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Kitzbühel: 5 ultimate winter experiences you can’t miss

Kitzbühel is the perfect destination to discover a huge variety of winter experiences to suit everyone.

As a picturesque old town that is the perfect marriage of luxury and alpine charm, Kitzbühel is the perfect balance of tradition and sophistication, combining modern lifestyle with sporting tradition. Its location and climate provide an idyllic mix of soft, frequent snow, but it also has plenty of sunshine during its lengthy winters.

Its ideal conditions make it the first non-glacier ski resort to open for the winter season. Ski racers will especially love Kitzbühel as it is home to the world-famous Hahnenkamm ski race that is one of the most exciting races on the World Cup calendar. Of course, you can’t beat the sensational scenery and cool atmosphere either.

Kitzbühel panorama © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Kitzbühel panorama © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger

Skiing the famous Streif downhill course

This Tirolean ski town is most famous for the renowned Streif, which is home to the Hahnenkamm ski race. It’s arguably the most spectacular downhill race track in the world, and is the toughest downhill on the World Cup circuit. With an 860-metre vertical change and 85-degree pitch at one point in the course, the Streif is not for the faint-hearted. The course is open to any brave skier who desires to tackle it and claim the ultimate bragging rights.

For those of us who aren’t as daring, the Family Streif offers alternative gradients that are much easier. The slope is normally well-groomed, but often has moguls. It’s best for intermediate and expert skiers who love diverse terrain.

Moosbeerschmarrn at Seidlalm © TVB Kitzbühel Moosbeerschmarrn at Seidlalm © TVB Kitzbühel

Moosbeerschmarr’n at the legendary Seidlalm

This traditional hut placed right next to the Streif has the absolute best in Austrian culture. Nestled amidst the other-worldly scenery of the mountains, the Seidlalm is the perfect place to warm up.

Sit in this gorgeous wooden mountain hut, the place where the Alpine World Cup was founded in 1966, and enjoy a heavenly Moosbeerscharr’n, which is a unique berry twist on the traditional Kaiserschmarrn. While it’s officially considered a dessert, we won’t tell anyone if you order it as a main course instead! Moosbeerschmarr’n is a rite of passage on any Austrian ski break and the Seidlalm offers a lovely cosy atmosphere in which you can unwind and indulge in this yummy regional dish.

Paragliding in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Paragliding in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger

Tandem paragliding from the Hahnenkamm

Observe the peaceful mountains of Kitzbühel from way, way above. Paragliding is a vitalising adventure that will be sure to get the adrenaline pumping throughout your body. Glide like a bird over the chalets and slopes of Kitzbühel in the knowledge that you are totally safe and looked after by a professional guide with years of flying experience.

No experience is required as everything is taken care of for you. Paragliding is brilliant fun and surprisingly relaxing after the initial fearful moments of flight. It’s something that you will remember for a long time.

Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger

Skiing at the Kitzbüheler Horn

The first ever ski run down the Horn was in 1893 by Franz Reisch and you’ll quickly find out why thousands of people come back every year to give it a go. With over 215 kilometres and 68 marked and beautifully prepared slopes with a range of difficulty, the Kitzbühel Ski Area, “World’s Best Ski Region 2015”,  is a great ski destination for the whole family.

Increased overall snow-making power and new infrastructure in the recent years has elevated the quality of skiing on the Horn. Located on the opposite side of the valley to the Hahnenkamm ski area, the Horn offers a refreshing, extensive ski area with beautiful, dramatic scenery no matter where your skis take you. With lots of sun and easy access from the Hornbahn lift, there are no excuses to not ski this beautiful mountain.

Kitzbüheler Horn Zimmer © Michael Werlberger Kitzbüheler Horn Zimmer © Michael Werlberger

Freeriding with a local ski guide

With over 56,800 acres of underrated off-piste skiing, Kitzbühel has easy-to-access off-piste areas with impressive deep snow slopes, such as the Bichlalm and the Zweitausender.

To ensure mountain safety as well as to get the best routes from seasoned professionals who have spent their lives on the mountain, it's a great idea to hire a professional ski guide. A guide will help you get off the beaten track and get stuck into some hardcore mountain activity in some of the most beautiful winter landscapes of the Alps.    

“Kitzbühel offers the best opportunities for a sporty and active winter holiday in Austria.”

Discover a winter wonderland

What will you discover?

  • Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger
  • Cable car in Kitzbühel © Kitzbühel / Michael Werlberger Cable car in Kitzbühel © Kitzbühel / Michael Werlberger
  • Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger
  • Skiing in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Skiing in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger
  • Enjoying the view over the Alps © Michael Werlberger Enjoying the view over the Alps © Michael Werlberger
  • Skiing break in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Skiing break in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger
  • Skiing in Kitzbühel © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Skiing in Kitzbühel © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger
  • Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Kitzbüheler Horn © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger
  • Winter in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Winter in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger
  • Kitzbühel panorama © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Kitzbühel panorama © Kitzbuehel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger
  • City of Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger City of Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger

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