Here is a quick review from Martha, one of our readers who sent in her trip report on how she got from Cork to SkiWelt, by organising everything herself. Organising your holiday gives you more flexibility and can save quite a bit from package holidays.
Cork to Munich to Wörgl
The Cork flight (booked in Sept. cost around €200) landed around 11am on Saturday morning and we followed the green S signs through the airport to the S Bahn station. The world’s most pleasant and helpful staff sorted us out with our Bayarn Karte purchase , as well as the additional supplement to travel from Kufstein (the end of the ‘Bayarn Karte zone’) to Wörgl. The total train journey cost around €50-for all four if us on one ticket-then took around 2 hours. We changed at Munich Ostbahnhof, Rosenheim and Kufstein. It was a really easy journey- all of the connections were straightforward, no panic or rushing!
Wörgl to Itter
The taxi from Wörgl to Itter cost €18 though had we sussed out the local bus ahead of time, we could have done the journey for a couple of euro each. Also, the train does go to Hopfgarten, which is a fairly significant sized town right in SkiWelt, so staying there would have meant even better connections. The fact that the transport was so easy is a major selling point for SkiWelt as a destination from Munich. It’s probably somewhere I’d consider for a summer holiday (for hikin) for this reason.
ClubHotel Edelweiss in Itter
We stayed at ClubHotel Edelweiss in Itter (www.clubhoteledelweiss.com). We were really pleased with our choice: the rate for 7 nights, B&b and evening meal and full SkiWelt ski pass was €695. The big breakfast buffet was brilliant for getting fueled up for the day. For dinner, you chose from three menu options always including a veggie option. There was also a soup, salad buffet and dessert. The mains were average, absolutely fine but nothing special! Lovely spacious rooms, comfy lounge area and welcoming atmosphere. ideal for families!
The hotel is located a short walk from a small drag lift from which we could then ski to the main gondola at Itter. Alternatively, a ski bus leaves from directly outside the hotel at 9:07am to the same gondola. You can also ski to the hotel in the evening which is just great after a long day of skiing.
Ski rental in Itter
Our equipment was from Ski Sport Salvista www.sport2000rent.at which was located at the foot of the Itter gondola. It was excellent quality but not cheap. I got boots, high performance Fischer skis, poles and a helmet for €138 for the week.
Ski lessons in Itter
One of the group wanted to take intermediate lessons and the hotel recommended Ski School Alpin which is based a little further along the valley in Hopfgarten. She had three full days of lessons (10-12 and 1-3) for €127 (5 days would have cost €147). She felt that while the lessons were good value at this price, the instructor didn’t offer enough technical guidance. The school seemed well organised however. Depending on where the ski group were meeting, it was possible to ski from the hotel to the lesson in the morning however it is not a straightforward route and would require an early start and a decent level of skiing! Otherwise a taxi to Hopfgarten might become a feature if your morning. So, once again, staying in Hopfgarten looks attractive.
And now to SkiWelt!
Well, it’s huge! We skied pretty much flat out for 6 days and I would say hit 25% of the routes. Snow cover was largely excellent and the range of routes was impressive. On our biggest day of skiing we took 21 different lifts-apparently the world record is 53?!? It being the midterm, some pistes were busy with lessons particularly in the morning, but once lunchtime hit (12-2) everything was quiet again. There were some lift queues but again, it’s a busy time of the season.
Great red runs for skiers into Söll and Ellmau. Westendorf seemed to have great skiing but we only managed an hour or two there all week! The link back from Westendorf to Brixen is time consuming and tedious so it’s really worth committing a full day to that area if you’re going to take the trouble to get there.
The one criticism I have of SkiWelt and it’s a biggie!) is that the signage and mapping is really confusing. We are all experienced skiers and still found ourselves utterly disorientated at regular intervals-beware the Scheffau area for this problem! I would recommend planning routes and lifts before going our for the day to avoid losing time at massive piste junctions!
Coffee & Apre Ski
The standard of café on the slopes is great. Everywhere has decent coffee, hot chocolate and apple strüdel(mit vanillesauce!) We brought packed lunches most days but can recommend the gulaschsuppe at Bergrestaurant Jochstuben in near Scheffau. Other great spots for drinks, warmth, atmosphere and a wee bit of Après Ski include
- the Holy Grail on piste 20 into Hopfgarten.
- Gasthof Kraftalm at the top of piste 30 into Itter
- Gipfelrestaurant Hohe Salve-at the VERY top
- SalvistaStadl at the bottom of the Itter gondola.
- Sportif Fuchs opposite the entrance to the Gondola in Hopfgarten
More info on SkiWelt on their official website : http://www.skiwelt.at/en/