Southwest of Salzburg, the town Westendorf provides access to the SkiWelt ski region. The pistes accessible from Westendorf are ideal for beginners and families. With the number of families coming here, there is usually good off-piste powder to be found. Westendorf is off the main road and offers a quieter, smaller alternative for accessing the SkiWelt.
SkiWelt is Austria's largest interconnected ski area linking the villages of Going, Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll, Hopfgarten, Westendorf, and Brixen im Thale. Not only is it the largest ski area, but Ski Welt is also touted as one of the most affordable ski areas in Austria There are a total of 279km of on piste skiing with 128 runs, 1 park, 93 lifts, and 160km of snowmaking. This ski area is one of the most accessible in Austria to German skiers as it is 20 minutes from the Kufstein boarder crossing and an hour from Munich. The area also holds good snow longer into the spring that other resorts in the area. This is a family oriented ski area with very few difficult runs.
For the more adventurous type, there is a terrain park in Westendorf and a half-pipe in Kelchsau - snowboarding IS allowed at Ski Welt. If you are looking for the steeps, head over to Scheffau, this has the highest concentration of steep terrain. For those worried about the language barrier, the towns of Ellmau, Soll, and Westendorf have the highest concentration of English speaking skiers. All the towns in the area are connected by ski trails or free busses, making traveling relatively easy.
After a morning of snowboarding, check out either the Jausenstation Fleidingalm or the Alpenrosenhutte for an on-mountain lunch.
Ski Welt is located 20 minutes from the German boarder in the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Salve, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Munich, 1 hour from Innsbruck, and 1 hour from Salzburg. Westendorf and Brixen im Thale are both accessed by train as are the nearby towns of Worgl and Kufstein.
Overall, Westendorf is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 52 snowboarding resorts in Austria.