Regarded as one of the big names of the ski world, Kitzbühel’s fame is in part thanks to the most famous 3.3 kilometre stretch of snow in the world, the Streif. This is where the world cup Hahnenkamm Men’s Downhill takes place every January; a race both feared and revered by the best on the world cup circuit. But Kitzbühel offers a lot more than a demanding race course. With its strong skiing heritage spanning 120 years, the resort is one of the most cosmopolitan in the Alps with a wonderful, cobbled old town, luxury hotels, award-winning restaurants, cosy cafés and trendy bars. It’s not just for experts too with gentle intermediate skiing aplenty. Most surprising however is the bountiful off-piste terrain that’s easily accessible from the pistes. Kitzbühel may appear synonymous with serious skiing but don’t be intimidated, The ski area as a whole has plenty of easy going slopes, some great valley runs and a quick, efficient lift system. One of the best ways for confident intermediates to get to know the entire ski area from Kitzbühel/Kirchberg to Pass Thurn is to attempt the 35 kilometre ‘Elephant Ski Safari’, riding from summit to summit and utilising the 3S-Gondola. There are loads of other activities in Kitzbühel too. The Mercedes-Benz Sportpark is an exciting place to spend an evening: try iceskating, Alpine curling, bowling, climbing and more. Those up for more party-focused après-ski can enjoy plenty of beer, oompah and Europop at Streifalm or the Londoner, or for a more sophisticated alternative try Cafe Bergsinn or the Fünferl. If drinking and ice skating aren’t your thing then take a hike…literally. Kitzbühel offers a variety of themed winter walking tours, including a full moon hike, snowshoe walking and a sunset walk, all organised by the tourist office. Kitzbühel has a high proportion of award-winning chefs and restaurants, many holding coveted Gault Millau points and providing a mix of modern and traditional cuisine. Despite the resort’s lofty status there’s a mix of dining options to suit every budget, all of which offer delicious food accompanied by warm Tirolean hospitality.
Watch Ski Club of Great Britain’s '7 in 7' episode of Kitzbühel ski resort on YouTube.
When to go? Kitzbühel is open for skiing December until April
How to get there? Kitzbühel is a 1 hr 20 minute transfer from Innsbruck Airport, which is served by daily scheduled flights and numerous charter flights from UK airports.