Damüls/Mellau Ski Resort

Known as one of the Alps’ snowiest resorts – it averages over 10m of snowfall each winter – the Vorarlberg ski resort of Damüls/Mellau is rightfully gaining more and more recognition amongst British skiers and snowboarders.

The 88km of slopes mostly suit intermediates, but thanks to the plentiful snowfall and around 21km of marked off piste ski routes, this is also a good resort for advanced skiers looking for their powder fix. You can base yourself either in the valley at Mellau – linked to the ski area via a new gondola – or in Damüls further up the mountain, which puts you right in the heart of the action.

With such plentiful snowfall, there’s no better way to explore the ski area than on a Ski Club Freshtracks Damüls Powder and Piste Holiday – this season we’re heading out for two trips, one in January and one in March.

Our Damüls/Mellau Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Fantastic snow record and plentiful powder

Great lift system serving varied runs

Hidden gem in the Austrian Bregenzerwald

Cons

Resort run to Mellau at low altitude

Mostly short runs with small vertical drops

Sunny orientation can lead to slushy lower slopes

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Damüls in Bregenzerwald is in a league of its own, a somewhat hidden gem of the Austrian Alps located in the Vorarlberg.

Damüls/Mellau Skiing and Snowboarding

Although it is not the highest as it only tops out at 2050m, the microclimate provided by its location near the Bodensee on the northern edge of the Alps means it has one of the best snow records of any Alpine ski resort. An impressive and ever-improving lift system whisks skiers and boarders up to these snowsure slopes.

Beginners are very well catered for on the edge of Damüls itself and also at the top of the Mellaubahn gondola. Progression on to longer blues is good, particularly under the new Oberdamüls 6-pack chairlift. Intermediates have a great choice of groomed runs, although longer routes are hard to come by – vertical drops of less than 500m dominate here. It is then during powder days when the resort and the marked ski routes come alive for advanced and expert skiers and riders, but even without fresh snow there are some decent blacks beneath the Suttis chair.

  • Total Pistes: 88km
  • Blue: 37%
  • Red: 61%
  • Black: 2%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 21km
  • Lifts: 23
  • Altitude: 714m – 2050m

Damüls/Mellau Piste Map

The local area piste map can be downloaded here.

Damüls/Mellau Resort

Much of the accommodation in Damüls is ski-in-ski-out, whilst down in Mellau you do rely on there being decent snow below 1000m on the long resort run to ensure you don’t have to download the gondola at the end of the day. The former is quiet and sits on a sunny alpine plateau whilst the latter is a traditional village surrounded by spectacular valley scenery.

Away from the slopes, winter walking and tobogganing are popular and there are 40km of groomed cross country slopes for those looking to go uphill rather than downhill. Childcare facilities are good, as are the nursery slopes, making it a good resort for family ski holidays.

How to get to Damüls/Mellau

Friedrichshafen is the nearest airport and the drive takes just over an hour. Memmingen airport is around an hour and a half away, Zürich can be reached in around two hours, whilst Munich and Innsbruck are both two and a half hours away.

  • Friedrichshafen airport: 1 hour (driving)
  • Memmingen airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Zürich airport: 2 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 11 hours driving (560 miles)

Damüls/Mellau Contact Details

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