Skiing in Arlberg
Arlberg offers up to 300 kilometres of perfectly groomed pistes, an ultra-modern lift system of cable cars and lifts, very good snow reliability and breathtaking mountain views. The pistes here are varied and welcome to all ski ability levels.
St Christoph is probably the best-suited resort for beginners and novices who have a few classes under their belt. The nursery slopes in the village and the ski area above the village are made up of mostly gentle slopes which are perfect to practice and gain confidence on. Head over to the Galzig mountain station for access to more easy blues in the area. The village of Warth-Schröcken is also perfect for beginners and particularly children and families.
The villages of Lech and Zürs are perfect for confident intermediates. Zürs is centrally located in the Arlberg ski area thus giving it a fantastic base to build from for skiers looking to explore the whole area. It is also home to some of the tastiest intermediate challenges in Arlberg. The White Ring is a 22 kilometres circuit connecting Zürs to Lech and is a real test of leg strength and will. There is also a long red featuring fantastic views coming down the Muggengrat lift; a must-do for all intermediates in the area.
Advanced skiers should head straight for St Anton. It is an advanced skiers haven with an insurmountable collection of steep and tricky black runs, excellent off-piste terrain with deep powder bowls and more. There are fantastic skiing opportunities here; both on and off-piste. Notable mentions such as the off-piste legendary descent from the Valluga North Face as well as the high mountain descents from the Mattun, Schindlerkar and Stuben slopes.
Snowboarding in Arlberg
Snowboarders in Arlberg are in for a treat. Freestylers will particularly enjoy the terrain at Lech and Zürs; both of which feature miles of long powder fields. The Arlberg ski area is also home to a number of snowparks, two of which are absolutely fantastic; the Lech and St Anton parks. The Lech snow park has 17 obstacle courses carefully divided between the different ski ability types. The park also has several jumps and pipes and stretches 1.2 kilometres long.
St Anton park has been referred to as the Freestyle Mecca in Arlberg. Located at the Rendl-terrace, the snowpark has up to 34 obstacles made up of rails, boxes and kickers. It is also well divided among ski ability levels; Proline, Kickerline and Jibline.
Snow Conditions in Arlberg
Arlberg has a very good snow record and its favourable temperatures keep the snow conditions on the pistes really good over the course of the season. The ski area is very well equipped with facilities on the pistes, with the majority of its slopes groomed every day and its ultra-modern snowmaking facilities on standby to provide cover should there be any shortages.
Apres-Ski in Arlberg
The apres-ski scene across the Arlberg ski area is an interesting mix of wild partying, luxurious and sophisticated evenings and calm, quiet vibes across the different ski resorts within this ski area. It's quite intriguing as one can experience almost all levels of apres-ski St Anton holds the undisputed crown of the party central in the area, supported in full by Lech; with St Christoph known for its calm and quiet evenings mostly spent in restaurants and hotel bars. Arlberg is also a well-connected ski area that allows visitors to connect to each of the resorts with relative ease. That being said, you can taste a bit of everything at Arlberg apres-ski regardless of the resort you stay in. We have listed a few places you may find interesting.
One of St Anton's most well-known apres-ski bars, the Mooserwirt offers the ideal Alpine party experience. Located up on the pistes, the Mooserwirt the atmosphere is all out partying in the Mooserwirt bar. The place is always packed full of revellers, dancing on the floor, the tables and next to the DJ booth blaring hits and classics. The Mooserwirt is really hard to miss when coming down the slopes as you encounter the music and the cheery crowd before it even comes into view on your descent; and when it does, it really is hard to ignore. If you are after the ultimate slope party experience, you should consider the Mooserwirt. Just bear in mind that, you may still need to ski back down the slopes to the village!
Open every day from 10 am until 8 pm, Krazy Kanguruh is another party on the slopes that cannot be missed if you are searching for the typical apres-ski slopes party. Preferred by young Brits and Scandinavian skiers, there is always a spectacle at the Krazy Kanguruh; whether it's a gigantic bottle of champagne being bought for the entire crowd or a wild dance-off between very merry skiers and party revellers. Be prepared for a ski back down to the village in the dark though as the party carries on until 8 pm.
