Skiing with Kids: Elm

In 2015, we tried out a few different resorts and Elm was our clear favorite, especially these cool hammocks at the top of one lift – a perfect picnic spot! Elm is a relatively small resort, but there was plenty to keep all skill levels happy. I was particularly impressed by their big snow garden with multiple magic carpets for different skill levels and an adjacent T-bar for beginners that need the next level. I wish my kids had learned to ski here.

Like Hoch Ybrig, they have wide groomed pistes next to wide open powder fields, so beginning and advanced skiiers can ski parallel to each other and each have their own kind of fun. Lower down, the kids were happy to find a few areas where you can dip in the forest and get little jumps, but not as much as at Flumserberg. Although Elm is no secret and even though the parking lot was full, we never felt crowded out on the slopes. It’s also more affordable than the bigger resorts and they offer both morning and afternoon half-day tickets, which is great when your kids aren’t old enough to last the whole day. We love Elm and plan to go back often.

Location:   Glarus, Eastern Switzerland
Address: Elm, Glarus, CH
GPS: 46°54’48.7″N 9°09’46.0″E
Car: ~1hr15mins from ZH
Train: ~1hr45 from ZH
Suitable for: beginners to advanced
Lift type: cable car to reach resort
mix chair lifts and drag lifts
Sample Prices 2016: single ride 10 CHF adult
day pass 36 CHF adult
sled day rental 22 CHF adult
Half-day discount: afternoon tickets and partial day refund tickets
More info: – webcams – piste map 2016

Getting There

By car: drive to Elm and follow signs to the ski area, west of the main town. Park in the big lot (free) next to the cable car station. On very busy days, you may have to park on the side of the road and/or take a shuttle bus from Elm.

By transit: take a train to Schwanden, then a bus to Elm. It will drop you off directly in front of the cable car station.


The below map shows the valley station, aka Talstation, where you park and the “Elm-Ämpächli” cable car that takes you up to the resort. You can see the sled run #1 on this map. See Elm Sledding for details.

The following map shows the ski runs. See the full piste map here. We spent most of our time on the Schnabellbahn and run #10, which is suitable for advanced beginners. The top part of the run is slightly steep but it turns into a wide curvy trail that is just right for kids. We also took the kids to the top of Steinboden, where you’ll find the hammocks. It was challenging there and definitely intermediate level. But it had nice powder fields on the sides of the groomed trails that were perfect for the adults.

Here’s the snow garden with the magic carpets.

Here’s another view of the snow garden, showing the longer magic carpet with a steeper bunny hill. I really like that they have multiple levels of difficulty for beginners right in the snow garden.

Here’s the beginners run with the snow garden on the left and the T-bar on the right.

More advanced terrain going up to Steinboden. This two seater lift is old and slow and a little scary with kids.

Hammocks at the top of Steinboden. We usually bring a picnic lunch up here and relax in the sun.

There are several restaurants, but this main one next to the Ämpächli cable car is conveniently situated near the main lift. It has typical overpriced self-service food, but great views!

View from the main run off the Schnabel lift. So pretty!

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