From the village of Ellmau, it is possible to start the day on the shorter drag lifts and work over to the main lift to Astberg out of Going. From there it’s a run down to the bottom of the furnicular back in Ellmau and then up to the Hartkaiser hub. A bit of a palaver. Most people ride the free ski bus to the furnicular and head straight on up.
Once at the Hartkaiser hub, the full system of 51 lifts and 39
drags is open. The pistes are numbered relative to the lifts they
service and the signposting is, on the whole, excellent. One or two
runs are, effectively, cul-de-sacs but this is only an issue if
you're approaching the end of the day.
The SkiWelt lift system connects all the way across to Kitzbuehl
but that is on a different lift pass. To ski back to the main
accommodation in Ellmau at the end of the day, it's easiest to ski
to the bottom of the furnicular and then ride the adjacent 90 lift
up again giving you the choice of 100d or 84 back to the nursery
slopes in the middle of the village.