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History of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

From the first attempt at skiing in 1893 to the present day.

Kitzbühel and skiing – a timeless combination tied to a legend. The most legendary sports town in the Alps has been making skiing history for 120 years. Today, the Kitzbühel mountains are also a popular destination for snowboarders, freeriders and ski tourers.

The first documented ski trips were taken by Franz Reisch on the Kitzbüheler Horn in 1893. In 1924, a commission was given the task of establishing a cable car project on the Hahnenkamm. Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel was founded in 1928. One year later, the first Hahnenkammbahn cable car was opened.

Construction work on the first hotel in Kitzbühel was completed in 1903. The hotel opened with the name Hotel Kitzbühel and later became known as Grand Hotel. Two years later, the first Tirolean ski championships were held and the first downhill race on the Kitzbüheler Horn took place the following year. The first gondola lift in Austria – the Hahnenkammbahn cable car – was constructed between 1926 and 1928.

In winter 1931, the first Hahnenkamm race finally took place on the Streif. Shortly after the Second World War in 1948, the world’s first Skizirkus, a continuous circuit on skis, opened. The ski area had virtually reached its present-day size by 1959, following the construction of a supply line to the Kitzbüheler Horn in 1951 and the expansion of the ski resort to Kirchberg, Jochberg and Pass Thurn in 1959. In 1969, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel merged with Berg- und Skilift GmbH and Kirchberger Bergbahnen AG. This marked the opening of the Kitzbühel|Kirchberg wider ski area offering the best pistes into the valley.

Legends and champions
Kitzbühel has been and is home to numerous legends and has produced a series of heroes and champions. From Sailer, Molterer and Hinterseer to Gandler, Kitzbühel is a town of great sports personalities. And, year after year, it hosts sports events, which enable the town to continue writing history.

  • The first skiers
    The first skiers
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    Impressions
  • Skiers in the village center
    Skiers in the village center

1892 - 2004

  • 1892 - skiing first practised by Franz Reisch on the Kitzbüheler Horn
  • 1924 - public inquiry into the ropeway project on the Hahnenkamm
  • 1928 - foundation of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel ropeway company
  • 1929 - inauguration of the first Hahnenkamm ropeway
  • 1948 - inauguration of the world´s first „ski circus“ on the Hahnenkamm (first interconnected ski areas)
  • 1951 - freight transport incl. public transportation on the Kitzbüheler Horn
  • 1958 - modernisation of the Hahnenkamm ropeway
  • 1959 - extension of the ski area towards Kirchberg and Jochberg/Pass Thurn
  • 1969 - merging of Berg- und Skilift GmbH and Kirchberger Bergbahnen AG with Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
  • 1971 - purchase of the Bichlalm pasture
  • 1975 - merging of Kur- und Moorbad AG Kitzbühel with Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
  • 1979 - first extension and conversion of the "Kurhaus" spa facilities
  • 1980 - inauguration of the Obergaisberg nursery slope
  • 1984 - inauguration of the Fleckalm ropeway
  • 1985 - erection of the Pengelstein self-service restaurant
  • 1993 - beginning of the snow-making era (first snow-making machinery on the Streif)
  • 1995 - new cash register and ski pass control systems
  • 1996 - new Hahnenkamm ropeway and conversion of the Hochkitzbühel Restaurant
  • 1993-2001 - erection and extension of the snow-making facilities
  • - building of 3 storage lakes and renovation of various lifts
  • 2002 - beginning of the modernisation works of the Resterhöhe/Jochberg region
  • 2003 - huge investments in Kirchberg (New: Sportberg Gaisberg and Pengelstein I ropeway)
  • 2004 - inauguration of the most spectacular 3S loop ropeway in the world, connecting the ski areas of Hahnenkamm/Pengelstein and Jochberg/Resterhöhe
  • - Bärenbadkogel I 6-seater chair lift

2005

  • extension of the snow-making facilities in the area Pass-Thurn/Jochberg, building of a new storage lake at the Resterhöhe
  • Sonnenrast 6-seater chair lift

2006

  • extension of the snow-making facilities in the area Pass-Thurn/Jochberg
  • 6-seater chair lift Ehrenbachhöhe
  • 6-seater chair lift Hanglalm

2007

  • 8-seater chair lift Steinbergkogel
  • 1000 m² Skishop, Skiservice, Skidepot, Skirental at the Hahnenkammstation
  • extension of the snow-making facilities in the area Jochberg-Resterhöhe
  • 100 % snow coverage of the Skisafari.

