Kitzbühel. Most of the Most
The resort offers at least 180 days of skiing; the season here lasts till May 1.
The area of Kitzbüheler Horn is perfect for beginners, while experienced skiers will enjoy black pistes #17 and #23 as well as the 6-kilometer-long slope in Aschau. Off-piste skiing area is accessible via the Hornbahn cable car. Particularly spectacular is Kitz 3S-Bahn, which connects Kitzbühel to the ski area of Resterhöhe. This cablecar is a real engineering marvel. It delivers skiers to the heart of the Alps: for instance, to Bärenbadalm lodge.
Tandem paragliding includes some skiing at first, with a takeoff point at the Mausefalle section of the Streif route, then a bird’s-eye view on the roofs of Alpine chalets followed by soft landing at the foot of Mount Hahnenkamm. It costs €125, and extra €25 for professional photo and video shooting.
The first mentioning of Kitzbühel goes back to 1165. The alpine skiing era in Austria began here, with the first ride down the slope of Kitzbüheler Horn in 1893. In 1931, the first skiing race took place on the Hahnenkamm. Despite its impressive sports history, Kitzbühel is an elegant and cozy town featuring a 14th-century church and visited by the public dressed in furs.
Two famous cocktails – aperol and hugo – make one appreciate Tyrol even more. The most affordable and bustling place for après-ski is the Londoner. These drinks along with stronger ones, including the Jägermeister digestif, are generously served here.
Kitzbühel is one of the few resorts, where contests in most refined sports are held annually. The spectacular tournament in snow polo takes place on January 13 at the square by the Zur Tenne hotel.
The legendary Streif route boasts an 85% gradient. It starts with the Mausefalle – a "mousetrap" (a jump followed by flying for up to 80 meters and blind landing) and continues with a series of challenging turns. The Hahnenkamm race is held here on January 14–21; otherwise, Streif is open for casual visitors.
Specialties of Tyrol’s cuisine are goulash, Wiener schnitzel and other heavy meals. Lighter options include roast beef salad and Schlutzkrapfen – ravioli with spinach and homemade cheese filling. Homelike meals are served at S’Kitz (with a lunch price starting from €10).
Text: Maria Kuzmina