Kitzbühel and St Anton are top of mind as the biggest ski resorts in Austria. Well, SkiWelt is the 2nd largest ski area in Austria (only behind St Anton and the Arlberg). SkiWelt is also among the best for a family ski trip. SkiWelt actually translates to “Ski World”, pronounced Shee-velt, and it is big, huge even, with 9 interconnected mountain villages via 105 lifts, covering 279 kilometers of trails. Ski Wel tis not very high elevation however, like nearby Kitzbühel, its only 6,400′ which can impact snow conditions.

SkiWelt is located less than an hour from Innsbruck, just 15 minutes to an hour from Kitzbuhel (depending upon where you want to start your day), and less than 1.5 hours from Munich.

In the Tyrol Alps, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is a super family friendly – kids often ski free with parents. SkiWelt has 19 ski schools (starting kids in ski school as young as one – kindergarten), all up on the mountain, even daycare is reached via gondola. SkiWelt has 3 fun snow parks (terrain parks), on mountain playgrounds with ski penguins and colorful animation around the ski resort. Also there is so much grooming, daily, with 69 snowcats, SkiWelt grooms 21 pistes that go all the way to the nine valleys daily, or you can leave your skis at the summit and download via panoramic gondola.

SkiWelt’s nine base villages are Brixen, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten, Itter, Kelchsau, Scheffau, Soll and Westendorf, you will find family friendly, affordable lodging at any of these authentic villages with a few ski shops. Brixen is the most convenient. Soll attracts more Germans due to its proximity to Munich.

SkiWelt is also super scenic with views of Kitzbühel and the Wilder Kaiser mountain, especially from the summit of Hohe Salve at 1829M, where the 1589 Brixen church dominates the peak.

SkiWelt’s modern lifts flank every aspect – impressive and ideal for young families, and non-skiers that want to come up to the high alpine to see their kids in ski school or have a cozy chalet lunch.

SkiWelt has 70 family-owned huts, each with their unique recipes served in farmhouses where they spend summers with their cows. Most have large sun terraces with views of the Wild King and Kitzbühel peaks. The Rubezahl Alm is perhaps the most famous hut, in Ellmau, this cozy 1778 farmhouse is the place to see and be seen by the big fireplace, at the bar on cowhide barstools, or at a rustic corner table.

Kids love the Alpine Iglu village created at SkiWelt each year, you can ski here for a tour, enjoy the ice exhibit, or you can come for fondue dinner seated on fur skins and enjoy the illumination. You can even stay at the Iglu Hotel if you want to chill overnight.

SkiWelt also offers Austria’s largest night ski area, Thursday – Saturday. Sledding, called rodel, is also offered on 3 runs!

SkiWelt is easy to access by car, or bus, less than 1.5 hours from Munich and Salzburg. Under an hour from Innsbruck. Kitzbuhel ski resort is very close, in fact you ski to it as part of 100 kilometers ski safari.

SkiWelt ski stats:
Summit Elevation 1957 Meters (6,420′). Base Elevation 620M. Vertical Drop 1337M (4,386′)
105 lifts, 279 kilometers of trails – Austria’s 2nd largest ski resort- SkiWelt
90% snowmaking with 1600 snow cannons
Austria’s largest night skiing on 13 kilometers of night skiing, 3 floodlit toboggan runs (day and night tobogganing until 3 am). 3 terrain parks. 1 Ski Movie Route
Close to Ski Juwel and Kitzbuhel ski resorts in the Kitzbühel Valley
SkiWelt Video