Ski Holidays in Scheffau
The picturesque village of Scheffau enjoys a spectacular setting in the foothills of the towering Wilder Kaiser mountains. The resort is linked to, and indeed is actually one of the best starting-points for, the huge Ski Welt circuit - Austria's largest, fully integrated, ski area with 250kms of runs that links Scheffau with Soll and Ellmau and home to Hopfgarten, Westendorf, Brixen, Going and Itter.
The resort itself is big enough to explore but small enough to have amenities within easy access. The resort village is located away from the valley’s through road which adds its peacefulness and is a reason as to why its so popular amongst families and also mature visitors looking for an authentic and relaxing Austrian ski holiday.
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Skiing in Scheffau
It is easy to ski from Scheffau in the morning and visit other resorts on the Ski Welt through the day, and with a short bus transfer it is even possible to ski over to Kitzbuhel via Westendorf. Scheffau is far quieter than its neighbour, Soll and retains a charming village feel. The resorts are linked by bus and one ski pass covers the entire Ski Welt. Visitors also have to take a bus to get to the slopes which are about a kilometre away.
It is also a great place to learn to ski or board with wide, gentle runs and modern lifts. Children will love the 'KinderKaiserland' ski area - the perfect place to make their first tracks on skis. The main beginner’s slopes are located in the Brandstadl area at the top of the gondolas as well as another separate beginner area closer to the village.
The central area of the SkiWelt domain is situated on Scheffau’s upper slopes which makes the resort an excellent choice for intermediate skiers looking to explore the area. Also beyond Bradstadl, the wide snowbowl is ideal for beginners and intermediates looking to progress. It provides further links for more experienced skiers to access the area’s advanced slopes on the nearby Eiberg and Zinsberg peaks and from here you are able to access all other sections.
Getting back into the resort is easy with one red and one blue run running into the base area at Blaiken. Advanced skiers will also be able to ski down off pistes routes back down.
Snow conditions in Scheffau
Scheffau is the most central resort in the Ski Welt area and the most snow sure. The mountain 'bowl' above Scheffau provides some of the best snow conditions in the area. The area also has Austria’s largest snowmaking facilities.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Scheffau
Scheffau has a sleepy and rural feel to it, so it is not the resort to go for if you are looking to experience Austrian apres ski. Some apres ski spots are the Stern Bar by the base gondolas and the village itself also has a selection of relaxed bars.
There is also limited choice of restaurants in Scheffau with more options available in Ellmau and Soll nearby.
Scheffau doesn’t offer much else to do other than skiing and snowboarding so it isn’t recommended for non skiers. If you are looking to do something in the evening then off-slope activities will be in the neighbouring resorts. The activities available include tobogganing in the neighbouring resorts of Ellmau and Soll which are a short bus ride away as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. These resorts also have good aqua-leisure facilities.
Transfer times to Scheffau
Innsbruck (INN) - 1 hr
Munich (MUC) - 1 hr 10 mins
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 20 mins