Picturesque resorts backed by 280km of SkiWelt area pistes

  • Resort altitude: 820 m
  • 284 km of skiing in the SkiWelt region
  • 121 km Blue, 127 km Red, 36 km Black runs
  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins from Salzburg airport and 1 hour 45 mins from Innsbruck airport by coach

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, Ellmau lies within the vast SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Area which links several resorts enabling access to 284kms of piste. 

Skiing and snowboarding in Ellmau

The linked SkiWelt area includes Söll, which is a similar size to Ellmau with a more boisterous nightlife, Scheffau and Hopfgarten. The resort has about 55kms of its own runs.

Ellmau has wide and gentle nursery slopes which are close to the centre. A 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 1,530m in less than nine minutes and all cabins have Wi-Fi and heated seats for ascent and descent.

Where to stay in Ellmau

There are multiple options of accommodation in Ellmau and something to fit everybody's budget.

Bars and restaurants in Ellmau

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.

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Ellmau

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, half board, chalet catering, full board or all inclusive. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

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Ski hotels in Ellmau

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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.

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This charming hotel is owned by the Hochfilzer family and is 150m from the Hotel Hochfilzer where guests eat dinner.

Ski & Snowboard
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

121km blue runs, 127km red runs, 36km 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
  • 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.
Lift Passes

Lift Passes

Lift Passes Days Season


Born before 2005 


2005 - 2007


2008 - 2017

Area Pass 6 Low £294 £220 £147
High £326 £245 £163

SkiWelt Area Pass covers Ellmau, Scheffau, Brixen, Söll & Westendorf.

Low season - 01 Nov - 22 Dec 23 & 16 Mar - 01 Apr 24

High season - 23 Dec 23 - 15 Mar 24

Free child lift pass for children born after 2017 . 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.  

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.


Ski Equipment

Ski Equipment (6 days) 

Please see here for a description of hire categories. 

Equipment Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £69 £102 £128
Skis & Boots £103 £135 -
Snowboard & Boots - £102 -

Child (6-12yrs)

Skis & Boots - £47 -

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.



Tuition Days Times Adult Child
Ski 4 10.00am-12.00am
& 1.30pm-3.30pm
£152 -
Ski 5 10.00am-12.00am
or 1.00pm-3.00pm
- £157

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

Levels of tuition:

  • Beginner = never skied before
  • Level 1 = advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2 = low intermediate, snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3 = Good intermediate, Parallel turns 
  • Advanced = Fully confident on all slopes, looking to improve technique

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.


Flights depart Saturdays

Transfer time

  • Salzburg airport: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach
  • Innsbruck airport: approx. 1 hour 45 mins by coach

Private transfers and self drive options 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
  • Inghams rep service
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