Lech Zürs am Arlberg is the best known and most exclusive resort in the region. Sitting on the eastern edge of Vorarlberg, it shares its vast ski area with neighbouring Tirol, and now offers more continuous skiing on one lift pass than anywhere else in Austria. The Ski Arlberg pass includes the slopes of Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph, St. Anton, Warth, Schröcken and more.
Lech Zürs am Arlberg is a paradise for energetic intermediates keen to spend a day completing the 22km Lech Zürs circuit, known as the White Ring. For advanced skiers and snowboarders, the off-piste is the big attraction. The region is also a gourmet's delight. There are 18 restaurants in Lech Zürs that have coveted Gault Millau toques. These are awarded by food critics along similar lines to Michelin stars.
Lech Zürs and the satellite villages are attractive places to stay, and the area is appealing for its excellent snow record. Little wonder that it is a favourite of European royalty, celebrities and sports stars.
Brandnertal prides itself on being family friendly, with activities to entertain and occupy everyone from budding ski racers to babies in prams and the adults with them. There are children's slalom races, play areas on the slopes and in mountain restaurants. In Brand village, there is an animal trail suitable for pushchairs, where youngsters can get close up to goats, sheep, pigs and birds.
Brand and Bürserberg together have 55km of linked pistes. It is extremely easy to find your way around. Most of the terrain consists of easy cruising blue and red runs, from the top to the bottom of the Palüdbahn gondola in Brand. For more of a challenge, Black 18 on the Bürserberg side of the mountain is largely in shade, so snow conditions stay favourable, even in the warmth of a mid-March afternoon.
Adventurous skiers who want more than Brand-Bürserberg can offer are now able to take advantage of the Skipass Montafon-Brandnertal, which gives access to 230km of slopes at Montafon, a bus ride away.
Bregenzerwald is a place where skiing, farming and craftsmanship go hand in hand. This is not the featureless ski area common in much of the Alps. It is unspoiled, its buildings ooze class, it offers quality for money and visitors return year after year.
Bregenzerwald counts among its resorts Warth-Schröcken, part of the vast Arlberg ski area (Lech, St. Anton etc) which now offers 305km of pistes directly linked by lifts.
Damüls-Mellau has over 100km of pistes, mostly blues and reds. The Gipfelbahn gondola and a series of fast chairlifts make it easy and quick to chase the best conditions, moving between the shadier north-facing slopes and the sunny south-facing ones. The Mellau cable car has been offering increased comfort in the Damüls-Mellau skiing area since last winter. There is also accessible off-piste for experts and a snowpark in one of the snowiest regions in the Alps. What is not to like?
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