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The Kitzbüheler Alpen are especially snow-assured – for more than 50 years, as can be seen in the statistics
Mother Holle, who is very active, and special geographical and topographical features, are what have always made the Kitzbüheler Alpen a location which is especially snow-assured. Though this will do nothing do change the debates about the climate, which are ever present. The average annual amount of new snow in the Kitzbüheler Alpen has remained constant since records began in 1958. Each year on average more than two and a half metres of snow falls in the valley, and a whole eight metres on the mountain. This data has emerged from official measurements taken by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geology in Innsbruck. The data also substantiates that in the last 15 years in the Kitzbüheler Alpen there has been on average 104 days of complete snow cover in the valley, and 199 days in the mountains. Statistical outliers as in winter 2007, were also evident in 1989, 1972 and 1963.
In contrast to then, today natural deviations in winter precipitation can be counterbalanced with comprehensive snow coverage. Thanks to the very latest in technology snow experts in the Kitzbüheler Alpen ensure that even in November 80% of all pistes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen have a thick, compact snow coverage. Guests prove this to be true - according to a customer satisfaction analysis by the mountain railways, even in a winter where there is not very much natural snow, 87 percent of skiers said they were ‘delighted’ or ‘very satisfied’ conditions of the pistes.
For the coming season, and for the following reasons, any amount of snow and the best pistes await:
North west orographic barrier
The Kitzbüheler Alpen thanks to the phenomenon which meteorologists call the ‘North west orographic barrier’ are especially snow-assured. Clouds regularly accumulate on the highest mountains in Austria, providing one the biggest ski associations with any amount of snow.
Organization of the ski pistes
Since the majority of the pistes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen are located in a north, north-easterly and north-westerly location, the snow in the Kitzbüheler Alpen lies for an extra long time. Reason: the sun’s rays fall very low here.
Natural tree population
Many of the pistes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen lie beneath the tree line. Trees to the left and to the right of the ski runs prevent snow drifts, as can be seen in exposed ski areas. This also provides additional snow assuredness.
Alpine meadows as a backdrop
A large proportion of the ski pistes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen go across Alpine meadows. On this soft and flat subsurface just 20 centimetres of fresh snow is sufficient to prepare a good piste.
Up into the snow paradise in the Kitzbüheler Alpen ... we look forward to meeting you!