In 1893 Franz Reisch became the first person in Austria to win an alpine dowhill ski race, held on the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain.
This is the time when the legend of Kitzbühel was born. Today it lives on, fuelled by the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race in January on the infamous Streif course. But it is not only world-class skiers who benefit from Kitzbühel's reputation and infrastructure. The ski resort around the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain is one of the most popular in the Alps thanks to its huge range of pistes catering for all abilities.
The resort of Kitzbühel is famous the world over not least thanks to the infamous Streif piste where the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race is held in January, when the world's best skiers gather in this chic village in the east of Tirol for a weekend of high-speed and high-adrenaline action. Little wonder that the village has also developed a reputation as one of the top international destinations for the winter jetset with its outstanding pistes and classy après-ski locations.
The resort itself is quite simply one of the best in the world. Advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders in particular will find an almost endless selection of runs and off-piste adventures. Snowboard funparks, excellent off-piste ski touring for freeriders, state-of-the-art lifts as well as plenty of cosy huts and snack stations combine to make Kitzbühel a top winter destination. Experienced skiers should not miss out on the chance to ski the Streif, which is considered one of the most difficult race pistes in the world.
Despite the fact that the resort's pistes "only" reach up to around 2,000 metres above sea level, Kitzbühel has snowsure slopes from December through until April. Further advantages Kitzbühel has to offer include the fact that it is easy to reach as well as its famous après-ski and shopping. The pretty village is home to many exclusive boutiques, fine restaurants, stylish bars and nightclubs which ensure there is plenty to see and do at the end of a great day on the slopes.