Kitzbuhel's motto this winter is first on the mountain! The winter officially opens at the start of December, 2008, with a whole host of activities and events in the snow throughout the winter, the most spectacular of these is the famous Men's Downhill in January. With lots of lifts and ski connections, as well 2 new hotels (over 400 beds in the highest category) the winter bookings forecast is looking very good.
World-famous Kitzbuhel has 158km of pistes served by 56 lifts and gives skiers the chance to ski part of the mens downhill Hahnenkamm course. In recent years a huge investment in snow cannons has meant that the lower slopes have more or less guaranteed snow throughout the winter season.
There are a number of changes made to make skiing even more attractive at Kitzbuhel on the high mountain slopes. The former Ehrenbachhohe T-Bar has been replaced with a state-of-the-art chairlift featuring child safety devices. In the Resterhohe region, a large snowmaking system has been built to cover an even larger area. Then there is the Panoramabahn Kitzbuheler Alpen which connects Kitzbuhel's neighbouring region of Hollersbach/Mittersill.
If that was not enough, the gondola Ki-West was completed on schedule connecting the SkiWelt Westendorf with the larger Kitzbuhel ski area.
The Hahnenkamm mountain (1668m) might provide exciting skiing but on the opposite side of the valley, the Kitzbuheler Horn mountain (1996m) has some excellent red runs and the Stuckkogel (1888m) has an excellent long red piste down to the nearby village of Aurach. Here you will find the longest ski run - 7km (4.3 miles). The Kitzbuhel skiing area embraces 168km so there is plenty for all levels of enthusiast.
In fact, one of Kitzbuhel's main attractions is it's close proximity to so many neighbouring ski slopes. The resort of Kirchberg is a short drive away where there are numerous slopes served by an excellent lift system rising to 1972m at Steinbergkogel. This area can also be accessed from the village of Aschau which is served by a ski bus link from Kirchberg. For beginners there are numerous lower slopes which are ideal for those not yet ready to venture to the higher slopes.
The traffic-free village of Kitzbuhel is steeped in history. It is a delight to walk through with its attractive narrow streets where the quietness is occasionally disturbed by the sound of horses hoofs as another horse-drawn sleigh meanders through the archway on its way back from a journey to the nearby forests.
The village has plenty of night life and bustles with bars and cafes and the traditional sound of Austrian music. There is a large indoor complex with an excellent swimming pool and back at your hotel you can sip gluewein whilst sitting in front of a warming log fire.
The 2008-09 season commences at the end of November and continues through until late April.