SKIING IN AUSTRIA IN WINTER 2003/2004
Austrian ski resorts, like those of its Alpine neighbors, are typically
nestled in valleys. The surrounding mountains are artfully carved with
long open runs that begin above the timberline and lead into the resorts
below. While Innsbruck, St. Anton, Kitzbuehel, Lech-Zuers are well known beyond
Austria’s borders as ski resorts, the MONTAFON valley deserves to be
better known to a larger circle of winter sports fans.
The Montafon valley’s ski villages, Schruns, Gaschurn, Gargellen in the
Vorarlberg province are easily reached via Zurich/Switzerland, the closest
international airport. The atmosphere is casual and sporty and there are
many cozy hotels ideal for families. Visitors from North America will be
amazed by the excellent prices.
Winter turns the Montafon valley into one big skiing paradise. There are
66 mountain railways and ski lifts, 197 kilometers/122 miles of marked,
manicured downhill runs. Ski tours on the sparkling white Silvretta
glacier are an exciting option. Cross-country fans have 100 kilometers/62
miles of cross-country trails at their disposal. There are also 192
kilometers/119 miles of winter hiking trails. Artificial and natural
toboggan runs (some floodlit) let visitors rush down into the valley. Ten
skiing schools for adults are to be found in the Montafon valley. For
children there are 8 ski schools (Ski Kindergarten) and a new facility,
“Dreamland” on Hochjoch, an ice skating rink for kids.
The “Montafon Skipass” is a ticket valid on all of the valley’s mountain
railroads and ski lifts, the Bludenz-Schrunz Montafon railway, and postal
The Montafon valley is about 40 kilometers/25 miles long and includes 11
villages located at altitudes of 600-1,450 meters/1,969-4,757 ft. It is
embraced by majestic peaks of 3,312 meters, or over 10,000 ft.
The Austrian Alps are blessed with a long and lavish snow season. View the
Snow Report online shown in the weather section on www.austria.info/us
For more information on the Montafon valley visit http://www.tiscover.at/
For more information on Austria, please access www.austria.info/us