Kühtai Ski Resort

Kühtai is Austria's highest ski resort village at 2020m.
Fresh lines are what Kuhtai is all about for Powderhounds.
Modern lifts provide efficient transport at Kühtai ski resort.
Kuhtai is the ultimate ski in ski out resort.
Kühtai ski resort village is in splendid surroundings.
Piste trails at Kuhtai are perfect, wide and easy to navigate.
Ski powder at Kühtai.
The morning side of Kuhtai gathers the early sun.
A host of decks and bars gather the afternoon sun at Kuhtai.
Freeride terrain inbounds at Kühtai ski resort is powder laden for days.
Kühtai has a quality snow park and half pipe to go with the fun natural terrain.
Breathtaking backcountry runs are within easy reach of Kuhtai ski resort.
Even the church steeple is 'ski in' at Kühtai.
Ski Kuhtai powder.
The dam wall on the Kühtai dark side is even skiable!
Snow on Kuhtai ski resort's dark side is cold and dry for delicious turns.
The Hohemutbahn chair at Kuhtai ski resort.
Kühtai has a full range of modern accommodation options in the village.
Après ski is excellent at Kuhtai.
Who doesn't love doing this! Ski Kuhtai.

Kühtai Ski Resort

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Kuhtai4.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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Interlinked Ski Resort


    Kühtai Ski Trail Map
  • Kühtai Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1938 m - 2520 m (582m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (11)
    1 Gondolas / cable cars
    5 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late November to late April
    9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 41km
    Longest run – 3 km
    Advanced - 21%
    Intermediate - 64%
    Beginner - 15%

    Including Hochoetz - 80km+
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €31 to 41.50
    Child - €17 to 13
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Lift pass valid in Hochoetz
     Kuhtai - Hochoetz Ski Trail Map
  • Kühtai - Hochoetz Ski Trail Map
    Hochoetz Ski Trail Map
  • Hochoetz Ski Trail Map
     Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map
  • Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map

Kuhtai Ski Resort, Austria

Kuhtai in the Tyrol is the highest alpine ski resort village in Austria. With a base elevation around 2000m, quality snow, cheap lift pass & easy to navigate terrain, Kühtai has some of Austria's best skiing & snowboarding.

Only a short drive or bus ride from Innsbruck, Kuehtai ski resort may not have the huge skiable vertical, number of lifts or kilometres of trails as some better known Austrian resorts, but it punches way above its weight in other categories. It is simply a fun, easy place to enjoy everything we love about the snow.

Pros & Cons for Kühtai Ski Resort


  • Rated equal #1 ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds in 2018 (with Pitztal Glacier & Sainte Foy);
  • Sensational off-piste freeride powder & terrain;
  • Superb snow quality;
  • Wide interesting piste trails for intermediates;
  • Austria’s best value skiing;
  • Uncrowded, no lift lines;
  • Easy access backcountry terrain;
  • All resort accommodation is ski in / ski out;
  • Excellent après ski;
  • Within a short drive or bus trip from Innsbruck or Oetztal.


  • Exposed in poor weather and blizzards;
  • Limited terrain for beginners & experts;
  • Village accommodation can book out.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • A road runs through the middle of Kuhtai village and ski terrain;
  • Only 600m skiable vertical, but from a base elevation over 2000m.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The Kühtai resort is perfectly located to make the most of a yin & yang topography. Even though split by the road in middle, the resort lifts & pistes are connected by a series of clever tunnels & bridges. One thing that really sets Kuhtai apart from other ski resorts is that one can easily scope all the terrain and not waste any time with the search. That is great for first timers, day trippers & short term visitors.

See the Kuehtai ski trail map here.

Kuhtai's skiable vertical is not huge, it doesn't matter. The extensive piste trails are predominantly intermediate, but with continual fall line. Beginner lifts & learning areas are adequate, but piste terrain is limited for beginners. Some real advanced piste trails exist……. and some not so real!

The off piste & freeride terrain is vast. No one seems to ski it so face shots and clean lines are standard. Ridges, gullies, natural half pipes, cornices, trees and wide-open bowls are there for the taking. The brave can even venture over to the dam wall and give it a whirl – surely one of the more unique ski experiences.

Kuhtai ski lifts are well sited & modern. The resort has two sizable terrain parks & is fully snowboarder friendly.

See our Kuhtai Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Interlinked with Hochoetz Ski Resort

Kühtai is lift pass & free ski bus linked to the nearby Hochoetz ski resort (8km west via free shuttle bus), which makes a convenient alternative when the weather is 'unfriendly' up high. The bus from Kuhtai stops at Ochsengarten where one can jump straight onto the gondola.

Snow & Weather

Kuehtai has something very few Austrian ski resorts have - all terrain over 2000m elevation. At that height, the snow quality is super cold, dry and deep.

A south facing sunny side gathers the morning sun, whilst the north facing terrain stays cold & dry for afternoon freshies. Off piste powder lays here for days unsullied.

The resort can be quite exposed in poor visibility, but that's why it is lift pass connected to Hochoetz which has more sheltered terrain than Kühtai.

Where is Kuhtai Austria?

Kühtai ski resort is in the famed Austrian Tyrol state on a high alpine pass surrounded by peaks only 35km west of Innsbruck airport. The closest major town is Oetz, 18km to the east.

The gateway airports to Kuehtai are Innsbruck (INN) (for European & UK travelers) or Munich (MUC) & Zurich (ZRH) (for everyone else).

Search & book all airport transfers to Kuhtai here.

The drive from Innsbruck is along an excellent road that doesn't give any hint one is climbing to a lofty 2020m resort base. From the other side, the drive from the Ōtztal is more dramatic and prone to increased ice and snow conditions.

See our Travel to Kuhtai page for more information.

Kühtai Ski Accommodation

Kuhtai is one of the few ski resorts in the world where all overnight accommodation is ski-in and the vast majority are ski-out as well. Everything is close to a lift or ski trail and everything is easily accessible by car either on, or close to, the main road. Lodging options include hotels, apartments & guesthouses, but they are very popular & can book out quickly during holidays & weekends.

Search & book all Kühtai ski accommodation here.

If the ski resort is booked out, the nearby towns of St Sigmund, Gries and Sellrain have options to the east, but it is probably just as easy & convenient to stay in or near Innsbruck.

Search & book all Innsbruck ski accommodation here.

To the west, the small hamlet of Ochsengarten (near the Hochoetz ski resort gondola of the same name) has a range of convenient hotels, pensions and guesthouses. Further down in the Oetztal, Oetz is the main centre and has a variety of lodging options.

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see our Kuhtai Accommodation Info page.

Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in the middle of the village near the ski lifts. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Kühtai here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Kuhtai is part of the Olympia Ski World skiing region linked with superb ski resorts like Stubai Glacier & Axamer Lizum, plus fun, smaller ski hills like Patscherkofel, Nordkette & Oberperfuss (only a short drive away).

A host of other sensational ski resorts are a short distance away including some of the Powderhounds' favourites like Pitztal Glacier, Hochzeiger & Obergurgl Hochgurgl; plus other not so favourites like the big, busy & tawdry Sölden.


The Powderhounds are constantly reviewing new ski resorts & having a second or third look at old ones. See our review of Kuehtai via the review links on this page. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see where we are currently skiing.

Tours in or near Kuehtai

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone & meet new friends.
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USD 1,691
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See all Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area tours that visit Kuhtai here