Ski resort Kitzbüheler Alpen
Ski resort Kitzbüheler Alpen is one of the best known and most exciting ski area in the world. A modern network of more than 350 lifts serving 1.000 kilometers of pistes in ten fascinating ski areas in the Tyrol and Salzburg. If you stay for example in Westendorf you can buy the Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard and ski in top resorts as Kitzbühel, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Zell am See, Kaprun, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser, Brixental, Alpbachtal, St. Johann, Fieberbrunn, Waidring und Wildschönau. The skiing in Kitzbühel is extensive and extends to the neighbouring village of Kirchberg and all the way out to Pass Thurn and its views into the neighbouring province of Salzburg. A smaller second area on the Kitzüheler Horn offers some choice for skiers and snowboarders. The Hahnenkamm gondola remains the only access point from the town into the main ski area above the village and this is usually followed by an often-crowded run down to the collection of chairlifts heading up to the Steinbergkogel or to the Ehrenbachhöhe. The Steinbergkogel side provides some challenging black runs and some opportunities for off-piste in good conditions. Those who feel it is too early in the day to challenge themselves to that extent will head along the ridge and down towards the Pengelstein area, or, alternatively, take the Ehrenbachhöhe chairlift up to reach the connections to Kirchberg. Those heading down into the Spertental in the direction of Aschau will also notice the new Westendorf lift, the Ki-West, on the other side of the valley. This gives access to the neighbouring ski area of Westendorf and from there to the Wilder Kaiser ski region. Another major attraction is the massive 3-S-Bahn gondola which crosses the valley to the ridge above Jochberg on the old Kitzbühel Ski Safari route. Locals mutter none too softly about the rise in the cost of lift passes that the most modern technology of the 3-S-Bahn has necessitated, but there is no denying that the lift is a spectacular improvement to the accessibility of the ski area.