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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Piste maps

Key facts covers:

  • Entire SkiWelt

Key facts

Resort800 m
Slopes620-1955 m
Lifts90
Pistes280 km
Price index90

Westendorf

Austria

Westendorf4

The upside

  • Pleasant, traditional village
  • Challenging local slopes
  • Good local beginner slopes but ...

The downside

  • Local slopes not ideal territory for progression from the nursery slopes
  • Getting to main SkiWelt circuit takes time

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News – 2016/17

Nothing major in Westendorf itself. But over at Hochsöll, the ancient double Salvenmoos chairlift that serves the terrain park will be replaced by a 10-seater gondola.
Snowmaking in the SkiWelt is being further improved with 100 more snowguns and increased reservoir capacity.

News – 2015/16

Elsewhere in the SkiWelt, at Ellmau, a new 10-seat gondola with a mid-station replaced the Hartkaiser funicular, more than doubling capacity. The top station has a smart new restaurant complex and childcare facilities.
Above Brixen, the Jochbahn quad was replaced by an eight-seater which the resort claims is ‘the world’s fastest chairlift’. It is double the length of the old chair and starts much lower down the mountain.
Above Hopfgarten, the old double Schernthann chair was replaced by a six-pack that serves a new run as well as existing pistes; its height automatically adjusts to help small children board easily.

Summary

Westendorf is a quiet, attractive village with good local slopes for confident intermediates. The resort is slightly off the main SkiWelt circuit, but is linked to Brixen im Thale. Access to Kitzbühel’s slopes on the other side of the mountain is easy, with just a short bus ride involved, making Westendorf one of the best places to stay for exploring both areas in a week. Snow reliability is not a strong point of the region though.

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