Among the picturesque valleys and woodlands of the Austrian Tyrol region lies the medieval town of Kitzbuhel, a delightful town with stunning architecture situated on the banks of the pretty Kitzbuhler Ache River, and located a little over 100km to the east of Innsbruck. With most of its historical centre car-free, Kitzbuhel is not only a wonderful place to ski, but also offers a certain historical charm that most ski resorts of its size can’t match.
Kitzbuhel is known as a great destination for both beginner and intermediate skiers with 170km of pistes and seven distinct ski areas that are all covered with the one lift pass. More seasoned snow enthusiasts are also well catered for here, with more than 40km of cross country skiing terrain that includes the notable Kitzbuhler Horn and Raintal area.
The variety of skiing terrain Kitzbuhel offers makes it a great destination for families and groups comprised of skiers of different experience levels. These pistes are accessed by a modern cable car system with 53 different ski lifts. On a Thursday and Friday evening the freshly groomed slopes on the Gaisber in nearby Kirchberg are floodlit until 11pm so you can ski on well in to the night.
The Kitzbuhel ski area boasts the ideal location and climate. The ski area around the Kitzbüheler Horn is virtually guaranteed snow from December to April thanks to a unique weather pattern. Up on the summits, grass covered meadows mean that only a small base of snow is needed for great skiing and to top this snow up there are 820 snow cannons creating perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding.
For those looking for a luxury chalet holiday in Kitzbuhel but aren't interested in skiing there is plenty to do. Non-skiers in Kitzbuhel can experience snowshoe walking, hiking, horse-drawn carriage rides, spa facilities or a relaxing meander around the towns boutique shops and high-end restaurants.