Kitzbühel is an international attraction located in the Tyrol area of western Austria. It is often recognized as one of the greatest ski resorts in the Alps and is one of the largest ski regions in Austria. Other nearby resorts are St Anton and Ischgl.
Kitzbühel hosts the World Cup downhill ski race with its famous and demanding Streif descent on the Hahnenkamm (rooster’s comb) mountain. The Hahnenkammrennen, annual races held since 1931, have been part of the men’s World Cup since 1967.
Kitzbühel has plenty of backcountry (200 km2) and snow conditions are reliably good from December to April. The grass-covered slopes don’t need a lot of snow to create perfect skiing.
It’s a big place but still easy to get around without a lot of traversing. At some resorts you spend all your time getting from one lift or one side of the mountain to the other. On the other hand, it’s sometimes fun to plan your day that way—make one run on every lift.
Kitzbühel has several modern lifts, some with seat heating and protective wind bubbles, and boasts the 3S-Umlaufbahn (aerial cable car), that is 3642 m long, 400 m from the ground at its highest point, and has just one 80 m support pillar. One of the 24-person cabins has a glass floor.
The medieval town of Kitzbühel is picturesque and not to be missed at night. Along with all the high-end shopping, it has a traditional Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in December offering warm Glüwein (red wine with mulling spices) and handcrafted wooden ornaments and decorations.
Tip: Kitzbühel in summer has 200 km of MTB trails and 500 km of hiking trails.
Hochfügen is located in the Zillertal Alps in Tyrol and is one of the highest altitude resorts in Austria. Much of this resort is above tree line, which means wide-open slopes, stunning views, reliable snow conditions, and sunshine.
Hochfügen has something to satisfy skiers of every type and level. The groomers are great for fast carving, and there are perfectly cut mogul runs and expert off-piste slopes. Hochfügen is also considered a freeride hotspot and hosts a Big Mountain event in January.
Fieberbrunn is also located in the Kitzbühel Alps and recently became part of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang area, which is now the largest interconnected ski area in Austria. Fieberbrunn itself is a hidden gem, offering great skiing without crowds and lift lines, as well as short ascents with long descents.
Fieberbrunn is considered a freeriding (off-piste) hotspot. The resort hosts some of the largest extreme skiing and snowboarding competitions. These Big Mountain events, like Snow Fever and Lords of the Boards, give you an idea of the terrain.
Here are just a few of the freeriding options:
Two more standout features of Fieberbrunn are the giant pushpin at the top of the mountain and the crazy lift system that has 5-gondolas attached together, moving as one unit carrying skiers up and down the mountain. There is also a freeriding fun park and a timed racecourse permanently set up.