A few weeks ago I went on a mini-break to the famous ski resort of Kitzbühel in Austria. Yes, you can totally go skiing in March/April time. Spring skiing is a thing, and I highly recommend it. One of the best things about the trip was staying in a town renowned for skiing, as one of the first places in the world to offer skiing as a leisurely past-time, it has developed into a top spot for all those looking for some adventure activities.
One of the best things about the trip was staying in a town renowned for skiing, as one of the first places in the world to offer skiing as a leisurely past-time, it has developed into a top spot for all those looking for some adventure activities.
The facilities in the town are fab, whether you are there for winter sports or summer activities, there is always something to keep you entertained. And the view ain’t that bad, either?!
WHAT TO DO
Of course, the most popular activity in Kitzbühel is skiing on one of the many slopes you have access to. There are 54 cable cars and 179m of prepared slopes, and 36km of ski trails to choose from. The resort boasts 180 days of guaranteed skiing, which is rather handy when choosing where to go.
If you fancy something different to skiing, you could try a range of other winter sports and activities such as snowshoeing, ski touring, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, sledging, ice skating, and even curling.
In the warmer months, there are loads of activities in the mountains and the valley, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding, paragliding, canonying, tennis and even archery.
If like me, you adore a spot of indulgence, you can take some time out at one of the spa hotels. If you’ve been exerting yourself on the slopes you will definitely appreciate an all-important deep tissue massage or a facial.
There are 4 golf courses in Kitzbühel and a further 30 within easy driving distance of the town if you fancy a teeing off on your break away.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Kitzbühel is known for being a luxury destination but you should be able to find something to suit any budget when you head out to eat and drink.
I recommend trying out Rosi’s Sonnbergstuben – a gloriously Austrian restaurant in the hills and home to the infamous Rosi, who, if you’re like, might come out with her guitar and sing to you – yodelling included.
WHERE TO STAY
There are a range of accommodation options to suit all price points, from self-catering apartments through to 5 star hotel. I stayed at the Tiefenbrunner Hotel in the centre of town and within 10 minutes walk from both of the main ski lifts.
It’s worth checking out the various options here.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kitzbühel is conveniently located with access to various airports. Innsbruck Airport is about an hours drive away. Other airports nearby include Munich and Memmingen in Germany, Zurich in Switzerland, and Salzburg in Austria.
If you’re a train fan (I know I am!) you’ll be pleased to know that Kitzbühel is well served by the railway network, with trains coming in from Innsbruck, Vienna, Zurich, Munich, and Hamburg.
Likewise, if you fancy a European road trip you can easily get there by car. Just make sure your car is snow-ready if you travel there in the winter.