Stayed for a week during English half term (with some reservations having skied in Verbier once at half term and finding it really busy) instead we found quiet slopes and almost no lift queues!
It is a very small, quiet resort only 45 min transfer from Innsbruk and with the village at over 2000m pretty snow sure, with a small ski area although your pass does cover another small ski area Oetz which is a 10 min bus ride away (buses leave ½ hourly) I was worried my husband and son would find the skiing limited but with all the off piste options, there was no problem.
The hotel itself was excellent, the decor and furnishings are not amazing but it is clean, warm and the staff are very welcoming, helpful and couldnt do enough for you.
I travelled with my husband and children aged 13 and 15 and our daughter's friend aged 16. We had booked 2 twin rooms and a single (at no supplement) and actually got 3 twin rooms which were very spacious with sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms were cleaned daily.
The food was fantastic! We were on full board and expected to eat lunch out on some days, but the food was so good, we always went back for lunch.
Breakfast (served between 8 and 10am )consisted of a huge buffet, fruit juices, pastries, bread, toast, continental hams, salamis and cheeses, hot bacon, sausage and scrambled egg, boiled eggs, yogurts fruit and seeds. unlimited tea or coffee. There was also a daily special and Prosecco on Sunday morning!
Lunch ( 12.30- 13.30) was a set 3 course affair, soup followed by hot main course (schnitzel, fish, beef, casserole etc) with potatoes and veg, fantastic salad bar and pudding or cake.
Evening Meal (18.30-20.30) was either a set menu with 3 choices per course and a soup course (3 nights) or incredible buffets (3 nights) with a gala 6 course meal on the final night. Food all cooked beautifully especially the meat. Amazing! Dont be put off by the menu translations,ie veg cooked in lard! Our son is quite an unadventurous eater but he had no problem finding something he liked.
The hotel did welcome talk and drinks on Sunday evening.
Our drinks bill was quite large by the end of the week, we had no problem getting tap water at any time but apart from an odd apres ski gluhwein, we didnt spend on food or drinks anywhere else. A suggestion would be to take a kettle to have in your room if you like a coffee as at 2.8euros a time, that can add up!. The waiting staff especially Zoltan soon learned what we liked to drink and how we liked our coffee!
Pool is nice, sauna ans solarium too although we didnt use them as it was no clothes only. here is a small gym and free wifi, although did not work on top floor. Also there is a kids club but cant tell you what it is like as didnt use it.
The hotel is ski in ski out, (although not if you are a beginner) you are required to do a little off piste to get back at the end of the day. Kuhtai also is probably not the best resort for beginners as there is only a few blue runs. Great for intermediates and loads of off piste options for experts as well as a decent snow park, half pipe and night skiing.
All in all a great place for a half term ski holiday with no queues and brilliant food! ( Although we were told to definately avoid Austrian Ski Week! )
p.s. my only reason for lower value rate was because we travelled at half term which was more than £300 more each than the week after!
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