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Hopfgarten im Brixental

Hopfgarten im Brixental Ski Resort Guide

Hopfgarten im Brixental, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length49km
Highest Lift1,830m
Resort Height620m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Munich
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Hopfgarten im Brixental

A pretty village with local skiing best suited to beginners and intermediates, but part of the huge inter-connected Ski Welt pass giving easy access to skiing for all standards. This has now been expanded further in the new Kitzbüheler Alpen Pass, one of the world's five largest.


The Austrian ski resort of Hopfgarten im Brixental is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 620m, with 49km of marked runs.

Hopfgarten im Brixental is part of the SkiWelt area with access to 288km of downhill skiing, with 186 marked pistes, served by a total of 90 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Hopfgarten im Brixental itself (49km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other SkiWelt ski resorts of Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going am Wilden Kaiser, Itter, Kelchsau, Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Söll and Westendorf.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Hopfgarten im Brixental?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Hopfgarten im Brixental.

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Ski Area Stats

Hopfgarten im Brixental Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 2km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length

SkiWelt Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Hopfgarten im Brixental Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,830m
Lowest Piste620m
Resort Altitude (Hopfgarten im Brixental)620m
Max Vertical1,210m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Hopfgarten im Brixental
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Hopfgarten im Brixental Overview

Hopfgarten-Kelchsau is a picturesque resort located in a wind-protected and fog free basin at the foot of the majestic Hohe Salve mountain. It also has a reputatriuon for being one of the sunniest spots on the SkiWelt. The resort's skiing is part of the SkiWelt, Austria's largest lift linked ski area with more than 250km (157 miles) of runs, itself joined - more or less - to Kitzbuhel's ski area by a gondola link from Kirchberg to Westendorf in 2005/ The areas share a lift ticket covering more than 400km of trails, claimed by some to be the world's third largest lift-linked ski area.

Hopfgarten has a delightful cobblestone square, narrow lanes and an attractive baroque church. It is famous for musical concerts, cultural events and traditional festivals staged throughout the year as much as for its winter sports.

The town is about an hours´ drive from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, and easily accessible by bus, car and/or train. Thanks to its central location Hopfgarten-Kelchsau makes in ideal touring base.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Alpseite'.


Hopfgarten boasts the longest and sunniest downhill runs (approximately eight kilometres/five miles) in the entire SkiWelt ski area. Top to bottom runs have full snowmaking cover and the Kelchsau ski area almost never has lift queues.

There are good beginner slopes by the village and intermediates have almost limitless terrain.

The SkiWelt Wilder - Kaiser Brixental, of which Hopfgarten is a part, guarantees snow, thanks to its huge snowmaking arsenal. The big range of runs is underlined by the area's motto, the right slope for all inclinations. A KeyCard giving hands-free access to all ski lifts, including those of the linked Kitzbuhel ski area, is included in ski passes valid for three days or more.

Advanced skiers have eight blacks on the circuit to enjoy, one of the best from the top of the Höhe Salve above Söll down through the Leukenwald. There's also the option of signing up with ski school for a powder class.

Cross country skiers have more than thirty kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks to enjoy locally and a total of 170 kilometres of tracks in the surrounding Wilder Kaiser -Brixental region. Neighbouring Kelchsau has a high altitude circuit at 1300m.

Hopfgarten im Brixental offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


The Ski Welt has a 'boarder-friendly attitude as well as some useful terrain. There are terrain parks in Ellmau (complete with kicker, rails for sliding and a ground loop), Westendorf and Soll.

Location and Map

Where is Hopfgarten im Brixental?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Skiwelt, Kitzbuheler Alpen.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Hopfgarten im Brixental is Innsbruck Airport, 52 minutes drive away.

Munich, Salzburg, Bolzano, Memmingen, Linz, St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Friedrichshafen airports are all within three hours drive.

Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The ski lifts are able to uplift 20,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Hopfgarten im Brixental open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Hopfgarten im Brixental, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Hopfgarten and its neighbouring Skiwelt villages offer real Tyrolean winter après ski with a party atmosphere the norm in several night spots.

There are half a dozen bars and two night clubs - 02 and Cin Cin - in the resort.

The Ski Welt resorts go that extra mile to try to keep après ski fun and friendly. One unique initiative is the Ski Bunny scheme which allows women looking for friends to advertise the fact by taking one of the free ski bunny stickers and putting it on their ski suit. Ski bunnies have meeting times and places on the lifts and recommended bars and cafes to meet in. There's also a special chat room on the SkiWelt web site.

Hopfgarten im Brixental