Scheffau Ski Holidays - Largest Lift-linked Ski Area
The cheap ski holiday resort of Scheffau is in the very centre of the Ski Welt area (the largest lift-linked ski area in Austria). It is a perfect place for a last minute ski holiday as it has a lot of variety in terms of runs and is well suited to all abilities.
Scheffau is well suited to beginner skiing as there is a choice of beginners areas near the village. A drag lift on the Übungwiese brings you to some gentle nursery slopes and the gondola up to the top brings you to another snowsure beginners area. In terms of intermediate and advanced skiing on your Austrian ski holiday, the possibilities are endless as the SkiWelt area offers more than your hearts desire of opportunities to hone in your skills on some of Austria's best skiing.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Scheffau - Best known for SkiWelt
The cheap ski holiday resort of Scheffau is a part of the SkiWelt Wilder - Kaiser Brixental area. This whole area guarantees snow all throughout the Austrian ski holiday season because of its huge investment in its snow making facilities. There is a huge range of runs to suit all abilities, all this is reinforced when you hear the Ski area's motto, "the right slope for all inclinations", a clever pun but by no means an exaggeration. This last minute ski holiday area truly has something for everybody, from challenging black runs, to wide open meadows for beginners to find their feet.
Cheap Ski Holidays in Scheffau - "The Right Slope For All Incluinations"
Key Cards valid for three days or more give you access to all the lifts in this area including the Kitzhbuhel ski area. This means having a cheap ski holiday in Scheffau really opens up the door to a whole host of runs of varying difficulties. Runs in this area include eight black runs like the popular run from on top of the Höhe Salve down to the valley below through the Leukenwald ski area. If it is fresh powder that you seek from your last minute ski holiday in Austria, you can even sign up for a ski-school powder class!
Scheffau's gondola take's boarders to the heart of Austria's largest lift-linked area. The greatest concentration of manufactured 'boarding terrain is on the Höhe Salve mountain above Söll, only a couple of runs and lift rides from the top of the gondola. The ski area has two fun parks.
The Ski Welt in general has a boarder friendly attitude as well as some useful terrain including natural gullies and fun terrain features that develop in the woods at the edge of the trails.
Scheffau's nightlife is generally described with words like 'friendly'. 'relaxed', 'low key' or just plain 'quiet'. It is centred on hotel bars and as this is a compact resort with limited guest facilities there is not enough business to generate a string of hedonictic havens - thankfully as far as most visitors are concerned. The Walthofbahn and the Stern Bar are two favourite après ski haunts however.
Scheffau's facilities are limited, but it's easy to get to the indoor attractions at neighbouring resorts such as Ellmau's or Söll's swimming and leisure complexes on either side. There is a beauty farm, the Studio Harmony in Ellmau, a bowling alley in the Waldhof Inn and a village library.
The parish church is worth visiting if you like churches or history! It was built - like the church in Söll - by Franz Pock from Kufstein in 1755 and 1756. Only the spire is a remnant of the Gothic church which had been there before. The frescos on the ceiling painted by Mathias Kirchner from Kitzbühel show scenes from the life and death of St. John the Baptist. The scene which is particularly interesting is the one about the self-burial of St. John the Evangelist. Another jewel is a Gothic Madonna statue from 1460 standing in one of the niches. Beautiful crosses can be found in the graveyard.
There are 50km (31 miles) of cleared paths for walking, sleigh rides can be organised in the resort and a toboggan run begins above Ellmau and continues down above Ellmau to Going. Curling or skating on the natural ice rink in the village are other possibilities.
The cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg are both within an hour's drive for excursions.
Most of Sheffau's ten or so restaurants are based in hotels and serve tradition Austrian or Tyrolean fayre. There is however a pizzeria, the Donatello, as well as a pizzeria in the Hotel Alpin. Pop[ular choices include the Maikircher and the Weberbauer.
The Seestüberl restaurant on the shores of the Hintersteinersee lake has a good variety of local dishes as well as a picturesque location.