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The big resorts of the famous Austrian ski state has new lifts, hotels and flights to get you riding faster, further, more often and in comfort.

New insfrastructure in the Tirol means more skiing (whether it's bringing you up the hill faster to get in more turns or to a new zone). Here's where to get in on the new action and how much it'll cost you this winter.

Because IT'S COMING...

Ischgl invests €25 million

For those who know the Ischgl and its pistes, the resort is calling time on the Gampenbahn era.

The 30-year-old chairlift is being replaced with the new six-person Gampen E4 that can carry 2,800 people per hour.

In true Austrian style, it's heated.

The improved lift service has led to two new restaurants being built in the area - all will be ready for the start of the fast approaching ski season.

As well as the improved efficiency and comfort, the lift will service an added 900m in height.

To get technical - this sets a record for the 'greatest elevation difference of any six-seat chairlift in the world'.

To ride this bad boy, and all the others for that matter, in the high-class ski resort of Ischgl a ski pass will cost you €247 / £220 per adult and €148 / £132 per child for a six-day pass.

Read more on the high-class resort and its reputed food scene here:

Kitzbühel introduces two new lifts and expands its snow-making facilities 

Travel faster up the Kitzbühel mountains in state-of-the-art comfort.

There's the 6SB Brunelle chairlift, which of course has real leather, heated seats with a bubble for bad weather.

It gets more technical...

It features wind stabilisers to keep wind sensitivity to a minimum.

The 10-man Comfortline S 10EUB Raintal gondola takes down the travel time from nearly 12 minutes down to 3.6 - that's a whole extra run.

Even cooler: the stations are made from shingle, concrete and glass and have been designed to blend in with the natural environment.

The Kitzbüheler Horn is now promised to have snow cover with the improved snow-making facilities. 

In fact, Kitzbühel prides itself on its massive snow-making abilities.

We heard that during the 16/17 ski season the resort made 3 million cubic metres of artificial snow for the slopes.

At €3 a cubic metre a whopping €9m was blasted into the fresh Tirol air... We can trust that snow'll be good in Kitzbuhel this winter, whatever the conditions...

A six-day lift pass, in Kitzbühel, costs from €277 / £247 per adult and €138 / £123 per child.

To read more about Kitzbuhel's winter game, read on here:
Freeriding in KitzbuhelFreeriding in Kitzbuhel

More lift investment by Mayrhofen 

That's €18 million more for the new 10-person Möslbahn gondola on "Action" Mountain Penken.

The new lift will be capable of transporting 2,000 passengers from the village of Mösl up to Mount Penken.

It'll travel at a speed of six metres per second over 1.5 km.

An additional £2.4 million is slated for investment in a new slope area which aims to provide 1.2 km of additional piste across six hectares.

A six-day pass in Mayrhofen costs from €256.50 / £228 per adult and €115 / £102 per child.

MöslbahnThe new Möslbahn

Other renovations in the Austrian Tirol include the 'Larmach' six-seater chairlift in the Zillertal Arena.

The second section of the Kirchenkarbahn is currently under construction by the Hochgurgl lift company;

Once complete, it will carry circa 2,400 people an hour at a speed of five metres per second.

The Glungezerbahn in Tufles will stop turning for good after 50 years. It's to be replaced by a new 10-person gondola that can carry as many as 1,000 people per hour.

The Jochbahn at Rosshütte in Seefeld is also to be rebuilt to improve capacity and frequency, to open on 23rd December.  
New 6-seater chairlift Larmach in KönigsleitenNew 6-seater chairlift Larmach in Königsleiten

Explore the entire Pitztal on a single lift pass

The Pitz Valley is made up of several ski areas: the Pitztal Glacier, Rifflsee, Hochzeiger Bergbahnen, Imster Bergbahnen, Fendels and Kaundertal Glacier.
  • 1 skipass
  • 6 ski areas
  • 76 pistes between 1000 and 3440 meters above sea level
  • 121.5 slope kilometers
  • Free use of skibus shuttles in Pitztal
  • Child discounts
  • Bambini Skipass for free
A six-day pass in Pitztal will cost from €245 / £218 per adult and €149 / £133 per child.


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