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Visitor reviews for Westendorf Ski Resort

Westendorf Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 12 votes and 27 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Westendorf is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Westendorf has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.7

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.0

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Westendorf.

Public Transport: 4.3

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Westendorf, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Westendorf, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Westendorf.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.0

(1) There are no child care facilities at Westendorf, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Westendorf relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Westendorf, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Westendorf are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.3

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Westendorf is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Westendorf, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.9

(1) Westendorf usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.4

(1) The staff at Westendorf are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Westendorf are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.8

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.9

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.4

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.8

(1) No intermediate terrain at Westendorf, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Westendorf, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.5

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Westendorf, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Westendorf has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.7

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.3

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.9

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.0

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.3

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.3

(1) Overall, Westendorf is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.5

(1) Overall, Westendorf is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 22, 2011
Catherine from Ski Ireland Ireland
Looking forward to going back to Westendorf in a few weeks for about the 15th time. Can't wait, it has the best of everything to enjoy your ski holiday. My kids are going back for the 3rd time and it can't come soon enough.
January 15, 2011
Matt from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This must be close to my 50th year in Westendorf. It's the most 'whole' ski experience. Great slopes to learn on, great instructors, lovely people (the Austrians are quite mad ...) and superb food. I usually spend Christmas and New Year there, as Christmas is wonderful, followed by the nuttiest New Year celebrations I have seen anywhere. Westendorf is off the main road on it's own plateau, so it 'traffic quiet'. This year, I'm about to go out with my family, and can't wait. I'd recommend Skisport Hausberger for ski-hire, Hotel Post for accomodation and Oberhauser Taxi for taxis. Evening food: Hotel Post and the Maierhof (which is up the mountain). Great thing to do: get up early and have breakfast in Frau. Schober's restaurant on the top of Choralpe - Westendorf's Mountain. Motto - Skiing and Cake.
December 30, 2010
helen from Ski Ireland Ireland
I went back to Westendorf in 2010 after a gap of 30 years( had originally been there in the 70s and loved the area). Went back because I heard the lift system had opened the whole area. It is wonderful and the possibilities are endless - a huge area is opened up, the run to Brixen is challenging but there is an easier way than the black run!! A nice easy pathway makes it possible for all. The connections are super and I was delighted to have gone back........will continue to ski in Westendorf.
January 01, 2010
Audrey from Ski Ireland Ireland
I agree that Westendorf is one of the best ski resorts anywhere. Plenty of Irish and Germans. It's a great place to learn and improve. The ski schools are fantastic. We've had Sep as our instructor a few times. He's adorable. The place is well worth a visit. This is our third year in a row. We just don't want to try anywhere else now. We are 10 years skiing and will be back to Westendorf again.
December 23, 2009
Christine from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My husband has been to the village of Westendorf at least 20 years, myself at least 12 and my daughter at just 13 has been 9 years and each time we come away we look forward to our next visit to Westendorf. The people are friendly and we have made friends in the village from our numerous stays and wouldn't go to any other village for a skiing holiday. I too have been in the summer and the atmosphere and friendliness of the locals is the same. The skiing facilities are good and we are quite happy for our daughter to go off with the ski school and know she is safe and being looked after by some great ski teachers who we also know many of as they come back to the resort each year. We are all looking forward to our next holiday to Westendorf which is very soon.
February 12, 2009
taffy joe` from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Once again Westendorf delivers a great week's skiing with a great new run down to Brixen (watch out for the black section midway down, there is an option to avoid it if you wish). This year we travelled out to pass Thurn on the Kitz side and also did a large section of the Skiwelt, including a couple of runs down to Kitzbulhe. Went 24th to 31st Jan and snow conditions were perfect plus we had a fresh dump midweek. On the Friday (last day) the sun was out and the morning skiing was as good as it gets. Two new gondolas for this season, one from Brixen to the Choralpe and the other from near the bottom of the old 111 run (3rd of August 08 was when they started this project and it will be up and running by the end of Nov.) Westendorf is now slap bang in the middle of maybe one of the largest linked ski areas in Europe and you still only pay €3 for a pint of lager. Stayed in the middle of the village; great location, so convenient for all bars, shops, with a 1 min walk to the chairlift. Great week had by all, only negative is that Chriss and his mother have to close the village pub at the end of the season due to the lease being up which was a great shame. Roll on next year.
January 01, 2009
Slippery from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
New lifts this season really add to the resort of Westendorf and the connections are great to Brixen and the rest. Snow making is now very good providing it's cold enough, so you can ski forever considering the Kitz side too. New black runs have added extra spice for the better skiers. Rumour that the village pub will be closing at the end of the season will make next year interesting. Campbell's (under Hotel Jakobwirt) still one of the best kept secrets. I think the service and food in all the restaurants on the mountain is great and are much better value than other better known places. With the sorry state of sterling this is also important Westendorf is a special place with a high proportion of regulars whose loyalty is now being rewarded with the top class lifts Can't wait to get back!
December 18, 2008
keith gates from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having first visited Westendorf in 1981 and every year since, it has always been a hard village to get a bed in if you're not Dutch. But that for me is the best thing, away from the Brits and I am one. It has a good party feel to the resort, the ski links have got better year on year, and this year with the run and gondola up and running down to Brixe, opens up all new possibilities. Plus the new gondola to eliminate the bus run back to the village, on one of the nicest runs in Westendorf. Don't be put off by the negative comments by a couple of people, this is a special resort that once visited you will be back year after year. The ski schools are second to none, and Westendorf now finds itself right in the middle of the Ski Welt, so you have options to ski both ways and get back at the end of a days skiing. For snowboarders you have the fun park that is extensive and fun and not over run. This resort is played down in the UK brochures because they can't get the beds, they would rather take you to Soll, where all the Brits are.
February 11, 2008
Michelle from Ski Ireland Ireland
Just home (9th Feb) - with resurfaced freckles from the sun - from a superb week in Westendorf. This was our second visit and I cannot speak highly enough of this resort from a number of aspects - facilties, hotel (stayed in the Biclingerhof - non-residents come for the food - so it's good ! and the staff go the extra mile), proximity of everything from ski hire to ski school to ski runs, cafes (Cafe Elisabeth has the best desserts, cappucinos and omelettes in town - as well as great staff!), access to outer ski areas and - above all - it was, again, a dream for my 7 year old - the fun he had was immeasurable. Take the gondola just off the nursery slope to the middle or upper station and there is a maze of runs available for all levels. Fabulous snow, stunning scenery, wealth of eateries and ski areas that are not crowded or jammed with queues. The ski schools are well organised, instruction was confidently progressive, with encouraging pushes to get the adrenalin flowing. Can't wait to go back next year.
January 30, 2008
al from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from Westendorf on Sat after 4th visit. Great week's skiing, 5 days of sunshine and a good dump on the Tuesday to refresh the slopes. Although the town is starting to be overrun by the Dutch don't let this put you off. Still a great base for the Skiwelt and we also did the link to Kitz this year. Best bar for apres; the Brunchstall, just at the top of the nursery slope and owned and run by maybe the prettiest lady in Austria (Lisa). Plenty of other good bars and restaurants in town for a great night out. All in all, a good resort, 1 hr from Innsbruck and 1.5 from Salzburg. It is a fraction of the cost of top Austrian and French resorts.