Visitor reviews for Kitzbühel Ski Resort
April 13, 2018
chris roberts from United Kingdom
Fancied going here for years so bit the bullet Feb half-term. Normally only ever pick a holiday that's ski in-ski out which isn't really available in Kitzbuel but thought we'd give it a try. Even though we had a locker up at the main gondola (Hannenkaumbahn), so we could walk up, found it all a bit of a pain. The whole ski shop, lift and locker room was just a bit stressful especially with kids in tow. Although there was rarely any lift queue only at 9.30 with the ski schools. Once up on top the pistes and lifts open up a good sizeable area but 3 of the 6 days it was all shrouded in low cloud and visibility was non existent. It was the same in lots of other resorts that week so that's just the way the cookie crumbles. To be honest, the best skiing was over Jochberg where the crowds diminished and the pistes open up or similarly up on the Kitbuelhorn where the crowds were non existent. I found the whole place a bit too busy with average skiing and the worst run back to resort I've been on: a steep wall of ice with beginners floundering all over the place. I've done 30 years skiing and still found the return journey at the end of the day nerve wracking. So much so, I came down in the gondola on the descent of shame to avoid the stress. You can forget about a good ski down the Hannenkaum downhill also because they don't piste the Streif making it virtually unskiable to most people. The town is beautiful but don't try shopping as the shops are high end. Nice week but choosing somewhere a bit more laid back where I can ski into the boot room next year.
Overall: 4.3. Based on 15 votes and 24 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Kitzbühel.
Public Transport: 4.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kitzbühel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Kitzbühel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 5.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kitzbühel.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.1
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Kitzbühel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Kitzbühel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Kitzbühel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Kitzbühel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kitzbühel are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Kitzbühel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.1
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Kitzbühel, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.2
(1) Kitzbühel usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Kitzbühel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kitzbühel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kitzbühel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Kitzbühel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Kitzbühel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Kitzbühel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Kitzbühel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Kitzbühel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Kitzbühel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 11, 2014
Daragh from Ireland
We stayed in St Johann but skied most days in Kitzbuhel. Getting there by train is easy and the train station is beside the bottom lift station .There was limited snow at the time we stayed but with the use of snow cannons and fantastic grooming, it made for a great few days skiing. Great food and great fun. We will come back again.
The only complaint was from the snow boarder in our group who thought that there was too many flat sections on some pistes.
February 09, 2013
Sean from United Kingdom
WOW. Amazing place to board!
We just had the best week of snow anyone could ever wish for, over 75cm feel in 2 nights and then a top up of around 10-25cm fell each night. The off-piste was incredible, pity we didn't have any blue bird days, however, who can argue with waist deep pow!
Getting there by train beats a bus, hands down, we did have to sit in the isle though.
I will be back!
January 15, 2013
Susan Cruttenden from Australia
Don't have a fall or use your nerve on the mountain or you will be billed a "graduated" amount for a Ski Patrol rescue. 180 euros for a 200 metre ride down the icy drop that had been classified as a blue run. No injuries (except to pride).
In Australia free rescues are carried out by trained volunteers who are happy to do it for the prestige and for certain perks such as free skiing!
January 03, 2012
dave williams from United Kingdom
Skiing in the Kitzbuheller Alps is nothing but pleasure, if you are serious about having fun then get yourself there and relax, forget about all your woes, get yourself into the Londoner for apres-ski, you never know who you'll meet. I miss that place.
February 27, 2011
Peter Graves from United Kingdom
The investment programme in lifts is improving this resort (Kitzbühel) each year. The new lifts put in since the last season are a great success. Three person lifts have been replaced by a ten person lift and a new gondola has been put in to serve the Kirchberg connection on the Maierl runs. Brilliant.
January 24, 2011
millsy from United Kingdom
Just returned from skiing in the Skiwelt (Kitzbühel) and thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a huge area with interesting terrain that benefits intermediates best but is slightly inconvenienced by it's altitude. We arrived to a mix of slush/ice/man made snow yet still enjoyed the variety of terrain and sense of travel, cruising from Brixam am Thalle to Soll, Kitz, Westendorf, Pass Thurn, Scheffau etc. However, the area was transformed with 10 cms of overnight snow and can rank among big league high altitude stations in good conditions, although tough terrain is not abundant and waist deep days a relative rarity; I believe everyone has to give this area a try! Cheap accommodation, regular ski buses, and reliable trains make exploring the valleys easy and 'apres' prices are reasonable. Access is easy with a car from Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich also. Unfortunately, we had to leave the day before the Hannenkham DH but promised to return for the race next year!
January 12, 2011
Victor Smith from United Kingdom
Kitzbühel - yes, there are better ski areas. Yes, I believe there are better resorts for apres-ski but as an all round, friendly, traditional, fun resort there is no better. 37 experiences of the town in summer and winter has given me a bit of a head start on first timers - you will not be disappointed. Short and Curlies in The Londoner definitely not to be missed. See you in February.
January 08, 2011
Tina Newman from Austria
I live part of the year in Key West...part of the year in Kitzbuhel. Kitzbuhel is a wonderful town in any season. In the warm months of summer there are small lakes to visit and swim in. There are "tiny" gorges called "klamms" to explore within a 20 minute drive. There are summer rodelbahns...downhill thrill rides. In winter,there is skiing of course. The Hahnnkamm ski race is one of the biggest events in Kitzbuhel and has a carnival atmosphere and tons of people. The town is great for sitting at a cafe and people watching because it IS a small, old Austrian town with typical folk going about their business. It is also a resort akin to Gstadd or Aspen in the wealth of many visitors. If you want to see the most current ski wear Kitzbuehl is the place. There are also many fantastic restaurants in town, up on the mountains and in the towns around. Regardless of your age there is a pub, bar, club for everyone. If you are younger than say, 25-The Londoner is THE place! Taxis are abundant so there is NO reason to drink and drive.Shopping is fantastic in the small boutiques such as Freauenschue and Prader's. Resorts/Spas are everywhere and one can find any kind of treatment desired at any time. If Kitzbuhel is your ski destination...I suggest later in the season...late February into March is the best snow and the least amount of people. The ski schools are great with instructors that speak ANY language required. Some things can be a bit pricy...but hey! It's an European ski resort...what would you expect? There is NOTHING to not recommend Kitzbuhel! It's been around since the 700's...they must be doing something right!
December 15, 2010
Dennis from Sweden
I really love Kitzbühel. I´m from Sweden and ski a lot and I´ve been to other resorts like St Anton etc but I like Kitzbühel best. The slopes are always in perfect condition in the morning and still in the evening you can find slopes that are still good if you know the right places to look. I also like that the whole system is connected with lifts, its good variation on the pistes and that almost all lifts are new and some even have bubbles and seatheating. There is both good skiing above the tree border and good skiing in the wood so in bad weather it's possible to have a nice day in the mountains. It´s also easy to find off-piste without walking and all over the system there are nice huts to eat and drink. When I go there we buy the All star card which also makes it possible to ski in the Wilder Kaiser system, Saalbach, Zell am See and St Johan. More skiing than anyone can wish for and I'm going back in March. Think it´ll be my 10th time in Kitzbühel! =)