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With 128km of red runs in the SkiWelt area, intermediates will enjoy clocking up the miles on the many tree-lined runs. The immediate Westendorf/Brixen area offers a good variety of pistes for intermediates, with some fun easy blue runs (113, 111) as well as some more challenging red runs – some of the steeper slopes in the SkiWelt area – a particular favourite is the long run down to Brixen (11). A slightly less testing option but still great fun is the blue run (120) which winds down towards Kirchberg and the connection to the KitzSki area.
However, the immediate area is not extensive and most intermediates will want to explore the rest of the SkiWelt area after a day or so. The section surrounding the Hohe Salve peak has a large network of steeper red runs to challenge stronger intermediates, and a number of interesting long valley runs down to Hofgarten, Itter and Soll – the red run down to Itter is nice tree run (30). Moving further across the SkiWelt the ‘Kaiser circuit’ taking in the villages of Scheffau, Ellmau, and Going offers a mix of easy cruising blues and reds between Ellmau and Going, and more testing terrain above Scheffau. The long run down to Scheffau is a fun, interesting piste (60) with superb views across to the Wilder Kaiser mountains.
Intermediates who manage to exhaust the SkiWelt area can connect to the KitzSki area by skiing the blue Ki-West run (20) and catching a ski bus to Kirchberg, which has access to a further 170km of groomed pistes.
The village is relatively small, meaning the resort’s amenities are all conveniently located within short walking distance. The ski lifts are a short walk from the village centre, and with a population of under 4,000, there is not the same hustle and bustle in some of the larger nearby resorts. The village is set on a sunny plateau, and at 783 metres is relatively low lying, meaning it can become mild in the later months of the ski season.
The numerous hotels are a prominent feature of the village, and make up a significant portion of the evening activity as guests typically eat in their hotel restaurant. There are, however, also a number of shops and bars, including the Village Pub and the lively Karat for visitors wishing to explore Westendorf’s night life later into the evening.
There is a relatively limited offering in terms of shops in Westendorf, but the close proximity to Kitzbuhel means visitors don’t have to go far if they feel they have seen all there is to be seen in Westendorf.