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.
The nursery slopes are situated at the top of the Brandstadl gondola. Wide, gentle runs give the perfect setting for learning to ski. Daredevil novices may even find the home run back to the valley floor manageable by the end of the week.
The Brandstadl gondola is the access point for intermediate skiers onto the Ski Welt circuit, with a fantastic range of scenic runs fanning out in every direction from the summit. The area pass covers 93 lifts in total - even the most adventurous intermediate should find a different challenge every day
Expert skiers will find plenty to choose from both on and off-piste. For an end of day challenge, try the Moderer run. Unpisted, this can provide excellent powder at the top, followed by a challenging mogul field before a final sweep down to the valley floor.
This is a large area with lots of fun terrain. For freeriders and freestylers alike there is plenty to keep you amused. Beginners will reap the most benefit with uncrowded wide novice slopes.
Approx Transfer Time Salzburg 1 hr 45 mins Village Height 752m (2,481ft) Highest Lift 1,956m (6,413ft)
Quiet, friendly and informal. Try: Kingston Bar - Almrausch
Tobogganing - Sleigh Rides (in Söll or Ellmau)
A variety of restaurants and cafés, all within easy walking distance of the centre. Fondue and 3-course meals from 15euros. Try: Maikircher - Weberbauer - Pizzeria - Café Alpenland
50kms of cleared walks - Excellent cross-country skiing - Excursions to Innsbruck and Salzburg