Ski the Alps with Penny Pitou - February 3 - 11, 2023
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA $3395 per person double occupancy
Trip Leader: Penny Pitou
Perhaps best known for winning two silver medals in skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley (the first American to win a medal in Dowhhill), Penny has taken her European ski racing experience and successfully run ski and hiking trips to the Alps for over 36 years. Her knowledge of the mountains, the people, and the countries combined with her ability to speak German and French fluently make for great trips - well organized, educational and fun. Penny personally escorts each trip, but gauges the abilities of the individuals when deciding daily adventures. Having achieved over 75% repeat business consistently on each trip over the years, Penny must be doing something right! Come join her on a skiing or hiking adventure!
KITZBUEHEL: Kitzbuehel is a charming 14 century walled town which has grown exponentially over the years. There are over 186 miles of prepared slopes and as many miles of off-piste possibilities. Kitzbuehel has made significant investments in their snowmaking systems. This is the site of one of the first "ski safaris", where skiers travel 30 km by lift and 35 km on skis between Kitzbuehel and Pass Thurn. Just follow the signs with the blue elephant. New lists like the 3S gondola connecting Pengelstein and Jochberg have made travel between villages faster. Recently, a new connection from Kitzbuehel and Kirchberg to the nearby "Ski Welt" means a skipass connecting another 250 lifts and 420 miles of trails is now available. Kitzbuehel is Austria's winter entertainment capital with top European performers appearing throughout the season. This resort has something for everyone, combining sophistication and friendly informality with superb skiing.
Other activities: Public skating rink, ski bobbing, curliing, ice bowling, sleigh rides, ice hockey games, indoor swimming pool and health center, indoor tennis, bowling, movies, casino and nightclubs/discos.
Altitude of resort: 2,625 ft. Highest point served by lift: 6,650 ft. Vertical drop: 4,025 ft. Cross-country trails: 72 miles Longest ski run: 6 miles
Hotel Kaiserhof: Located next to the Hahnenkamm gondolas, the Kaiserhof is just a 5 minute walk from the center of Kitzbuehel. The hotel offers free WI-FI and a Spa with indoor pool, saunas, steambath and a fitness corner. Massage and cosmetic treatments are also available. Rooms are furnished in Austrian style with flatscreen TV and work desk. Bathrooms have bathrobes and hair dryers. Traditional Tyrolean cuisine with international dishes is served daily and includes a sumptuous buffet breakfast, afternoon snacks and a 4-course dinner with salad buffet. There is live piano music five evenings a week. A recent guest wrote: "Service and food at this hotel is 5 star and the staff are some of the most courteous we've ever met. Views and location are perfect". With 73 rooms, this hotel is a gem among hotels with its cozy atmosphere, marvelous food and great service.
- Private motorcoach transfers between airport and hotel
- 7 nights in Superior rooms at Hotel Kaiserhof (4 Star - Superior)
- Welcome cocktail
- Porterage at hotel
- Fruit in room on arrival
- Buffet breakfast and multi-course dinner daily
- Free use of hotel spa
- Tips to ski guides and hotel staff
- Local ski guides (5 days) - Good intermediate skiers and up
- Prearrangement of lift ticket purchase
- Taxes and service charges
- Personally escorted by Penny Pitou
+$695 - Limited availability
Upgrade to Jr. Suite: +$250 pp