12 January 2015 from Nikki in 'Live from the slopes''

Since last weekend the Snowplaza Ski Safari has been skiing in the Kitzbuhel Alps. They visited the ski resorts of Ellmau, Fieberbrunn and Kirchberg and have reported back on the skiing in these resorts and some great fresh snow in their ski areas! Although winter only just arrived in time for Christmas in the Kitzbuhel area, with fresh snow that followed their arrival, apparently the piste conditions were great with good snow right down to the valley! Read on to find out if Ellmau, Fieberbrunn, Kitzbuhel and Kirchberg sound like the perfect choice for your next ski holidays.

Fresh snow in Ellmau

The Ski Safari team arrived in Ellmau last Sunday in the early morning. The heavy gray sky looked very promising much and in the afternoon it started snowing heavily. Although Ellmau had already received a reasonable dump of fresh snow around Christmas, the slopes certainly still needed some fresh snow. There were a few brown patches with stones and grass poking through in places! On Monday, it was a completely different story and the Ski Safari team were able to enjoy the fresh snow. Perfect timing and perfect skiing conditions in Ellmau!

More fresh snow in Fieberbrunn

On Tuesday morning the Ski Safari team drove to Fieberbrunn. Fieberbrunn is located in the Pillerseetal and measurements over the last 30 years have shown that this region breaks the records for the most snow in the whole of the Tyrol region. Although the conditions in Ellmau were already pretty good, in Fieberbrunn there were even better! In terms of weather conditions, the team arrived just at the right time. After a somewhat cloudy day on Tuesday, on Wednesday the team were treated to some cracking fresh snow and blue sky in the morning. The slopes in the ski resort were just immaculate, no icy patches, just beautiful soft snow.


Fresh snow in Fieberbrunn

No fresh snow but pleasant skiing in Kirchberg

And so moving on to the next ski resort - Kirchberg! Thursday morning apparently started nicely, but soon it became overcast with bad visibility and unfortunately there was no fresh snow in these heavy clouds! The 63 inches of snow that already lay on the slopes in Kirchberg proved enough for some pleasant skiing but nothing compared to previous days. Unfortunately the Streif was closed linking to Kitzbuhel for the preparations for the Hahnenkamm race, but otherwise almost all other lifts and runs were open in Kitzbühel and Kirchberg. The following day there were several lifts and slopes closed due to the wind. A very good reason to take a break and to test the toboggan run on the Gaisberg – great fun!


Heavy skies in Kirchberg

Next stop Gerlos and Mayrhofen

After returning to Brixen im Thale the Snowplaza Ski Safari team drive on to Gerlos and Mayrhofen. We wonder what conditions will be like there and look forward to our team’s reports. Do you have any tips for these ski resort from your ski holidays in Gerlos or Mayrhofen? Leave a comment or join us on Facebook and let us know!

Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!