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Kitzbühel - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel - Ski Resort in Austrian Alps - 158km of Piste (790m to 2000m)
Austria's most famous resort, a lively town with chic overtones which most skiers agree has Austria's best intermediate/expert skiing in the mountains above it.
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Kitzbühel Ski Facts
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|26||Red Pistes (78km)|
|21||Blue Pistes (67km)|
|40km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel has direct access to 158km of downhill skiing, with 70 individual pistes, served by 30 ski lifts.
Snowmaking :- Kitzbühel is able to augment natural snow, on 84km of ski runs, with 780 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 30 Ski Lifts of Kitzbühel are able to uplift 76,230 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Kitzbühel are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel is a name synonymous with serious skiing, and conjures up images of historic victories in the great Hahnenkamm race by skiing legends like Franz Klammer. The 'Streif' run on the Hahnemkamm is actually 3200 metres long and racers hit speeds of around 140kph (88mph), around 50,000 spectators arrive each
season to watch this spectacular event. There are, however, a few other less internationally well known runs around Kitzbühel's mountains, better suited to we mere mortals.
160km (100 miles) of largely lift inter-linked ski runs in the ski area include over 60 lifts giving a combined 75,000+ sph uplift between the neighbouring resorts of Aschau, Aurach, Jochberg, Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Pass Thurn and Mittersill. There is a popular 35km (22 mile) one-day 'Ski Safari' route, with trails marked by an elephant symbol and a special guide available from the tourist office. For winter 2004-5 the Safari route was fully completed thanks to the installation of the 3S gondola, described as the world' most beautiful and spectacular, with the lift rising 400m above the valley floor in places. Since winter 2007-8 the entire route has been covered by snowmaking.
The local ski area was recently extended still further by the Ki-West gondola which, more or less,. links it to the SkiWelt ski area nearby, creating a ski region of more than 400km (250 miles) of piste, one of the world' largest, although with a few short bus trips needed in places to make connections, if that matters.
Straying further afield the recently introduced giant Kitzbüheler Alpen Ski Pass takes in the skiing above more than 30 villages in the area and opens up a giant 700km (435 miles) of trails, served by over 260 lifts capable of uplifting 300,000 skiers every hour between them. Skiers and 'borders have a larger choice than usual of ski schools with five in operation, the largest of which is the internationally famous Rote Teufel School or 'Red Devils' with over 200 instructors offering tuition in all disciplines. Current snow conditions are broadcast through live film of the mountain peaks on the local cable TV service every morning.
Snowboarding in Kitzbühel
The Kitzbühel Horn mountain boasts two half pipes, a quarter pipe and a sprint slalom course. A table jump allows jumps from five to ten metres The Ski Safari route is also popular with boarders who enjoy the powder options. Every ski shop in the resort offers 'board hire and every ski school offers snowboarding tuition.
Also, there is a new snow park complete with boxes, kickers and rails.
Kitzbühel Aprés Ski
Kitzbühel is known for its lively and often sophisticated nightlife centred on the many restaurants, 40 or so bars and four discothèques. Especially popular bars include the Londoner on Franz Reisch Strasse, the Goldene Gams on Vorderstadt and Flannigans on Jochbergerstrasse. Warming drinks on offer include 'Jagertee' (tea with rum or schnaps) and Glühwein. The Casino is open daily from 7pm with live music in the lobby from 9pm. There is also a cinema and other popular evening activities include bowling, tobogganing and sleigh rides. The ice rink is open 13.30 - 16.00 everyday, as well as from 20.00 - 22.00 on Fridays and 10.00 - 12.30 on Sundays.
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Kitzbühel in brief
Kitzbühel Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 1, 2012
Closed : April 27, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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