Next stop, Kitzbühel. Welcome to the charming, historical and always deeply stylish Tirolean town where the pistes roll gently and tradition rocks into the night. This prettily painted walled medieval town is rightly proud of its rich Alpine heritage: they’ve been on skis here for more than 120 years.Kitzbühel’s internationally famous ski area offers 54 cable cars and lifts that criss-cross some 179km of beautifully groomed slopes, as well as extensive off-piste terrain. Its world famous Hahnenkamm ski race, a revered event in the World Cup ski racing firmament of speed and glory, has been wowing the world since 1931. Quite simply, Kitzbühel is the stuff of legends.
This atmospheric Tirolean town brims with chic shopping, fun nightlife and award-winning restaurants. And while it attracts its share of fur coats and Fendi, all ages and all types come for the skiing. Weave your way across 179km of slopes that connect the villages of Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Aschau, Aurach, Jochberg and Pass Thurn. Served by swift and modern lifts (six of which are free for beginners), pretty peaks and fragrant pine forests rise to 2,000m above sea level. Indeed Kitzbühel’s terrain is comprised largely of rolling pastures and grassy hills, making a mere 50cm of fresh snow enough to ensure good slope conditions. Off-piste skiers and boarders also appreciate the relatively low level of Alpine hazards within 36km of marked itineraries.The white stuff comes in many forms. Nothing says Tirol like a mountain hut serving up schnapps, smiles and Austrian beer. With more than 50 romantic huts to choose from, traditional specialties and sophisticated dishes are served up at every turn: homemade cheese, sausages, dumplings, goulash, or perhaps a pan of warm Kaiserschmarrn, the sweet egg omelette topped with red berries first made for Emperor Franz Josef… A panful of that is worth walking uphill for.
Nothing builds an appetite like a day in the Kitzbühel region. In addition to skiing and boarding, winter walking is extremely popular and available to all. Explore splendid Tirolean Alpine scenery on a free guided winter hike from Monday to Friday. An extensive 500km of cross-country skiing routes track the wide romantic valley floor from the magnificent Wilder Kaiser mountain range to the Brixen Valley and up to Pass Thurn (and a high-altitude course with guaranteed snow).From the slick Sportpark Kitzbühel with climbing walls and curling rinks, to ice hockey, tobogganing, and the rollicking Londoner Pub, Kitzbühel blends new and old with traditional hospitality – and legendary cool.
“180 ski days for unforgettable ski holidays”
Conquer the slopes in the fairy-tale setting of Kitzbühel, home to the world’s most challenging ski run the Streif. To give you a taste of what to expect just move your mouse or phone around to experience the sense of freedom gliding down pristine pistes in this breathtaking 360-degrees video.
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