The Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel is currently in the process of constructing two new lifts to replace outdated chairs on the Kitzbüheler Horn. The new lifts should be up and running in time for the start of ski season 2018/19. Along with the new lifts, the existing mountain and valley stations will also be renovated. Together with Kirchberg, Kitzbühel is part of the KitzSki area, which boasts a long ski season, a massive ski area and one of the most infamous ski racing slopes of all time. The addition of the two new lifts is another feather in the cap of this already-renowned ski area. Bring on ski season 2018/19!
Following the construction of a new snow park with a fun slope last ski season, the Kitzbüheler Horn in the KitzSki area is now planning to upgrade two old chairlifts. The Raintal lift, which has been transporting skiers up Kitzbühel for 50 years, will be replaced by a modern 10-person cable car. Meanwhile, the Brunellenfeld lift, which has been in operation for over 30 years, will be replaced with a modern 6-person lift. The corresponding mountain and valley stations will also be renewed. The two new ski lifts will go into operation at the start of the 2018/19 ski season on December 8, 2018.
New cable car (c) Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
The belle of the ball is the 10-seater cable car by Leitner. The new lift will have a vertical rise of 504m over a total length of 1291m. Skiers and snowboarders will be whisked to the top in just 3:35 minutes, about one-third of the time that the old chairlift used to take. The cable car also offers a wider entry with sliding doors, ergonomically designed individual seats with larger leg spacing and heated seats with genuine leather upholstery. Fancy!
Not to be outdone, the new Brunellenfeld lift will also be significantly faster than its predecessor. This lift brings skiers and snowboarders up a vertical rise of 387 metres to leave them at 1968m above sea level. The anticipated travel time is 3:55 minutes. This is a bubble lift with heated seats. Feeling nostalgic already for the old Raintal and Brunellenfeld lifts? The old chairs are on sale for €200 each from Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel!
Brunelle lift (c) Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
New 10-seater cable car (c) Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
Interior of new cable car (c) Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
The Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel is hugely popular, with access to 215km of slopes in total in the KitzSki area. The infamous Streif downhill piste used for the Hahnenkamm races is the stuff of legends where ordinary joes battle to follow in the tracks of their skiing heroes. If you prefer to take it easy, the Kitzbüheler Horn is a natural snow paradise where you can ski your worries away. There are rumours of an upcoming merger between Kitzbühel and neighbouring St. Johann in Tyrol, although both companies currently refuse to confirm the news.
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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