Westendorf is a traditional Tirolean resort which is part of the largest ski linked area in Austria, providing direct access to 279km of pistes and many more in the surrounding area. The resort is an affordable alternative to Austria’s more expensive resorts and has an almost endless supply of skiing for intermediates in particular.
The majority of Westendorf’s hotels are affordable guest houses and pensions, and despite the recent emergence of a number of 4-star hotels, which have increased the choice available to visitors, Westendorf continues to provide good value without sacrificing the quality (or quantity) of skiing on offer.
The resort is part of the SkiWelt ski area, and there are bus links to a number of nearby ski resorts and ski areas too. The SkiWelt has excellent beginner facilities and an abundance of intermediate-friendly skiing, and while there is skiing to be had for advanced skiers too, truly expert skiers visiting Westendorf may wish to explore the ski touring options in the surrounding area, particularly at Fieberbrunn.
With a base of just 800 metres, the resort is relatively low lying and as a result can suffer from a shortage of natural snow, but piste coverage is almost never a problem thanks to the SkiWelt’s excellent snowmaking infrastructure.
The village has a population of less than 5,000, so doesn’t have the same hustle and bustle as some of Austria’s larger resorts, but there is enough going on for visitors to have a pretty lively evening in one of the resort’s pubs, hotels or bars.
Westendorf Pros & Cons
+ Part of the SkiWelt, so lot’s of skiing
+ Great for intermediates
+ Good snowmaking facilities on the pistes
- Not particularly high
- Truly expert skiers may need to look beyond the (extensive) pistes if staying for a week