As of next season (2008/2009) however, a conveyor belt and a drag lift will transport skiers from the end of the ski slope in neighbouring Brixen directly to a new valley lift station that will lift skiers and boarders up in to Westendorf's ski area. This will be built on the opposite side of the street from the existing funicular station situated on the sunny side. A bridge over the Brixental main road will connect the two buildings.
A 4.5km long ski run has already opened down to make the ski link, with a shuttle bus service currently making the final connection that will be replaced by the lifts next winter.
Thanks to the partnership between SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental (90 lifts, 250 kilometres of slopes) and the Kitzbühel ski resort (55 lifts, 168 kilometres of slopes), the vision of creating what they believe is the third biggest interconnected ski resort is getting ever closer. Currently the other break in the link is a short shuttle bus between Kitzbuhel's giant ski safari circuit and the SkiWelt. Together they offer more than 400km of runs, certainly one of the six biggest in the world, although several others would dispute the ‘third biggest' claim.
As with the world's largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées in France, which has never increased the area it claims it has lift served coverage of (600km), the SkiWelt has remained stuck on 250km for many years despite opening new lifts and runs of at least 10km in the past few seasons alone. The SkiWelt also claims to have Austria's largest snowmaking arsenal.