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A key resort in the Ski Welt, Austria's largest inter-connected ski area, Scheffau is located between Ellmau and Söll. It is smaller than its two neighbours but is otherwise similar, with traditional Tyrolean chalet-style buildings clustered around the white washed church of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist with its sharp spire. For some Scheffau is regarded as the most picturesque in the entire Ski Welt area, located at the foot of the spectacular wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains and the Hintersteinersee lake.
A key resort in the Ski Welt, Austria's largest inter-connected ski area, Scheffau is located between Ellmau and Söll. It is smaller than its two neighbours but is otherwise similar, with traditional Tyrolean chalet-style buildings clustered around the white washed church with its sharp spire.
There is one beginners drag lift on the Übungwiese at the edge of the village, otherwise skiers need to cross the main valley road and the little Weißache river to reach the base of the lifts that link up with the main Ski Welt circuit. There is a further snowsure altitude beginners area at the top of the village gondola. The lifts are located about a kilometre (a free bus service is available) from the village centre and there's a gondola to get up the mountain.
Intermediates will enjoy Scheffau's skiing and the Ski Welt beyond, accessed the most speedily by using the gondola to the top of the local Brandstadl mountain. From here the Eiberg chair accesses a long run down to Aualm. Another good choice is the family run from the top of the Neualm gondola.
The villages of Söll and Ellmau on either side of the resort can be reached by lift and piste, as can Going, Itter, Hopfgarten and Brixen slightly further afield. A circuit which links together more than 20 category red runs is available on request from ticket and tourist offices.
Experts have eight blacks on the circuit to enjoy, one of the best from the top of the Höhe Salve above neighbouring Söll down through the Leukenwald. The local Moderer run is particularly challenging, especially when it hasn't been bashed and a mogul field is allowed to develop.
The four star Hotel Alpin runs its own non-skiing kindergarten with full day cover for children aged two and older. There is an English and German speaking nanny. As this is one of the resort's best hotels, complete with indoor pool, it's a particularly good choice for families.
The Seestüberl restaurant on the shores of the Hintersteinersee lake has a good variety of local dishes as well as a picturesque location.