Smallish village located on the northern side of the Ski Welt - the largest connected ski area in Austria. The village is of traditional Austrian design with a small centre and lots of outlying areas that are reachable by bus. The Wilder Kaiser mountain range to the north is one of the most spectacular in Europe.
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- 6 Resort Facilities
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App. 120km from Munich in the Austrian Tyrol
- HUGE ski area
- Great lift system
- Extensive snow making
- Cute village
- Great for children and beginners
- Low elevation often means poor snow
- Some accommodation is a long way from the lifts
- Limited nightlife
- Some short runs
- Very little to please advanced skiers/boarders
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Fly into Munich, train to Kufstein, bus to Ellmau. Public transport in the area is very reliable and safe
There are some large hotels in the village centre, with pensions spread throughout the village
There are 3 schools to choose from. The Hartkaiser School has a good reputation.
You can hire from the ski schools.
There is a free bus service that runs between the lifts and the main accommodation areas
Get a taxi to the top of the mountain, have a meal and plenty of schnapps at one of the restaurants up there, jump on your rhodel (wooden sled with steel 'blades') and slide all the way back to the village on the purpose built 'rhodelbahn'. Great fun!
There are small cafes and traditional restaurants scattered around the village. The tiny Buckingerstuberl at the base of the beginner area serves the best weiner schnitzel mit dumplings und saurkraut in the world.
Bars & Entertainment
Memory bar is a popular apres venue.
There is a large beginner area right next to the village.
Groomed runs are everywhere. The runs down the Hartkaiser back into Ellmau are long and great fun.
There is some quality off piste terrain below the gondola at Scheffau. From the top of the Hohe Salve there is a steep area back towards Soll and Scheffau. You can hire guides to take you off piste from Scheffau down to the village of Soll.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
Under the gondola and through the trees at Scheffau can be amazing.