27 January 2015 from Nikki in 'Live from the slopes''

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The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental ski area is the largest interconnected ski area in Austria. With around 280 km of slopes, there is more than enough choice for a week’s skiing? The few days that the Snowplaza Ski Safari spent there at the end of last week were definitely not enough to test all the runs, but they got a good impression and reported back from the slopes.

Wide practice slopes in the valley in Ellmau

The Ski Safari’s starting point was Ellmau in the SkiWelt ski area. Ellmau is a cozy Austrian ski resort with lovely, spacious practice slopes for beginners and children directly in the valley. Ideal for family ski holidays! The team started from the Astberg, which they described as more of a massive hill than a mountain. Nothing is very high or intimidating - everything looks friendly, open and not too difficult. This is apparently the case as you move on into the SkiWelt ski area – there is not much challenging, steep skiing here for experts!

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Beginners slopes in Ellmau

Cruising and getting lost in the SkiWelt!

Although there is no real high-altitude skiing here apparently the views of the Wilder Kaiser are stunning. The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental ski area perfect for enjoying cruising and taking long runs and even getting lost! The Ski Safari team skied the first day towards Scheffau am Wilder Kaiser and even though there are signs everywhere, they apparently took an occasional wrong turn or ski lift! They noted that the slopes in Ellmau were sometimes a little bumpy with some steep descents that the area is also very large. Without a piste map of the area, you can quite easily get lost!

Heaps of cozy mountain huts in the SkiWelt

Although you might expect that such a large ski area would have large (uninviting) mountain restaurants, the opposite is actually true. After almost every lift or descent the Ski Safari team found a warm and cozy mountain cafe. The ski area has more than 80 mountain cafes and restaurants. The team tested several, the Brenner Alm and Stoagrub'n Hütte are the appreciated both very much both in terms of location, terrace, service and food. Delicious! Also they found a very small mountain restaurant that actually looks more like an ordinary house on the mountain. Here you can be one of the three tables and enjoy homemade products like Kaiserschmarrn, for prices that take you back to the 70s and 80s.

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Most challenging skiing in the SkiWelt

The finest and most challenging slopes are situated around the Hohe Salve. A short, tough black run towards Hopfgarten but also the long red slopes towards Soll were very interested. In the short time that the Ski Safari team spent in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental ski area, they said this part was their favourite. However, they missed a lot of runs and so will have to come back soon!

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Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!