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Powder in Kitzbuehel, Austria

Kitzbühel has always had a special meaning for me, because that’s where my Mom learned to ski many years ago. She was studying in Europe, and had the chance to ski in Austria one winter. Now, some ~40 years later, I live about an hour and fifteen minutes’ drive from there!

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The mountain is surrounded by several quaint little towns: Jochberg, Kitzbühel, and Kirchberg im Tirol, among others. One of its strengths is the huge amount of open, ungroomed terrain, which is fantastic when there is new snow.

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Under the lifts C1 and C2 (which arrive, respectively, at the tops of Steinbergkogel/1973m and Ehrenbachhöhe/1796m), there are a lot of steep inclines with few trees (sorry, no picture). Beware when there’s not enough snow; but normally by mid-winter it’s full of POW and ready for freshies whenever there’s a 6-12” dump.

Here’s a shot near one of the many lifts to Ehrenbachhöhe near the end of the day:

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Getting there:

  • Google map to my favorite starting lift, Fleckalmbahn (a gondola).
  • I found this incredibly geeky website which has a database of lifts. The link takes you to Steinbergkogel, complete with pictures of the slope below the lift. I love it!
  • Here’s a picture of the area below Steinbergkogel, where I think the best powder runs are. On the right, and in the bottom of the picture, where you see the shadows – that’s it!

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Posted in Skiing+Snowboarding 7 years, 1 month ago at 3:00 pm.

4 comments

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  1. Wendy Feb 7th 2010

    What a simply beautiful place in the world you live. You’d be hard pushed to find better ski fields than that.

  2. Wendy Feb 8th 2010

    Sorry, me again!

    I’ve left a little something in my blog for you :)

  3. Nice post there dave, Maybe I should get you to do some write up sfor me ! I headed to Obertauern on Saturday (see link), and we were swimming in the stuff. Great conditions. I would love to do some midweek ski with you ….
    .-= paul savage´s last blog ..Obertauern Austria a review =-.

  4. Hi Wendy, that is true! And this weekend I was back at Hintertux (from an earlier post), with great new pics coming up soon 😉 So perhaps that will satisfy the photo meme… hehe.

    Paul, might be possible, could think about a little writeup for the ski page. I am definitely up for a midweek day when it’s sunny! Yesterday (Monday) was SO amazing at Hintertux, best day of the year so far.