The Cradle of
Alpine 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 became even greater and more enticing allure in the winter of 2016/17. The gondolas of the new Flexenbahn cable car now 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” merged, 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.

Events

Lech Zürs

Frühschoppen mit Live-Musik

16. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

16. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Fondue Evening Rüfikopf

17. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Sonnenuntergangsfahrt

17. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

ARLBERG RUNS

18. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Run

18. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

21. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

21. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Traditional folkloric evening

21. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Frühschoppen mit Live-Musik

23. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Grand Arlberg Scootering

23. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

23. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

23. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Fondue Evening Rüfikopf

24. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Sonnenuntergangsfahrt

24. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

TransVorarlberg Triathlon

26. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Zug village festival with sunday concert

26. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

28. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

28. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Frühschoppen mit Live-Musik

30. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

30. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

30. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Fondue Evening Rüfikopf

31. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Sonnenuntergangsfahrt

31. Aug 2018
Lech Zürs

Lech Literature Days

01. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Family action day TRACKS in the Huber-Hus

02. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Drebinger Methode

03. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

04. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

04. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Traditional folkloric evening

04. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

06. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

06. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

11. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

11. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

13. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

13. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Herbs and its diverse applications

14. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Best of the Alps Golf Cup

15. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

18. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

18. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

22nd Philosophicum Lech

19. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

20. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

20. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

25. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

25. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

27. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

27. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Village Shooting Lech

29. Sep 2018
Lech Zürs

Cooking Workshop

02. Oct 2018
Lech Zürs

Yoga at Gasthof Rote Wand

02. Oct 2018
Lech Zürs

Tannberg Market

04. Oct 2018
Lech Zürs

12th European Media Summit

29. Nov 2018
Lech Zürs

7th Snow & Safety Conference

30. Nov 2018
Lech Zürs

Arlberg Weinberg

04. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Advent Concert

04. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Fantastic Gondolas

08. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Christmas Market in Zug

08. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Advent Concert

11. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Reading of Christmas Stories

13. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Christmas market in Lech

14. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Advent Concert

18. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Reading of Christmas Stories

20. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

Santa Claus is coming

25. Dec 2018
Lech Zürs

New Year's Day acoustic fireworks

01. Jan 2019
Lech Zürs

Yachticum Lech

11. Jan 2019
Lech Zürs

Speed Race Zürs

17. Jan 2019
Lech Zürs

The White Ring - The Race

19. Jan 2019
Lech Zürs

Music Festival Tanzcafé Arlberg 2019

01. Apr 2019
Lech Zürs

Rüfi 900

06. Apr 2019
Lech Zürs

4th International KÄSTLE Dirndl Ski Day

06. Apr 2019
Lech Zürs

Wine gondolas at the Arlberg

12. Apr 2019
Lech Zürs

24th Oberlech Spring Festival

20. Apr 2019

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 € 8,90 | 2 month € 25,90 | Annual sticker € 86,40

    Valid from 1 december 2016; prices are subject to change!

    Current tarif information is available at http://www.asfinag.at/toll/toll-sticker

  • 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.

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