NEW for winter 2016/2017 the World famous Arlberg ski area becomes the largest interlinked ski area in Austria! Four new cable cars will be 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 new ski-link will create 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 an efficient ski bus service connects this side of the region with the huge network of slopes surrounding Lech and Zürs, including the excellent 'Borderpark' above Lech.
The recently added Auenfeldjet lift which links the ski areas of Lech/Zürs and Warth-Schröcken adds a further 66km of piste as well as numerous deep snow runs to the Arlberg ski area.
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 340km 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. Although St. Anton – perhaps Austria’s mightiest ski resort – is not directly linked with neighbouring Lech and Zürs, having two (three really) world-famous ski areas so close to each - just a bus ride from each other, 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.
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.More information
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.
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.More information