Kirchberg in Tirol is a traditional family friendly resort which offers easy access to hundreds of miles of pistes, including some excellent intermediate skiing, without the exclusive pricing as some of its more illustrious neighbouring resorts.
Situated in the heart of the Tirol, Kirchberg is regarded by many as a more affordable alternative to neighbouring Kitzbühel, with joint access to the KitzSki area and similarly close links to the nearby SkiWelt – Austria’s largest lift-connected ski area. The KitzSki area is served by a modern lift system and boasts 170km of pistes, including a wealth of options for intermediates and the famous Hahnenkamm downhill for more seasoned skiers.
While a lift pass is available exclusively for the KitzSki area, the All Star Card is only fractionally more expensive and gives access to ten different ski areas nearby, giving an indication of the vast amounts of skiing on offer from Kirchberg.
Although much of the skiing is suited to intermediates, the extent and nature of the skiing means there is something for skiers of all abilities, with plenty of gentle runs for beginners and ski touring options for advanced skiers looking to test themselves throughout their stay.
With a base altitude of just 870 metres, it’s fair to say Kirchberg can’t be viewed as one of Europe’s more snowsure resorts, although commendable investment in snowmaking facilities has ensured that even in bad seasons, the extensive networks of pistes remains entirely skiable.
It would be easy to think of Kirchberg as a quiet alternative to a more famous neighbour, but think again. Kirchberg has a number of après ski bars on the run back down the mountain and there is a choice of bars and a handful of clubs for those looking to make the most of the evening. There is also an abundance of other activities in the resort, including night skiing on the Gaisberg, toboganning, ice climbing, snowshoe hiking, skidooing and much more.
Easily accessible from three main airports, the resort has a number of four star hotels, and one four star superior hotel, although the majority of Kirchberg’s 7,800 beds are found in 3 star apartments, many of which have wellness facilities.
Kirchberg Pros & Cons
+ Easy access to hundreds of miles of pistes
+ Large ski area
+ Good intermediate skiing
+ Good lift system
+ Good artificial snowmaking
- Limited advanced skiing, unless ski touring
- Low base altitude