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Resort: Kitzbuhel
Country: Austria
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Author: Ski Bat.
Date: 21-28th January 2006

Our holiday: We are a mixed group of 30 somethings with a skiing range from cruising red & blue runs to searching out mogul fields, lift lines and off piste paradises.

Website : http://www.kitzbuehel.com/english.asp and http://www.hahnenkamm.com/cms/en/welcome/welcome/index.html.

Basics : A wonderful and truly historic Tirolean town 1.5 hours south from Salzburg. Home of the world famous Hahnenkamm ski race.

Lift system : Their are two main areas to ski. Firstly you have the Hahnenkamm lift which takes you up to the main ski area and links you to Kirkburg and right up to Pass Thurn via the new 3S cable car (which is more than enough for any skier to enjoy). And on the other side of town you can also spend a day or two up on the Kitzbuheler Horn via the HornBahn lift. Up here you have plenty of skiing for begginers and intermediates.

The terrain : There are plenty of reds and blacks to enjoy up in the main ski area (as accessed via the Hahnenkamm lift). Run 23 is an excellent black that is really wide and very quiet as everybody seems to bypass it on there way out. Another place to explore is Jochberg via the 3S which has plenty of good reds and a few good little restaurants for lunch. Down towards Kirberg there is an excellent long wide red 25a which takes you all the way down into the valley, but get on it early as it tends to get crowded from lunch onwards.

Over on the Horn you have plenty of blues and some really nice reds to chose from. Plus there are a few off piste black touring routes and the snowpark for snowboarders and/or spectators.

The snow : We had plenty and there seems to be loads of snow making too.

Off-piste : Seemed okay but didn't really have the opportunity to explore due to the standard of the group we were with. The Horn looked very tempting though.

The resort : It's a beautiful resort and must be seen. A traditional Tirolean village with everything you would ever need. We went during race weekend so the atmosphere was unbelieveable.

Food : We were half board so we didn't eat in the village, but all the mountain restaurants were lovely and traditional. Our personal favourite for food, views and value was the Gipfelhaus on the top of the Horn. In the town we did snack and booze at La Fonda which was good. We were told to try The Londoner but after walking through the door and sampling the smell of dry sick, we decided to try another bar. Some people seemed to like it though?

Accommodation : Hotel Tyrol which is run by Neilson. Well positioned but lacked charm within and the washrooms were a tad minute.

Costs: We have been to the Tirol a few times and compared to France it is cheap. The mounatin restaurants are very good value indeed.

Conclusion: A beautiful and traditional Tirolean ski village that is a real break from the large bland French resorts. Please don't go. We want it for ourselves.
But if you are tempted, then you need to go during the Hahnenkamm ski race weekend to experience the sport at it's best.

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