Kühtai. ‘Geheimtipp’ at 2.020m
This time we chose Kühtai for our family ski trip. Hadn’t been here before and frankly never heard of it. It is the highest village in Austria and therefore very snow-sure. The trip to get there was a grueling one. As always we had to cross the notorious Fernpass and then the exciting hairpin climb to the village of Kühtai at 2,020 m altitude. Late in the evening, we finally arrived at the hotel. It was not until the next morning I saw the blue sky, the bright sunshine and the beautiful white mountain scenery around me. Magical! The lifts were running already in full swing and a handful of skiers took the first track on the slopes, next to our hotel.
Outside terrace, Dorfstadl
4 Reasons to go and Visit Kühtai
#1. Very snow-secure
Kühtai is the highest skivillage in Austria ( 2.020m ) and therefore very snow-secure. For us choosing this village in December turned out to be a very good move. The predictions for most of the ski resorts around Christmas promised a green week, but Kühtai was fully covered in white.
#2. Ski in, Ski out
Because the village is located in the heart of the ski resort – surrounded by slopes – almost every accommodation offers ski in, ski out. And that’s just what I love so much. No hassle getting into a ski bus. Just, hop on your skis and go!
#3. Family friendly
As the area is so compact and the slopes are not that long, it is very friendly for families with children. It gives so much pleasure watching your young skiers regularly pass by with their instructor. We chose ski school Follow Me for our boys. Perfect for novice skiers, but also children who have skied before can be accommodated here. Big advantage of this ski school: they have thought of the parents too! The lessons do not start before 10:30 hours :-). So nice to start the day relaxed, instead of running around like crazy to get the kids to ski class in time.
#4. Something for everyone
An apartment, a real traditional Chalet or a hotel with half board. Kühtai has it all.
This hotel, with a pool for the kids and a kitchen that has a good reputation, was our place to be. This cozy, 4 star family hotel is run by Toni and his daughter Moni Härting. Moni’s husband Chris manages their Après-Ski Hut EISHEIS’l. The hotel also features Fiasko, a nice spot for a relaxed lunch with the kids or drinks in the afternoon. And for the ones who can’t get enough of it, there is disco bar Kaos in the basement, where you can dance until late at night.
Breakfast and dining room, with the best view ever!
Fiasko, perfect spot for lunch and afternoon drinks
Hotel Jagdschloss Kühtai.
If you feel like staying in a more classic, historical setting, Hotel Jagdschloss is definitely the place to go. It belongs to Graf Christian zu Stolberg-Stolberg. He is one of the last descendants of Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sissi and his Jagdschloss is the icon of the village. The 800-year-old hunting lodge was used by the Austrian emperor as a place to visit during hunting parties. There are many details preserved. There is a wonderful family chapel and the stables of the Empress Sissi are still there. You don’t necessarily have to be a hotel guest to have a look on the inside of this Schloss. You are also more than welcome for lunch or ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’. I highly recommend to pay a visit. I had the chance to meet Christian Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg in person. A proud and very kind man, who has guided me through his Jagdschloss and the family chapel. Quite impressive, I must say.
Entrance to the Hotel Jagdschloss
Jagdschloss and the family chapel
Interior of the family chapel
Stables Empress Sissi
Dorfstadl and Dorfstadl’s Landhaus.
Buggi Haslwanter’s Dorfstadl has that typical Austrian setting. The music, the decor, the food and the charm of owner Buggi, it all fits like a glove. If you go to Austria, this is the Stadl you hope to come across. Wood, antlers and old photos on the wall, tasty and traditional dishes on the menu. And last but certainly not least Buggi, who is the best host. He’s always in for a nice chat.
It is also possible to stay in its adjoining Dorfstadl’s Landhaus. There are a number of luxury apartments available for both small and larger families. Breakfast and / or dinner can optionally be booked in the traditional Stube of Dorfstadl.
Outside terrace, great view on the slopes
Stube, traditional place to have breakfast and dinner
Apartment in Dorfstadl’s Landhaus
Buggi, proud owner and the perfect host of Dorfstadl
For all the above mentioned accommodations it’s ski in- ski out. I really think that this is such a great advantage. So much extra fun. We were impressed by the village and its possibilities. It’s a true hidden gem. In February we will go back to 2.020m., to greet Toni, Buggi and Christian Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg again. Servus!
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