Five villages make up the Arlberg's heart and soul: Sporty and lively, St. Anton is the birth place 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-paneled chalets (the Arlberg has the highest density of award-winning restaurants in Austria). 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. 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.
Locals of the Arlberg are expert skiers and carry on the long tradition of ski schools that helped the region to world-wide recognition. Around 1,000 ski and snow sport instructors populate the area today and can help anyone, from absolute beginner to experienced outdoorsman, take their training to a new level. It's no surprise then that the local Ski Club Arlberg (one of the world's oldest!) has won 83 medals between its members. An extraordinary number of Olympians and World Championship skiers call the Arlberg's pristine slopes their home.
If Austrian Gemütlichkeit were quantifiable, the Arlberg would score top marks as well. Beyond the slopes and ambitious entertainment, there's a sense of welcome and belonging that draws guests to return year after year.