Kitzbuhel is a fantastic mountain in the Austrian Alps, surrounded by several quaint towns including Kirchberg im Tirol and Kitzbuhel itself. The resort is especially good when there’s lots of new snow, as there are many steep & deep powder stashes. Daily tickets this year are €41.50 for adults: a little steep, but often you get what you pay for in a ski resort. A 5-day pass will run you €170. Across the road from the main ski area is the 2000m high Kitzbuheler Horn, where there’s a big snowboard halfpipe. The view of the Horn from the main ski resort is fantastic!
There’s a lot of terrain at Kitzbuhel [www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at], 170km to be exact. It’s a good mix for beginner (72km) and intermediate (74km), with just 24km of black slopes for experts. But there’s a famous World Cup slope (Hahnenkamm), and the powder potential is great for intermediate and expert skiers alike.
Getting to Kitzbuhel
Kitzbuhel is centrally situated in Tirol: 130km from Munich, 100km from Innsbruck, and 110km from Salzburg. If you are traveling in to one of these cities by plane, it would be around 1 1/2 hours drive to the resort (depending on traffic, of course). You can also arrive to Kitzbuhel by train. This may take a bit longer than if you go by car, but could save you a lot of money if you plan to stay in the town of Kitzbuhel for your whole trip.
Tips for Kitzbuhel
As mentioned, this resort is great for powder days! Above you can see some fresh tracks just off one of the main slopes. One thing I love about Kitzbuhel is that there’s a lot of off-piste stashes, and a lot of them are right near other slopes. That way if something happens (you get stuck, lose a ski, or bang your head on a rock), you can easily get help. For the best off-piste powder, head over to the 1972m Steinbergkogel. You’ll see the powder stashes below you as you ride up lift C1 or C7. There’s another stash just below lift C2, which goes up to Ehrenbachhohe.
Another nice thing about Kitzbuhel is that many of the lifts converge on the same areas at the top or bottom. This makes for easy connections between different sections of the mountain. If you split up with your buddies so some can do groomers and others go off-piste, it’s easy to meet back at a central lodge for lunch. Here’s the view from one of the many lifts converging at Ehrenbachhohe:
Partying in Kitzbuehel
Some places that are Irish friendly include Flannigans – Irish Pub , Jochbergerstrasse 4, in Kitzbuehel. Or if you want a a little more “international”, you can try The Londoner Pub, Franz-Reisch-Straße 4, 6370 Kitzbühel . Both these bars are in the middle of the town, and offer a great way to party into the late evening. These places, esp. the Londoner start to kick off around 3-4pm and continue well after mid-night.