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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.





At a glance: • Super lift system • charming villages • diverse après ski

Great for: • Families • Intermediates • Couples

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.

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

Location: Austria, Alps.

Open: December - April

Downhill: 284km

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 122km 43%

  • 129km 45%

  • 33km 12%

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

Skiing/BoardingSkiing 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 Apres 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.

Best time to go

Best time to ski SkiWelt

When is the best time to ski 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.

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.

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

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.

Families in SkiWelt

SkiWelt in the Wilder Kaiser well and truly lives up to its motto, “Fun in the snow for the whole family.” There are loads of ski schools dotted around, some, like Skischule Söll-Hochsöll with over 30 years of teaching experience so you’ll know your kids are in capable hands. Due to its attempt to shift away from the ‘lads holiday’ image, Söll has turned its attention to developing a family-friendly vibe, giving rise to great ski schools and tons of après ski activities to keep the little ones entertained, making it one of the best family resorts around. If your little ones are a bit too young to ski, this is no problem as many of these ski schools offer childcare, which will keep your children entertained and set you free to roam the slopes. If you’ve got some daredevil teenagers travelling with you, their eyes will light up when they see the Hochsöll Wintergarten above Söll full of tables and rails for them to try out some tricks and flicks.

The region has loads of fantastic accommodation on offer for families, from homely pine-chalets to big kitted-out hotels. If your kids don’t mind a bit of cleaning up after your cooking, then a self-catered apartment could be a good choice for an inexpensive ski holiday. Whatever kind of accommodation you’re looking for, or if you want somewhere with childcare on-site, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you out. With package deals including flights, transfers and accommodation, or self-drive and independent travel options also on offer, we’ll help you find your perfect week in the mountains.

GroupsGroup Holidays SkiWelt

The wide range of terrain and huge choice of après ski here means SkiWelt is perfect for group trips. Whether this is your first step in learning to ski or if you’ve had years of experience, you’ll find something here to keep you both challenged and entertained. In terms of après ski the region caters to all, offering traditional Tyrolean cuisine, lively bars, homely pubs, and an enchanting ice restaurant and bar. Söll is by far the best if you and your group are up for a party, or for a more peaceful group retreat look no further than Scheffau or Ellmau. Non-skiers can experience the rush of zooming down the slopes on one of the toboggan runs in Söll and Scheffau, or you can all pay a visit to Salzburg for a day, to name but a couple of the off-the-slope activities. For any skiers with a competitive streak who want to settle the scores once and for all, head over to the Südhang slope (#66) by Scheffau where you’ll be filmed and timed on your way down. Buying a round of glühwein seems a more than suitable forfeit for the slowest time amongst you!

For an intimate group holiday, see if you can book out a whole chalet. Simply check out the maximum occupancy of each chalet and find one that matches your group, then get in touch with us for a quote, and look forward to having the whole place to yourself. Alternatively, there are loads of hotels with great facilities that are large enough to accommodate groups of all shapes and sizes. If you’re travelling with people who don’t mind doing a bit of cooking in cleaning, keep things nice and cheap with a self-catered apartment.

Whatever kind of accommodation you choose, book it as part of one of our packages including flights and transfers for the best value. Feel free to go for an accommodation-only or self-drive option if your group will be travelling from different places.

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