This winter, ski Westendorf for a traditional Tyrolean experience in the 'Ski Welt' circuit. There are 45km of great slopes in this immediate resort area, with the larger Ski Welt and Kitzbühel just 15km away. Read our resort guide for all you need to know.
If you ski Westendorf, you are located about 15 kms from Kitzbühel in the heart of the Tirol in a wide sunny valley with gentle tree-lined mountain slopes. In 1998 Westendorf was named Europe's most beautiful village. You'll be staying in a traditional Tyrolean village with a good choice of restaurants and accommodation, and plenty of activities when you fancy a break from skiing. Access from airports includes Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich all under 90 minutes.
On the Slopes
With the nursery slopes right in the village, ski Westendorf as a beginner and you will be spoilt with superb ski schools as well as lots of suitable slopes. As it is low altitude, there's other suitable beginner slopes at the top of the mountain that can be used. Intermediates can head up the mountain from the quad chair at the edge of the village and then ski/board across to the Alpenrose gondola which goes to the top of the mountain where there's a choice of more than a dozen blues and reds. These descend the wooded slopes of the Choralpe to the resort or Fleiding and Gampenkogel mountains behind Westendorf. There's only one expert run in the resort down the front of the Choralpe.
In 2005-6 the lift links to Kirchberg on the neighbouring Kitzbühel pass were completed thanks to the Ki-West gondola. This created an almost linked area of some 425km, one of the world's largest. For boarders the resort has an excellent terrain park above the village, including a half pipe, rails and jumps. There's also some great off piste throughout the resort. The resort also hosts the largest night skiing area in Austria with 11 km of slopes. So there's plenty going on all the time. Finally, the SkiWelt circuit - over 279km of pistes, check the ski area page below.
If you ski Westendorf you are also in the ski region of SkiWelt.
Off the Slopes
Almost untouched by development, there is a range of traditional accommodation to suit every taste and budget. For après ski there's a great selection of bars, cafés and restaurants including Gerry's Inn, the Village Pub, and live music at the Mesnerkeller. Lots of British here ensure it has a lively, but not rowdy, scene once the days close. Other activities to try include sleigh rides, ice-skating, bowling, and paragliding, while Kitzbühel and Salzburg are close enough for day trips.
Who's it Best For?
Great for beginners and intermediates. The short transfer also makes it popular with families.
If you are tired of all the purpose built soulless ski resorts then Westendorf could be perfect for you. It is pretty and charming with some lovely skiing and is part of the large SkiWelt ski area. The biggest downfall is the altitude, snow here can be a bit patchy.
If you are looking for a good value ski package then we can help you organise that with leading ski operators. You may however be looking for a ski chalet, apartment or simply a hotel room. Whatever you holiday needs we can help you.
Why Choose Westendorf in Austria?
1. Great for beginners and intermediates. Slopes are also quieter so great for learning.
2. Access to the SkiWelt ski area and now Kitbuhels slopes.
3. Only a 1 hour transfer from Innsbruck.
4. Pretty, mountain village to stay in.
Is Westendorf Right For You?
If you are sure Westendorf is right for you then check out all the holidays we have or if it is accommodation you are looking for check out our listings and book direct with the owners.
Westendorf really is a very pretty resort to ski in. It's a million miles away from the purpose built concrete resorts you sometimes find in France.Here you get to ski in beautiful landscapes and stay in a resort that is unspoilt and still retains its charm.
Westendorf is also cheaper than other resorts and the restaurants are reasonably priced. A lot of package operators also come here so you could get a very good deal. Chalets here can come catered or uncatered and some are ski in ski out whilst others will be in the centre of the resort. Some are also large chalets which can cater 20+ people whilst others are smaller more intimate one bedroom chalets.
Staying in Westendorf
The choice of accommodation here is good with hotels, apartments and chalets on offer. Westendorf is a lot cheaper than resorts elsewhere so you will get good value for money and there are a number of budget options.
So whether you are looking for a budget chalet or something more luxurious check out the deals we have on offer. Compare facilities, location and price and then book direct with the owners.
Apartments have moved on a great deal from some of the horrors that went up years ago.Now apartments can offer great facilities that would match any hotel and are often beautifully designed. They also offer good value for money when compared to the price of some chalets.
Westendorf is a very pretty ski resort which has largely remained unspoilt despite its tourism. It's also reasonably priced so you should get a good deal here. A lot of package operators also come here so you can make even more savings.
Accommodation in Westendorf includes hotels, chalets and apartments. Apartments that we have heard very good reviews about is the Apart Resort Rabl, only a 5 minute walk from the lifts. Also check out the many b&b's here which offer good value and some are even ski in ski out.
Are Apartments Really a Good Idea?
Well they can work out cheaper and some even have their own swimming pools, spas and saunas. They can be a great choice for families and large groups as you can get more space and independence than in a chalet.
Hotels can offer great value for money. Many have good facilities for skiers and boarders including swimming pools and spas and offer great convenience. Some are also still family run and offer exceptional service.
In Westendorf there are a number of hotels to choose from, alongside apartments and chalets. Prices are reasonable and as a number of package operators come here you will also get good value for money.
What Hotels are Available in Westendorf?
There are a number of 4* hotels in Westendorf down to more basic offerings. Two well known hotels include the Schermer and the Glockenstuhl. The Schermer is a short walk to the lifts and pistes whilst the Glockenstuhl is just outside the village but has a good spa.
There are a number of good b&b's, pensions and apartments here, some of which are ski in ski out. There are some good budget available and eating out in Westendorf wont break the bank.
The best airports to use to get to Westendorf include Innsbruck, 80 km away, Salzburg 80 km, Munich is 150 km away. From Innsbruck the transfer should take only an hour, Salzburg 1 and a half hours and finally from Munich the journey should take about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Travelling from Innsbruck
The best way to get from Innsbruck to Westendorf is by booking a private minibus. If you pre book this before you leave home you can make significant savings. Most of these vehicles will seat up to 8 passengers, if you are not in a a party of 8 then opt for the 'shared service' price.
Prices for these transfers do vary but a round trip should cost you approximately 318 Euros for a minibus for 8 people, a smaller car for up to 3 people should cost around 282 Euros.
You can get a train and bus to Westendorf but as the car journey is so straightforward we would recommend this first. The main thing to bear in mind is that at peak ski season these roads can get very busy so do build this into your planning.
Compare Westendorf ski schools and then book or reserve your ski and snowboard lessons before you arrive in resort! Reserve your spaces in group or private lessons in Westendorf so saving yourself a lot of hassles!
Ski Schools in Westendorf
Whether you want to have ski lessons or snowboard lessons, most Westendorf ski schools offer a wide range of options including half day lessons, private or group lessons. Use GoSki.co.uk to find out more.
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