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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.
There is a great variety of après-ski haunts in Kitzbühel from rowdy live music venues to exclusive champagne bars. The legendary Londoner Pub continues to attract big crowds once the lifts close and other popular bars include Flanagans , Bergsinn and Streifalm. A casino and several nightclubs complete the night owl’s options.
The Aquarena leisure centre with its indoor pool and sauna comes at a discount with your lift pass and the resort also offers sleigh rides, ice skating, tobogganing and day trips to Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Please note that we do not have full-time Resort Managers in Kitzbühel. Our team are based in nearby Fieberbrunn and are always contactable by mobile.
The Hahnenkamm is synonymous with Kitzbuhel and Downhill ski racing and has proved to the most challenging, most respected and most feared race on the World Cup circuit. Just standing in the start gate or peering over the Mausfalle is enough to strike fear in to the ordinary skier let alone hitting the Streif course at 80 mph!
In 2012, 38 year old Dider Cuche won for a record 5th time proving technique , guile and course knowledge are all required in addition to 100% strength and zero fear.
The atmosphere on race day is akin to Rugby international meets Formula One Grand Prix with a dusting of local schnapps. Needless to say, the resort books out many months in advance for the race weekend so, if you wish to watch the Hahnenkamm, consider staying in Fieberbrunn or St Johann in Tirol and taking the train in to Kitzbuhel on race day.