Perched 800 metres above sea level between Kitzbüheler Horn and Hahnenkamm, the Kitzbühel region is superbly positioned for snow accumulation, and snow is guaranteed even in the valley from December until April. Because the ground is grassy to a height of 2000 metres unlike other skiing regions, where the ground is mostly rock even quite small snowfalls are sufficient to provide the conditions for long periods of carefree winter sports activities. 168 kilometres of perfectly maintained pistes, 8 kilometres of marked ski trails at all levels of difficulty, action-packed snowboard fun parks, natural toboggan runs, as well as hundreds of kilometres of cross-country skiing trails and winter hiking trails are just some of the attractions that make this skiing region the ultimate winter sports paradise of the Alps, stretching over seven municipal districts and two provinces.
Beginners and (returning) newcomers to the sport can choose from the services of 6 ski schools in the region, and 55 ultramodern cable cars, and lift facilities carry winter sports enthusiasts up to the snow-covered slopes, pistes, ski huts and snack bars every day.
The cable car and ski lift network throughout the region has been thoroughly overhauled the 3S three-cable cable car linking the Hahnenkamm / Pengelstein and Jochberg / Resterhöhe ski regions was commissioned in the 2004/05 winter season, to worldwide acclaim opening up whole new dimensions of opportunities for skiing treks in the region. It is now possible to ski the entire length of the resort complex, from Aschau to Pass Thurn, in both directions, without having to return on one of the free ski buses.
For beginners and those returning to the sport, the region also offers a very special service - the practice lifts in the valley can be used free of charge.
As well as the standard Kitzbühel ski pass which covers Kitzbühel, Aurach, Kirchberg, Jochberg and Reith, there is also, for a few euros more the Kitzbüheler Alpen All Star Card which covers 357 Lifts and Cable Cars and 672 miles (1,081 km) of pistes.
This card is neccessary if you want to use use the link between the Pengelstein I and KiWest gondolas into the Ski Welt Westendorf area. This is achieved by a regular (every 10-15 mins) ski bus which takes 5 minutes. In addition to allowing you to ski the Kitzbühel and SkiWelt areas this pass also covers additional areas altough these are unlinked unlike Kitzbühel and SkiWelt.
The full list of areas on the All Star Card is :-
- Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm - Leogang
- SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental
- Hochtal Wildschönau
- Zell am See - Kaprun
There are a number of Ski shops in Kitzbühel for buying or hiring equipment. If you are looking to buy on a budget then have a look at these links for a good deal.
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