Peak, peak season in Kitzbüel coincides with the arrival in town
of the Alpine World Cup cavalcade for the legendary Hahnenkamm
downhill race, the most infamous of all the downhill runs and the
most prestigious to win. One of the best times to be in Kitzbühel
is in the weeks after the race when you can ski (or more likely
sidestep) down whole sheer ice parts of the course.
The one downside of the resort is the low altitude, and
consequently snow conditions can be unreliable. However, the resort
has invested massively in snow machines to overcome this problem.
The skiing is predominantly intermediate but there is a good choice
of pistes and there are wide motorway runs that are linked to the
Pass Thurn region, which covers a greater area and often has better
snow. The choice of on-piste eateries is amongst the best in the
Alps. The advanced skier might be better off trekking to the
extensive off piste, in which case taking a guide is