2008

  • Detachable quad chair "Ganslern" servicing the original World Cup slope
  • Construction of Jochberg/Wagstätt reservoir
  • Construction of Usterkar reservoir
  • Completion of the snow-making facilities on Steinbergkogel/Griesalm
  • Comfort upgrade for the 4-seater Hochsaukaser chairlift
  • Project/Planning: 8-seater Bichlalm cable car

2009

  • 8-seat "Kasereck" chairlift with hood and heated seats
  • Gaisberg storage reservoir (5000 m3) ¬ Snow-making facilities for the toboggan run
  • Asten extension: red piste modified to a blue piste (easy valley run to Kitzbühel)
  • Alten Kaser finished: easy ski piste for Maierl III (preparations for the re-building of the detachable Ochsalm Bahn, in future this will be very well suited for beginner ski courses.

2010

  • 10-EUB Maierlbahn with heated seats replaces the DSL Maierl I and II :: state-of-the-art cable car (10-seater cabins)
  • 8 SB Ochsalm (8-seater chairlift) :: replaces the DSL Maierl III :: detachable 8-seater-chairlift with weather protection hood and heated seats
  • Seidlalm II reservoir with a total storage capacity of 115,000 m3
  • Parallel Streif: enabling the public to ski on the Hahnenkamm during the Hahnenkamm race
  • Asten: through comprehensive adaptations and expansion becomes the first blue run to Kitzbühel

2011

  • 6-seater Resterhöhe chairlift state-of-art detachable chair lift with weather protection hood and heated seats replaces the Resterhöhe double seater chairlift and the Moseralm T-bar lift
  • Hahnenkammbahn increased comfort thanks to heated seats
  • Family Streif piste upgrade- and clear improvements to the upper area
  • Maierlbahn specific optimisation of the piste area
  • Steinbergkogel - comprehensive piste expansion on the Direttissima (Schlagl run) for all Powercarvers.
  • Snow-making facilities and piste care additional investment for perfect piste maintenance

2012

  • 8-seater chair lift Zweitausender – modern chair lift with cars that can be disengaged from the cable and coversprotecting passengers from the weather and heated seats to replace the double chair lift Zweitausender
  • 6-seater chair lift Walde – modern chair lift with cars that can be disengaged from the cable and covers protectingpassengers from the weather and heated seats to replace the T-bar lift Walde.
  • Family Streif & Kaser - pistes extended and improvements made to the upper section

2013

  • The Wagstätt most modern 10-person single circulating gondola with heated seats - replaces the Wagstätt double chair lift and theWurzhöhe t-bar
  • Extension of the Wagstätt-Wurz piste – in the upper part the existing t-bar track is being integrated as an additional piste withadditional snow cover. The Wagstätt piste is being broadened at its narrow points and its sloaps are being evened
  • Improving the Direttissima downhill (no. 38) – around the Schlagl.
  • Expansion of snow groomer fleet
  • Significant improvement to the performance of the existingsnowmaking systems – with additional snow generatorson the Streif and in Jochberg

2014

  • Opening up the Bichlalm walking and open terrain skiing area by chair lift.
  • Improvements to the pistes in the Streiteckmulde and Ochsalmboden areas and also on the Kapellen ski run,near the St. Bernhard Chapel.

2015

  • 8-seater chairlift Brunn with seat heating & bubble
  • 3 runs (for all levels - blue / red / black)
  • including artificial snow production and reservoir