Kitzbuhel Ski Holidays

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Kitzbühel took the top prize in the 2019 World Ski Awards, picking up the award for Austria's Best Ski Resort 2019.

It's a medieval Alpine town nestled in Austria’s Tyrol region at an altitude of 760m, with slopes running up to 2,000m. With pretty town centre, plenty of history, lively nightlife and loads to do away from the pistes, Kitzbühel is a great resort choice for all kinds of different groups. The only downside is the low altitude, and Kitzbühel’s lower slopes can suffer from poor coverage at the start and end of the season.

Up on the slopes, Kitzbühel boasts modern and rapid lifts and gondolas allowing visitors to whizz across the peaks and valleys with ease. With limited learner terrain, however, it’s not a particularly beginner-friendly resort. Kitzbühel is best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers keen to tuck in the miles and explore the broad terrain. There’s approximately 200kms of groomed runs to ski along and the gradient is very nicely varied. Three separate ski sectors — the Hahnenkamm, the Kitzbueheler Horn and Bichlalm — offer plenty of long, cruisy runs, but the lack of snow can sometimes pose a problem. For very confident skiers, no visit to Kitzbühel is complete without a zoom down the famous Hahnenkamm run, which hosts the annual World Cup alpine ski races.

Families keen to visit the slopes of Austria are perhaps better off in resorts like Obergurgl or the Nasserein sector of St Anton, where gentle slopes and easy ski access prevail. Kitzbühel is a very spread-out resort and ski access can be tricky from some areas compared to many other Austrian resorts. Furthermore, it’s quite a lively place which can put families off. On the other side of the coin, however, the resort boasts excellent ski schools and lots of non-ski activities to keep the kids entertained away from the pistes.

If you’re coming in search of big air, rails and half-pipes, Kitzbühel is a great resort choice to make. The resort is home to the DC Park, at Resterhohe, and here freestylers can find a huge range of butter-boxes, down-rails and hits for a wide range of levels. If it all gets a bit much, there’s a chill area where you can relax and watch the pros up their game.

For mile-hungry powder hounds in search of steep terrain and deep powder, the Bichlalm area is perhaps best. Here, chairlifts and snowcats bring a great rang of off-piste terrain within reach. When the snow falls and conditions allow, it’s a magical place to ski with a diverse range of itineraries!

Kitzbühel is a well-established Alpine ski destination, and offers the range of accommodation options you’d expect from a resort of its standing.

From traditional hotels and welcoming pensions to catered chalets, self-catered apartments and suites, there’s a broad range of accommodation available to suit a variety of budgets and requirements. It’s worth noting that hotels do dominate the resort’s accommodation offerings.

To reach Kitzbühel from the UK, many visitors fly into Innsbruck then transfer by road — it’s only around 1 hour away. Alternatively, Salzburg Airport is also around an hour and Munich Airport is a 2-hour drive away.

Train travellers are also well catered-for, as there’s an internationally linked mainline train station in the resort. Eurocity trains head from Munich and Zurich to Innsbruck daily and from here you can easily switch for the 1-hour trip onward into Kitzbühel.

Getting There


The most common way to get to Kitzbuhel from the UK is to fly. There are three local airports to the resort:

Salzburg - 74km - 1hr10
Innsbruck - 97km - 1hr15
Munich - 174km - 1hr50

There are several companies who offer both shared and private transfers to take you from the airport to the resort. Private transfers are more expensive and will only work out better value if you are a large group. If you are booking a shared transfer, it is worth checking transfer arrangements before booking your flights as they only run on certain days/times and you don’t want to find yourself stuck at the airport.

Airport Transfers

Recommended transfer companies for Kitzbuhel:

Ski Lifts were awarded ‘best transfer company’ at the world transfer awards and they offer both shared and private transfers

Four Seasons Airport Transfers offer safe and reliable transfers.


There is no direct train from the UK to Kitzbuhel. If you wanted to travel by rail, you would go from London St Pancras International arriving in Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm via Paris Est, Ulm Hbf, Rosenheim and Worgl Hbf. The journey takes approximately 13hrs.


