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Austria: Kitzbühel/Kirchberg 2018/19

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Thank you @HutToHut
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HutToHut wrote:
@Riccardo, Aschaber taxi is nextdoor to the Lift hotel, maybe worth an email. Centre of town is a ten minute walk for the other ski shops.


Thanks, l got a quote from them and it was €320, so double Andis taxis shuttle service. The same happened when we went to Saalbach where the taxi firm next door to our hotel wanted to charge one and a half times as much as the service we used despite not having to drive home from the drop off point, saving themselves a leg of the journey each way.

Thanks again @HutToHut
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It’s been snowing the last few days, there was 4-6 inches of powdery snow outside my apartment in St Johann on Tuesday morning. It snowed more last night by the looks of things so I’ve had a fantastic day off piste in Kitzbuhel today. Untracked lines all day with no skinning or hiking! Unbelievable.
The pistes are in great condition it’s just marvellous compared to last week when it was too warm really. For my tastes anyway!
Off piste today the snow stayed nice all day because it’s nice and cold. There was only one pitch we skied which was not so nice.
Anyhow I’ve had a fab day.
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Looking forward to making the most of the good snow this weekend. Presumably earlier the better as the sun is making the slush in the afternoon?

Any tips for one days skiing in Kitz on Saturday?
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@trolleyed, it’s not been soft in the afternoon today but yes usually this time of year get the gondola at 8am and make the most of it
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Quick question...

The bus timetables I've seen that take you between Aschau and Kirchberg go up to 17th March, are the buses still running? And is there a current timetable? (That's actually two questions)

I had come up with a loose plan to take 56 down to Aschau and then take the bus to Ki West and ski Westendorf, but it's not clear what 56 is. Is it a pisted black or unpisted itinery? (I know, that's another question rolling eyes )
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@Riccardo, the number of buses is reduced after from 18.03 see https://www.kitzski.at/de/skigebiet-tirol/info/busfahrplaene.html , look down the bottom of the page under the heading "Eingeschränkter Skibusfahrplan ab 18.03.19".

My experience of that run was that it was basically a piste but that was a couple of years ago, things might be different now especially after new snow later in the season. If the prospect of a long ski route concerns you best check with the lift company before setting out as maybe they only prepare it from time to time.


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@munich_irish, Thanks but unfortunately your link didn't work but I think i got where you were sending me

https://www.kitzski.at/en/skiarea-tyrol/info/bus-timetables.html

and there are still plenty of buses.


Yes I suppose it doesn't really matter whether it's a piste or a route, except possibly in respect of time taken to descend and the possibility of it lacking snow at the bottom. Fingers are crossed.
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@Riccardo, just edited the link so it will work (put the comma in at the end) its just the German version of your link. There is now lots of snow, if you are there next week should be good conditions.
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@Riccardo, just edited the link so it will work (put the comma in at the end) its just the German version of your link. There is now lots of snow, if you are there next week should be good conditions.
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@munich_irish, Arrive in two weeks time.
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@Riccardo, whenever I go to Ki West I get the bus from the Maierlbahn Talstation. There’s a nice restaurant just above the bus stop that I pop into and have a coffee or whatever if I have to wait for the bus.

Ski route 56 is pretty long and is definitely not pisted. It’s difficult to say what it will be like in 2 weeks time because I don’t know how warm it’s going to get but it has snowed a lot in the past couple of days alone on top of an already really decent base. Therefore I’d imagine there should be cover on it right down to the bottom. There will be quite deep snow on it just from today. It might not be very nice low down mind when you go to ski it, or it might be fab, anything could happen in 2 weeks it mainly depends on the temperature and how high the freezing level gets.
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@VolklAttivaS5, thanks, I was just planning a few options. I'm lucky enough to have managed two trips already this season and in both cases it wasnt just about the skiing so I was content to go with the flow. This trip with the extended ski pass is different with so much mileage available, it needs a bit of loose planning. Im not going to go mad but I'd like to get around the areas that are accessible.

