Ellmau, Austria

The ultimate guide to Ellmau ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Ellmau

This scenic mountain resort is part of the Ski Welt, one of the largest ski areas in Austria. A traditional village with breathtaking surroundings and something to suit every skier and snowboarder, it’s a snow-lovers playground that visitors will quickly fall in love with!


At a glance:
Varied terrain Part of the Ski Welt Austria’s fastest funicular railway

Great for:
Beginners Alpine village charm Families

Ellmau ski resort

This stunning resort is located in the Sollandl region of Austria. A charming and quaint village with a small population and a really traditional Austrian feel, it’s situated in majestic alpine countryside at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountain range. The snowy mountains are scattered with charming architecture and historic buildings and the small village itself offers a classic chocolate-box Austrian scene where you’ll find some excellent eateries, fun après ski and accommodation options including chalets, hotels and apartments built in traditional wooden style.

One of the great things about Ellmau is that it is within an hour’s drive from Innsbruck, Munich and Salzburg airports, making it a convenient location for a ski break! The village is easily accessible by road and visitors are advised to make use of the efficient and convenient shuttle bus services in the resort to keep the roads as clear and traffic free as possible.

The resort has a top altitude of 1870m and great snowmaking technology to ensure the slopes are always well prepared for a day on the snow. It also boasts Austria’s fastest funicular railway as one of 20 ski lifts that are fast, modern and efficient.

This sensational destination is recognised as a key resort in the Ski Welt - the largest interconnected ski area in Austria. Here, skiers and snowboarders can be sure to enjoy plenty of varied terrain with access to twenty four ski areas covering a phenomenal 680km. As well as Ellmau, the area covers Austrian ski resorts including Scheffau, Going, Söll , Westendorf, Hopfgarten, Itter, Brixen im Thale and Kelchsau. The SkiWelt is connected by 90 modern ski lifts and anyone who really wants to make the most of the amazing connections should purchase the Kitzbulher Alpine lift pass which gives access to the whole area.

stats & faq

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Innsbruck / Munich / Salzburg1hr
Winter Skiing: December- April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 134km 48%

  • 129k 46%

  • 17km 6%

Top Altitude:1870m
Bottom Altitude:820m
Resort Altitude:820m
Longest run:7.5km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:1220m
Skiable Vertical:1220m
Night Skiing:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 70cm
  • Base
  • 55cm
  • Forecast
  • 5cm

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View our detailed Ellmau snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Ellmau snow history.

Downhill Runs:280km
Beginner slopes:48%
Advanced slopes:6%
Lift pass (Adult 6 day): € 225 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Ski Welt, Hopfgarten, Itter, Scheffau, Söll, Westendorf, Brixen im Thale and Going.

Skiing in Ellmau

With well-groomed pistes, fantastic mountains and speedy ski lifts there’s plenty of winter fun for everyone here. The resort has an excellent lift system - very board friendly if you like to ride - that connects you to neighbouring villages Going and Scheffau.

Beginners will find a range of gentle nursery slopes at the bottom of the mountain within easy access from the centre. They’re well protected so beginners can find their feet in their own space and time before moving on to explore 120km of gentle slopes.

With 132km of pistes for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, this really is a confident snow-lover’s playground. Jump on the Ranhart draglift and head to the Hartkaiser run where you can really test your nerves and ability. With excellent connections to the enormous Ski Welt area, it’s well worth getting the Kitzbulher Alpine lift pass and travelling further afield.

Whilst this resort may not be renowned for advanced skiers there are plenty of challenging runs to choose from. The local ski area has eight black runs to conquer - the most difficult being at the top of the Hohe Salve. Advanced skiers can take advantage of the area’s excellent ski connections and head to neighbouring resorts to try out some more difficult slopes. There’s also 180km of cross country skiing to explore and some amazing off piste to discover as well - it’s thoroughly recommended that powder seekers head out with a guide who can introduce you to some of the nail-bitingly difficult descents in the area.

With a variety of obstacles, the snow park here makes Ellmau popular with freestylers – as well as the usual kickers, half pipes and rails there’s a great family section and with music playing and plenty of cafes close by, it’s a great place to spend the day.

Ellmau après ski

Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink, a lively night out or just great food then there will be something here to suit you.

The local nightlife is known as classy and exclusive with a merry atmosphere, making it perfect for groups looking for a fun night out. There are some superb venues for après ski fun and Pub 66 is arguably the most popular - after a few sherries you’ll be getting involved in the karaoke in no time! Living up to Austria’s reputation for crazy après, Ötzi is a fantastic nightclub offering live music, DJ’s and enough drink to keep the whole of Ellmau happy.

If an energetic day on the slopes leaves you wanting to relax and enjoy the surroundings, the Bettina is a wonderful option - this gorgeous mountainside café is in the perfect location for a stop off on your way back down the slopes and some warming hot chocolate or glühwein.

With over thirty restaurants here, there’s certainly enough choice and variety to keep all appetites satisfied, with everything from traditional Austrian food to fabulous Indian cuisine. Memory is an excellent restaurant and bar that is extremely popular with both tourists and locals. The venue serves a range of tantalising meals and the atmosphere alone is enough to make diners want to come back for the remainder of their holiday! Another restaurant held in high esteem is Saffron which serves terrific Asian cuisine.

The resort also has some superb non-ski attractions including a swimming pool with a sauna and steam bath. If you fancy a break from skiing, head down to the sports complex and have a game of tennis or squash. There is also some good traditional winter fun to be had with sleigh rides, curling and ice skating.

When is best to ski Ellmau?

Ellmau is the perfect destination for a ski break and its scenic mountain location attracts large numbers of skiers throughout the season. The snow here is best mid-season (January-March) when the snowfall is the most consistent and the weather is the coldest. The slopes face in all directions and because it’s part of a huge and varied ski area, you can plan your skiing to find good snow throughout the season. If snowfall is lacking, the area has great snow making coverage thanks to 1000 snow cannons. The atmosphere is fantastic during peak dates such as half term and Christmas but you’ll want to book well in advance as the resort can get busy!

Peak dates

Christmas in Ellmau has an especially magical feel and a ski holiday here will leave you with a memorable Christmas week. The skiing at this time of year is great and there are lots of festive activates to take part in!
If you’re looking to do something different to see in the year, book a ski holiday in this beautiful resort. Browse Ellmau Christmas ski holidays ‣

New Year in Ellmau is great, with lively celebrations, great skiing and phenomenal food - the perfect way to kick off the New Year! Browse Ellmau New Year ski holidays ‣

Half term in Ellmau is a popular time of year, especially for families. The snow conditions are at a peak and you can enjoy the excellent terrain the resort has to offer. There are lots of activities to keep kids entertained and with its wonderful nursery slopes and first rate ski schools your little ones will be hitting the slopes in no time! Browse Ellmau Half Term ski holidays ‣

Easter in Ellmau is a really lovely time and place to spend a late season ski break. Despite the lower than average altitudes, you can still enjoy some amazing skiing here if it’s an early Easter and there’s been good snowfall. Browse Ellmau Easter ski holidays ‣

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