Westendorf & Brixen Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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Westendorf & Brixen
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  Resort Information
Season December to end of March
Nearest Airport Innsbruck,Munich and Salzburg
Ski Area 280km
Ski Lifts 90
Ski Runs 185
Longest Run 5km
Resort Height 800m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 5 / 5
Nightlife 5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5


The pretty Austrian Ski Resort of Westendorf is part of the big Ski Welt area with access to over 400km of interconnected downhill skiing, with 186 individual pistes, served by 90 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Westendorf itself (55km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Welt ski resorts of Soll, Ellmau,Brixen,Scheffau and Brixental as well as Kitzbuhel and Kirchberg.

There are three airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, short breaks ski holidays to Westendorf are perfectly feasible. Innsbruck Airport is normally just an hour away, with Munich and Salzburg only slightly further so you can be on the piste quickly.

Skiing in Westendorf

Westendorf has wide gentle meadows next to the village which, although not high, has good snow records and the protection of snow cannons. There\'s plenty of space to be able to learn in peace and for more advanced skiers ending their descents from the top of the mountain, to be able to give classes a wide berth. The proximity of the nursery slopes to many of the resort\'s cafes and accommodations also mean it\'s easy to go back to your lodging during the lunch hour or you have a choice of eateries in which to recharge your batteries! There are further gentle ski areas at the top of the mountain to progress on to, or to take first lessons if the village level snow is not good, perhaps early or late season.

Intermediate skiers are likely to head up the mountain by taking the beginner\'s quad chair from the edge of the village and then skiing across to the base of the two-stage Alpenrose gondola (or getting the free ski bus there). This climbs to the top of the mountain where there is a choice of more than a dozen blues and reds which really opens up the area. These descend into the wooded slopes of the Choralpe, Fleiding and Gampenkogel mountains.

There\'s a single black locally down from the Alpenrose Hutte, but plenty more on the ski pass, although of course guides can take you off piste for more opportunities.

The resort is part of the Ski Welt pass. The Ski Welt is one of Austria\'s largest lift-linked ski area with the most snow making. The new gondola runs from the Choralpe mountain and reated a new run with an impressive vertical of more than a thousand metres.

In 2005-6 the resort was lift linked to Kirchberg with the three kilometre long Ki-West eight passenger gondola creating a nearly-linked area of some 425km, one of the world\'s largest.

Snowboarding in Westendorf

The Ski Welt has a \'boarder-friendly attitude as well as some useful terrain. There are terrain parks in Ellmau (complete with kicker, rails for sliding and a ground loop), Westendorf and Soll.

Westendorf Aprés Ski

The size of Westendorf and significant percentage of British guests combine to make it one of the two liveliest resorts on the SkiWelt, along side Söll. There are around 35 different après ski venues in the village with the main concentration in the centre, right next to the bottom of the nursery slopes and the main return area for all the ski runs.

The action starts as soon as the lifts close, then right on through the night. Music and dancing are normally non stop at Gerry\'s Inn, Bruchstall, the Wunderbar, the Kegelbahn (bowling alley), Village Pub, Kibo, Friends Cafe, the Moskito Bar, Karat Bar-Pub-Lounge, the Ins Moment bar at the Jakobwirt, which remains open until 1am.

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