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Arlberg Ski Area

Without exaggeration, one of the best and most exciting ski areas in the world (304km interconnected piste + 200km 'deep snow runs')

The World famous Arlberg ski area is the largest interlinked ski area in Austria! Four cable cars were constructed to bridge the gap between St. Anton, St Christoph side and the Lech, Zurs side completely eradicating the need to take a ski bus between the two ski areas. This ski-link has created complete ski convenience as most of the properties in our Arlberg ski programme offer skiing from the front door.

Famed in Austria as 'the birthplace of skiing', the magnificent Arlberg is one of those select few ski areas which fully justifies its 'world-class' reputation. Renowned for its challenging slopes, both on and off-piste, the area also includes many wonderful miles of picturesque intermediate skiing, from high altitude, snow-sure open bowls to picturesque tree-lined pistes down to the valley. The area has two distinct halves. The first links St. Anton with its even higher neighbours, St. Christoph and Stuben, and then a network of cable cars link the region with the huge network of slopes surrounding Lech and Zürs, including the excellent 'Borderpark' above Lech. An efficient ski bus service is in place to connect resorts in the region with the huge network of slopes.

Picture this scene from the distant past: there’s a blizzard high on the Arlberg Pass, where traders and travellers are journeying across this exposed mountain road at almost 6,000 feet - a vital route between the Danube and the Rhine. As early as the late 14th century, a hospiz at the tiny village of St. Christoph gave them shelter, warmth, and safety until the storm abated. The Brotherhood of St. Christoph (founded in 1386) is still going strong, but these days instead of providing shelter for travellers overwhelmed by snowstorms, the organisation supports children and families who fall on hard times through no fault of their own. But snowy winters are still as much part of the Arlberg scene as they have been for centuries and of course, there’s a very positive side – what a wonderful part of the world to try skiing! No wonder the region boasts 200km of ‘deep snow runs’ as well as 304km of pistes. It was no coincidence that the celebrated Arlberg skiing technique was initiated here by the legendary Hannes Schneider, who was born nearby at Stuben. Today some of Austria’s biggest hitters are located in this superb massif which rears up majestically from the Vorarlberg across to the celebrated Tirol region. Four new cable-cars were constructed to bridge the gap between the St.Anton, St.Christoph side and the Lech, Zurs side -completely eradicating the need to take the ski bus between the two ski areas.  St. Anton – perhaps Austria’s mightiest ski resort, and now linked with neighbouring Lech and Zürs, having two (three really) world-famous ski areas so close to each, and available, on the same lift pass - provides rich pickings for people who take their skiing seriously. Yet there is plenty of easy skiing too. Apart from Sankt Anton am Arlberg (to give it its full name) and Lech and Zürs, other local resorts including Stuben (Schneider’s birthplace) and St. Christoph.

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  • from£699pp
  • Area: 304km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
St.Anton, Town view

Mighty St Anton is one of the best high-alpine ski resorts in the world, and has the reputation of being best suited to strong skiers and boarders. But that certainly shouldn’t put less aggressive skiers off – there’s plenty for them too.

  • from£530pp
  • Area: 304km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
St. Christoph - Arlberg Ski Area

It may be tiny, but the “small but perfectly formed” picture-postcard village of St Christoph, cocooned in a spectacular open snow-bowl, shares its slopes with Austria’s No. 1 world-class ski area.

  • from£1159pp
  • Area: 304km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
Lech, Town view

Ski in Lech and you'll enjoy one of Austria's most exclusive resorts, dominated by a lovely 14th century church and river, high up in the Arlberg valley next to the tiny hamlet of Zürs, surrounded by stunning peaks.

  • from£1049pp
  • Area: 304km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
Austria, Arlberg-ski-area, Zurs, Resort-view

Ski Zürs and join the famous ‘White ring’ ski circuit from Lech. Your Arlberg lift pass also covers the resorts of St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stüben.

Skiing levels

Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
304km
Runs
  • 123
  • 130
  • 51
Longest run
10km
Snowparks

5 (St. Anton, Lech & Warth)

Lifts
Chairlifts 46 , Draglifts 20 , Gondolas 13
Slope direction
N,E,S,W
Ski/resort bus

Free with lift pass

What We say
  • Make sure you head over to the Sonnenkopf ski area – the best kept secret in the Arlberg.

  • The sun terrace at the top of the Rendl gondola known as 'Rendl Beach' is the perfect place for a drink in the sunshine.

  • Night buses run between St. Christoph and St. Anton making it easy to enjoy the St. Anton nightlife.

What You say
  • St. Christoph is very well situated to make the most of the Arlberg ski area.

    St. Christoph, Henry Pugh, Feb 2018
  • Excellent resort and hotel. Great holiday experience.

    St. Anton, Jonathan Redman, Dec 2017
  • The trip to Lech was excellent; simple to book problem free transfer and lovely accommodation. The hotel staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful and the location was super. The great experience justified this return visit.

    Lech, John Riding, Dec 2017