Kitzbühel Resort Info
Every keen skier has heard of Kitzbuhel and its famous Hahnenkamm downhill run. So what else can we tell you? It has its own 158km of runs, but nearly 700km if you include all the associated 'Kitzbuheler Alpen' resorts. The resort also offers a huge range of attractions - lots of cross-country, reasonable boarder facilities (but lots of draglifts), great intermediate and expert skiing, plenty of off-piste including challenging moguls for better skiers, a wide variety of terrain and slopes, great nightlife, accommodation for all budgets, excellent restaurants on and off the snow, short transfers and attractive buildings.
Of course there are a few disadvantages, some of which can slightly undermine the skiing/boarding. The snow record is poor and low altitude pistes, even with loads of snowmaking, can suffer. Because Kitzbuhel is so well-known, there can be long queues and crowds, even though lifts have been updated. Advanced skiers don't have much tough terrain. Kids don't get a great deal to play with, as non-skiing children have no kindergarten.
Finally, the resort itself is a bit of a sprawler and access to the slopes is inconvenient, even though the bus service is free and efficient. It's worth checking the location of your destination before you book.
Overall, Kitzbuhel still offers plenty of magic and, even if the total ski experience has a few stumbling blocks, there is always the town to play in…
More Kitzbühel resort information
Kitzbühel Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 06 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 30-Nov-2013|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||15 cm|
|Upper slopes||65 cm|
|Runs to resort||Soft|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Best skiing on groomed runs, variable elsewhere|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 06-Dec-2013)
Most of our featured Austrian resorts experienced a warm and sunny week but good early-season snowfall means more will open early this weekend.
St. Anton (10cm/50cm) will kick off the new season on Friday 6th December along with nearby Lech (30cm/40cm) and Zurs (30cm/40cm). There has been no new snow in the Arlberg ski area but each resorts should offer good on-piste conditions.
Serfaus (10cm/55cm) and Fiss (10cm/55cm) will also start operations on Friday 6th December and are expected to have 31 lifts and 85km of pistes available.
Despite a mostly sunny week there are still excellent early season conditions at our featured glacial resorts. Solden (10cm/142cm) now has top to bottom skiing on offer and there is a strong base and good on-piste conditions at Kaunertal (0cm/272cm).
European Weather Outlook
The weather over the weekend and into next weekend is forecast to remain sunny for the majority of European skiing destinations. The good news is that mid-mountain temperatures should remain around freezing over the weekend, although it is set to get mild again next week.
Strong winds have affected the Scottish resorts this week, with some damage reported at Nevis Range. Some fresh snow could land over the weekend.
Fresh snow has already been reported in Norway and Sweden too, and more snow could land over the weekend.