Located just 30km to the west of Innsbruck, Kutai Saddle can be reached in just under three-quarters of an hour. Despite being a fairly small resort, it’s one of the highest in both Austria and Europe, sitting just above the covered 2,000m mark. Because of this it’s very snow-sure, and the 40km of slopes it sports get a good covering.
Those looking for accommodation will find a good mixture of hotels, which, while modest, are kept to a good standard. There are also a decent number of restaurants and bars considering how large the resort it, which is good news for those aiming for a weekend break here.
The history of the village dates back centuries, as the area has been used historically as a hunting ground for Austrian royalty. Now it’s mostly full of locals flying down the hills and enjoying the apres on offer. With it being so close to the city, it’s a popular destination with skiers and boarders and gets busy on the weekends. This is due in part, too, to the presence of the super-pipe here. It may seem out of place, but freestyle addicts flock to it from miles around to sample the 22-foot walls, further adding to how packed out the resort can get on either a powder day or on the weekends during high season when the city-folk all hop on a bus and make the journey up the hill.
Flaine highlights: The 2,020m resort height means it’s snow sure throughout the season, and a good selection of intermediate and advanced terrain means that it gets popular with locals who come to sample the challenging steeps. A good selection of hotels and food options, too, considering the size.
Flaine is best for: Intermediate and advanced skiers on weekend breaks. The resort, while enjoyable and well maintained, isn’t sizeable enough to support a week’s holiday. But for a few days, it will definitely suffice, and probably impress, too.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Kuhtai:
Despite sporting just a 500m vertical, Kuhtai is a very attractive little mountain retreat for experienced skiers and boarders. The natural shape of the valley provides a solid gradient that’s perfectly suited for red and black runs, which all snake down from the long chairs back to the valley floor.
Beginners will have a choice of three nursery slopes. The Baby-Lift drag at the bottom of the resort services a small blue, the Startbahn chair in the middle of the resort serves up a good-sized beginner area, and the Sonnenlift drag at the top next to the gondola gives a choice of three blues, as well as a kids fun park. Those just finding their snow legs and wanting to venture out will have to take the Kaiserbahn gondola up to 2,447m, navigate down a little bit of a red, and then break off onto the two blues serviced by a drag. Beware, though, as to get back down you’ll have to tackle a section of red before getting back on a blue again. All in all, though, there’s lots on offer for first-timers here, and should you visit, will find the slopes filled with young Austrians just getting to grips with the sport.
Intermediates will have lots of fun tackling the long reds from the top, as well as the snowcross course accessed off the top of the Hohemutbahn chair.
Experts will have the most fun, making use of the blacks and reds in equal measure. The longest black is the 14, coming down off the Hohemutbahn, but there are some great runs on the other end of the resort, serviced by the Gaiskoellift.
The resort offers up 40km of downhill split into 33 runs, serviced by 10 fast lifts.
First-time and beginner skiers: First timers will find a good selection of beginner terrain and enjoy the resort-side nursery slopes.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will like the long reds running back to town, but will find more to do without the need to walk if they stay near the gondola station at the top end.
Expert skiers: Experts will have lots of fun sampling reds and blacks, and if they like, can jump into the superpipe. For a small resort, it’s fairly steep and offers a lot of advanced terrain for those with the capabilities to conquer it.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Kuhtai
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Kuhtai:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Kuhtai?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Kuhtai
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Kuhtai (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Kuhtai
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Kuhtai
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Kuhtai can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Kuhtai
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Kuhtai. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Kuhtai
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Kuhtai designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!