Lech Zürs am Arlberg
- Lech Zürs has everything carvers, snowboarders and off-piste skiers could ever dream of, including guaranteed snow and 200km of high-alpine descents in deep powder. Lech Zürs is the only resort in Austria to offer helicopter skiing packages to aficionados of this special skiing thrill. There are two summits to choose from: the “Mehlsack” is ideal for proficient skiers, while the “Schneetäli-Orgelscharte” is suitable for intermediate-level skiers. This type of outing is particularly attractive in early spring in firn conditions. Heli skiing packages are available for groups of up to 4 participants, including ski guide.
- Nidla in Gargellen is the legendary deep powder run in Gargellen with an elevation loss of 500m. Facing the northwest, it is the longest and most rhythmic of its kind and widely considered the most beautiful. The Gargellen ski school offers guided descents daily. Participants need proper gear (beacons available for rent) and must have a valid lift pass; registration is required by the previous night.
- Mounting Zamangspitze (2,386m) above Schruns is a demanding challenge for physically fit and technically proficient skiers and snowboarders. The effort of mounting, which requires surefootedness, is rewarded by a fine descent through deep powder or firn down to St. Gallenkirch. Meet on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at the valley terminal of Grasjoch-Bahn in St. Gallenkirch. Here participants collect their safety gear, before mounting a considerable stretch by cable car.
- The winter sports portal www.skiinfo.de has rated the Silvretta Montafon area Austria’s best ski area for freeriders and open-terrain skiing. There is a choice of selected ski routes, freeride routes for beginners and professionals, the freeride centre at Grasjoch, fouravalanche beacon checkpoints and guided tours for all levels are being operated at regular intervals.
- Father Johann Müller from Warth was probably the first ski pioneer in Bregenzerwald. In the 1890s, he got himself skis sent from Sweden to get along easier and faster in the alpine terrain between the two parishes of Warth-Schröcken und Lech Zürs which he served. The 5-hour tour tracing the footsteps of Father Müller is accompanied by the ski guides of the Warth and Schröcken ski schools. Participants should have some practice riding in deep snow, safety gear is a must. The price is EUR 75 per person.
- Off-piste skiing days accompanied by the ski and mountain guide Markus Moosbrugger from Schoppernau combine easy ascents and long descents. Tours are held daily on request and last 5-6 hours. Prices starting from EUR 70 per person.
- Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., the ski school Damüls in Damüls-Mellau offers a freeride course at a fee of EUR 95 including the rental beacon, excluding the ski pass. Fridays starting 9:00 a.m., the ski school Mellau operates a three-hour freeride tour. The price is EUR 74 (minimum of 3 participants). The courses and tours are held from December to April.
- Warth-Schröcken hosts several SACC Freeride & Safety events. SACC stands for Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps. The programme features safety workshops, freeride tours with local guides, material testing and entertainment. The kick-off event has been scheduled for 13-16 December 2018, the follow-up event for 16-19 January and 23-24 March 2019.Another important event for the freeride community is the Freeride Testival on 16 and 17 March. At the Testival Village near Steffisalp Express, more than 30 manufacturers present brand-new freeride skis and gear for the 2018/2019 season. Free testing and shoptalk galore! The programme offers lots of opportunities for hands-on activities: safety training, Ride with the Pros on the most scenic freeride slopes on the Arlberg as well as guided tours for beginners, including instructions on technique.
- Magnificent powder runs await freeriders at Sonnenkopf in Klostertal. In addition to demanding tours, freeriders with experience in open terrain may use the three-km long off-piste run down to Nenzigasttal. The ski school in Klostertal runs courses, including freestyle and snowboarding classes. A one-day private course for a maximum of three persons costs EUR 235.
Ski Ride Vorarlberg
- Ski Ride Vorarlberg is a guided tour of Vorarlberg in which you can explore Vorarlberg within one week on skis in the company of an expert. On seven days, the tour takes skiers across ski areas and into open terrain, from Kleinwalsertal in the north to Montafon in the south. Every day, the party discovers new views of Vorarlberg. The landscape and the views change from one valley to the next. In spite of the geographical vicinity, the architecture, the dialects and the regional dishes differ. Ski Ride Vorarlberg can be booked for groups of no more than six, dates by prior appointment. The package includes accommodation and an experienced guide as well as ski passes, transfers and transport of luggage. www.vorarlberg.travel/skiride