Kitzbuheler Horn Snowboarding
The 17th most popular snowboarding destination in Austria.
Sunday 17 December 2017 06:28 GMT
Southwest of Salzburg, the Kitzbuheler Horn is a small ski area located north of the town of Kitzbuhel. It is part of the Kitzbuhel ski pass but is not interconnected with the main ski region. There is a ski bus between the main ski area and Kitzbuheler Horn. The main route up is a gondola leading to a tram. For the most part, you will be snowboarding the upper half of the mountain back down to the mid-station. The final piste #3 heading down to the base typically has marginal snow and is only worth doing once. Alternately, there is Ski Route #5 and Ski Route #6 heading down to the base from the Hornbahn middle station, which can be a lot of fun for those looking for challenge, if the snow conditions are well above average. Since, you will only want to hit the pistes to the base only once a day, most laps will be on the upper half of Kitzbuheler Horn with a maximum practical vertical drop of about 500m.
The Kitzbuhel ski region has 60 pistes served by 56 lifts accessing 168km with a maximum vertical drop of 1,300m. The ski runs are spread across numerous mountains on both sides of this quaint old town. While the base elevation is lower than many other ski areas in the region, the higher slopes do have reliable snow cover.
When you are ready for some apres ski action, you'll find that the options in Kitzbuhel are pretty limited at the ski base areas. On the way down at the end of the day, if you are taking Piste #3, look for the Hagstein Hut. More in town, the best bet is Streifalm at the Hahnenkamm base.
For a traditional Austrian dinner, try Alt-Kitzbuhel for local flavor in a casual environment.
For nightlife, make sure to check out the Pavillion near the Hahnenkahm, Mangos nightclub, Club Take Five or Club Python.
To reach this area from Salzburg, follow Route 215 west through Germany. Near Lofer, head west on Route 704 and then head southwest on Route 312. Near St. Johann, head south on Route 161 into Kitzbuhel.
To reach this area by train, use either the main Kitzbuhel train station or the Hahnenkambahn station. From either train station, there are two free ski buses that run a loop around Kitzbuhel and also up to Pass Thurn.
Overall, Kitzbuheler Horn is the 17th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 66 snowboarding resorts in Austria.