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Kitzbühel ski guide: the resort

The slopes are large, attractive and varied Photo: KITZBUEHEL.COM

The resort is surrounded by attractive, forested hills Photo: KITZBUEHEL.COM

Kitzbühel ski guide: the resort
Where to Ski and Snowboard's essential guide to the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel, including practical information on visiting the mountain, and the best hotels, restaurants and bars.

By Chris Gill and Dave Watts
Published: 2:49PM GMT 11 Dec 2009

The centre of town is attractive and colouful Photo: KITZBUEHEL.COM

Kitzbühel is a large, animated town. The beautiful walled medieval centre – with quaint church, cobbled streets and nicely painted buildings – is car-free and a compelling place to stay.

The Kitzbüheler Alpen All Star lift pass covers seven separate ski areas in the region – see ‘Lift passes’. One of those – SkiWelt – is now accessible by the Ki-West gondola (a short bus ride from Skirast or Aschau).

• Large, attractive, varied slopes offering a sensation of travel

• Beautiful medieval town centre

• Vibrant nightlife

• Lots to do off the slopes

• Plenty of cheap lodging

• Excellent mountain restaurants

• Snow on the lower slopes is often poor (though there’s now quite a bit of snowmaking)

• Surprisingly little challenging terrain (though there’s plenty of off-piste)

• Disappointing nursery area

• Some crowded pistes

A town in miniature

The car-free medieval centre is delightful. And many visitors love the sophisticated, towny ambience and swanky shops and cafes.

But the resort spreads widely, and busy roads surround the old town, reducing the charm factor somewhat. Visitors used to peaceful little Austrian villages are likely to be surprised by its urban feel.

Choose carefully

A gondola from the edge of the town goes up to the Hahnenkamm, start of the main area of slopes. Across town, close to the railway station but some way from the centre, another gondola accesses the much smaller Kitzbüheler Horn sector.

The size of Kitz makes choice of location important. Many visitors prefer to be close to the Hahnenkamm gondola.

Beginners should bear in mind that the Hahnenkamm nursery slopes are often lacking in snow, and then novices are taken up the Horn.

Some reporters say the buses around town get overcrowded. But the post bus service is said to be ‘cheap and efficient’.

Attractive valley views

Kitzbühel is set at a junction of broad, pretty valleys, among partly wooded mountains. There are good views from Pengelstein along both valleys and to the SkiWelt and beyond.

More snowmaking now

The problem is that Kitzbühel’s slopes have one of the lowest average heights in the Alps. To make matters worse, the Horn is also sunny.

Even in an exceptionally good snow year some reporters complain of worn patches, ice and slush on the lower slopes.

In a normal year, the lower slopes can be very tricky or bare at times (though the snow at the top is often OK). The expansion of snowmaking has improved matters when it’s cold enough to make snow – runs down to Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Klausen and Jochberg are covered.

But many slopes still remain unprotected. If snow is poor, head for Resterhöhe.

Good recent reviews

The Kitzbühel Rote Teufel (Red Devils; have absorbed several other local schools (including the Total school). Reports are favourable. A recent visitor ‘learned more than ever before’ in his week with them. The other schools emphasise their small scale.

Element3 ( is an adventure company now offering ski/snowboard classes.

Not an ideal choice

It’s a spread-out resort for a family. Rote Teufel takes kids from age three.

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