Although there are some open slopes high up, and the prominent high point of Hohe Salve is noticeably bare, most of the slopes are heavily wooded. The piste map is better than it was, using arrows to show which way runs go where that is in doubt. Recently it included enlarged sections of various sectors but they don't help much. What's needed are separate maps for the main sectors. Signposting is also heavily criticized by visitors; it helps once you realize that the signs point out the direction to the next lift you want and use the number of the lift to indicate the colour of the run.

Slopes

  • Resort altitude: 700m
  • Lower slopes: 620m
  • Upper slopes: 1955m
  • Total pistes: 280km

For beginners

Not ideal The big area of nursery slopes between the main road and the gondola station is fine when snow is good - gentle, spacious, uncrowded and free from good skiers whizzing past. But it can get icy or slushy. In poor snow the Hochsöll area may be used. None of the lifts is free, but points cards are available. Progression to longer runs is likely to be awkward - there aren't many blue runs in this part of the SkiWelt. One is the narrow blue from Hochsöll, on which speeding skiers on their way home are a hazard.

For intermediates

Mainly easy runs When blessed with good snow the SkiWelt is a paradise for those who love easy cruising and don't mind short runs. It is a big area, and you really get a feeling of travelling around. There are lots of blue runs and many of the reds could be blue. In general the most difficult slopes are those from the mid-stations to the valleys - to Blaiken, Brixen and Söll, for example. For more challenging reds head for Westendorf (and don't miss the excellent red down to Brixen).

For advanced

Not a lot The black runs from Hohe Salve are challenging pistes, the steepest of them including a short pitch that locals claim is steeper than Mayrhofen's Harakiri. The black run alongside the Brixen gondola also deserves respect, especially if the snow is in poor condition because of its south-facing aspect. Those runs apart, the main challenges are gentle off-piste routes - from Brandstadl down to Scheffau, for example.

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  • Intermediate
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