If you plan on driving from the UK you would either take the Eurotunnel or the ferry across the channel. The drive is approximately 1,280km and takes 12 hours 30 minutes.

When to Go

Kitzbuhel resort is relatively low altitude so the lower slopes can suffer from lack of snow at the start or end of the season. The resort can also get busier during peak times but the beautiful town centre and large attractive ski area make it a popular choice all season long. 

Where to Stay

There is a good range of accommodation in Kitzbuhel. Similar to the majority of resorts in Austria, there are few chalet options however there are are good range of hotel options from budget guesthouses to elegant and expensive hotels.

Getting around

There is a bus service that connects the 12 towns in the area: St.Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf, Erpfendorf, Waidring, St. Ulrich, St.Jakob, Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, Going, Ellmau and Kitzbuhel.


Austria is famous the world over for its lively and vibrant après ski scene, and Kitzbühel does not disappoint! The resort is home to a broad range of bars — from venues for thirsty skiers to find refreshment after long days on the slopes, to traditional bars where locals shoot the breeze. If you’re in town and in search of a welcoming place to park up or let your hair down, try bars such as the Londoner, Highways Music Bar or Club Take Five. For something a little more relaxed, Praxmair and Kortschak cafes are celebrated tea rooms, and Jimmy's is a trendy cocktail bar popular with the locals. Funferl has an older clientele, and is also fun.

Eating out

As an internationally recognised ski resort, Kitzbühel offers a great selection of restaurants with menus to suit all budgets.

Good for Couples

Hochkitzbühel bei Tomschy

Bergstation Hahnenkammbahn

Hahnenkamm 1


+43 5356 620940 

Good for Couples

Rosi's Sonnbergstub'n

Oberaigenweg 101-103


+43 5356 64652

Good for Family


am See 4


+43 5356 62658

Good for Friends

Centro Cafe

Vorderstadt 12


+43 5356 658620


There’s plenty to do away from the slopes to keep non-skiers entertained, with all the usual Alpine pursuits you’d expect from a resort of this stature and in this location. From curling and ice-skating to sledging and a spot of r’n’r pampering, you’ll find it all here. And if you’re looking for a spot of retail therapy, you’ll find everything alpine-style jewellery to international fashion houses.

Bowling, Curling, Ice Skating

Sportfeld 1


+43 5356 20222

Ice Skate & Snow Shoeing

Bichlstraße 7


+43 664 39 00 090

Swimming, Spa & Sauna

Hahnenkammstraße 1a


+43 5356 6951

Ski School

For parents in search of ski schools and childcare services, the Rote Teufel ski school operates an expansive kids area, the Element 3 ski school manages a children's area at the base of the Ganslern chairlift, you’ll find the Bobo children's area by the Hausleiten tow lift, and there’s a dedicated play area managed by the Kirchberg ski school, which can be found by the Schatzerlift. 

Getting around

There is a bus service that connects the 12 towns in the area: St.Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf, Erpfendorf, Waidring, St. Ulrich, St.Jakob, Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, Going, Ellmau and Kitzbuhel.

Family ski

With swift lifts, expansive terrain, superb ski schools, charming town centre, and diverse non-ski entertainments and activities, Kitzbuhel remains a popular resort choice for families. It’s pretty much traffic-free in the medieval heart of the village, with a wide range of accommodation options to suit different family budgets. On the other hand, the nursery area is limited in scope and the pistes can get busy. 

The practise lifts and moving carpets of Rasmusleiten, Mocking, and Pulverturm are great for kids mastering their first turns, and you’ll find a broad range of kids’ areas with childcare services from half- to full-day. The Funslope and the family park on the Kitzbüheler Horn are brilliant for parents looking to burn off the last of the kids’ energy levels, and in general, families receive a wonderfully warm welcome here.

The ski area covers an impressive 210 kilometres of groomed pistes, with terrain well-suited to intermediate-level skiers. You can find terrain suited to beginners throughout the Kitzbuhel and Kirchberg sectors, with ski huts and snack stops where kids can take shelter or refuel. Ski schools operate with instructors carefully trained in taking youngsters to the snow, with daily activities for kids when they’re not on the slopes.

