Local facilities 3
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 2
Lift system 3
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 3
The little village of Kirchdorf sits in the centre of the Tirolean ski resort area, less than an hours drive from Salzburg airport it is the ideal destination for anyone wishing to learn how to ski or rekindle their love for the sport. The local ski school run by the Bichler family has been there for decades teaching kids and adults alike how to ski and snowboard. With two main slopes, beginner and intermediate on which sits a tee-bar, rope tow and magic carpet, while on the harder slope a four seat chairlift. The quaint town offers six hotels all of which are within walking distance of the slopes but the main attraction of Kirchdorf is it's location in respect to the bigger resorts. Far away enough from the bigger more populated towns to have a relaxing vacation but a bus network put on by the ski school will take you to all of the nearest slopes.
The majority of people enrolled into ski school will leave Kirchdorf after three days and go to the much bigger resorts such as Steinplatte, St. Johann, Feiberbrunn and Kitzbuhel. It is a welcoming and friendly town with two ski hire shops (one directly opposite the slope) and the ski instructors are all a lot of fun as well as being good teachers. There is a nursery on site as the school takes children of every age so the parents are free to go skiing or if they are in ski school then they will always be nearby. Ski hire is very reasonable but it is hard to find a non expensive ski school. (265 euro for 5 day adult, 220 euro 5 day child)
I have been going back to Kirchdorf since I was 6 and naturally have plenty of good things to say about it. However I must readdress the fact it is a family and beginner destination, younger people or high level skiers will find it not to their standard going on experience. Although saying that there are people like myself that have been coming back to Kirchdorf for years now, they started in ski school and even still go back. It is so easy to make friends with everyone there and the advanced classes in ski school are perfect for good skiers that want to be part of a group rather than doing their own thing. The Apres-Ski is usually well attended and there is the night ski show on Tuesdays with prize giving on Thursdays.
When I last went in January they still hadn't had a major snow fall so the standard of the slopes was not good, based on my experience the last week of January and all of February is the best time to go. Just one blue run and two reds can get boring but as I said just hop onto one of the free buses and try yourself at the big slopes with enough runs to keep you occupied for a fortnight.
Hotel- The Mauth
A fantastic traditional Austrian hotel in the center of the village with a warm welcome for its guests.
Restaurant- The Mauth
You can't get much better than the food there either, a traditional menu but can still cater to the less adventurous, fabulous service and I recommend going Monday night for the rippleessen (Spare Ribs) you wont regret it.