The Cradle of
Apline Skiing

History

The Arlberg is a legend

Mountain Massif. Alpine Pass. Region. Arlberg is all that, yet so much more: Social meeting point and famous tourist region, fascinating and legendary. It is regarded as the birthplace and most coveted domicile of international ski sport. As hub of the freeride scene, it is worshipped with cultlike reverence.

Arlberg’s charisma will have an even greater and more enticing allure from the winter of 2016/17. The gondolas of the new Flexenbahn cable car will glide over the rugged massif from Alpe Rauz to Zürs, connecting Tirol with Vorarlberg for the very first time in what is now Austria’s largest connected ski resort.

How it All began

Traversing with hairpin bends – was how one used to master the snowy slopes in yesteryear.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, Arlberg ski pioneers such as Hannes Schneider developed the stem turn, the forerunner of today’s parallel turn. The Arlberg Technique revolutionised skiing, Arlberg ski instructors taught this style from Japan to America. It has provided the foundations for modern alpine skiing ever since.

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Founding of Ski-Club Arlberg in St. Christoph.

The first ski race to be held in the Alps takes place on the Arlberg.

Founding of the first ski school in St. Anton!

The first legendary Arlberg-Kandahar Race takes place.

Several famous ski films are made on the Arlberg, the most famous of which is “Der weiße Rausch – The White Thrill“.

The first draglift opens in Zürs, closely followed by construction of the first cable car in St. Anton.

Artificial snowmaking canons are developed in Lech.

St. Anton hosts the Alpine World Ski Championships.

“Ski Arlberg” merger, making it Austria’s largest connected ski resort.

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Sporting Winter Classic

St. Anton am Arlberg is the home of ski legends and pioneers, such as Hannes Schneider, who validate Arlberg’s status as the “Birthplace of Alpine Skiing”. Sporting history was also made with hosting the Alpine Ski World Championships and Interski Congresses. State of the art cable car systems, exclusive hotels and international bars combined with chocolate-box village charm – visitors from around the world appreciate St. Anton for these special qualities and characterise its cosmopolitan flair with their presence alone.

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EXCLUSIVE TOP-SPOT

St. Christoph, the highest village on the Arlberg, has the longest tradition in hospitality. A hospice for weary travellers and pilgrims was established at this 1,800-metre high mountain pass in the 14th Century, where six enthusiasts founded the legendary Ski-Club Arlberg in 1901. New techniques, such as parallel turns, that originated in St. Christoph soon spread throughout the world. The effects can be felt to this day, in that visitors now have an incredible choice of holidays.

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IDYLLIC HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Stuben, the smallest of the five Arlberg villages, is a pleasant nest on the west side of the Arlberg. For as modest and idyllic as this mountain village has remained, the opportunities it holds are all the more spectacular. Such as delving into the world of pristine backcountry terrain. Or using the inviting Mount Albona as a bridge – to discover the sheer epicness of the newly merged Arlberg ski area.

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PROMINENT SKI-HIDEAWAY

White slopes, excellently suited for off-piste skiing, starting point for heli-skiing tours, inviting, luxurious charm. The 150 inhabitants of the mountain village of Zürs know exactly what the discerning guest desires. Which is why they return time and again. International celebrities in particular appreciate the two most valuable assets Zürs has to offer: vastness and discretion.

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STYLISH ENJOYMENT

Mountain village, world gourmet destination, host of philosophic discourse: Lech has many attractive sides. And it is steadfastly stylish. It is with good reason that “Europe’s Most Beautiful Village” features strongly on the holiday map for European aristocracy. Enthusiasm for ski sport, however, is a privilege not only reserved for the royals. No less than 1,000 participants feel like “Snow Kings” as they line up for the start of the iconic “The White Ring – the Race“. ​

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Map of skiing region

Check out all slopes and ski lifts and look for your most favorite one already. Discover all opened and closed ski lifts in our skiing area.

Holidays at the Arlberg

The fascination of the Arlberg unites people from all over the world. It is the reason why guests from over 50 nations visit this alpine region every year. Successful fashion or movie stars are to be found equally amongst the visitors as young mavericks from the off-piste community.

87 lifts and cable cars, 305 kilometres of marked ski runs, 200 kilometres of deep snow runs in back country terrain. Numbers that speak volumes. They outline the unparalleled dimensions that ski aficionados have always appreciated about Arlberg.

Travelling

  • Traveling by car:

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    Motorway sticker

    Travel on Austrian motorways is subject to a toll. You can buy motorway stickers from border crossings, petrol stations, at tobacconists, from Austrian automobile clubs or from Lech Zürs Tourism. Motorway sticker prices for cars:

    10 days € 8,50 | 2 month € 24,80 | Annual sticker € 82,70

    Valid from 1 december; prices are subject to change!

    Current tarif information is available at http://www.asfinag.at/en/maut/vignette

  • Travelling by Train:

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    St. Anton am Arlberg railway station: 

    to St. Christoph | 7 km| regular taxi and bus connection (line 92), transfer time approx. 10-15 minutes
    to Zürs Lech | 20km |regular taxi and bus connection (line 92), transfer time approx. 30 minutes.

    Langen am Arlberg railway station:

    to Zürs Lech 15 km | regular taxi and bus connection (line 91), transfer time approx. 20 minutes.
    to Stuben am Arlberg |3 km| regular taxi and bus connection (line 90 & 91), transfer time approx. 5 minutes.

    If you are arriving by train there are special saver fares in many European countries | http://www.oebb.at

  • Travelling by airplane:

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    Nearest Airports:

    Altenrhein (CH)  ca 100 km Europe
    Innsbruck (A) ca 120 km Europe
    Friedrichshafen (D) ca 130 km Europe
    Memmingen (D) ca 180 km Europe
    Zürich (CH) ca 200 km International
    München (D) ca 300 km International
    Mailand (I) ca 330 km  International
  • Taxi & Airportshuttle

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    Our TAXI COMPANIES or the special ZÜRICH ARIPORTSHUTTLEBUS brings you directly to each Arlbergvillage.

    AIRPORTSHUTTLE ZÜRICH - ARLBERG: https://arlbergexpress.com/airport-shuttle-service/
    TAXI STUBEN AM ARLBERG: http://www.stuben.com/index.php?id=83&L=0 
    TAXI ZÜRS LECH AM ARLBERG: http://www.lech-zuers.at/reiseinformationen
    TAXI ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=86

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