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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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October 05, 2004
Rachel Cronin from Ski Ireland Ireland
Westendorf is a fantastic resort.The skiing is brilliant for all levels.The instructors are all very nice.I stayed in hotel Post and found it excellent as the location was great and the food was very good.The bars are great craic.If you go you must go to the Wunder bar and also to the Moskito bar.Very enjoyable.A holiday that wil never be forgotten!!!!
November 22, 2005
Simon Shirley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We came down to Austria in the last week of March 2005 and stayed in Ellmau. The conditions there were pretty ropey and after trying several parts of the SkiWorld Wilder Kaiser/Brixental area, we found that Westendorf had the best conditions on offer: good snow until mid-day, no queues and plenty of room on the slopes. It's the best bit of the ski area, so don't just stick to the nearest lift to your hotel.
December 08, 2006
PAUL AND FIONA MAYOR from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
January 22, 2007
paul from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
13/1/2007 just returned from Westendorf. Snow conditions in the whole of the Ski Welt area are non existant. Having hired a car and driven to every ski resort in the Ski Welt area; Soll, Brixen im Thale, Kitzbuhl etc, I have learn't my lesson when booking at low altitude resorts! Don't forget to pack golf clubs, you wont be needing skis this year!
March 04, 2007
Graham Gibson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well, what can I say, just returned from Westendorf, what a BIG disappointment. Once voted the prettiest village in Europe, who else was in contention, Chernobyl? Seriously though, the village is nowhere near as pretty as some other Austrian and also other European resorts. Full of closed cafes and a few bars. The cafes that we're open felt like it was a real effort to serve (maybe they are all fed up with the bad snow this year?) Even the sports shops seemed to be half cooked compared to other Austrian resorts. Stayed at the hotel Schermer. Lovely hotel with very friendly staff and excellent facilities. However, the food selection was not up to some other Austrian hotels. No snow upon arrival. I felt like a right fool unloading skis and ski boots on a June day (well thats what it felt like temp wise). Fairly good snow at the top of the Talkaser towards Fleiding and Gampen, also great snow over at Brixen im Thale, but after about 11 am it was very slushy. A lot of the runs were down to the mud. No wonder they call them the chocolate runs. Unbelievable number of runs if the snow was around but I cannot see me returning unless we get back to the old style winters with snow a plenty.
December 19, 2007
Neil Porter from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been to Westendorf 24 times during the summer and winter mainly. Last years snow situation was the first time I have ever seen it like that! The resort is friendly, cosy and truly Austrian I am heading back again soon, I understand the snow is fantastic, there is loads of skiing to be had, plenty of bars, huts and winter walking to be had as well. Give it a try or miss out. The Skiwelt area is excellent with stacks of skiing opportunities on the door step.
January 27, 2008
emer from Ski Ireland Ireland
I have just returned from a fantastic ski holiday in Westendorf. It is a lovely small town with everything you need in close proximity. I don't really know what Paul from the UK is talking about (I think some people are very hard to please, maybe, Paul, you got a bad week but that is like blaming a country for having rain when you were planning a sun holiday!!) There was plenty of snow and sunshine while we were there and the views from on top are just amazing, also the queues for the lifts are not half as bad as other resorts. There is plenty of nightlife too for those looking for some fun apres-ski. Will definitely be back.
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.
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.
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.