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.
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.
Kitzbühel ski area
There are four skiing and snowboarding areas covered by the Kitzbuhel Ski Pass; Hahnenkamm Area, Kitzbuheler Horn Area, Bichalm Area and Jochberg-Pass Thurn Area.
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.
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.