The vast SkiWelt area is an intermediate skier's paradise, connecting 8 villages in total, and enjoys an enviable snow record, backed by an extensive, high-tech system of snow cannons for added security and confidence. With its seemingly endless range of wide open blue and red runs, it is possible for even inexperienced skiers to enjoy a ski safari from one village to another, and if you only wish to ski one way there are regular buses connecting Ellmau, Scheffau and Söll.
One of the most popular safaris is the 'Hohe Salve tour' - a cicular route around the highest peak of the area, with fantastic 360 degree views of the Wilder Kaiser mountains, the Ziller Valley mountains, the Hohe Tauern range and Austria's highest mountain, the grossglockner (3,798m). There are 71 mountain restaruants across the area too, so there are plenty of excuses for a pit-stop along the way, whether for lunch or simply to enjoy a glühwein.
Ellmau is an attractive, quiet resort with the best views of the iconic Wilder Kaiser mountains. Ellmau is popular with families and couples looking for great skiing plus traditional Austrian character. The beginner slopes and ski school meeting place are conventiently central, whilst the Hartkaiser cable railway takes more experienced skiers up into the huge SkiWelt area,
Scheffau is close to Ellmau and is a picturesque village enjoying panoramic views of the Wilder Kaiser mountains. Offering easy access to the huge SkiWelt area, it is a great resort for new skiers because of its wide open pistes, and also ideal for more experienced skiers.
Söll is a pretty village with a pedestrianised centre, offering plenty of bars and restaurants as well as the famous Whiskymühle nightclub. A warm welcome is assured in the long-standing favourite resort.
Westendorf is on the other side of the mountains and ideally placed for mileage-hungry skiers to use the Kitzbüheler Alpen All Star lift pass to access both the SkiWelt and Kitzbühel ski areas. The resort works well for families and beginners, with its nursery slopes conveniently close to the village centre.
Deservedly popular with English speaking guests, Söll is a lively, good value, pretty village with an attractive pedestrianised centre. It’s the best-known gateway to a celebrated circuit which enables skiers with wanderlust to visit nine resorts.More information
Ski Ellmau! The attractive village of Ellmau is situated between the rugged Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains and the more gentle Kitzbüheler Alps.More information
In fact Westendorf, quiet and attractive retreat that it is, actually enjoys access to two vast ski areas – SkiWelt and Kitzbühel.More information