Situated on an open plateau in the wide Brixen valley, this small, pretty Tyrolean village is a very family-friendly resort.
The nursery slopes are directly beside the village centre and there's an excellent children’s program provided by the ski school. A gondola links Westendorf to Brixen and the rest of the slopes of the SkiWelt circuit, with a huge variety of skiing for both intermediate and advanced skiers. Access to the Kitzbühel ski area, with a further 284km of pistes, is via the Ki-West gondola.
Resort Altitude: 789m
Resort Skiing: 1,892m
Total Ski Area: 284km
Blue Runs: 122km
Red Runs: 129km
Black Runs: 33km
Westendorf is home to some top-quality hotels and attracts every type and ability of skier. Beginners skiing can be easily accessed from the village, however, the upper slopes require a ski bus trip to the bottom of the gondola. More advanced skiers will find the powder between runs and under chairlifts a haven after fresh snowfall. Skiers wanting to explore the SkiWelt area can connect to Ellmau, Söll and other resorts.
A variety of runs enable all levels of skiers to enjoy the slopes of Westendorf. Large open runs alongside woods present a pleasant mix of track and piste skiing. With the main SkiWelt circuit to the north and the slopes of Kitzbuhel to the east, the resort is well connected to other larger, more diverse ski areas. However, the relatively quiet runs in Westendorf are great for anyone looking to enjoy the snow. Beginners find an extensive number of nursery slopes in the village and some blues that can be progressed onto.
With a variety of runs and great off piste, boarders find Westendorf an excellent resort. The terrain park is also highly regarded with all levels of features included and a half-pipe for the more experienced.
The Reds Ski School in Westendorf offers lessons for 'Bambini' (three to five years) or children, as well as adults. There are courses in both a group environment and private, and lessons can be taken in Alpine skiing and snowboarding.
There is a large variety of good restaurants but most of them are situated in the resorts' hotels. For more traditional, local cuisine head to Wastlhof, Klingler and Berggasthof Stimmlach where some of the best Austrian Alpine cuisine is served.
For a small village, Westendorf has a surprisingly lively selection of bars in the small, charming centre. The Liftstuberl and Gerry’s are the most popular spots when the lifts close and are usually full quickly. For those with children, Bruchtall caters to kids as well as adults. Moskito Café Bar and In’s Moment both have live music. For a smarter bar, Karat offers a more chic atmosphere and more of a lounge feel.
Trips to Innsbruck and Salzburg are easily done, in the village there are beautiful walks around the trails and sleigh rides can also be organised.