Skiing Holidays in Kitzbühel
One of Austria’s most prestigious snowsports destinations, Kitzbühel ski resort is spread across several stunning Alpine peaks in Tyrol, with the town proper set along the Kitzbüheler River.
With a resort altitude of 760m and a highest lift of 2004m in a snow-sure corner of the Kitzbühel Alps, there’s 185km of gorgeous, groomed corduroy here, with 230km in the wider KitzSki Area, many cruisy blue runs and excellent reds for beginners and intermediates, a few attractive pistes for advanced skiers (including the famous Hahnenkamm downhill) and a terrain park for freestyle snowboarders.
Most of the ski area is located on the Hahnenkamm mountain, which boasts some beautiful long runs right down into Aschau and Kirchberg, with the remainder of the slopes on the Kitzbüehler Horn, which is less hectic and therefore ideal for novices finding their feet.
Free buses ferry you between the two mountains and the efficient lift system lets you maximise your time on the slopes. The resort is snow-sure, with an average of 200 snow secure days each season and an arsenal of snow cannons to top up the powder as and when required.
Off the slopes, Kitzbühel is known as Glitzy Kitz because of its designer boutiques, chic cafes, cutting edge lift system and rich history and culture, but it’s actually a resort that welcomes visitors of all stripes with earthy Austrian hospitality and thus a particular favourite for families from across Europe and beyond.
The resort is mostly car-free and features some fascinating Medieval architecture and pretty pastel-coloured buildings, and the accommodation mix here is quality hotels and a good range of well-appointed ski apartments. There are plenty of apres-ski activities for kids of all ages and if you want some more variation in your selection of bars, restaurants and entertainment, Innsbruck and Salzberg are within easy reach.
As you can see, a ski holiday in Kitzbühel has a little something for every type of visitor, with its brilliant blend of traditional charm and contemporary convenience. Book your holiday here with Erna Low and we’ll take care of everything from accommodation to ski passes and more, leaving you with nothing to do but relax and enjoy the amazing Austrian ambience!
Skiing in Kitzbühel
With a superb range of runs for skiers of all styles and abilities, set amidst some of the world’s most magnificent mountain scenery, 57 high-tech lifts, gondolas and cable cars to whisk you between premium powdery pistes and a fab free bus service shuttling between the resort’s two mountains, skiing in Kitzbühel is first-class. Here’s some advice on making the most of the on- and off-piste attractions here:
There’s a good mix of slopes here, with 19km graded black (16 runs), 60km red (31 runs) and 106km blue (45 runs). All baby lifts in the resorts can be used for free, which is fab news for your young ones (and your wallet!).
Powderhounds and freeriders are in for a real treat here, with terrific tree line routes, expansive powder fields and several slopes with very deep snow below the tree line. In the wider KitzSki Area, there are 36km of ungroomed slopes spanning Hahnenkamm, Kitzbüheler Horn and the adjacent Bichlam area.
There’s more variation on the Kitzbüheler Horn than first meets the eye ̶ despite being the less popular peak, at 2000m plus, it’s the highest in the area and features a fabulous cruisy blue run back down to the resort as well as a lengthy and scenic red piste that winds down to wards Raintal.
Hahnenkamm is the main attraction here and it’s home to the iconic Streif downhill course which hosts the Hahnenkamm World Cup ski race and from the top of the gondola here you can access a vast web of lifts that connect you to neighbouring mountains like the Ehrenbachhöhe and tricky, vertiginous runs at the Steinbergkogel.
As you can see, there’s a fair amount if variation here, although it’s fair to say that Kitzbühel ski runs mainly suit intermediates and experts, with a little less on offer for beginners. That said, it’s still perfectly possible to have a fab family holiday here where you’re entertained on and off the slopes.
Snowboarding in Kitzbühel
If you’re a snowboarder, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in Kitzbühel, between off-piste areas, terrain parks and challenging slopes. Here’s the lowdown on the attractions for riders:
The Kitzbühel Snow Park is located between the Pass Thurn and Resterkogel on the Hangalm, and it’s easy to reach via the gondola at the Resterhhöhe valley station.
There’s something at the snowpark to suit every level of snowboarder. There’s a midsection, jib area, kids park, main park and advanced kicker line.
Reshaped on a daily basis so that it’s always in tip-top condition, there are jumps here ranging from two to 15 metres, tubes, boxes and unusual rails. In order to switch things up a little and keep you on your toes, the Shape Crew sometimes creates new gnarly obstacles overnight!
In the wider KitzSki area, freeriders can find some fantastic powder in Bichlam and Ehrenbach on the Hahnenkamm offers a thrilling challenge for expert riders. You’ll also often find some deep dumps of fresh pow on the Kitzbuhel Horn or in the vicinity of the black runs under Steinberg-Kogel.
If you love to shred the slopes, there’s lots of great action available in Kitzbühel and the apres-ski scene is lively too (more of which later!).
Snow conditions in Kitzbühel
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A resort height of 760m and slopes between 800m – 2000m means that Kitzbühel doesn’t compete with lofty resorts like Val Thorens in terms of altitude alone, but its geographical blessings at the northwest of the main Alpine ridge mean that, at least on the higher slopes, it’s reasonably snow-sure. Here are a few insider tips on snow conditions:
Resterhöhe above Pass Thurn often offers the best snow retention throughout the season and is often open as early as October, but the south-facing slopes of Kitzbuhler Horn can get slushy later in the season.
In poor weather, head for shelter in the wooded runs above the resort on the Hahnenkamm.
There are 1160 snow cannons here, which means that 90% of the slopes have snow-making capacity.
