The charming, family-friendly resort has previously been voted the prettiest village in Europe. Popular for British skiing holidays, it lies centrally between the SkiWelt and Kitzbuhel ski areas, links have recently been improved with direct lift access now from the back of the Ski Welt, across Brixen. Small and cosy Westendorf is a favoured destination for family ski holidays.
Skiing in Westendorf
The slopes in Westendorf will be a joy for all levels, with some great sweeping, tree-lined runs as well as challenging itineraries for the more advanced. The Ski Welt is the largest lift-linked skiable area in Austria, with 250km of skiable runs and excellent terrain locally. Skiers can flourish on the local nursery slopes, and there is an alternative slope at the top of the gondola as the snow coverage isn’t guaranteed at the beginning and end of season. Westendorf has all (bar one run) rated easy-intermediate, so the local slopes are a favoured by the mid-level skier or boarder. The advanced skier run, Steihang, is a five kilometre challenge for an advanced skier, or alternatively hire a guide to find the best off-piste.
The greatest benefit to staying in Westendorf is that you can easily ski the Kitzbuhel/Kirchberg area thanks to the simple act of walking across the valley road and picking up the lift for the neighbouring area. The resort is now the central link and both can be skied under the Kitzbuhel Alps pass, which also includes a third option, skiing the Schneewinkel area around St Johann which is included in the ticket.
Snowboarding in Westendorf
Arguably the best boarding area of the SkiWelt, the local slopes are home to the main boardpark of the area. There is a natural and man-made pipe along with some rails and kickers. With lots of trees to shred through, it’s a great choice for freeriding.
Accommodation in Westendorf
There is a variety of ski accommodation on offer for your family ski package or group ski holiday. Ski chalet holidays or hotels are available for the centrally linked Austrian resort Westendorf. Apres is at the calmer end of the scale, although twice a year the resort is transformed for the Hahnenkamm Warm up and Jump-and-Freeze mountain parties.
|Resort altitude||800m||Skiing altitude||789m-1892m|
|Transfer time||1hr||Longest run|
|Total kms of piste:||250kms||Cross country|
|Snow canons||Slope direction|
|Nursery area||1||Number of lifts||13|
|Night skiing||No||Snow making|
|Ski bus||Linked resorts||Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten, Itte|
|Summer skiing||Terrain parks||1|
|Half pipe||1||Tree runs||A few|
Summary: Skill level, features and activities
|Type of resort||Alpine|
|Suitable for families|
|Apres ski (nightlife)|