The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

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Key facts

Resort750 m
Slopes620-1955 m
Lifts90
Pistes280 km
Price index85

Scheffau

Austria

Scheffau

The upside

  • Plenty of cheap and cheerful pensions for those on a budget
  • Pretty, quiet village
  • Local slopes are some of the steepest in the area

The downside

  • Little to amuse experts
  • Not ideal for beginners either
  • Not much to do off the slopes
  • Quiet at night

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News – 2016/17

At Scheffau, a new ski and boot storage depot opened open at the Blaiken lift base, and 140 more free parking spaces were provided.
Up the road at Hochsöll, the ancient double Salvenmoos chair lift that served the terrain park was replaced by a 10-seater gondola.

Summary

Scheffau is a rustic little place near Ellmau, well placed for the SkiWelt’s best (and most central and snow-sure) pistes - though the village itself is not convenient for the lifts. The local slopes are not ideal for beginners but, when the snow is good, it can be a great place for intermediates. You can ski to the gondolas at Blaiken and take a bus to get back (or get a bus both ways and leave your kit at the smart new storage depot at the foot of the gondolas). The SkiWelt area enjoys Austria’s largest snowmaking operation, so the lack of altitude is less of a problem than it was – but of course snowmaking is not a complete solution.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Gallery

Key facts

Resort750 m
Slopes620-1955 m
Lifts90
Pistes280 km
Price index85