So maybe a day in Westendorf, another above Soll and the rest exploring the various bits of Kitz. Any must dos?
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Im sure the ski welte closes at the end of March this year so you will struggle to do westendorf, Soll etc.

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Just checked, yep 30th is the last day
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@jafa, doh! Never occured to me.
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As I read this, the SkiWelt will be open till 8th April (though maybe not all runs).
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@espri, isn't that last season?
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Oops, you're right. Sorry, but it's what the SkiWelt website displayed under 'operating and system dates'. I didn't look closely enough. Here is the correct link for this season. It does only go to 31st March. Strange. I would ask the lift company if they are not planning extending the season, given the amount of snow there is.
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Actually, not having the SkiWelt open would open up other possibilities that a hire car would give us, such as WildKogel, Konigsleiten and maybe even Fieberbrunn that we didn't get to explore much on a recent trip to Saalbach.

What's St Johann like?
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I just love Kitz, if there is no snow ... there is always the Londoner Madeye-Smiley
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What's St Johann like?

Set to close on the 31/3 according to bergfex. It's small and interesting with lots of huts, Penzing is nice run down.
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Steinplatte is worth a day trip, open till 7/4.
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@HutToHut, We'll pass Steinplatte on the way back to the airport. Evening flight too...

Edit, although now I come to think of it, my son will have had to return his rental boots. He could wait in the car I spose...
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OK, so now I've had time to put some thought into this and do a bit of research, I think it would be worthwhile using the car and extended pass to explore smaller '1 day' resorts that I wouldn't book a week at on the grounds that they don't offer enough skiing. But obviously as we're based in Kirchberg, it makes no sense to leave out some of the Kitzbuhel runs in order to drive somewhere else.

We've got 6.5 days skiing from the 31st and the areas of interest that I think will be open are Steinplatte (thanks @HutToHut), WildKogel, and Auffach (Ski Juwel, may be bigger than 1 day).

So, ignoring the fact that snow coverage might influence the decision by the time we get there, do we spend,

a) 3.5 days in Kitz and 1 in each of the others?
b) 4.5 days in Kitz and not one of the others? If so which one?
c) 5.5 days in Kitz and a day in one of the others? If so which?
d) Something else?
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I think you really need to wait to see what is open and what the conditions are like. The current forecasts suggest warm dry spring weather except for a cooler and damper interlude early next week. The forecast suggest nearly 20 degrees on the 31st, though as always how accurate forecasts that far out will be is open to question. Also note that some of the Kitzbühel lifts close on the 31st too, see https://www.kitzski.at/en/skiarea-tyrol/info/fahrplan-winter-bbag-kitz.html. That is not to say there will not be any skiing, more that you need to be flexible to go to the best spots. Fieberbrunn is almost certainly worth a visit. Might be worth a trip to Kaprun, could be an excellent time for glacier skiing. The Wildkogel area the other side of Pass Thurn will be open and has high skiing area (top lifts higher than Kitzbühel though the valley runs will almost certainly be closed). Further up the same valley at Königsleiten should also be potentially good. Places with lots of south facing slopes are probably best avoided. I would be dubious that Auffach would be worth the trip but given the amount of snow there is it might be. Same with Steinplatte, it has had a lot of snow this year but it is not high though north facing and will suffer in the warm temperatures. It also depends what you want out of the day and what sort of skiing you enjoy.
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Thanks for the link @munich_irish, l think the only closure that affects what we'd want to do is the Heislegg which is a bit of a shame to lose that corner. Königsleiten and Fieberbrunn were on the long list because they're somewhere I'd like to visit but really deserve more than a day; but l hadn't considered Kaprun, cheers for that idea.

What do I want out of it? Just to experience different places, types of resort. I'm not massively well travelled but it seems to me that resorts have their own vibe/character/personality/culture, however you want to term it, and that's interesting to explore. And I suppose much the same goes for skiing different conditions too.
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