The 30th most popular snowboarding destination in Austria.
Sunday 17 December 2017 06:13 GMT
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.
The best snowboarding is found on the mountain between the towns of Soll and Going. From the top of Hohe Salve (5,670ft) at Soll enjoy the views of Brandstadl summit (5,115ft), Hartkaiser (4,820ft), and in the distance the ski slopes of Pass Thurn and Grossglockner. Recommended trails include the black run from summit of Hohe Salve which has 2,200 ft of vertical over 4 km. A good intermediate run is the Rigi which begins on the back side of Hohe Salve and takes skiers all the way around the Hohe Salve. 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. Soll has a high number of British skiers and English is spoken almost everywhere, perfect for the visitor who wants an easy time dealing with the language. All the towns in the area are connected by ski trails or free busses, making traveling relatively easy.
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, Soll is the 30th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 64 snowboarding resorts in Austria. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Soll including Westendorf and Ellmau.