The Schlegelkopf offers a bit of luxury apres-ski in the Arlberg ski area. It is a swanky mountain restaurant with comfortable sofas, a large terrace and a fantastic view from 1,800 metres altitude. It's a great place for a tasty meal and a drink. It has an extensive wine list and great cocktails to choose from. Open until 5 pm every day, the DJ kicks things off in the afternoon, with skiers stopping by on their descent back to the village.
The Eisbar/The Cottage Pub A great spot for late-night partying in Lech, the Eisbar is located just outside Hotel Tannbergerhof. It is often referred to as an Irish pub, thanks to its interior aesthetics and themes. Open until 2 am, thanks to The Cottage pub located underneath the hotel, it is popular with younger crowds looking for a late-night party to crash. The DJ set lasts until the early hours every day and there are occasional live bands who perform for the crowd.
Basecamp in St Anton is a very interesting apres-ski bar. It usually starts off on a calm note but gets busier as the day draws on. Located at the foot of the slopes, at the Galzig end of town, its large umbrella bar is quite hard to miss. Its atmosphere is vibrant and lively and it's the perfect place for a couple of after-ski beers and catching up with fellow skiers. It is not as raucous as some of the popular bars on the slopes but has a fantastic atmosphere nonetheless.
Facilities in Arlberg
The facilities in Arlberg are nothing short of world-class. Fantastic across all the resorts within this area, the facilities and services are more than capable of catering to all needs, demands and requirements of the holidaymakers to the different ski resorts. One of Austria’s largest ski areas, it is also one of the country’s most glamorous and luxurious, attracting some of the world's notable personalities and a few royal families. Each resort is very well suited and booted with excellent services and facilities to ensure holidaymakers have a memorable and uninterrupted stay.
Ski Hire in Arlberg
There are several ski hire stores in all the resorts in Arlberg. If you are visiting any of the resorts this season, why not secure your ski equipment with us directly instead of waiting until you get to the resort to ordering in person? Ordering your ski equipment with us saves you a great deal of time and hassle and it propels you to the front of the queue for ski equipment. Over the years, we have built fantastic relationships with a host of ski hire companies across the Austrian Alps including Arlberg, thereby making the process of hiring your ski equipment at the resort extremely easy. You simply need to include the equipment you need and add it to your holiday shop cart and proceed with your booking; it is that simple. Once completed, your equipment will be reserved for you at your chosen resort before you have even packed your suitcase to leave. Super easy.
All your Arlberg ski passes can be purchased at the resorts at the ticket machines and offices, however, you can save yourself the stress of waiting in line to purchase a ski pass at the resorts and simply order your Arlberg lift pass directly from us online at Erna Low. It is arguably the best way of getting your lift pass as you can simply select the pass and include it in your overall holiday booking as an extra. The lift pass does not cost any more than it does at the resort and ordering it online may also allow certain online discounts and early bird savings to apply. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information on your Arlberg ski pass.
Spa and Swimming Pool in Arlberg
A ski area with so much prestige and allure, it will come as no secret to anyone that there are very few places across the Austrian Alps with better swimming pools and wellness facilities than at Arlberg. A typical example is the Arlberg WellCom; a wellness centre located in St Anton that is dedicated to wellness and relaxation services. The complex is very well equipped with indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, an indoor jet powered spa pool, a paddling pool and a wet play area for children with a large water slide. It also has a sanarium, a dry-heat sauna, a Kelo sauna, a steam room and a herbal sauna. The area has a choice selection of 4 and 5-star hotels, all of which have heated swimming pools and fantastic wellness facilities on-premises. For example, the 4-star Hotel Auriga in Lech has a 1.125 square metres spa area fully equipped with modern wellness equipment. It has an indoor 22-metre swimming pool, Finnish and herbal sauna, steam bath and an infrared cabin just to name a few. It also has a fitness area, relaxation zones and much more.
Shops in Arlberg
Austrian ski resorts, in particular, are very well known for having several shops such as boutiques, souvenir shops, ski sports shops and many more. Arlberg resorts have the perfect variety of shops for self some light self-indulging retail therapy or window shopping. There are also lovely cafes and restaurants around the area, especially in the family-friendly resorts of Lech and St Christoph.