01:22,
Sunday,
21 October 2018.

Scheffau, Skiing & Snowbo...

The Ski Welt region is one of the most extensive ski areas in Austria. Nine separate villages provide access to the ski arena that spans the Hohe Salve Mountains that protrude from the valley floor in between the Wilder Kaiser Mountains and the Kitzbuheler Alps. Two of the villages Westendorf and Kelchsau are not linked by lift although they are easily reached by bus.

Although the skiing can be extensive – due to its relatively low altitude the area can fall victim to warmer winter weather. However, that said the area has one of the most extensive snow making systems in Austria. This helps provide a decent covering of the artificial stuff as long as it remains cold. Another plus is that most of the riding is below the tree line so in bad weather you benefit from the protection afforded by the forest.

When conditions prevail the area is suitable for riders of all ability but particularly good for early intermediates and improvers who will find they can roam everywhere with relative ease.

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Beginner

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Scheffau is a truly excellent place for first timers. The wide and gentle nursery slopes high up on the mountain are ideal for getting started. Capable beginners should be able to slide all the way back to the village with confidence on the long blue run that descends from the summit of Brandstadl within a few days.

Intermediate

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For intermediates it’s time to explore. Feel free to roam all over the Ski Welt on the numerous blues and reds taking in a different village each day or see how many you can get round in one.

The villages of Westendorf and Kelchsau which give access to more intermediate terrain cannot be reached by slope alone. Skiers and snowboarders must unclip and take a short bus ride to either. Take the bus from Hopfgarten for Kelchsau and from Brixen for Westendorf.

Advanced

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Advanced riders will find challenges both on and off-piste. Several black runs are found throughout the area, one or two being pretty long. Most off-piste routes are easily accessible and relatively safe as long as you heed any warnings. The best of these are found in the Westendorf sector. To be sure of finding the most exciting off-piste routes it’s always worth hiring a guide and taking advantage of their local knowledge.The villages of Westendorf and Kelchsau which give access to further skiing and snowboarding cannot be reached by slope alone. However both can be reached by taking a short bus ride from the village of Hopfgarten for Kelchsau and from Brixen for Westendorf.