The Arlberg – Birth of Alpine Skiing
From remote Alpine villages to Austria’s largest ski resort – the Arlberg region came a long way in the last 100 years. 305 km of groomed slopes, 88 lifts and 200 km of deep snow freeride runs await skiers and snowboarders in the breathtaking scenery of the Austrian Alps.
One of the highlights for this winter season is the replacement of the Schindlergrat chairlift by a 10-seater gondola lift, after 40 years of operation. Thanks to the new route, this milestone will create a comfortable connection between two of Arlberg’s peaks, and additional ski runs for guests. In total 88 lifts connect the five villages that make up the Arlberg’s heart and soul: Zürs is the only place in Austria that offers heli-skiing and has a history of attracting the international jet set to its elegant slopes. Sporty and lively, St. Anton is the birthplace of iconic Alpine skier Hannes Schneider and full of local charm.
Lech is Arlberg’s epicurean brain, with an established gourmet food scene and plenty of arts and culture hidden inside its wood-panelled chalets (the Arlberg has the highest density of award-winning restaurants in Austria). St. Christoph has the longest-standing history of hospitality, thanks to a hospice from the 1300s, which was since transformed into an exclusive resort, a haven for foodies and oenophiles, a concert venue, and an art gallery. The smallest of the bunch, Stuben, tempts visitors with an idyllic, quiet atmosphere high up in the mountains.
If Alpine Gemütlichkeit were quantifiable, the Arlberg would score top marks as well. Beyond the miles of slopes and ambitious entertainment, there’s a sense of welcome and belonging that draws guests to return year after year.
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