Group Ski

Kitzbuhel is a medieval alpine town with bags to offer large groups of skiers and snowboarders. Visitors here enjoy expansive terrain with a great choice of slopes perhaps best-suited to intermediates and experts. It’s incredibly pretty, too, with attractive architecture and idyllic location within the valley. The lift system is swift, with regular upgrades offering ever easier access to the domain’s far-flung corners, but lift queues can be a problem – especially in peak dates. 

Kitzbuhel offers a lively and welcoming après ski and nightlife scene, with a great range of venues offering an opportunity to relax among friends with a drink in hand – something that really appeals to large groups of friends and family. The town is largely car-free, too, which makes it safe for kids and only adds to its charm. You’ll find pretty cobbled lanes, a traditional church, and stylish shops and restaurants. The resort is also home to the world-famous Hahnenkamm downhill race course, where the world’s top skiers push their limits on the snow. For groups looking for a lively party, the World Cup circuit events here are worth catching!

For big groups in search of well-located accommodation, Kitzbuhel doesn’t disappoint. There’s a wide range of welcoming hotels with around 40 to 300 beds where groups can enjoy quality time together in the Alps. Expect buzzing in-house bars, fine food, and spectacular valley views. 


Childcare facilities in Kitzbühel are limited compared to more family-oriented ski resorts such as Obergurgl. There are a few ski school-run kids clubs where parents can book the kids in for childcare or their first introduction to the snow — Element3, for example. Alternatively, the Kindergarten Marienheim is located near the tourist office and offers a good range of programmes.

The Piste


Kitzbuhel isn’t the most beginner friendly resort, however there are beginner friendly slopes located between the Hahnenkammbahn gondola and Streifalm chair; and there are also wide and open nursery slopes on the Kitzbuheler Horn.


Kitzbuhel is a great resort for intermediate skiers, in particular the runs in the Hahnenkamm and Pengelstein areas. There are some excellent blue runs from Pengelstein and Ehrenbach-hohe down into Kirchberg; and Kitzbuheler Horn also has some great intermediate runs.


Kitzbuhel is home to the famous Streif run. The run is closed to the public at the start of the season until after the race in mid-January. The first section of the run is so steep that World Cup racers accelerate to 60mph within a second or two.

Kitzbuhel isn’t renowned for its off-piste skiing however there are some good runs if you know where to find them. On the Kitzbuheler Horn there is usually good snow near the Eggl dragliff. You will also find some good off-piste above Pass Thurn. If you are planning on exploring off piste then it is recommended that you travel with a guide and have the necessary equipment.

Ski School

For parents in search of ski schools and childcare services, the Rote Teufel ski school operates an expansive kids area, the Element 3 ski school manages a children's area at the base of the Ganslern chairlift, you’ll find the Bobo children's area by the Hausleiten tow lift, and there’s a dedicated play area managed by the Kirchberg ski school, which can be found by the Schatzerlift. 

Equipment Hire

There are several ski hire shops throughout the resort which all offer the latest selection of equipment. It is recommend that you book your hire in advance as the majority of resorts offer online discounts.

Our recommended ski hire stores in Kitzbuhel include:

Skirent Michael represents friendly, top quality service and professional staff. They have a top range of equipment suitable for all abilities.

Sporthutte Winkler
is located opposite the Hahnenkammbahn station and have been specializing in ski and snowboard rental for more than 20 years

Ski Sport Andi offers a wide selection of the most modern winter sports equipments: skis, snowboards, boots, equipment and more!

Intersport are a staple in most resorts across the Alps. They offer a wide range of the latest equipment.

Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking

Lift Pass  Child (7-14yrs)  Teen (15-16yrs)    Adult
1 Day       €27                   €41                     €55
6 Day       €133                 €199                   €266

Free lift passes are available for children under 7yrs, proof of age is required.

You can purchase your life pass online and from the lift pass office in resort, alternatively you can pre-book it through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive in resort.

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