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Kühtai-Sellraintal Ski Resort Guide

Kühtai-Sellraintal, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length40km
Highest Lift2,660m
Resort Height2,020m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and St. Gallen-Altenrhein
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One of the highest resorts in Austria with a long history dating back at least to the fifteenth century when Emperor Maximillian hunted here. Today it retains a rather exclusive reputation and is one of the best places for touring through forest terrain.


The Austrian ski resort of Kühtai-Sellraintal is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 2,020m, with 40km of marked runs.

Kühtai-Sellraintal has direct access to 40km of downhill skiing, with 20 marked pistes, served by a total of 10 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,020m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,660m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Kühtai-Sellraintal?

The next notable snow forecast is 23cm, expected on 25 September.

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Snow Forecast by day for Kühtai-Sellraintal

Ski Area Stats

Kühtai-Sellraintal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 8km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 7km
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Kühtai-Sellraintal Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,660m
Lowest Piste2,020m
Resort Altitude (Kühtai-Sellraintal)2,020m
Max Vertical640m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Kühtai-Sellraintal
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Kühtai-Sellraintal Overview

At 2020m, Kühtai is one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, certainly in Austria where many of the famous resorts are comparatively low lying by modern standards. Indeed the highest lifts at a few of the world's best known Austrian resorts do not reach the height of Kühtai village, at the base of the local runs.

Considering its long history, this is a very convenient resort with slopeside lodging and most facilities a few steps from all accommodation. There's a friendly, relaxed and intimate feeling to the place. It's also very easy to reach in under an hour from Innsbruck.

Kühtai is referred to for the first time in the records of the Counts of Tirol in 1280 as Chutay. Emperor Maximilian purchased the hunting rights in Kühtai in 1497. Around 1622, the construction of a princely castle was begun and in 1624, a road was built through the Sellrain Valley. The Hunting Lodge survives to this day, converted in to a rather nice hotel, the Jagdschloss and still managed by a descendent of the Austrian Archdukes.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Gaiskogel (9)'.


Kühtai is one of the highest and most snowsure ski areas in Austria and the Alps, with skiing from December through to May in a normal year. It is also typically quiet on the slopes, making lift queues a rarity. Much of the lodging is slopeside for easy access to the runs.

Kühtai's altitude, low-pressure slopes and convenience make it a good choice for beginners throughout the season. The ski school meets in the village centre, a short walk from virtually all accommodation and the new magic carpet conveyor lift. The advantage over some other resorts include the fact that Kühtai's high altitude mean beginners should be able to use the village-side nursery slopes throughout the season; wheras there is often inadequate snow cover on lower slopes at the ends of the season in lower resorts. You are also less likely to be used a slalom post by an expert skier finishing their run down the mountain at Kühtai and the magic carpet is definitely an advantage over a T Bar for first timers.

For more experienced skiers there are 40 kilometres (25 miles) of skiing and boarding piste served by a selection of drag lifts, one double chair and three quads with weather-protected pull down hoods, the newest accessing terrain on the Hohe Mut. Much of the terrain is red category, ideal for intermediates. Experts have three blacks plus extensive guided off-piste and ski touring opportunities.

In 2004-5 the resort joined seven other resorts to become part of the established 'Glacier Lift Pass', including as it does the glacier lifts on the Stubai, open 365 days a year for guaranteed skiing.

Night skiing is available thanks to 10,000 volts powering up the floodlighting runs served by the Hochalter quad every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 to 10pm.

Cross country skiing is also popular around the resort with 15km of loipe, again benefiting from the snowsure altitude.

Kühtai-Sellraintal offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Kühtai has a small fun park for boarders to enjoy and there's plenty of off-piste powder to enjoy with a local guide to show you the way.

The resort is also quite a good choice for first time boarders thanks to the convenience of facilities and beginner slopes, magic carpet lift and the high standards of the local ski and board school.

Location and Map

Where is Kühtai-Sellraintal?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Umhausen, Imst.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Kühtai-Sellraintal is Innsbruck Airport, 45 minutes drive away.

St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Bolzano, Memmingen, Friedrichshafen, Salzburg and Munich airports are all within three hours drive.

Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 16,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 20km of ski runs, with 20 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Kühtai-Sellraintal open?

 Open from : December 3, 2021.

 Closes : April 24, 2022.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Kühtai-Sellraintal, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Apres can be lively as soon as the skiing day ends in traditional cafes like the DreiSeen-Hut or at the Yellow Umbrella or Yeti Bar. Larger crowds tend to arrive from Innsbruck at the weekend boosting the party atmosphere. In the Hotel Tyrol try the wood lined Fiasco or more sophisticated Toni's Bar.

One popular option is a trip up to the Kaiser Maximilian Hut by chairlift for a warming Jagatee and a breathtaking view of the illuminated village below - this is open in the evening several times a week when the resort's night skiing is open.

Anotyher restaurant, the Graf Ferdinand Hut is open every night. You do have to walk there or take a shuttle but after your meal you can take a toboggan back down on a long illuminated run.