C Salober North Face (c) Julian Rohn
01 Kleinwalsertal: Ifen ski resort
In addition to recreational slopes, ski resorts in Kleinwalsertal also boast a number of thrilling black slopes. Among the steepest are the black Kellerloch backcountry ski run and black sections of the 3.5-km “Olympia” ski run at the Ifen ski resort.
02 Silvretta Montafon: Black Scorpions
No fewer than seven ski slopes or backcountry ski runs in Montafon have received the super-steep “Black Scorpion” rating. Two of them, including the 2-km Sennigrat ski route with beautiful views, can be found on the Hochjoch near Schruns. There are also five more “Black Scorpions routes” to ski in the Silvretta Nova ski resort near the Nova Stoba restaurant. These pistes run below the Schwarzköpfle and Valisera mountains.
03 Golm in Montafon: Diabolo slope
The slopes in Montafon sure as hell are steep! The “Diabolo” in the Golm ski resort is only suitable for those with strong nerves. This black, 1.5-km slope is located directly below the Aussergolmbahn cable car and is known for its approximately 300-m, extremely steep section. Skiers who do not feel entirely confident can bypass this key section.
04 Lech Zürs am Arlberg: Langer Zug
Those who take the Rüfikopfbahn cable car from Lech up to 2,350 m will arrive at the starting point of one of the steepest groomed ski runs in the world. Groomed on a daily basis, the “Langer Zug” is a legendary 4.7-km ski run. The upper section descends almost vertically, which is why the “Langer Zug” is only recommended for brave experts.
05 Warth-Schröcken: Salober Northface
Steep, steeper, Salober! The north side of the Saloberkopf in the Warth-Schröcken ski resort is particularly popular with adventurers. Thrill seekers particularly enjoy the “Ochsakopf slope,” one of the steepest groomed slopes in the Ski Arlberg region. This riveting run starts at the Salober mountain station and becomes challengingly steep after the “bull statue.” In addition, the “Gamssprung” and “Flühli” black slopes at the Saloberjet chair lift are also hair-raising.
06 Damüls-Mellau: The Sunnegg slope
If you truly want to put your skiing skills to the test, opt for the “Sunnegg” backcountry ski run at the Damüls-Mellau ski resort. This slope descends 350 metres in altitude over a length of one kilometre, which makes it quite steep indeed! Concentration is also required on the 3.9-km “Hasenbühel” ski route. Meanwhile, on the Mellau side, the Hohe Wacht and 1-km-long “Suttis” slopes are thrillingly steep.