Offering up an impressive 288km of slopes and running entirely on eco-electricity, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental lives up to its reputation as one of the largest and most modern ski resorts on the planet. This Austrian favourite has won several awards for its environmental credentials, and when it’s not collecting trophies for sustainability, it’s being voted the best international ski resort in the world. Four times, to be precise.
Those worried that the more futuristic and modern aspects of the ski resort will have taken something away from its classically alpine side need not be concerned either. This mountain paradise brings together the old ways and the new ways in perfect harmony, mixing the traditional idea of a winter holiday destination with the world of tomorrow.
Whether you’re a fresh-faced beginner, a grizzled backcountry veteran, a jib-hungry park rat, or an apres aficionado, you’ll find something here to keep you coming back again and again. Here’s some handy insider information to kick start your next trip.
“Voted the best international ski resort in the world. Four times, to be precise”
How To Get There
If you’re heading to SkiWelt from the UK, you’ll have to hop on a flight. The closest airports are Innsbruck (77 km to Söll), Salzburg (84 km), and Munich (133 km), and from there it’s a quick train to Kufstein.
Once you’re there, either hop on a local bus service, or make use of the dedicated transfer shuttle which takes around 20 minutes. Easy.
More to the point, why wouldn’t you go? SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental is an expansive playground for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. It has 90 state-of-the-art cable cars that operate entirely on eco-electricity, it’s the largest night-skiing area in Austria, and it boasts a colossal network of runs that dwarfs most neighbouring resorts.
“SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental is an expansive playground for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities”
It’s also home to the longest ski circuit on the planet. The 80km KitzSkiWelt Tour takes adventurous mountain lovers through two award-winning ski resorts, traversing 14,600m of elevation and taking in some of the most stunning scenery Austria has to offer. You don’t have to do the whole thing though. Make it as long or as short as you like and start from any SkiWelt location.
SkiWelt’s snowmaking system is impressive too. The resort has 16 storage lakes that are fed with fresh spring water to create snow for the slopes, and all the power required is generated through hydroelectricity. There’s also a clever GPS slope-management system, which maps out every centimetre of the pistes and makes sure there are no areas with too much or too little snow.