February in Kitzbühel has a historical average snow depth of 71cm at the bottom of the slopes and 166cm at the top, while March is usually another excellent month for snowfall, with an average depth over the past few years of 190cm at the top of the slopes and 65cm at the bottom.
Apres Ski in Kitzbühel
If you’re the type of skier or snowboarder who loves to have a good time in the evening after your daytime adventures on the slopes, Kitzbühel has plenty of amazing apres-ski which is sophisticated, wonderful and sometimes a little wild ̶ especially in January when the World Cup event is held. Here are a few hotspots where you can chill out, catch up with friends and let your hair down:
The Streifalm is located at the bottom of the Hahnenkamm slopes ̶ if you fancy fresh beer and traditional Tirolean entertainment such as lederhosen-clad dancers, you’ll have a whale of a time!
Fancy belting out a few karaoke classics in a cool bar with ambient lighting? You’ll be in your element at the Lichtl Pub, which hosts lively singalongs every Monday and Tuesday.
The Londoner is a traditional British pub which is a bit of a Kitzbühel institution and a favourite haunt of locals and visitors alike. The bar staff are very welcoming here, there’s a vast range of beers and ciders and the action really hots up as the evening wears on, with bouncing tunes and tabletop dancing.
O’Flannigans Irish Pub is the perfect place for football and rugby fans to watch big screen TV sports and sink a few perfectly poured pints of the black stuff. This Hibernian boozer also regularly hosts live music events.
Club Take Five is a high-end Kitzbühel club where you can party until the wee small hours fuelled by fine champagne and exotic cocktails. There are three bars in this expansive venue, a generously proportioned VIP section and several resident DJs spinning the wheels of steel.
Located next to the train station and Hahnenkamm gondola station, Pavillon is a popular bar that’s open daily from 2pm-10pm and serves up beer, schnapps and bucketloads of authentic Austrian hospitality.
Gourmetrestaurant Kupferstube is a must-visit restaurant in Kitzbühel for foodies, with a Michelin-starred menu packed with lip-smacking haute cuisine. If you want to earn endless brownie points, treat your significant other to a slap-up meal here.
KITZnBAR is a more laid-back dining option here which serves signature homemade sushi and refreshing rosé in trendy surroundings.
Centro is (appropriately) located bang in the middle of Kitzbühel and serves delicious stone baked pizza, scampi spaghetti and much more. Book ahead of you don’t want to wait, because in high season the queue is out the door here.
1st Lobster is a unique restaurant which serves mouth-watering Maine lobster and a wide range of American-style seafood, as well as awesome alternatives like the tender and succulent stone beef fillet.
Gastof Hagstein is located by the slopes at Hahnenkamm and has been serving hearty, rustic Alpine food for five generations. There’s also a spectacular terrace here offering panoramic mountain views ̶ the ideal spot to sip a schnapps and watch the world go by.
There’s an eclectic mix of adult entertainment on offer in Kitzbühel, so you’re sure to find something to satisfy your tastes, whether you’re a party animal or prefer sipping a laid-back beer in good company.
Facilities in Kitzbühel
As you’d expect from such a renowned resort, facilities and amenities for all the family are fab in Kitzbühel and resort staff are always dedicated to making you feel like this is a home from home.
Ski hire in Kitzbühel
There are several ski hire shops here, but instead of subjecting yourself to the headache of organising the gear for every member of your group, why not let Erna Low make the arrangements for you?
We’ll find a low-cost deal from a reliable ski hire provider near your accommodation, sort out the equipment for each member of your group and roll it into your Kitzbühel ski package holiday. All you need to do is pick it up on arrival and hit the slopes.
Ski passes in Kitzbühel
There are several flexible ski pass deals available for the local Kitzbühel ski resort and the wider KitzSki Area, such as day passes and those for a two to 14 day duration.
Whichever type of pass suits you best, it’s possible that we can source bargains on family, child and group passes, so please ask us what’s on offer for your desired dates.
Spa & pool in Kitzbühel
Several hotels and high-end apartments here have onsite spa and pool facilities and the Aquarena Spa Centre Kitzbühel features a 25m pool, adventure swimming area with waterfall and slides, a cathartic sauna and massage treatments available for an extra fee.
Shops in Kitzbühel
If you want some serious retail therapy, look no further than Kitzbühel, which has plenty of chic boutiques and exclusive stores selling everything from haute couture to interior design. Lebensräume is a wonderful place to pick up designer décor for your home, Frauenschuh sells exclusive female fashion and sleek sportswear, Schubhaus Hederer can create tailor-made shoes for you, and Sportalm is superb for outdoor gear.
Facilities for Children in Kitzbühel
A fab resort for kids, there’s plenty to entertain young snowsports fans on and off the slopes here. With activities for toddlers to teens, Kitzbühel is a cracking choice for families.
Ski schools in Kitzbühel
There are several ski schools in Kitzbühel and the wider KitzSki Area offering lessons for children of all ages on a group or private basis. These include Rote Teufel, Ski School SkiArt, Ski School Reith, Ski School Aurach, and Ski School Christian Meier, which specialises in snowboarding.
Children’s entertainment in Kitzbühel
The Bärenland kids piste at the Bärenbadkogel II chairlift has lots of fun obstacles to tackle (including a few bears!) and the fun park keep kids entertained in the slopes, while tobogganing and splashing around in Aquarena are also popular. For very young kids, there are also playgrounds at Lake Schwarzsee, Hahnenkamm and Pfarrau.
Childcare in Kitzbühel
There are several childcare options in KitzSki, including the Kunterbunt Daycare centre at Jochberg, and Michaela Kisch Childcare in Kitzbühel.