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Kühtai Saddle (German: Kühtaisattel) (el. 2,017 m (6,617 ft)) is a mountain pass in the Austrian Alps in the Bundesland of Tyrol.

Kühtai Saddle
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The winter sports resort Kühtai. The pass road starts in the bottom left corner, running through Kühtai.
Elevation2,017 m (6,617 ft)
LocationAustria
RangeAlps
Coordinates47°12′58″N 11°01′49″E / 47.2161°N 11.0303°E / 47.2161; 11.0303Coordinates: 47°12′58″N 11°01′49″E / 47.2161°N 11.0303°E / 47.2161; 11.0303
Kühtai Saddle is located in Alps
Kühtai Saddle
Kühtai Saddle
Location of Kühtai Saddle
Kühtai in winter
Kühtai Panorama view

It connects the Ötz river valley from Oetz with Gries im Sellrain. The road from Oetz is 16 km and has a maximum grade of 16 percent. This side is closed to trucking. The road from Gries im Sellrain is 17 km long and also has a maximum grade of 16 percent.

KühtaiEdit

The winter sports resort Kühtai is situated in the saddle. A small village, it is part of the municipality Silz. Population numbers and economic activity in Kühtai are highly seasonal. As of 2001, the number of permanent year-round residents was only 29, but due to the many tourists and seasonal workers, the population is much higher over the winter months.

EtymologyEdit

The name "Kühtai" is derived from the Chutay (literally: cow alp), an alpine pasture farm first attested in 1288.

HistoryEdit

A road leading up to Kühtai was first completed in 1628, whereupon the alp farm was converted to a hunting castle/lodge. Holidaymakers first arrived in the eighteen-thirties, and towards the end of the nineteenth century, the hunting castle was converted to a hotel. After the end of the Second World War, Kühtai was developed into a winter sports resort.

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