The world famous ski holiday resort of Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Ski Kitzbuhel for the Hahnenkamm ski race, the medieval ski holiday resort and the extensive, intermediate ski terrain.
Kitzbuhel, Austria is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. It is famed for the ski race that takes place each January, the most fearsome ski race on the ski circuit and the opportunity for Kitzbuhel to throw the biggest party in the Alps. The Hahnenkamm is certainly the most challenging ski terrain on the whole mountain and can be tackled by non-racers for much of the season. The rest of the ski terrain is best suited to intermediates. The main ski area is accessed via the Hahnenkamm-bahn which runs out of the village and above the ski race route. From the top station the ski trails fan out across a flattish area to provide a sizeable ski area. The ski trails are interesting but not especially challenging, but as with many resorts in Tirol, Austria, the views are wonderful and the mountain infrastructure, including the huts and restaurants, charming.
Images from the 2009 Kitzbuhel, Hahnenkamm race weekend, the absolute pinnacle of ski racing
The ski area has recently received the boost of a couple of new lifts, the S3 ski lift which joins the Pegelstein to the Jochberg ski area, and the Ki-West lift that effectively links the Kitzbuhel ski area with the Westendorf ski area. Both additions have meant easier access to the ski area beyond Kitzbuhel. The second ski terrain that falls under the Kitzbuhel domain is the Kitzbuheler Horn which is located on the opposite side of the valley to the Hahnenkamm. A considerably smaller area with a terrain parks and border cross, the Kitzbuheler Horn makes for a sunny alternative to the masses of intermediate cruisers of the Hahnenkamm. As well as the great ski resources within the Kitzbuhel ski area, the Kitzbuheler Alpen ski pass cover numerous other ski resorts including the following leading ski areas: Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll ,Westendorf, St. Johann, Kirchdorf, Niederau / Oberau and Alpbach. In total there are over 650 km of ski pistes and almost 250 ski lifts accessible on the Kitzbuheler Alpen ski pass.
The ski holiday resort offers huge resources for the visitor with luxury hotels, spa facilities, indoor tennis, horse sleigh rides as well as more action based activities such as tobogganing, ice skating and paragliding. Kitzbuhel also excels in après ski, offering everything from exclusive nightlife to slope-side lederhosen techno. The holiday resort is awash with bars and restaurants as well as designer shops. Kitzbuhel, despite its exclusive reputation is in fact a working resort with locals living and playing in the village. There are huge accommodation resources and many are very reasonably priced.