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Austria: Kitzbühel/Kirchberg 2018/19

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Its the Flek that gets closed most of the time. If you aren't able to get up the mountain, I can understand why the rest just get closed.
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@jafa, it is but the Fleckalmbahn isn't the only way up, sometimes the Hahnenkamm and Maierlbahn are open and then C2 and C4 only on the Hahnenkamm side of Kitzbuhel. So it's either bus to Pass Thurn or Jochberg from Hahnenkamm for limited opening there as well, or possibly the Horn but that's often closed too when it's a bit windy. Or just go somewhere else entirely which is what I do, when lifts are closed in Kitzbuhel there are plenty of other options close by that don't seem to have any trouble. So what I'm saying is i've noticed Kitzbuhel seems to be affected by wind a lot more frequently than other nearby resorts and I'm not sure why that is which makes me wonder about their threshold for closure.

There were a lot of closures in January when a lot of snow came but for example every single day Kitzbuhel was closed Zell am See had everything open bar maybe 1 lift so it must be more sheltered there or something.
So off I went!
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Just to sum up...

It was a bit of an odd holiday as we didn't end up skiing much in Kitzbuhel itself. Skied the Kirchberg side and Pass Thurn on Sunday, Steinplatte on Monday, Wildkogel Tuesday, Ski Juwel Wednesday, Steinplatte again on Thursday because Kitzbuhel was shut, Kitzbuhel on Friday but conditions were pretty awful, then finally half a day on Saturday at Kitz in good conditions.

My take is that the other resorts all held their snow better than Kitzbuhel, less traffic maybe? Wildkogel is mostly in a bowl between 1700 and 2200m so you'd expect the pistes to hold up during the day but the downside is that it's a bit featureless.

We loved Steinplatte and the appropriately named Ski Juwel valley runs were skiable too. I know I didn't see Kitzbuhel at its best but in the great Kitz vs S-H debate, I'd say I preferred Kitzbuhel's lifts and the variety of tougher runs but there's a coherence to S-H-L-F that Kitzski doesn't achieve. When you factor in the Chicken Man, I'll come down narrowly on the side of Saalbach.
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I suspect you were a bit unlucky with the weather but that can happen at any time. As all resorts Kitzbühel has its strengths and weaknesses, the wind issue being one. Personally I would say there is a greater variety of challenging skiing at Kitzbühel than at S-H, though the Fieberbrunn connection has helped S-H in that regard. The link into Skiwelt gives access to a lot more straight forward skiing and the long ski routes down to Jochberg can be very worthwhile but both are closed now. I realise you cant always choose the ideal time for a holiday but I would say late January or early February are the best times to visit.
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In the next few days the work will begin on the replacement of the Fleckalmbahn with a new 10-seater gondola. There are details and impressions (in German, couldn't find an English version yet) here: new Fleckalmbahn facts & figures. I hope it isn't a sign of things to come that the photos of the old lift (running since 1984) are of cabins with advertising and not of those with national flags on them which I always enjoyed trying to recognise.

And to celebrate day tickets will be half price on this coming Sunday.

P.S. Here is a link (again only in German) with more details of the new lift, including the fact that the new lift track should be better protected from the wind.
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Lots of corporate puff about how quick and comfortable the new lift will be. I didn't notice any mention of "less likely to get closed when the wind blows" though I guess that contemporary lift technology means that the new lift will be able to cope with moderate winds without having to be shut down.
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espri wrote:
In the next few days the work will begin on the replacement of the Fleckalmbahn with a new 10-seater gondola. There are details and impressions (in German, couldn't find an English version yet) here: new Fleckalmbahn facts & figures. I hope it isn't a sign of things to come that the photos of the old lift (running since 1984) are of cabins with advertising and not of those with national flags on them which I always enjoyed trying to recognise.

And to celebrate day tickets will be half price on this coming Sunday.

P.S. Here is a link (again only in German) with more details of the new lift, including the fact that the new lift track should be better protected from the wind.


If it travels a bit quicker than the old one, you won't need to play the flag game to pass the time!
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Riccardo wrote:
Just to sum up...

It was a bit of an odd holiday as we didn't end up skiing much in Kitzbuhel itself. Skied the Kirchberg side and Pass Thurn on Sunday, Steinplatte on Monday, Wildkogel Tuesday, Ski Juwel Wednesday, Steinplatte again on Thursday because Kitzbuhel was shut, Kitzbuhel on Friday but conditions were pretty awful, then finally half a day on Saturday at Kitz in good conditions.

My take is that the other resorts all held their snow better than Kitzbuhel, less traffic maybe? Wildkogel is mostly in a bowl between 1700 and 2200m so you'd expect the pistes to hold up during the day but the downside is that it's a bit featureless.

We loved Steinplatte and the appropriately named Ski Juwel valley runs were skiable too. I know I didn't see Kitzbuhel at its best but in the great Kitz vs S-H debate, I'd say I preferred Kitzbuhel's lifts and the variety of tougher runs but there's a coherence to S-H-L-F that Kitzski doesn't achieve. When you factor in the Chicken Man, I'll come down narrowly on the side of Saalbach.


I think you'd have to go back to Kitzbuhel in better conditions to get a real appreciation.

I agree about the Steinplatte though, we've stayed in Waidring the last 3 trips. Though we tend to travel to other resorts in the area some of the days.
It often has good snow conditions when others are suffering (due to the relative height and the aspect), fast lifts and a lot of variety for a small area.
The two best huts are the Stallenalm and the Seegatterl Alm (right down at the car park on the german side) IMO.
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Sunday was the last day of operation of the old Fleckalmbahn 6-seater gondola, built in 1984. The new 10-seater is scheduled to start running on 14th December. I had a good day's skiing, with many more lifts operating than when I was there the week before last. Snow was good, mostly hard-packed but not icy. The only softer snow I saw was on the last run down the Maierl (and over to the Fleckalmbahn). I skied the Family Streif, Maierl, Steinbergkogel, Brunn & Pengelstein II, indeed most of the Kirchberg/Kitzbühel side of the ski area (except Pengelstein I and Hieslegg/Hochsaukaser).

The new cabins won't have flags on them, a liftie told me, explaining that there wouldn't be enough cabins to do it to the same extent as on the current lift.

There was a well filled beer tent in the car park to celebrate the 35 years of service the lift had given. Thank you, old friend.
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December 14th you say. We have flights booked going back on the 15th so that's perfect then. Im assuming you will be there on the 1st day of the new Flek?
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jafa wrote:
Im assuming you will be there on the 1st day of the new Flek?

Will certainly try! Very Happy
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