The Arlberg – Austria

The Arlberg is a massif, a large group of mountains, between Austria’s Vorarlberg and Tyrol that offers amazing skiing opportunities. If it is not on your “bucket list” add it! Ski between 9 charming Austrian alpine ski villages, vast ski terrain, scenic beauty, all connected by an incredible (97) interconnected lift network. High elevation, beautiful, and historic – that’s skiing the Arlberg. The Arlberg is often referred to as the birthplace of skiing, since 1885.

When you mention The Arlberg of western Austria, most skiers think of legendary St Anton with its VAST network of trails and modern lifts from the beautiful alpine village. But the Arlberg comprises nine villages in fact… you can easily ski from St Anton to St Christoph, Stuben, to Lech and Zurs, Zug, Oberlech, Warth and Schröcken.

All combined, on the Ski Arlberg ticket, you have 350 kilometers of skiing (217 mi) on prepared (groomed) ski slopes plus limitless off-piste terrain. 97 mostly modern lifts connect all this terrain and the villages in an incredible network.

The Arlberg is Austria’s largest ski region, and the 5th largest interconnected ski trail network in the world.

The Arlberg’s highest peak is St Anton’s famous Valluga Summit at 2811M (9,222’) with its stunning 360-degree views and extreme skiing. To access this experts-only peak, you must hire a guide, and ride a small gondola to the breathtaking summit. This private 6-passenger gondola brings you to the 9,222’ summit where you can ski the crazy steep backside to Zurs, but you must be an expert accompanied by a guide. Pedestrian (without ski gear) are allowed to ride the Valluga to visit the viewing platform, but registered mountain guides and their ski clients have priority.

Few realize that while St Anton and St Christoph are located in “The Tyrol,” the other seven Arlberg villages – Stuben, Lech, Zurs, Zug, Oberlech, Warth and Schröcken – are all located in the neighboring canton of “Volarlberg”.

A ski tour from St Anton to Warth and back has you skiing through all 9 unique villages in a magical day. The Run of Fame is 84 kilometers around the entire Arlberg region, fun to experience, as you trace the evolution of this legendary ski resort. The circuit has narrated stops along the way with informative signage.

The alpine charm of The Arlberg has much to do with the many on-mountain chalets and huts serving food and drink. There are over 50 on mountain huts from old wooden farmhouses to modern glass mountaintop restaurants in The Arlberg. Skiing into a hut for a hearty lunch, a gluhwein, or just a coffee and pastry is an alpine pastime as well here. The après ski in as you ski into St Anton is legendary. If you have not been to the Krazy Kanguruh and/or the legendary MooserWirt… you do not know “Apres”.

Lodging in The Arlberg, you can stay in historic St Anton, glitzier Lech or Oberlech, quieter Stuben or Zurs, in chalets or 4 and 5-star hotels.

Arlberg Stats:
Base Elevation: 1304M (4,278’)
Summit (Valluga): 2810M (9,222′)
Vertical: 1506M (4,941′)
Lifts: 97
Villages: 9 -St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zurs, Zug, Oberlech, Warth and Schröcken
Prepared Pistes: 350 kilometers (217 mi)
Snowmaking coverage: 85%
Longest Run: 6.3 miles from Valluga summit
Skiing since 1901
The Ski Arlberg Pass is valid on 94 Ski Lifts in the region including nearby Sonnonekopf

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