Kirchberg Ski Resort

Kirchberg is a traditional Tirolean family-friendly ski resort with easy access to two ski areas and hundreds of miles of pistes, including some excellent intermediate skiing. It's also cheaper than its more famous neighbours. But it's too low to be 100% snowsure.

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, which boasts 170km of pistes, including a wealth of options for intermediates and the famous Hahnenkamm downhill for more seasoned skiers. But that is just part of the skiing on offer, because 10 minutes' drive down the road is Brixen im Thale, which is part of SkiWelt – one of Austria’s largest lift-connected ski areas that includes ski resorts like Elmau, Soll and Westendorf.  You can also ski into it (with the help of a short ride in a ski bus that connects the KitzSki lift at Skirast with the SkiWelt lift at Ki-West). There are several different lift passes to choose from so less enthusiastic skiers don't have to pay for lifts and pistes they don't intend to visit. For really keen skiers, however, the Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard gives access to all the areas mentioned above plus St Johann in Tirol and the Saalbach Hinterglemm Skicircus.

Although much of the skiing in and around Kirchberg is suited to intermediates, the extent of the skiing means there is something for all abilities, with plenty of gentle runs for beginners and ski touring options for advanced skiers looking to test themselves. And there are also good ski schools for those who want to learn or improve.

With a base altitude of just 800 metres, and all its skiing below 2000m, Kirchberg can’t be regarded as snowsure, but commendable investment in snowmaking facilities has ensured that even in bad seasons most pistes remains skiable. In fact the resort often opens up some runs as early as November. In a warm spring, however, even the most advanced snow-guns can't adequately repair all the damage done by rising temperatures.

But Kirchberg has an all-round appeal that extends beyond its skiing. Although it has a family-friendly atmosphere, Kirchberg has a number of après ski bars on the run back down the mountain, and in the resort there is a decent choice of bars and restaurants plus a handful of clubs for those looking to make the most of the evening. There is also an abundance of other activities available, including night skiing on the Gaisberg, tobogganing, ice climbing, snowshoe hiking and skidooing. The village is generally attractive has good value hotels and apartments, most graded 3 stars or better, and many with wellness facilities. Kirchberg is also easy to reach, being accessible from three main airports.

Ski & Board Hire in Kirchberg

There is a reasonable choice of equipment rental shops in the resort, but generally they won't give discounts if you just walk into them when you arrive. works with several ski and snowboard hire shops in Kirchberg and some more in the surrounding villages and towns, and can secure discounts of up to 35% if you book online in advance.  Click here to see shop locations and discounts available.

SKISET also has an outlet in the resort and it too gives discounts if you book online in advance via this link.

Kirchberg Pros & Cons

+ Big ski area (and an even larger one nearby).
+ Good intermediate skiing
+ Modern efficient lifts
+ Impressive artificial snowmaking
+ Good value for money

- Limited advanced skiing, unless ski touring
- Low resort and low mountains
- We prefer natural snow to artificial snow.

Kirchberg Rating

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Kirchberg Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • StateTirol
  • RegionKitzbuheler Alps
  • Base837 m
  • Peak2,004 m
  • Vertical1,176 m
  • Ski Area170 km
  • Beginner69 km
  • Intermediate77 km
  • Advanced24 km
  • Longest Run8 km
  • Ski Lifts54 
  • Cable Cars11 
  • Chair Lifts26 
  • Surface Lifts17 
  • Riders per hour 76,230 
  • 6 day lift pass 241

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

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  • 21st PartCloudRainThunderDay 23° 12° Patchy light rain with thunder New Snow 0cm
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