C Skigebiet Damüls-Mellau, Skiing in Vorarlberg (c) Alex Kaiser-Bregenzerwald Tourismus
Vorarlberg is a premier ski destination. For over 110 years, the art of skiing has been practised here. The foundations of alpine skiing were laid on the Arlberg, today Austria’s largest interconnected ski area. The topographic conditions are ideal, whether in Lech Zürs am Arlberg, in Montafon, Brandnertal or Klostertal, in Bregenzerwald or Kleinwalsertal. Some two thirds of Vorarlberg are situated more than 1,000 m above sea level. Many ski areas reach altitudes of 1,400 to 2,400 metres. The valleys and mountain ranges structure the landscape into compact, pleasantly sized natural spaces. Owing to Vorarlberg’s favourable location on the Northern rim of the Alps, there is always an abundant cover of natural snow.
The landscape is awe-inspiring and imposing, but not as craggy as might be expected at such altitudes. There is plenty of space for a perfect mix of gentle and demanding runs. The ski schools offer ski courses and private lessons for beginners and proficient skiers alike. Playful learning is the motto at the ski nurseries. The little ones can practise their first turns in fun-filled ski bunny land, while their more experienced counterparts gather in fun parks and get a kick out of speedy curves and daring jumps.
Some ski areas offer a wide choice of groomed and ungroomed deep powder runs and firn descents. Whether you opt for a ski tour or some freeriding in open terrain, for safety reasons, we strongly recommend booking a guide to accompany you. Not only are they familiar with the terrain, but they are also able to expertly assess the snow conditions.