From 17th - 21st January 2020, the Austrian National Tourist Office will host a group press trip to SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental in Tirol. The main focus is how to make ski holidays more eco-friendly. Participants should be comfortable skiing on red slopes.
We’ll be travelling with the Eurostar and Alpen Express sleeper train, which takes passengers from Amsterdam Central straight to the centre of the resort. In comparison to flying, this cuts carbon emissions by up to 80% - as well as adding to two ski days to your trip and avoiding baggage restrictions.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental is an expansive, modern resort, with 284km of ski runs serviced by 90 lifts. It is also home to 21 downhills, three fun parks, Austria's largest nighttime ski area and 81 mountain huts. The region’s environmentally friendly initiatives have been described as exemplary by the test portal skiresort.de. Facilities operate on 100% renewable energy, with all snow cannons and lances fed by 15 reservoirs filled naturally with snowmelt water. Ecological building inspectors are on-site for all new constructions to monitor any environmental impact, and the photovoltaic systems used to generate solar energy for the ski lifts also contribute surplus sustainable power to the grid.
The itinerary for this trip is ski-heavy, and will be best suited to (and enjoyed by) skiers who are comfortable on red runs at least. We’ll spend two and a half days on the slopes of the SkiWelt tour, in which no lift or slope will be ridden/skied more than once, so plenty of adventure and variety. The programme also includes a visit to the Alpeniglu Dorf, taking a look behind the scenes to see the ecological measures used in snow production and slope grooming. One evening will be spent night skiing or night tobogganing, with fondue in a snug mountain hut, and another with an evening tour to Kufstein for dinner in the Auracher Löchl and a drink in the Stollen speakeasy, which holds the world record for the most gins.