SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Area

One of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world, with a choice of charming Tyrolean villages

The vast SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental 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 (1,829m), 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 77 mountain restaurants 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 conveniently central, whilst the Hartkaiser cable railway takes more experienced skiers up into the huge SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Area.

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 favorite 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 Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Area and Kitzbühel ski areas. The resort works well for families and beginners, with its nursery slopes conveniently close to the village centre.

  • from£1169pp
  • Area: 284km
  • Altitude: up to 1890m

The attractive village of Ellmau is situated between the rugged Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains and the more gentle Kitzbüheler Alps.

  • from£829pp
  • Area: 284km
  • Altitude: up to 1890m

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.

  • from£789pp
  • Area: 284km
  • Altitude: up to 1890m
A view over the town of Westendorf

In fact Westendorf, quiet and attractive retreat that it is, actually enjoys access to two vast ski areas – SkiWelt and Kitzbühel.

Skiing levels

Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
What We say
  • Discover one of the largest and most modern ski areas in the world on the newly signposted SkiWelt Tour.

  • Clockwise you will travel on 33 lifts and cover 80km of varied runs.

  • Should you wish to complete the tour anti-clockwise there are 37 lifts and 90km of runs. You can join the tour from evert village. It is possible to map out your day's skiing so that you never have to take the same lift or ski the same run twice.

What You say
  • It was our first time on a skiing holiday ever!! We could not have been happier, our experience with the Rep, the hotel, the food and ski school has been perfect! No actually more than perfect. We have all had an amazing holiday! Massive, massive thumbs up to all involved and we are definitely booking to come back again.

    Westendorf, Andrew Jackson, Feb 2018
  • The resort and hotel were great and I know it well so enjoyed the skiing etc...

    Ellmau, Russell Green, Jan 2018
  • The SkiWelt area in Austria is a great ski area.

    Söll, Gardar Radnsson, Jan 2018
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