The Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental brought you the world's fastest chairlift last winter and this season yet another 27 million Euros has been spent to further improve one of the Tirol's top ski destinations.

Getting to the Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental could not be easier – the transfer from Innsbruck takes little over an hour and Salzburg airport is only 90 minutes away – making this one of the most accessible ski areas in the Alps. And with eight different towns and villages to base yourself in to access the vast 261km of snowsure and immaculately groomed pistes, the variety is almost unparalleled.

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So which village to choose?

Each one has their own unique, Tirolean personality which is why the Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental has universal appeal. From family groups visiting cosy Ellmau, to groups of friends heading to the lively Söll and Westendorf or those looking to stay in the heart of the ski area by staying in Brixen im Thale, there is an option for all. Traditional chalets and wood-clad chalethotels make up the majority of the accommodation – no French-style, high-rise apartment blocks here!

A huge ski area

Wherever you’re staying, the 261km of slopes can all be accessed without the need for a bus ride (but if you miss the last lift these are frequent and free). Rolling blues and some steeper reds criss-cross the mountains and valleys, whilst a few sharp blacks can be found on the Hohe Salve mountain. But this really is an intermediate’s paradise. The piste grooming is amongst the best in the world and if you’re worried about the relatively low altitude – don’t be! The Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental has no fewer than 1,700 snow cannons, 100 of which are new for this season, and all are powered by Tirolean enewable energy. With such high apacity it only takes an incredible three days of non-stop snowmaking to get 80% of the ski area up and running.

The best lifts

A staggering amount of money has been invested in new lifts over the past 10 years and almost all of the runs can now be accessed by fast lifts. Many of these have bubbles and seat heating, so are perfect for those cold and snowy days. This season the investment continued, and the new Salvenmoos gondola above Söll has been built over the summer to transform one of the best and most popular beginner areas in the Skiwelt.

Perfect for families

Not only do the slopes suit beginners and families, but the off slope activities are some of the best and most varied anywhere, which makes the Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental the ideal family option. Ellmau, Going and Söll have fantastic tobogganing runs and the AlpenIGLU at Hochbrixen is a unique and spectacular attraction – you can even stay overnight in an igloo!

Count me in – where to stay?

With eight villages dotted around the ski area, the choice is almost limitless. There is everything from great value self-catering chalets to high-end luxury chalets and family run chalethotels to the 5* Kaiserhof in Ellmau. Numerous UK tour operators have packages to the likes of Ellmau and Söll in particular. For example,Crystal (Ski Club Members save 5%) have no fewer than 15 properties in Söll and four in Ellmau, including the excellent 4* Sporthotel. Inghams also have numerous holidays to the Skiwelt – offering some great value trips to Ellmau, Söll and Westendorf (again Ski Club Members save 5%).

For more information visit the following websites:

Skiwelt - www.skiwelt.at

Tirol - www.visittirol.co.uk