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Fieberbrunn is a typical and rather spread out Tyrolean village in the Pillersee area which has been attracting winter guests for well over a century. The first lift was built here in 1949 and for the past decade or so the resort has been reinventing itself as a mecca for snow freaks - with fun terrain features, a very snowboarder friendly attitude and a lively après ski scene. The local ski area's top lift height of 2020m is not high compared to many famous Alpine resorts, or the 36km (23 miles) of runs particularly large, the area benefits from legendary snow cover thanks to the local microclimate - which gives it the most average annual snowfall in the Kitzbühel Alps. The resort itself is about 5 minutes away from the ski lifts by ski bus although there is accommodation spread along the road between the two and you can stay on or near the slopes. The resort is on the Schneewinkl area pass with neighbouring St Johann or Waidring and several other famous resorts linked together by a ski bus service. For those with their own transport and staying a week or more it is also part of the giant Kitzbüheler Alpen ticket which covers a large number of ski areas in the region including those of the Skiwelt and Kitzbühel itself - over 700km (450 miles) of runs in total.

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A sprawling village on the Schnee Winkl Pass with St Johann and other famous resorts. Fieberbrunn is also a major snowboarding centre. Legendary snow cover thanks to the local microclimate.

Mountain

For most people the ski day begins with a ride up the mountain on either the gondola Streuboden or the Expo-gondola Doischberg Beginners may initially stay at the bottom of the slopes in a special beginners area with its own lift in the Skiwies'n Lords area, which also has handy slopeside rentals as well as several cafes to take a rest in. Most of the terrain is simply fun. The pistes are primarily blues and reds but powder fields all around offer wide expanses to carve up. Experts can head further off piste with a guide in to the trees, there's also a slalom stadium for racers and a several groomed black pistes. The Expo Gondola, which was added as recently as 2001, is so named because it was originally built to carry people across the 2000 World EXPO at Hanover in Germany. The Leitner built eight-seater was famous at the event because of its bright yellow cabins. The comfortable cabins are large enough for users to carry their skis inside, rather than requiring the traditional gondola requirement of an external rack. The gondola doubled the route's capacity from 1000 skiers per hour offered by the old T Bar lift it replaced to 2000 skiers and boarders per hour. The lift is 1576m (about a mile) long and has a top speed of five metres (17 feet) per second. Cross country skiers are well looked after with 40km of trails through the woods and across the snow covered meadows. This links in to a larger network of 110km around the Pillerseetal.

Families

Fieberbrunn is a good choice for families. Apart from excellent special facilities on the slopes, the dining options including pizza and Mexican off the slopes are affordable and fun and the adventure swimming complex is another big attraction. Some of the hotels, particularly the Fontana, run children's clubs or have children's playrooms. Children aged two and a half to four can be looked over in the Tatzi Club, Tatzi being a two fingered green crocodile. On the snow Tatzi and the BoBo Club for older children is based at the "Skiwies'n Lords" area at the gondolas base. Here there's a beginners magic carpet lift and fun terrain features to enjoy including Tatzi's Mega-wave-path, mini Alpine Mountains to ski over, a slalom route and a paddock where ponies can be petted.

Eating Out

There are a dozen or so cafes and restaurants around the village, including a good choice of traditional Tyrolean options for fondues, raclettes, strudel and the rest. The Alte Pos, Eiserne Stand on Metzgerwirt are fine examples. Beyond Austrian specialities, Restaurant Dos Piranhas serves Mexican and there are two pizzerias, the Treffpunkt and the San Marco. La Pampa specialises in fish and steaks with the flavour of the US south to some of them.

Apres

Fieberbrunn is normally lively and has a good selection of bars and pubs, including a high percentage of themed venues. There are several après ski spots including an ice bar right on the slopes so they're busy all day and especially once the lifts above close in the late afternoon. In the village the Riverhouse has some excellent beers and whiskies and has live music often. For Margheritas try Bar Dos Piranhas which does a range of cocktails. Other options include "Lokel Baustelle" s'Plauscherl and the Fever Fountain Saloon - themed as a Western Bar in the Alte Post. The Tanzbar Tenne discotheque on Dorfstrasse opens at 9pm nightly until late.

Boarding

Fieberbrunn is one of the world's leading snowboard centres and has a long history in the 'new' snow sport. It staged the Snowboard Masters World Cup in 1997 (Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Half Pipe) and the ISF European Snowboard Championships ("Lords of the Boards" - Giant Slalom. Parallel Slalom and Halfpipe) in 1998 and the ISF World Pro Tour in '99 including the 'Lords of the Boards,' with many more major events since. For 2004/05 the "Skiwies'n Lords" area was created at the base of the gondolas, incorporating existing terrain features and adding to them. This giant terrain park incorporates serious attractions like the floodlit "Lords of the Boards "Halfpipe, kickers and jumps with facilities for beginners and children and après ski facilities including the Biwak and Enzianhütte.

// HIGHLIGHTS //
Vertical drop
1105m
Ski area
38
Resort height
800m
Airport
Salzburg
Train station
Fieberbrunn
beginner
25%
intermediate
69%
expert
6%