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Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Ski Resort Guide

Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length46km
Highest Lift1,830m
Resort Height750m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Munich
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Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

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.


The Austrian ski resort of Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 750m, with 46km of marked runs.

Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser is part of the SkiWelt area with access to 288km of downhill skiing, with 186 marked pistes, served by a total of 90 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser itself (46km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other SkiWelt ski resorts of Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going am Wilden Kaiser, Hopfgarten im Brixental, Itter, Kelchsau, Söll and Westendorf.

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Ski Area Stats

Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 2km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
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SkiWelt Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
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Easy Trails
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Number of Lifts


Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,830m
Lowest Piste750m
Resort Altitude (Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser)750m
Max Vertical1,080m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser
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Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Overview

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.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Alpseite', which is 55km in length.


Scheffau is well placed at the heart of the largest lift-linked ski area in Austria, the Ski Welt, which also holds the title of having the most artificial snow covering in the country, when needed, covering more than 120km (75 miles) of trails. That being said those who are concerned by the low altitude range of the ski welt by modern standards maybe reassured to know that Scheffau's local slopes in the north-facing Brandstadl snowbowl have the best reputation of all those on the pass. Add to that surety the fact that Scheffau is part of the huge Kitzbüheler Alpen Ski Pass, an alliance of dozens of ski areas offering a combined total of 260 lifts, and you have almost unlimited skiing opportunities.

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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


The Ski Welt has a 'boarder-friendly attitude as well as some useful terrain. There are terrain parks in Ellmau (complete with kicker, rails for sliding and a ground loop), Westendorf and Soll.

Location and Map

Where is Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Skiwelt, Kitzbuheler Alpen.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser is Innsbruck Airport, 56 minutes drive away.

Munich, Salzburg, Bolzano, Linz and Memmingen airports are all within three hours drive.

Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 15 ski lifts are able to uplift 135,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 210km of ski runs, with 1000 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

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 am Wilden Kaiser