Ellmau, Austria

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

Ski holidays in Ellmau

This achingly traditional Austrian village looks out to rolling hills, thick forests and those gorgeously rugged Wilder Kaiser peaks. It’s also part of the country’s biggest ski area and, if that wasn’t enough to shout from the rooftops, the transfer time’s less than an hour.


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

Set at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountain range, Ellmau has a small population and so much classic Austrian charm that you’re unlikely to get through the week without donning Lederhosen or a dirndl... The village is built of the sturdy wood and stone structures you only find in the mountains, made picture-perfect by the central parish church. It’s not all about the aesthetics - you’ll find some excellent eateries, affordable après ski, and good quality chalets, hotels and apartments of all shapes, sizes and star-ratings.

So far, so good, but here come the real perks: being within an hour’s drive from the Innsbruck, Munich and Salzburg airports, this is one of the most easily accessible resorts in the Alps – especially convenient for quick ski breaks and family trips. The village is easily reached by road and an uber-efficient shuttle bus service runs within the resort to keep the roads as clear and traffic-free as possible.

Then there’s the skiing – with a respectable top altitude of 1870m and terrific snowmaking technology, the slopes behind the village are always well prepared for a day on the snow. This resort is one of the focal points of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental - the largest interconnected ski area in Austria at 280km (including Scheffau, Going, Söll, Westendorf and Hopfgarten). For even more coverage, serious skiers can purchase the Kitzbuheler Alpen All Star pass for access to over 1000km of piste in no less than 10 ski areas (including the resorts of Kitzbuhel, Alpbach, Kaprun and Saalbach).

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

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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

The resort has an excellent lift system connecting to the neighbouring villages of Going and Scheffau. It really comes into its own for beginners: children’s lessons take place in ‘Kinderland’ (next to the ski school office on Alte Straße 3) which is kitted out with magic carpets, snow plough area and mini slaloms. You’ll find a range of short, gentle blues at the bottom of the mountain leading down into Ellmau and Going, well protected and separate from the rest of the ski area. #100b from Astberg is a nice long route to progress onto, as is the #80 from Hartkaiser on the other side of the village.

Intermediates will be in their element - jump on the Ranhart draglift and head to the Hartkaiser #80a to see what you’re made of, then move on to wherever takes your fancy.

Whilst this resort may not be renowned for its white knuckle terrain, the sheer variety keeps things interesting for those who are happy to roam. There may not be heaps of off piste, but you’ll find some decent trails on Hohe Salve - with the area’s main draw being for beginners, the powder remains widely untouched. In terms of terrain parks, the local Kaiserpark probably best serves families but confident freestylers can head over to Söll and Westendorf for more of a challenge.

After hours, one of the local runs from Astberg is usually illuminated or you can pop over to Söll which has a massive 10km of floodlit pistes – Tyrol’s biggest night skiing area.

Ellmau après ski

The local après is low key but merry -with Pub 66 easily winning the gong for most popular drink spot (trust us, after a few sherries the karaoke here starts looking a lot more appealing..!). Living up to Austria’s reputation for stein-swinging après, Ötzi is a fantastic nightclub where you’ll find live music, DJ’s and enough drink to keep the whole of Ellmau happy.

If you’re in the mood to warm up and relax, we love the Bettina - a gorgeous mountainside café in the perfect location for a family pit stop on the way back down the slopes - they do smashing hot chocolates and gluggable glühwein.

Amongst the thirty-something restaurants, Brenneralm is a favourite for its varied menu (including all the best hearty Austrian dishes), convivial atmosphere and stonkingly good views (best enjoyed from their sheepskin covered deckchairs) – on top of the fact that it’s right on a toboggan run, which sprogs always love. Italian restaurant and bar, Memory, is the place for pizzas and cocktails that won’t break the bank and Saffron serves an intriguing, totally delicious mix of Indian, Italian and oriental for some of the best prices we‘ve seen.

Non-skiers won’t have to sit twiddling their thumbs here, with attractions off the piste including a swimming centre with a sauna and steam bath and a sports complex with tennis and squash. There’s also traditional winter fun aplenty with sleigh rides, curling and ice skating.

When is best to ski Ellmau?

Being in the northern part of the SkiWelt, these slopes have some of the best snow in the area. Not being Austria’s highest, for the best coverage, we recommend skiing here in the middle of the season (January-March) when the snowfall is the most consistent and weather’s 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 so as to find the best snow throughout the season. If snowfall’s lacking, the area has great snow making coverage thanks to 1500 snow cannons.

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 ‣

top Ellmau accom

Sporthotel Ellmau

Sporthotel Ellmau

Hotel Hochfilzer

Hotel Hochfilzer

Hotel Alte Post - Ellmau

Hotel Alte Post - Ellmau

Pension Claudia

Pension Claudia

Hotel Hochfilzer

Hotel Hochfilzer

Hotel Alte Post

Hotel Alte Post

Sporthotel Ellmau

Sporthotel Ellmau

Sojer Apartments

Sojer Apartments

Fuchs Apartments

Fuchs Apartments

Chalet Hartkaiser

Chalet Hartkaiser

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