In the ski season, we go skiing or snowboarding. The season runs from the end of November to the beginning of May. We usually agree in the coffee break between morning lessons where we will ski, based on the weather conditions, snow conditions and experience of the group. The school is a 5 minute walk from the nearest ski bus stop, and we normally fix a time to meet there before setting off together for the slopes. The school's director, who leads the group, is a former ski instructor and knows the mountains very well. He advises on the best places to ski and keeps the group together.
When is the ski season?
Between the end of November (about the 20th of November onwards, but every year has its own official start date, so please send us an email requesting this information if you would like to ski in November) and the beginning of May.
There are high and low season rates for ski passes. It is sometimes tricky to calculate the exact cost of your lift pass if your stay in Kitzbühel spans the high and low season.
How much skiing do we do per week?
German lessons are from 9:00 to 12:15 Monday to Friday. This means that you can get the ski bus about 10 minutes after class and get straight onto the slopes. You could ski from about 1:00 until the lifts close, shortly before dark. This means that you get about 4 hours skiing a day from Monday to Friday. You can ski for the whole of Saturday and Sunday of course.
At least 3 times a week the school director (himself a very enthusiastic skier), accompanies the group. This is the best and most efficient way for students to get to know this huge ski resort. He advises on the best lifts to take and which to avoid, and which pistes to concentrate on and which to avoid in light of the prevailing weather conditions and standard of the group etc. On the days when there is no official programme, our director often can't resist going skiing with students and the other teachers often go too.
After skiing, it's great to finish the day in a café of bar to discuss the events and achievements of the afternoon. This is also a great opportunity to practise your German in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. No other school compares to the our German and Skiing experience!
Can I have ski/snowboard lessons?
Yes. We can organize lessons for you from the school office. If you would like us to organise these before you arrive, then we can discuss that by email. If you're an absolute beginner, then lessons are certainly advisable in the first week after which you would be very welcome to join the group. If you have some experience already, then you can ski with the group from the school. There is always a mix of standards and it is great fun skiing together.
How much do ski/snowboard lessons cost?
This varies from season to season, and whether you ski in a group or take individual lessons, alone or with a friend. It also depends how many lessons/hours you would like.
How much is a lift pass?
Prices vary depending on how old you are: there are categories for children (up to 15), youths (16-19) and adults. Children under 6 ski for free. There are also low season and high season prices.
Skiing costs (winter):
- Ski/boot hire per week: 155 Euro
- Ski pass for 6 days valid for all lifts, (incl busses/swimming pool): 170 Euro
- Ski pass for 13 days: 296 Euro
- Season ticket: 455 Euro
How far away from the school are the slopes?
Kitzbühel is a huge resort with 67 lifts and about 250km of prepared pistes and 100km of off-piste slopes. It therefore depends where we ski, how far away the slopes are. The most important thing is that the school is on the crossing of 2 bus routes with access to the Hahnenkamm, the Kitzbüheler Horn, Jochberg and Paß Thurn. The bus stop is literally 3 minutes from the school, and we usually go together to the bus stop. The day's route is planned at the morning coffee break between lessons. The weather is very important of course, and the local knowledge of Hans the director is a great asset. The buses are free if you have a lift pass, and it is about a 7 minute bus ride to the nearest lifts.
What should I bring?
If you have your own skis and ski boots then fine, bring them. The taxis from the airport and rail station are very used to transporting people with a lot of ski equipment, and the school and the various pensions have special rooms on the ground floor where you can leave your skis and boiler rooms to dry out your boots.
If you don't have your own skis or boots, you can hire them of course. The ski shops have every possible type of clothing and equipment, so if you forget something, you will certainly find a wide range of brands. Hans can advise on the best shops and where the best deals are to be found. To check in advance, see for example www.etz.at
In general, you need ski socks, good gloves, thermal underwear, polo neck sweaters, fleeces, thick warm boots for walking in the evenings, a good jacket for the evenings and good thick sweaters, and ski trousers and jacket, ski suit or similar. You could also bring swimming trunks/suit if you like swimming after skiing. Your lift pass entitles you to swim in the indoor pool at half the usual price. For information about this see the Bergbahn website at www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at (under "other facilities - Aquarena").