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Sun, skiing and that springtime feeling

March and April are the most beautiful months if you love skiing.

Date: 9 March 2020

In the morning, or even at the crack of dawn, it’s off to the slopes. Later on, you can relax on a sun lounger, listen to tasteful après ski music or enjoy a walk in the valley where the first signs of spring are slowly breaking through. The ski areas of Vorarlberg are beckoning you to come and ski in the sunshine until mid to late April 2020.

The pleasure of skiing for early risers

When the weather is getting warmer, it really pays off to use those morning hours for skiing. The snow is crisp and firm and the number of places on the morning ski trips is limited. This means there is lots of space on the freshly groomed slopes. Early birds can top it off by rewarding themselves with breakfast on the mountain.

Twice a week, the cable cars and ski lifts in Lech Zürs am Arlberg start at 7.30 in the morning. The “Early start Langer Zug” is on one day and the “Early start Zürser Täli” is on the other. Once a week, Montafon offers skiers the chance to whizz right down into the valley on the HochjochTotale, the longest valley ski run in Vorarlberg, first thing in the morning. In Montafon, the “Nova Exklusiv” and the “Ländle Früah Sport” invite you to set off at sunrise once a week. The cable cars and ski lifts at Ifen in Kleinwalsertal open as early as 7.45 in the morning from mid-March to the end of the ski season.

Ski Ifen, Sonnenski, Kleinwalsertal © Dominik Berchtold null
HochjochTotale im Montafon © Daniel Zangerl / Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns
A getaway with a view

What could be more delightful than relaxing on a terrace and enjoying the warmth of the sun and the magnificent spectacle of a white winter wonderland? There are plenty of sunny spots in the ski areas of Vorarlberg – you can choose to soak up the sun outside traditional ski huts, modern mountain restaurants or ski huts. From the contemporary Balmalp in Lech to the energy-efficient restaurant Frööd in Brandnertal, from the rustic Max Hut in Mittelberg in Kleinwalsertal to the cosy Obwaldhütte in Gargellen in Montafon: Whether you are enjoying fine food and drink, lively conversation or peacefully contemplating nature, you will have a wonderful time there.

Enjoy some music with your Après Ski Vorarlberg style

High-quality après ski events offer a variety of music. From the beginning of February, you can enjoy the “Ski & Concert” every Saturday at the Hotel Steffisalp in Warth. Guests can listen to live music or DJs on specific Saturdays at the S1 Ski-Lounge in Warth. Be it swing, boogie, nu jazz or big band, the sun terraces and bars of the elegant Lech and Zürs hotels are transformed into stages where top musicians perform a variety of music during the Tanzcafé Arlberg Music Festival, which runs from 29 March to 13 April 2020. Every Sunday in March, Firnklang Brandnertal combines springtime skiing with music and fun.

Firnklang Brandnertal, Niggenkopfhütte © Dietmar Mathis / Bergbahnen Brandnertal
Berggasthof Niedere, Andelsbuch © Markus Gmeiner / Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
From the snow to the lakeside and the museum

While the mountaintops are still covered with plenty of snow, flowers are starting to blossom in the valleys, and especially around Lake Constance. If you want to combine a day of skiing with an excursion into springtime, you can take the bus or the train to Bregenz, for example, and walk along the shore of the lake. During your trip to the lake, you can take a visit to the vorarlberg museum or the Kunsthaus Bregenz art gallery. At the vorarlberg museum in Bregenz, contemporary exhibitions offer insights into the history of the region. The Kunsthaus Bregenz art gallery is exhibiting works from the American artist Bunny Rogers until 13 April 2020. If you love dance, you need to plan a trip to the “Bregenzer Frühling” spring dance festival. Internationally renowned dance ensembles will be giving guest performances on 14 March as well as 4 and 18 April.

The “End of Testimony?” exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Hohenems runs until 13 April 2020 and explores issues relating to the legacy of the Holocaust. In the Bregenzerwald, the Angelika Kauffmann Museum and the Werkraumhaus in Andelsbuch showcase innovative craftsmanship. The motto is to experiment and have a go at the inatura nature show experience and its Science Center in Dornbirn.

Guests to the Brandnertal, the Alpine town of Bludenz and Klostertal can even use their guest pass to travel by bus and train throughout Vorarlberg, free of charge.