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From a fantastic selection of ski schools to countless non-ski activities, the SkiWelt is staking a claim to be the best family ski resort in the Alps.

The vast SkiWelt area offers something for all families, no matter what age or ability. In the SkiWelt, families can have fun whilst staying safe on the mountain, from specially designed lifts to kids’ areas perfect for beginners. We scratch the surface of this incredible area and discover some of what the region can offer:

Discover a world of winter dreamlands

Going to a new resort can be an exciting experience for all the family. Having a moment to discover something new together can be a great lasting memory to cherish. SkiWelt’s beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere make this all possible.

SkiWelt is one of Austria’s largest interconnected ski areas and has a mighty 284km of piste to explore. Its modern approach to snowsports has seen 90 state-of-the-art cable cars and lifts installed over the years making it easier than ever to cover the area. Off the slopes, there are plenty of activities to choose from and there are up to 70 family run huts, mountain restaurants and après bars that are perfect for families to enjoy - all of these are easily accessed from the one of the nine villages that make up the area.

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Brixen im Thale

Designed to make your ski experience enjoyable and easy, Brixen im Thale contains the main ingredients for a successful family ski holiday. The kids’ SkiWelt practise area is located in Hochbrixen and has a Bobo mini club aimed for children 3-4 years old. It has its own specific lift and slopes of varying difficulty.

Dragging ski gear can be a real chore, but the mountain gondola in Brixen has a handy ski depot to store your skis safely. There is also an igloo village called the ALPENIGLU® which has an igloo hotel, bar, restaurant and relaxing lounge area for families to enjoy the scenery, as well as an impressive ice exhibition to admire.

Ellmau

With plenty of wide-open easy blues, Ellmau is perfect for families to explore. Access to the slopes couldn’t be easier with the new 10-seater Hartkaiserbahn gondola and mountain railway, which makes the journey to the slopes a casual affair.

If you need childcare Ellmau has a huge range of options. The Hartkaiser Adventure Eldorado is fantastic for kids. It has its own child-friendly restaurant and childcare facilities that are ideal for young children. The Ellmi’s Kids Club, located in the middle gondola station, also provides childcare for kids from 2 years old.

Located next to the Kirchbichl lift is the Ellmauer Kinderland, which offers all-around child care. The Bobo kid’s fun park and kids club incorporate childcare and instruction in an inclusive environment. 

   

Scheffau

Offering up lots of opportunities for kids learning to ski with a number of ski schools and blue runs on the mountain is the picturesque Scheffau. The main descents back into the valley are blue runs, so access up and down the mountain is perfect for families with mixed levels of abilities.

The Aualmbahn and Osthangbahn chairlifts are designed to help younger children when travelling around the mountain. Incorporated on the lifts are special child locks that prevent children slipping, providing a stress-free ride for parents.

Once you are on the mountain there is the Ski Adventure Park “Kinderkaiserland” located at the top lift station. The Schauffau Ski School is located at this station and has its own “Mini Carver” skis specifically for very young skiers, with bindings designed so there’s no need for ski boots.

Söll

Söll has invested into the family and child experience in recent years. The Keat lift has new heated seats and weather protection roofs that are retractable. At the middle lift station and in the valley there are dedicated family ski depots, where you can leave your ski equipment to dry instead of carrying it around the mountain.

The Hexenwiese ski field in the valley is ideal for young children to make their first steps in the snow and it’s free for the whole family to access. There’s also the Kinderland Kornkammer that provides supervision for young children from the age of 1. For the slightly older age range, they can head to the fun Crazy Kangaroo Park and Funny Bird Slope.

The unique Kiko Söll area is perfect for little snow fans. There are various themed rooms with enthusiastic child carers, maximising the enjoyment for the kids. Don’t forget to explore the Hexenwiese (Witch’s meadow) where you can visit the funny looking but surprisingly friendly witches. 

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Family Ski Week Deal 

SkiWelt has a fantastic special offer for families on specific dates. During the 2018/19 winter season, children under 15 years of age ski free of charge from 08.12.2018 - 21.12.2018 & 16.03. - 31.03.2019!

If one parent purchases a SkiWelt ski pass valid for at least 3 days, all children from the same family under the age of 15 (born 2003-2012) receive a free ski pass for the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, for use during the same time period. 

This is amazing value for money for a ski area so vast and well suited for family skiers on holiday.

Accommodation

There is a wide selection of family-friendly accommodation available in the Ski Welt. One to consider is the four-star Hotel Kaiser in Sheffau. The hotel is conveniently situated in the village centre so access to nearby restaurants and facilities is a breeze, especially with young children. A shuttle bus taking you from your doorstep to the lifts where you can pick up your skis from the hotel’s lockers at the lift station, making for a seamless journey from bed to bubble lift.

A little gem is the four-star Glockenstuhl hotel in Westendorf. This cosy hotel only has 20 rooms but has a very personal atmosphere. Located only three minutes from the centre of Westendorf and the nearest ski lift, the hotel’s location makes it easy for families to ski or enjoy evening activities. After a day on slopes, you can dive into the soothing swimming pool or sit in the relaxing sauna area, perfect for unwinding.

Hotel Hubertus is a family run four-star hotel in Brixen im Thale. Only a few metres away from direct access to the SkiWelt ski area and only 10km away from Kitzbuhel, there’s an incredible amount of skiing to be had from this hotel’s doorstep. Enjoy a signature Austrian wellness area with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin. The restaurant attached has a fantastic menu of traditional Tyrolean food to feast on after a day on the slopes.

Hotels aren’t the only option for accommodation the SkiWelt. There are a great selection of farmhouses to choose from if you prefer a more peaceful retreat in the countryside. The Obholzhof farmhouse located above Sheffau overlooks the beautiful Wilder Kaiser Mountain. There are no cars allowed in the area, so there’s plenty of space to let children play in the quiet farmyard with peace of mind.


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Kids Club 

The Hotel Kaiser also has a Kaiser-Kids Club that looks after children over the age of four. Not only that, children can enjoy the climbing wall, swimming pool and other sporting activities off the slope. For the parents, there’s a relaxing spa area, ready to sooth everyone after a day on the pistes.

Skimovie Slopes 

There are three Skimovie slopes located in the SkiWelt ski area. Try out the course in Scheffau! Scan a ski pass in the starting area and race against the clock through a Giant Slalom course. There’s access to photos and video at the bottom of the course and they are downloadable for free at bmw-mountains.com.
The slope in Söll is a ski/boardercross track that has cameras that record the entire run. The videos are available to access on skiline.cc. Another Ski Line Skimovie slope is available in Westendorf.

Speed Measurement runs 

Clock high speeds in a speed trap available in Brixen and Ellmau. Ski in a straight line for 120m and see how fast you can go (a special speedometer will calculate your speed and display the results). This is a fun and safer way to see how fast you can push the limits on the mountain.

Tobogganing 

SkiWelt has some fantastic tobogganing runs for all the family. In Ellmau, there’s a 4km track to speed down on your sledge and is an easy run for everybody to enjoy. Night sledging is hosted on a Wednesday and Saturday in Söll on the Hexenritt run, which is a fantastic evening activity for children.

Travel 

SkiWelt is easily reachable from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck airports, all of which are a one-hour drive away from the area. Airport shuttles are regularly available too from to and from resort, making the journey that much smoother for the family

Whether it’s on or off the slopes SkiWelt has a fantastic reputation for a family winter holiday experience. For more information visit: Skiwelt.at

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