​Steep hills and competitive skiing can be found at the Austrian resort.

Kitzbuhel is one of the most popular and well-known ski resorts in Austria, offering modern ski lifts, exciting slopes and plenty of huts and restaurants amongst the mountains.

It claims to be the best ski area in Austria, and it offers an enjoyable experience for skiers of all levels, whether they are beginners stepping on the snow for the first time, or experts looking to sink their teeth into the big challenge.

Kitzbuhel Resort

The resort is also home to the Hahnenkamm downhill race, which is a thrilling annual event that attracts thousands of fans and is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2020.

As well as the impressive slopes on offer, visitors can also enjoy stunning views from on top of the mountains, while sitting at the many restaurants and huts that are on offer.

Resort Statistics

Base: 800 meters
Summit: 2000 meters
No. of Pistes: 92
Total Piste: 185 km
Cross Country: 70 km
Total Lifts: 54
Gondolas/ Cable Cars: 11
Chairlifts: 28
Drag Lifts: 15

Piste Map

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Kitzbuhel Ski Areas & Slopes

Our quick guide will show you around the key ski areas around Kitzbuhel, so you’ll know exactly where to head first once you arrive.


With 234km of pistes to explore, the area has valleys for differing skill levels. Kirchberg also offers high quality ski lifts with heated seats to keep you warm during your break from the snow.

Intermediate-Advanced: There are nearly 40 descents for more experienced skiers to enjoy, while there are also options for off-piste skiing too. The snowmakers help ensure that the powder stays fresh even when the snowfall is lighter. The Kaser ski run offers the longest run at the resort, covering over 8km.

Beginners: The ski runs at Kirchber offer differing degrees of difficulty, with 106km of blue pistes, made up of 29 descents. This makes it an ideal spot for new skiers looking to practice their skills.

Kitzbuheler Horn

This ski area shares its sector with the Hahnenkamm slopes that host the annual World Cup ski race, the ski area is suited for both skiing and snowboarding with 16km of slopes.

Intermediate-Advanced: The Horn offers the highest point in the area, making it an appealing spot for experienced skiers. The Hahnenkamm route includes the Streif, which is the steepest competitive slope in the world. There are also off-piste slopes if you are looking for even tougher challenges.

Beginners: There are nursery slopes that offers good conditions for skiers stepping onto the snow for the first time, while free lift access means you can easily use the slopes as many times as you want until you start to feel more confident.

Pass Thurn

Away from the main parts of the resort, Pass Thurn can often provide a quieter, more relaxed place t ski. If you travel higher up the valley beyond the Jochberg village, you can enjoy a more peaceful experience.

Intermediate-Advanced: Pass Thrun is higher than many of the surrounding ski areas, offering long pistes and some steeper slopes for more advanced skiers who are travelling there with a mixed ability group. It includes the Zweitausender, which is the highest piste in the resort.

Beginners: The quieter slopes can make this a good spot to practice your skiing without the concerns of having too many people around you. There are ski and snowboarding schools for kids and adults looking to step onto the snow.

Ski Holidays in Kitzbuhel

Kitsbuhel Ski Passes

During high season, adults can expect to pay €58 for a one-day pass and €29 for children, while a six day pass is €286 for adults and €143 for children.

A Super Ski Card pass is also available and gives you access to 22 different ski areas across Austria. The pass would work out as €30 per day and €146 for six days at Kitzbuhel.

Ski Schools

There are several ski schools that you can use once you arrive at Kitzbuhel. The Ski Schule Skiverleih is a good place to visit if you are looking to improve you skills, as it has training available for all levels, including those who are interested in cross-country skiing. The school is particularly well-suited for training kids looking to step onto the snow for the first time. Other popular schools include Element3, and Skischule Jochberg.

Equipment Hire

There are several places where you can hire ski equipment for your trip to Kitzbuhel, including Intersport Rent, Alpin Resorts and Ski Set.

Family Fun in Kitzbuhel

There are many pistes at the resort that are suitable for beginners and young skiers, while the ski courses and schools have instructors on hand to help young learners.

There are several practice lifts and moving carpets available to be used for free, which is perfect for helping children to prepare for the snow. There are also childcare services throughout the resort, as well as play areas and parks.

The Rote Teufel ski school is also perfect for children, while all baby lifts in the valley are free to use if you are travelling with very young kids.

When to Go?

Any time during the season can be a good time to visit the resort, but January and February are particularly popular for those looking to enjoy lots of fresh powder.

Snow Report

Kitzbuhel typically gets a high amount of snowfall, particularly during the winter months. There are also snow cannons at the slopes to help maintain the snow levels.

Operating times

Kitzbuhel is open between 26 October and the beginning of May.

Ski slopes usually open between 8.30am and 4pm or 4.30pm, while there is also night skiing available at Gaisberg on Thursdays and Fridays between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

Getting There

UK Airports

The closest airports to Kitzbuhel include Innsbruck, Munich and Salzburg. They can all be accessed by many of the major airports in the UK, and in most cases, there isn’t the need to get a connected flight.

Airport Transfers

There are options to either hire a car or get a shuttle service when making your way to Kitzbuehel from the airport.

From Munich there is an airport shuttle service that is around €60 per person and takes around two hours. Alternatively, you can hire a car and drive yourself.

Travelling from Innsbruck is one of the quickest options, with an estimated journey time of just over one hour. It has its own airport shuttle for €50 each, while a taxi is likely to be priced from €150.

The journey time is also quite short from Salzburg, with an estimated journey of 75 minutes. A shuttle service from the airport can cost around €35 per person, while taxis are likely to be around €120 or more.