black slopes
- Awarded several times as the “best ski area in the world” and “world’s best ski resort”
- Location of the legendary “Streif” downhill run
- Ski association ski passes such as the “Kitzbuheler Alps AllStarCard” are available
The Kitzbuhel Alps Ski Area comprises 179 kilometers of slopes, including some of the most famous routes in the world.
The ski area extends at an altitude between 800 and 2,000 m in the Tyrolean Alps from the Kitzbuheler Horn in the west to the Gaisberg in the east. A total of 54 lifts ensure uncomplicated access to all routes.
Thanks to the most modern snow-making systems, nothing stands in the way of having fun on skis and snowboards in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area between October and early May.
A total of 101 km of blue slopes are available for beginners. Particularly practical: the practice lifts in the valley are free, so that beginners, returnees and children can practice their first turns here even without a ski pass.
Advanced skiers can look forward to 61 km of red and 17 km of black slopes, including the legendary “Streif” on the Hahnenkamm and the slalom world cup run on the Ganslern slope. Away from the slopes, 36 km of groomed ski routes await ski hikers who want to enjoy the solitude of the mountains.
The average snow depth in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area is 42 cm in the valley and 71 cm on the mountain during the season.
The chances of abundant snowfall are particularly good in March: an average of 103 cm snow depth on the mountain and 60 cm in the valley is measured.
Skiers don’t have to do without sun either: With 107 sunny days, Kitzbuhel is above the Austrian average of 103 sunny days. February is particularly sun-kissed with 19 sunny days.
Not only skiers get their money’s worth in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area: the Snowpark Kitzbuhel with its numerous obstacles leaves nothing to be desired for snowboarders and freestylers. Cross-country skiers can look forward to an extensive network of trails with over 500 km of groomed trails, including a high-altitude trail with guaranteed snow and an illuminated sports trail.
Those who like to be out and about in the evening can enjoy night tobogganing on the Gaisberg toboggan run until 9:30 p.m.
The extensive range of lifts and cable cars in the Kitzbuhel ski area and the guaranteed snow are awarded a full five stars
2) Ski area Kitzbuheler Alps piste map
3) Skiing in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area
From beginners to piste cracks, all ski fans in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area get their money’s worth. The most beautiful routes include the runs from the 2,000 m high Kitzbuheler Horn, the 1,894 m high Resterhöhe and the 1,938 m high Pengelstein.
In between, 460 hectares of the finest ski area extend over the seven communities of Kitzbuhel, Reith, Aurach, Jochberg, Pass Thurn, Hollersbach, Kirchberg and Aschau im Spertental. In 2005 the 3S cable car was opened between the Pengelstein and the Wurzhöhe, which connects the two parts of the ski area even better.
The biggest highlight for ambitious skiers is undoubtedly the descent on the legendary “Streif” (No. 21), which is one of the most difficult slopes in the world.
Only really good skiers should venture out on the original World Cup course. For less experienced skiers, the so-called “family stripe” offers the opportunity to bypass these places.
Children do not go away empty-handed either: for them there is the “mini strip”. Those who want to try their hand at slalom will find one of the last classic slalom slopes in the world on the Ganslernhang, where a World Cup race is held every year.
If you want to compete with other skiers, you can try out the Hornköpfl-Süd Kitz-Cup track with time measurement or the giant slalom race track on the Gaisberg.
Another experience is the KitzSki RacingCenter on the Resterkogel: it is not uncommon for the professionals of the Austrian team to be found on the official training course of the ÖSV. Maybe you can pick up one or two tips from them. Such an extensive range has been awarded a full five stars by the experts at SnowTrex.
Families with children benefit from a wide range of ski schools and child-friendly ski courses.
The little ones can take their first steps on skis on the flat practice meadow on the Maierl before venturing out onto the slopes.
The “Ministreif” is an enjoyable imitation of the legendary Streif with a mousetrap, pedal organ and local mountain edge as a skill course. Another course awaits children and young people in the “KitzSki Bären Land” on the Bärenbadkogel. No question about it: The Kitzbühel ski area also has a top rating of five stars.
In addition to the hustle and bustle on the ski slopes, the Kitzbühel ski area offers an abundance of wonderful deep snow runs for freeriders in an area of over 200 square meters. The powder snow paradise on the Bichlalm is now also available with the snow cat, which can accommodate up to 25 people. An unforgettable experience!
With 179 kilometers of slopes, the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area is one of the largest and most varied ski areas in Austria. If you still want to expand your radius of action, you can use a single ski pass to access around 2,790 kilometers of slopes and 925 lifts in Austria and neighboring German Bavaria: with the “Kitzbuheler Alpen AllStarCard” including the “Salzburg Super Ski Card”.
