Ski Holidays in the SkiWelt Region

One of Austria's biggest linked ski areas, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental brings together 9 gorgeously traditional resorts around the rugged Wilder Kaiser massif. Families are warmly welcomed, intermediates can ski their socks off and there's Austrian cheer and charm by the bucket load.

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SkiWelt at a glance
Super lift system charming villages diverse après ski

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SkiWelt Region

‘SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental' may be a bit of a tongue twister but it's an absolute dream to ski. It encompasses 9 villages in the northern Kitzbüheler Alps: Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau, Going, Itter, Kelchsau, Hopfgarten, Westendorf and last but not least, Brixen im Thale. The area's connected by 284km of runs and a state-of-the-art lift system and is much loved for its glorious sights of the Hohe Salve Mountain and Wilder Kaiser range.

Whilst each village has its own character and attractions, one thing they all have in common is traditional Tyrolean style - with ancient baroque churches and classic wooden architecture, these are some of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in Austria.

Söll's the biggest and best known resort amongst Brits, with some cracking Austrian après and the largest night skiing area in Tyrol, while at the other end of the spectrum, Scheffau's the smallest and quietest with only a handful of hotels, bars and restaurants.

Ellmau, Going and Itter have some terrific beginner slopes, whilst Kelchsau's ski touring paradise. If you're big on your boarding, head to Westendorf for the legendary Boarder's Playground. You'll be in Tyrolean food heaven in the market town of Hopfgarten and from Brixen, it's only a 15-minute drive to the fabulous town of Kitzbühel.

Around an hour's drive from Innsbruck airport and up to an hour and a half from Salzburg, getting to and from the region is a piece of cake. If you're travelling by rail, Hopfgarten, Westendorf and Brixen have their own stations, while the rest are easy to reach by bus or taxi from Wörgl, St. Johann or Kufstein.

stats & faq

Where:Austria, Alps.
Ski Season: December - April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 122km 43%

  • 129km 45%

  • 33km 12%

No. lifts:90
No. runs:215
Cross country runs:196.5 km
Highest Altitude:1957m
Lowest Altitude:620m
Downhill Ski Runs:284km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:1337m
Beginner slopes:43%
Intermediate:45%
Advanced slopes:12%
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No
SkiWelt ski pass:€235 (adult 6 day)
Resorts: Söll, Ellmau, Scheffau, Westendorf, Hopfgarten, Brixen im Thale, Going, Itter, Kelchsau

Skiing in SkiWelt

There are plenty of opportunities for young ones and beginners to learn how to ski, as well as a heap of gentle blues to help get novices well on their way - Going, Ellmau, Scheffau and Westendorf in particular have some lovely blues leading down to each resort.

Intermediates will find beautiful tree-lined runs in every direction from the Hohe Salve peak, as well as a special red on the Südhang (#66) slope, which films and times you speeding down - letting you watch it back at the top of the Brandstadl gondola.

Strong skiers can spend their days cruising the area on reds and testing out the trickier terrain along the way: there are some cracking black runs down from Hohe Salve to the Rigi peak, as well as challenging ski routes including the Moderer (#63), covered in deep powder before developing into a challenging mogul run on the return down to Scheffau.

SkiWelt definitely knows how to look after its snowboarders, with wide pistes and perfectly maintained snowparks. These can be found dotted all around the region, the most challenging being Pro Park, right by Westendorf's Gampenkogel lift and home to the aptly named Big Mama jump. For anyone who isn't quite ready to take on Westendorf's Boarders Playground, the Snowpark & Funslope Söll's tables and kickers are a good place have a go at some new tricks. There’s also the Intersport Kaiserpark at the Tanzbodenalmbahn in Ellmau with an Easyline, Expertline and a chill area.

SkiWelt après ski

You name it, SkiWelt's got it. Choose from any of the villages to suit your style of après ski, whether it's relaxing in front of a fire place or dancing on tables in ski boots…

If you're looking for the latter, head for Söll - although it's left its boozy reputation behind for a family friendly feel, venues like Whisky-Mühle prove that this place still knows how to party…

If this doesn't sound like your cup of Jägertee, and you'd rather settle down in a homely pub for a quiet fireside sherry, you'll like Scheffau or Ellmau.

For something weird and wonderful, head for the Alpeniglu's Ice Restaurant and dine surrounded by ambient lights and crystal tables. You'll find Alpeniglu at the Hochbrixen mountain station, easily accessible (for non-skiers too) from Brixen im Thale or Westendorf.

Whatever you do here in terms of food, don't leave without trying some traditional Tyrolean nosh. The Tirol is famed for its knödeln (better known to us as dumplings) and you'll leave the region dreaming Homer Simpson-style of the mouth-watering choices of cheese, or bacon, or onion, or spinach, or pumpkin, or plums, or apricots….Where were we? Ah yes, some great places to try out this grub include Scheffau's Tanzbodenalm, or the Hohe Salve Gipfelalm.

If you've still got some energy left, head for Söll, home to Austria's biggest floodlit ski area. Equally as exciting, and great for non-skiers too, are their tobogganing runs which are also open after dark. For something a little more relaxed, some of the villages offer the opportunity to admire the surroundings on horseback, or treat yourself in one of many spas and wellness centres in the region.

When is best to ski the SkiWelt?

In spite of the Wilder Kaiser's relatively low altitude, in recent years the region has proved doubters wrong with fantastic snow cover, the heaviest of which usually arrives around January-February.

The cover here has the added backing of SkiWelt's 1700 snow cannons, as well as the monstrous Pistenbullys which help maintain the slope's condition.

This super-modern lift system carries up 146,656 happy skiers per hour all over the region and makes light work of any crowds, ensuring smooth skiing all the way.

Peak dates

You'll get that tingly festive feeling and an all-important white Christmas in SkiWelt. Enjoy some top-quality skiing before watching the streets come alive with traditional Christmas markets, and top it all off with a mug of Glühwein. Browse SkiWelt Christmas ski holidays ‣

Watch fireworks light up the night's sky against the impressive backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser mountains, before ringing in the New Year in SkiWelt in one of many lively bars, or relaxing in a cosy chalet. Browse SkiWelt New Year ski holidays ‣

The village are fabulous for families and with excellent snowfall at this time of year, a February half-term in SkiWelt should be fantastic. Browse SkiWelt Half Term ski holidays ‣

Scheffau and the Hohe Salve usually have the best snow during Easter in SkiWelt - and the springtime views are spectacular. Take full advantage the best snow in the morning, topping up your tan on one of the many sun terraced bars and restaurants. Browse SkiWelt Easter ski holidays ‣

SkiWelt ski holidays
Chalet Bichler
Chalet Bichler
25 Mar 2017
Gatwick £499
Hotel Eggerwirt
Hotel Eggerwirt
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £529
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £549
Hotel Briem
Hotel Briem
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £609
Sporthotel Mödlinger
Sporthotel Mödlinger
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £619
Hotel Tyrol
Hotel Tyrol
11 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £711
SkiWelt chalets
Chalet Bichler
Chalet Bichler
25 Mar 2017
Gatwick £499
SkiWelt hotels
Hotel Eggerwirt
Hotel Eggerwirt
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £529
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £549
Hotel Briem
Hotel Briem
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £609
Sporthotel Mödlinger
Sporthotel Mödlinger
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £619
Hotel Tyrol
Hotel Tyrol
11 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £711
Hotel Jakobwirt
Hotel Jakobwirt
11 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £719
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