Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria
How to get there
The relatively quiet town of Kirchberg is located on the same mountain in Austria’s Tyrol region as the popular ski resort, Kitzbühel. Kirchberg is just 86 kilometres from the major town of Innsbruck and is a total of 90 kilometres from Salzburg. Most people choose to fly to either Salzburg International Airport or Munich International Airport, and then take the train or the bus direct to the resort itself. There is a wide range of flights departing from airports around the UK destined for both airports but Salzburg seems to be the more popular option with skiers. Trains leave the airport at Salzburg every hour and the journey to Kirchberg, via Kitzbühel, takes approximately three hours. The bus from the rail station at Salzburg takes slightly less time to reach the resort but it is a far less comfortable option. Those skiers who choose to fly to Munich often prefer hiring a car to using public transport. The scenic route from the city’s FJ Strauss Airport will take you south along the A-99 bypass. From there, you will need to follow the A-8, the A-93, and the A-12. Finally, take the B-312 and B-70 direct to Kirchberg.
For those who would prefer not to fly, rail travel is a convenient option. Kirchberg has a dedicated train station and can be easily accessed using the largely reliable European rail network. You should take the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to the Gare de l’Est, where you will be able to catch an overnight train to Munich. From Munich, you can take the Eurocity train to Innsbruck and then a train to the ski resort.
Some skiers choose to drive the whole distance between the UK and Kirchberg. The resort is located 1100 kilometres away from Calais and the route follows good-quality motorways. If you are planning on driving, always check that your snow chains and tyres are in good condition and that you are aware of potential parking restrictions in the ski resort.
Who does the resort cater for?
Kirchberg is a great place for beginners and intermediate skiers. Beginners will find almost half of the slopes dedicated to them, whilst intermediates also have a large percentage of runs suitable for them. Expert skiers will be happy with the skiing on offer at the resort, since the relatively small percentage of suitable slopes is challenging and varied. Furthermore, experts can push their limits on off-piste terrain, with guided tours proving to be a consistently popular choice. Cross-country skiers will also have nothing to complain about, since there are over 120 kilometres of suitable trails. Snowboarders will be kept entertained by the terrain parks and half-pipes scattered across the resort.
For those who choose not to ski, there are many activities that provide entertainment during the day. These include tobogganing, ice-skating, curling, swimming, bowling and working out at the local fitness centre. The nearby town of Kitzbühel, with its cobbled streets and breathtaking buildings, offers fantastic opportunities for sightseeing. Nightlife in the resort is lively, with several restaurants and bars offering entertainment each night.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
Visitors to the resort, depending upon their budgets, can choose to stay in either a hotel, a chalet, or private apartments. Hotel Elisabeth Kirchberg is within walking distance of the slopes and offers a luxurious swimming pool, a sauna, a whirlpool, and a private sledding slope. The room rates are surprisingly reasonable given the facilities on offer. Well-Vital Pension Hollaus is a cheaper option for those on a tighter budget. This popular Bed and Breakfast accommodation offers private balconies, whirlpools, saunas, and private parking. Appartements Alpenblick has room for approximately 14 people and is another cheap option for skiers wanting to cut down on excessive spending.
There are 13 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 25 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 21 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 76,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The main ski season starts in the middle of December and lasts until the middle of April. The resort also has 200 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 158 km
- Cross Country Trails: 90 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 60
- Maximum Vertical: 1140 m
- Highest Lift: 2000 m
- Altitude of Resort: 860 m
- Lowest Piste: 860 m