4) Expert evaluation
Our experts give the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area the best rating for the extensive range of slopes for all skiers from beginners to professionals and for other winter sports offers for freeriders, snowboarders and cross-country skiers.
5) Off-piste activities
Around 60 ski huts, alpine pastures and restaurants in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area ensure the culinary well-being of the guests.
During the day, well-known huts like the “Sonnbergalm” and the “Toni Alm” invite you to stop for a break. In the “Sunnseit” on the Resterhöhe, Tyrolean delicacies such as Kaiserschmarrn taste even better with a fantastic view over the three-thousanders of the Hohe Tauern.
No less beautiful is the view from the “Gipfelhaus” restaurant on the Kitzbüheler Horn, which has its own children’s menu for younger guests. For après-ski, skiers meet later at the “Fünferl”, “The Londoner” or the “Hahnenkamm Pavilion”.
Gourmets get their money’s worth in the valley in the evening: a total of eight restaurants share ten toques, the highest distinction in Austrian cuisine. These include the “Kupferstube im Tennerhof” in Kitzbühel, the “Hallerwirt” in Aurach and the “Bärenbichl” and the “Jodlbühel” in Jochberg.
Don’t feel like going to bed? At “Jimmy’s” and “Take Five” the party goes on for a long time. No question about it: The Kitzbühel ski area has earned the full number of points in terms of restaurants and huts, and it also has four out of five stars for après-ski. There is actually only more hustle and bustle in the well-known party locations in the Tyrolean Alps.
Every now and then a ski-free day can’t hurt to give your body some rest. How about a winter hike through the snowy mountains?
A secured hiking trail leads from the “Hochkitzbühel” restaurant on the Hahnenkamm up to the “Hochbrunn” mountain inn.
The hike to the viewing installation on the Wilder Hague is unforgettable:
In good weather, there is a fantastic view of the Großglockner, Großvenediger and Wilder Kaiser from here. The Alpenhaus lift takes you up to the Trattalmmulde.
It’s not just children who love the toboggan run on the Gaisberg: the toboggan run here for almost 3 km down into the valley, and on certain days even until late in the evening! Rather high up than downhill?
In the neighboring ice climbing park, the 20 m high ice climbing tower presents climbing enthusiasts with an exciting challenge.
Fun sports such as snow tubing and fat biking are also on offer. Ice skaters can swim their laps on the romantic natural ice rink on the Schwarzsee or compete in a fun round of curling on several facilities.
A ride on a horse-drawn sleigh through the snow-covered landscape is wonderfully romantic – snuggled together under a blanket. The Aquarena bathing world with swimming pools and saunas offers relaxation after a long day on the slopes or in the snow park.
6) Places in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area
Kitzbuhel (800 m) between Hahnenkamm and Kitzbüheler Horn enjoys a legendary reputation as a winter sports city. The density of beds is particularly high in Kitzbühel and the range of activities on offer off the slopes ensures that there is no boredom.
Every year in January, the sporting event of the season awaits locals and guests: the ski world cup races on the Hahnenkamm with the slalom on the Ganslern and the legendary downhill run on the “Streif”.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle in Kitzbuhel, you will find other beautiful vacation spots in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area, such as the family-friendly Kirchdorf in Tirol. The place has retained the charm of a cozy Austrian village and offers a large practice area for children.
The Kitzbuhel Alps holiday region also includes Jochberg , Kirchberg and the Pass Thurn .
7) Arrival in the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area
You can travel to the Kitzbuheler Alps ski area by car from the north via the A8 towards Salzburg and the A93 towards Kufstein. From the Kufstein-Süd exit, follow federal highway 173, later 178, in the direction of St. Johann in Tirol. Shortly before St. Johann turn right onto Pass-Thurn-Straße (161) to Kitzbuhel.
Coming from the west (Innsbruck), we recommend the exit Wörgl-Ost: From here the B170 (Brixentaler Straße) leads to Kitzbühel.
The Kitzbuheler Alps ski area is well connected to the Austrian railway network. Numerous international long-distance trains stop in Kitzbühel. In addition, there are various transfer options, e.g. B. in Salzburg or Wörgl in the regional trains (REX).
In the winter months, the Snow Express from Hamburg, the Ruhr area and Cologne also stops in Kitzbühel.
The nearest airports are Salzburg (80 km) and Innsbruck (95 km). Shuttle taxis are available for around 35 euros p. P. (Salzburg) and approx. 50 euros p. P. (Innsbruck) can be ordered in advance.
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