Kitzbühel is a unique, atmospheric town steeped in skiing history and host to the world famous Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill race that takes place every year in January. Colourful medieval buildings, archways and cobbled streets full of character and stylish shops make up the pedestrianised resort centre. The resort has an international and vibrant feel with a lively après-ski scene and has around 165 kilometres of piste for all abilities.
With 165 kilometres of piste spread over the Pengelstein, Kitzbüheler Horn, Jochberg and Pass Thurn areas, Kitzbuhel offers challenging skiing and snowboarding for all levels.
Over the last few years, Kitzbühel has invested heavily in its lift system efficiently linking what used to be several almost distinct areas and removing some of the bottlenecks and high-season queues. The ground-breaking 3S Gondola between Pengelstein and Jochberg now allows skiers and snowboarders to complete the ‘Ski Safari’ in both directions and there are lift connections to Mittersill and the Ski Welt via Westendorf.
Extensive snow-making on the lower slopes compensates for the lowish altitude although more snow falls at a lower altitude in this part of Austria than in the French Alps.
Beginners usually start on the gentle, sun-bathed slopes of the Kitzbüheler Horn. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will find no shortage of challenges and will relish the prospect of cruising most of the runs during their stay. On powder days, advanced and expert riders should head for the wide open fields of Jochberg and Pass Thurn and the bowls at the back of Pengelstein.
The resort is good for snowboarding and the Kitzbuheler Horn features a half-pipe and fun park.