Stuben am Arlberg is charmingly humble as an alpine village, one of the smaller of the Austrian ski villages that comprise the legendary Arlberg ski region. Relaxing and quiet for family ski holiday versus the livelier resort towns of St Anton, Lech or Zurs. You can ski from Stuben to all of the Arlberg skiing including St Anton, St Christoph, Lech, Zurs, Oberlech, Zug, Warth, Schröcken – easily connecting via the amazing network of 88 modern lifts. There’s even a cool ski tour around the entire Arlberg called The Run of Fame.
Stuben is perfectly situated in the heart of the Arlberg Alps skiing. From Stuben village you start your day on a long double chair which easily connects to the modern Flexenbahn gondola. In just two lifts you can be in Zurs and on your way Lech and Warth beyond. Or 2 more lifts in the other direction and you can be skiing into St Anton. Amazingly modern lifts now connect the entire Arlberg region (since 2016). Stuben itself has some of the best skiing in the Arlberg, and amazing views in all directions from the upper plateau of ski slopes. The valley village is surrounded by majestic towering mountains including the famous Gampen.
The village of Stuben is historic and so authentic with its church steeple and classic wood chalets lining the quiet stone streets. These days, Stuben is inhabited by just 92 locals year-round, and the village has everything you need: a church, a mini-market, a half dozen restaurants, four aprés ski bars, three ski schools, four ski shops. You can’t buy a fancy fur coat or a diamond necklace, for that ski over to Lech or St Anton with your wallet. Stuben is the real deal – an original classic old world ski town.
Stuben is the birthplace of Hannes Schneider – the Austrian ski pioneer who created the Arlberg ski technique and brought his stem turn teaching skills to America and introduced alpine skiing. He went on to live in North Conway New Hampshire and ski Mt Cranmore was revered as the ultimate ski instructor for decades.
Another factoid, Stuben has a Commissioner of Avalanches – since this ski village has such steep mountains above, it’s an important full time job controlling slides and snowpack here. Keep that in mind when you’re tempted to ski off piste – Stuben has unbelievable free riding and off-piste skiing easily reached – hire a guide who knows where to go to ski all the vast terrain safely.
Stuben is also noted for receiving the most snow in the Voralberg.
For adventurers, Stuben has a 4-kilometer toboggan track on the Gampen you can sled – sounded too crazy for us.
For lodging in Stuben, Fuxbau and The Arlberg Lodges are lovely modern alpine – with guest rooms in the village, or condo units up on the hillside with sensational views – like a home away from home in the Alps. A Wellness Spa with sauna and steam room, ski room with boot dryers, and a hearty breakfast are among the amenities for all the guests. Fuxbau, Das Johann and Arlberg Lodges share the same management, so its a matter of choice.
For après ski and dining in Stuben, the Hannes Schneider Bar at the Après Post Hotel and The Fuxbau Bar are the happening places. Fuxbau not only has a lively umbrella bar, popular with local skiers for cocktails and alpen glow after skiing, this is also one of the best restaurants in the Arlberg. Make a reservation for the intimate creative cuisine at Fuxbau, the décor is an inviting as the Chef’s plates from the open concept kitchen. From the amuse bouche to the local bread with cows butter served with a pot of sprouts and scissor on our table, to the mountain sturgeon, we quickly grasped why skiers come from all around the Arlberg come to dine at the trendy Fuxbau.
Stuben is a classic ski village for family ski holiday, a must for those who love extraordinary scenery, alpine heritage, nature and peacefulness, big mountain skiing, luxury lodging and a taste of après ski fun.
Stuben am Arlberg ski stats:
Summit Elevation: 9,222′
Vertical Drop: 4,944′
Lifts: 97 in the Arlberg ski region
Trails: 350 km of prepared pistes – plus unlimited off-piste adventures
Longest Run: 6.3 miles
Stuben am Arlberg official website