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Gigi Rüf, pro-snowboarder from Vorarlberg © Aaron Blatt Gigi Rüf, pro-snowboarder from Vorarlberg © Aaron Blatt Gigi Rüf Local pro-snowboarder

“After travelling to places and coming back I realise that people here are just so friendly and welcoming.”

Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg

A striking blend of traditional and contemporary timber architecture makes the 22 quaint villages of the Bregenzerwald unforgettable. Acclaimed restaurants and inns take pride in fine cuisine and warm hospitality. Find all the pleasures of winter on silvery winter hiking trails and snow-sure slopes of Damüls-Mellau, Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau and Warth-Schröcken. We asked Gigi Rüf, local pro-snowboarder, where the secrets are.

Gigi's Winter Tale:

The wide, high peaks of Bregenzerwald make the ideal setting for a winter getaway with families and friends of all abilities. “The ski-in-ski-out possibilities in Damüls at an altitude of more than 1,400 m are extraordinary,” says Cornelia Kriegner of Bregenzerwald Tourismus. “Almost all accommodation sits right next to the piste of Bregenzerwald’s biggest skiing area, as well as the church and the ski museum. We have all the perfect ingredients for a memorable skiing holiday.” Foodies are also well catered for too. In addition to charming huts and restaurants, join a culinary winter hike that serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert amidst beautiful scenery.

5 Things Not to Miss

Damüls-Mellau ski area © Mellau Tourismus / Ludwig  Berchtold Damüls-Mellau ski area © Mellau Tourismus / Ludwig Berchtold

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1. Play in the park                                                                                                       
The largest snow park in Bregenzerwald is a freestyle hotspot. Snowpark Damüls contains kickers, rails, boxes, big booters, a chill-out area, a fun line and much more. Events are held regularly and features cater for different levels and ages.

2. Come for the skiing, stay for the music
Join the party every Saturday when the open-air concerts ramp up in Warth. Watch local and well-known bands - from traditional folk to pop & rock, blues, Irish Folk and more.

3. Discover a little hut magic
Rustic and conveniently slope-side, Sunnegg Hütte is as famous for homemade strudel and sun loungers as for its gourmet menu and fine wines. We love a little après-ski no matter the time of day – and this is the place for it.

Snowshoeing in the Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Adolf Bereuter Snowshoeing in the Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Adolf Bereuter

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4. Ski, improve, enjoy
Join a ski workshop with local Michael Widmer-Willam, ski instructor and performance artist, to develop a dynamic, energy-saving technique that’s easy on the joints and tailored to individual needs -- including post-injury. Register for the Ski Project this winter.

5. Take your evening adventure outdoors
Walk beneath a starry sky on an evening snowshoe tour to a mountain hut then zoom by sledge down an exciting 5km track back to Au-Schoppernau. All equipment is provided – just bring your sense of adventure.

Facts & Figures

Warth-Schröcken (Ski Arlberg)
  • 305 km of slopes:
    • 132 km blue slopes
    • 123 km red slopes
    • 50 km black slopes
  • 88 lifts:
    • 14 cable cars
    • 46 chair lifts
    • 28 drag lifts
Bödele - Schwarzenberg
  • 24 km of slopes:
    • 9 km blue slopes
    • 12 km red slopes
    • 3 km black slopes
  • 11 lifts:
    • 1 cable car
    • 1 chair lift
    • 9 drag lifts
Damüls - Mellau - Faschina
  • 109 km of slopes:
    • 28 km blue slopes
    • 50 km red slopes
    • 10 km black slopes
    • 21 km ski routes
  • 29 lifts:
    • 2 cable cars
    • 22 chair lifts
    • 5 drag lifts
Niedere Andelsbuch - Bezau
  • 19 km of slopes:
    • 5 km blue slopes
    • 9 km red slopes
    • 1 km black slopes
    • 9 km ski routes
  • 8 lifts:
    • 1 cable car
    • 2 chair lifts
    • 5 drag lifts
Hochhäderich Hittisau - Riefensberg
  • 9 km of slopes:
    • 4 km blue slopes
    • 3 km red slopes
    • 2 km black slopes
  • 5 lifts:
    • 1 chair lift
    • 4 drag lifts
Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau
  • 40 km of slopes:
    • 13 km blue slopes
    • 11 km red slopes
    • 7 km black slopes
    • 9 km ski routes
  • 8 lifts:
    • 2 cable cars
    • 2 chair lifts
    • 4 drag lifts
Egg - Schetteregg
  • 10 km of slopes:
    • 3 km blue slopes
    • 6 km red slopes
    • 1 km black slopes
  • 6 lifts:
    • 1 chair lift
    • 5 drag lifts

Practical Information:

Skiers and boarders of all levels appreciate the regions’ sparkling peaky panoramas and combination of sunny south-facing and snow-sure north-facing pistes. In Damüls, you can hit the slopes from your front door. From Mellau, skiers take the Mellaubahn cable car to reach the ski area in minutes. The convenient 3-valley ski pass is valid for all Bregenzerwald and neighbouring ski areas, as well as ski buses. Freestylers head for Snowpark Damüls, and families love the three-hour Damüls circular ski tour.

Ski season: 7/8 December 2018 - 22 April 2019

Closest airports (to Damüls-Mellau):
  • Memmingen (120km)
  • Zurich (160km)
Price of 6-day 3-valley ski pass:
  • Adult: £197 - £208.50*
  • Youth: £185*
  • Children: £105*
  • Snowman (children born 2013 and onward): £18*
* Prices calculated against exchange rate of 22nd May 2019.

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