Ski holidays in Ellmau

Picturesque resorts backed by 280km of SkiWelt area pistes

The attractive village of Ellmau is situated between the rugged Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains and the more gentle Kitzbüheler Alps. Located between the villages of Going and Scheffau, it lies within the vast SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Area which links several resorts, including Söll (about the same size but with more boisterous nightlife!), Scheffau and Hopfgarten, enabling access to 284km of pistes. It has about 55kms of its own runs.

Ellmau has wide and gentle nursery slopes which are close to the centre and ski bus ride to the main lift will open the wider ski area with plenty of intermediate and more demanding runs. A ten-seater gondola transport skiers to 1530m in less than nine minutes and all cabins have Wi-Fi and heated seats for ascent and descent. Après-ski is varied with lively cafés and bars or traditional Austrian events. Sleigh rides, a toboggan run, skating, swimming and bowling are all available.

Added value

50% off ski/snowboard hire or carriage when you pre-book your lift pass (must be booked 6 weeks before departure)

Free Child Lift Passes children born 2015 or later (Winter 2021/2022)

Free child helmet when booking skis and boots

  • from£1259pp
  • 71 rooms
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This popular hotel has been owned by our good friends the Hochfilzer family since 1832 and enjoys high standards of cuisine and service.

  • from£1169pp
  • 15 rooms
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This charming hotel is owned by the Hochfilzer family and is 150m from the Hotel Hochfilzer where guests eat dinner.

  • from£1169pp
  • 140 rooms

The Sporthotel Ellmau is a superior, traditionally Tyrolean hotel with first class spa facilities, and one of Ellmau’s finest.

  • 6 apartments
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Located opposite the Hotel Hochfilzer and managed by our good friends the Hochfilzer family since 1832, the Haus Garden Apartments are comfortable and spacious and offer apartments sleeping up to five guests.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Ellmau

Wide open, gentle nursery slopes can be found close to the centre.

Intermediates skiing in Ellmau

Relatively inexperienced skiers and second timers will enjoy the extensive choice of blue runs between Ellmau and Söll. For red-runners there is a circuit of over 20 linked runs in the whole region, many leading directly back to the village.

Advanced skiing in Ellmau

There are a number of black runs for the skier who likes to be challenged; one of the best starts from the peak of the Hohe Salve through the Leukenwald area. 

Snowboarding in Ellmau

Very popular in the Ski Welt region, Ellmau is ideal.

Cross-country in Ellmau

There are 83km of picturesque tracks directly in Ellmau and Going, linking to over 200km in the St. Johann area. 

Mountain facts
Area 284 km
Resort Altitude 820m
Ski Alt. From 700m
Ski Alt. To 1890m
Longest run 7 Km
Run Information

122km blue runs, 129km red runs, 10km black runs.

Lifts Chairlifts 35, Baby drags 15, Draglifts 39, Gondolas 16, Rack Railway 1
Lift Times

Every day 9.00-16.30

Lift Ski LockersNo
Whole Area Pass Lifts90
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Mountain Restaurants77
Snow Cannon Coverage60%
Cross Country Trails

83km in Ellmau, 200km whole area.

Night Skiing

In Söll

Nursery SlopesVillage centre
Off-piste OptionsYes
Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

3 Snowparks - 1 in Ellmau, 1 in Söll, 1 in Westendorf

Things To Do
  • A programme of après-ski events
  • Kaiserbad leisure centre has indoor pool with water slide, various saunas and steam rooms, indoor tennis, squash and climbing wall
  • Llama Trekking
  • Curling 
  • Sleigh rides
  • Hill Walking
  • Indoor Tennis Courts
  • Parapenting
  • Sledging 
  • Night/Moonlit Skiing
  • Showshoeing 
  • Tobogganing
  • Fondues
  • Winter walking
  • Alpeniglu village (with igloo hotel,igloo village, ice sculptures, restaurant, bar, sun lounge & filmed ski run where you can purchase the video and your time is recorded)  
  • Ski kindergarten from 3yrs available locally. Booking in advance recommended
  • All buses within the Ski Welt region, Kitzbühel, Kufstein and Worgl are free with your Wilder Kaiser guest card.
Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £67 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we’ll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Lift Passes

Lift Passes W21/22 Days Season Adult - Born before 2002  Youth
Area Pass 6 L £223 £167 £111
H £262 £196 £131

SkiWelt Area Pass covers Ellmau, Scheffau, Brixen, Söll & Westendorf. L (01 Dec - 17 Dec, 19 Mar - end of the season), H (all other dates).  Free child lift pass for children born after 2015 . Beginners should book in resort for reduced prices. Proof of age may be required. You can upgrade to a super ski card in resort to access the world's biggest ski pass area (paid locally). You'll have access to 2,750km, 900 cable cars, 3 glaciers and 22 ski regions including the Ski Amade, Ski Juwel, Skicircus, Kitzski & the Zell am See area and many more.  

Equipment hire (6 days)  Please see here for a description of hire categories. 

Equipment Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £71 £103 £129
Ski Boots £29 £34 £34
Snowboard/boots - £71+£32 £107+£31
Child (6-12yrs)
Skis/boots - £27/£13 -
Snowboard/boots - £49/£22 -
Helmet £16 - -


Tuition Days Times Adult Child
Ski 3 10.00am-12.00am
& 1.00pm-3.00pm
£138 £128
Snowboard* N/A £107
Ski 5/6** 10.00am-12.00am
or 1.00pm-3.00pm
- £154

Ski school might be closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. *Child snowboard tuition = 8 - 14yrs; 

**6 days ski school is for children. Ski school lessons 4h per day and snowboard lessons 2h per day.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Ellmau
Resort Code ATEL
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.513598
Longitude 12.304234
Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Innsbruck



Transfer 1¾ hr by coach

Flight supplements may apply
Private transfers and Self-drive are available.


Flights depart Saturday

To Salzburg




East Midlands

Leeds Bradford

Transfer 1½ hrs by coach

Flight supplements may apply
Private transfers and Self-drive are available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • One of the largest and very modern ski resorts in the world
  • 284km of classic Austrian skiing
  • Short transfers from Salzburg Airport
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