“World-famous resort, iconic downhill race and extensive skiing”
Best for IntermediateAdvancedOff-pisteAprès-skiNightlifePremium Spa HotelsShort transferSki weekendsLarge ski area (215 km)
Kitzbühel is a stylish, upmarket and atmospheric town whose skiing history is deeply intertwined with the world famous Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill race that takes place every year in January. The resort centre is stunning and full of character: Colourful medieval buildings, archways and cobbled streets are the perfect backdrop to a great mix of stylish boutique shops, bars, cafés and restaurants.
The resort has an international and vibrant feel with a lively après-ski scene and has around 215 kilometres of piste for all abilities.
With 170 kilometres of piste spread over the Pengelstein, Kitzbüheler Horn, Jochberg and Pass Thurn areas, Kitzbühel offers challenging skiing and snowboarding for all levels.
Beginners usually start at the foot of the Hahnenkamm or on the gentle, sun-bathed slopes of the Kitzbüheler Horn. For intermediates, there are no shortage of challenges with some great sweeping reds dropping down in to Kirchberg and Aschau. The Ski Safari takes you over to Jochberg and further on to Pass Thurn which is where the best snow and highest point in this ski area can be found.
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.
Extensive snow-making on the lower slopes compensates for the lowish altitude although more snow does fall at a lower altitude in this part of the Alps than further west and Kitzbühel boasts a long winter season.
At the end of the skiing day, Kitzbühel offers a great choice of après-ski haunts from lively bars fuelled with schnapps and Jagermeister to exclusive wine and champagne bars. The legendary Londoner Pub continues to attract big après-ski and evening crowds and the resort has a great selection of bars and clubs for later in the evening as well as a Casino. There are also some fine dining options in Kitzbühel with several distinguished ‘Gault Millau’ award-winning restaurants.
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 and tobogganing amongst other activities.
Please note that we do not have Resort Managers or representatives in Kitzbühel. Our guests enjoy the remote services (24/7 mobile) of our Resort Managers who are based in nearby Fieberbrunn.
Resorts include Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Ski Welt, St Johann in Tirol and Schneewinkel resorts, Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn, Ski Juwel Alpbach Wildschōnau and Zell am See-Kaprun.
If you are staying in Kitzbühel or Kirchberg, you can upgrade your pass and easily connect to the 250 km of pistes in the Ski Welt (Westendorf, Brixen, Soll, Scheffau, Ellmau) via the Ki-West lift from Kirchberg.
The Hahnenkamm Downhill is synonymous with Kitzbühel and is the most challenging, most respected and most feared race on the World Cup circuit. Racers hit speeds over 80 mph and, in 2012, 38 year old Didier Cuche won for a record 5th time demonstrating that technique, guile and course knowledge are all required in addition to 100% brute strength and zero fear.
The atmosphere on race day is akin to Rugby International meets Formula One Grand Prix with more than a sprinkle of local schnapps. Hotels for this weekend book out well in advance: If you want to watch the race, stay in Fieberbrunn or St Johann in Tirol and take the train to Kitzbühel on race day.