The peak, peak season 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