Overall Rating

Kitzbuhel

Kitzbuhel4/53
Kitzbuhel4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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  • Would Revisit
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  • Vertical (m)
    800m– 2,004m (1,204m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (54)
    11 Gondolas / cable cars
    22 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Oct to early April
    8:15am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 251km (incl. routes)
    Longest run – 8km+
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €48.50 to 57
    Child - €24 to 28
    Child u/6yr - Free

Kitzbuhel - Reviews

Kitzbuhel - Reviews

Plenty to love about Kitzbuhel.

Powderhounds Europe25/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Plenty to love about Kitzbuhel.

Powderhounds Europe25/02/2019

Our visit to Kitzbühel in the stellar 2018/19 season during the mid Feb peak season saw a depressingly steady stream of 'liquid sunshine' (rain) in the village. At an elevation of less than 800m, this is not generally cause for concern, but no one likes rain in a ski resort in February (unless you are in Australia instead of Austria!). Fortified by a delicious dinner of venison & a shot of Wildschönau Krautinger schnapps (made from turnips, it comes with a decidedly confrontational scent & a taste that will challenge most), we slept well, ready for the morning’s onslaught.

The next morning dawned gloriously & a surprisingly excellent powder day in the upper half of the resort ensued. As it was a blue-sky Saturday, we found the piste trails to be busy by 10am, but they are wide enough to be tolerable. Lift lines were long & tetchy but moved swiftly thanks to the plethora of 6 & 8-seater chairs in the resort. A local referred to the lift line anarchy as ‘active queuing’ – a phenomenon common to many large European ski resorts in peak season. A line of 12 people across trying to squeeze through a 4 or 6-person gate is always doomed to have its issues & busy resorts like Kitzbuhel need to take a leaf out of the US, Canadian or Australian ski resorts book about how to effectively manage lift queues.

The singularly most pleasing surprise was that there was only minor competition for fresh tracks in the powder. It didn't take too much imagination to find some untracked powder, even after lunch.

Another great surprise was the quality & price of lunch at the excellent Melkalm mountain hut/restaurant. At the end of the day (or before it if you like), après ski is to a world's best standard - as expected of any great Austrian ski resort.

We only skied the Kitzbuhel - Kirchberg sector of the resort (less than half of the total) & will return to ski the rest later in the season. We understand other parts of the resort are alot quieter.

Like any ski resort, one can pay a premium for everything & Kitzbuhel is no exception. And like every ski resort there are also loads of great value options to suit every visitor’s needs. The village of Kitzbuhel is the most expensive location to stay. Next door, Kirchberg in Tirol offers better value & availability, plus it could be argued Kirchberg has the best lift access to the main ski area. Some awesome on-mountain hotels & 'huts' provide first tracks.

Often misrepresented as a playground of the wealthy, Kitzbuhel is accessible to all & should be experienced at least once in every snow lover's lifetime. It may suffer a little from "altitude deficit" in some winters & the crowds in peak season will test the patience of any non-European caught in its jostling lift queues, but Kitzbuhel delivers on most levels.

We had an awesome time at Kitzbuehel. We are sure you will too. The same rules apply as in all BIG ski resorts – ski midweek, get up early, get in front of the pack & reap the harvest!

Kitzbuhel 2019

Thomas Blaisdell03/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Kitzbuhel 2019

Thomas Blaisdell03/02/2019
First time to Kitzbuhel (and first time skiing Austria) and we were not disappointed. I will say it was during the week (Wednesday, Thursday) so lift lines were nonexistent. This has as much to do with non peak days as well as the lift system. The lift system at Kitzbühel is amazing. Once off the base, the mountain is massive therefore spreading out the masses. Large gondolas, 8 pack shielded lifts with heated seats! Awesome!

On to the snow! Conditions on the first day were good. We skied the Hanenkaambahn side the first day. This is more of the tourist side. Lots of apres and nice town area. Packed powder and piste held up most of the day. Off piste we found several areas of untracked powder. Light was a little flat due to the overcast (forgot my bright lenses at home) but not too bad. Great day.

On the second day we skied the Jochberg side. This is where the locals ski. Wow! Bluebird day with a fresh 5-6” and conditions definitely a top 10 day. Piste were in excellent condition and off piste was almost orgasmic with plenty of untouched knee deep in the morning. Thursday was the busier of the days and as the day wore on the piste become a little scratchy. No problem plenty of off piste to be had. This place is massive. Would need at least 3-4 days to ski it all. Will definitely go back.

Kitzbuhel is legendary for a reason.

Powderhounds Europe01/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Kitzbuhel is legendary for a reason.

Powderhounds Europe01/03/2017
Kitzbuhel is legendary for good reason.  Its massive integrated lift and snow-making systems, plus its perfect piste terrain are world class. Poor natural snow at the lower elevations and overcrowding are Kitzbuehel's achilles heel.

A great party town accessible by train from anywhere in Europe, Kitzbuhel boasts of having ski terrain open for over 6 months each year - that's alot of après drinking sessions. Better leave the car at home and take the train! We visited during the Hahnenkamm Race week and can attest to the drinking, singing & dancing capacity of the Kitzbuhel locals and visitors.

If it has snowed to lower elevations in Austria, Kitzbϋhel is definitely worth checking out.