Total Area: 58.01 km2
Elevation: 762 m
Total Piste Length: 158km
Highest Lift: 2,000m
Resort height: 800m
The usual opening is early December, and the usual closing is mid-April.
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Kitzbühel is a town in the Kitzbühel Alps along the Kitzbüheler Ache river in Tyrol, Austria. It is about 100 km east of Innsbruck and is the administrative center of the Kitzbühel district (Bezirk). During winter, Kitzbühel ski resort it is visited primarily by upper-class clientele from Austria and from abroad.
WHY Visit and ski at Kitzbühelcrystal-
This town is famous for its fashionable winter resort and its annual Hahnenkamm downhill race. The highest point reaches 2,000m, and with its geography and extensive snowmaking facilities, it has reliable snow quality. Also, it is traditionally one of the first non-glacier Austrian resorts.
As the region is set between the Kitzbühler Horn and Hahnenkamm peaks in a north-west facing dip, its slopes face away from the sun, and any snow that falls does not melt very rapidly.
Kitzbühel offers 158km of downhill skiing, with 70 marked pistes, with 30 ski lifts serving. About 60 kilometers are well-marked cross-country skiing trails in and around Kitzbühel. It includes a high-altitude trail and a floodlit trail.
Kitzbühel is home to great European skiers, and the resort itself is synonymous with serious skiing and conjures up images of remarkable conquests in the great Hahnenkamm race by skiing legends like Franz Klammer.
Hahnemkamm’s ”Streif” run, 3200 meters long, is enjoyed by racers hitting an incredible speed at 140kph. Almost 50,000 spectators come each season to witness this terrific event.
There are, however, plenty of other runs around Kitzbühel’s mountains, suited to intermediate and beginners.
There are around 160km of mainly lift inter-linked ski runs and include over 60 lifts giving a combined 75,000+ sph uplift between the nearby resorts of Aschau, Aurach, Jochberg, Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Pass Thurn, and Mittersill.
The popular ‘Ski Safari’ route is 35km with trails marked by an elephant symbol and a special guide available from the tourist office. In 2004 to 2005 winter, this route was completed with the installation of the 3S gondola. It was then described to be the most beautiful and spectacular view, with the lift rising 400m above the valley floor in places. In 2007-2008, the entire route was also covered by snowmaking.
The local ski area was furthered by the Ki-West gondola that links to the SkiWelt ski area nearby, creating more than 400km pistes.
No question, the area’s distinctive and perfectly groomed north-east-facing pistes are excellent for active skiing fun right up to Easter and beyond. The varied slopes offer the perfect terrain for everyone, from beginners right to jaw-dropping tricks of experts. The resort has 60 mountain huts in the area where skiers can also take a break on the cozy sun terraces– the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the first springlike temperatures of the year.
Curling Centre Kitzbühel
The resort’s Sportpark is not only home to Austria’s only curling center but also the Austrian National High-Performance Curling Centre. Besides general matches and training sessions, the center also hosts many top-class tournaments and championships, including the Austrian National Curling Championships.
Another magical winter experience in Kitzbühel is hiking. The snow crunches under your snowshoes, the ice crystals sparkle in the winter sun, the cold fresh air brushes against your cheeks, and views stretch right out across the impressive Tyrolean mountain landscape.
If you are not into the adventure of skiing, you can enjoy Kitzbühel with its various hiking trails in the valley and the sunny panoramic trails on the mountain. Some of the trails in the region include:
Starting point: Parish church of St. Ulrich am Pillersee
Elevation uphill: 110m
Approximate hiking time: 2 h 30 min
Difficulty rating: easy (hiking trails)
Starting point: Bottom of Harschbichl cable car
Elevation uphill: 655m
Approximate hiking time: 4 h 30 min
Difficulty rating: intermediate (red mountain trails)
Starting point: Gasteig settlement, Kirchdorf
Elevation uphill: 280m
Approximate hiking time: 1 h 45 min
Difficulty rating: easy (hiking trails)
Kitzbühel has a total of 54 fast and modern cable cars and lifts. Lifts are fast and high capacity; thus, queues are manageable even at busy times on peak season.
There are many ski-in and ski-out hotels to choose from, if it suits your budget for accommodation and the length of your stay at the resort.
- Kaiserhof is a 4-star hotel located at Hahnenkammstrasse 5, Kitzbuhel 6370 Austria. It has excellent amenities that are loved by the guests. It has free parking, bicycle rental, a pool, fitness center/gym, babysitting, and high-speed Internet.
- Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort at Schwarzseestraße 8-10, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria. It is only a 5-minute walk from the center of Kitzbühel. This is a 4-star hotel that features a 1969 ft² spa area. There is an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, and a solarium.
- Aktivhotel Schweizerhof at Hahnenkammstrasse 4, Kitzbuhel 6370 Austria. It provides free breakfast, free parking, and allows pets. The hotel has a pool, gym, children’s activities, and a wifi connection.