Brandnertal is situated near to a major airport, convenient train station and a large autobahn, making it an easily accessible destination by any mode of transportation.
Zürich Airport provides the most convenient air access to the region, and serves flights to all major European cities and beyond. From the airport, you can reach Brandnertal by bus or by rail to Bludenz, then bus to the resort.
Brandnertal is 850kms by road from Calais, and is easily reached by following a comfortable network of motorways. Brand is less than 11kms off the A14 autobahn (junction 50) that runs from Feldkirch to Bludenz in Austria.
It takes around 14 hours to reach Bludenz station, the closest station to Brandnertal, from Londons Waterloo station. Take the Eurostar to Paris Nord, transfer to Paris Lyon and take the TGV to Geneva. From there, take the InterCity to Zürich, and finally the EuroNight to Bludenz. There are bus connections from Bludenz to Brandnertal ski resort.
Brandnertal’s attractiveness as a family skiing destination is explained by is its good value, slower pace and good learner pistes.
The charming old resort town is filled with quaint buildings reminiscent of its medieval days. There is plenty of both modern and traditional accommodation, ranging from luxurious hotels to quiet inns. There is a nursery available to care for babies and infants, while the ski schools are geared towards the young.
Terrain at Brand and nearby Burserberg contains a combined 50kms of prepared slopes, mostly for intermediate and novice skiers. Snowboarders and advanced skiers can go off-piste, and cannot complain about the vertical descent of 884m and longest run of more than 6.5kms. Snowboarders can also indulge themselves on the half-pipe.
There are 13 lifts, two of them relatively new six-seaters, which give the resort a lift capacity of 17,500 skiers per hour. Cross-country skiers have 40kms of tracks and winter walkers have even more paths to explore. There are all sorts of activities to hold the attention of kindergarten and grade school kids, like skiing, snowboarding, sledding or just playing in the snow. There are even five kilometres of prepared slopes just for rodeling.
Winter parties with bonfires, tea dances, discos and folklore evenings make up the après-ski scene, while sporting alternatives to the slopes include: indoor tennis; a riding hall providing horseback riding indoors and outdoors; ice-skating outdoors with lighting for night use; and bowling.
In keeping with its family orientation, the ski season is from Christmas to Easter, with the best skiing to be had during February and March. Any non-school holiday times or non-weekends are perfect for picking up bargains.
Zürich is the main transportation hub for the region, with most flights, rail and bus services routing through the city. A convenient autobahn runs from Zürich to Bludenz via Feldkirch, while Bludenz is also the nearest railway station to Brandnertal ski resort.
Brandnertal ski resort is close to Austria’s Swiss and Liechtenstein borders and is very much oriented towards family skiing, with skiers under the age of eight skiing for free. The laid-back family-friendly atmosphere is a welcome respite for those wanting to escape the hectic pace of livelier ski regions to the east.
Picturesquely located at 1,037m in the Brand Valley, Brandnertal is a quaint old resort town whose heyday of the 1930s has given way to a more relaxed atmosphere. Reminders of Brand’s 700-year-old history are prevalent around the town, with much of the accommodation being afforded by quaint hotels, apartments, guesthouses and inns.
Modern establishments blend tastefully with the old, and there are plenty of inexpensive cafés and restaurants. Indeed most of Brandnertal resort’s amenities are reasonably priced, which helps explain its attractiveness as a family ski destination. Aprčs-ski is typically Austrian, with plenty of winter parties with bonfire, tea dances, discos, and folklore evenings.
In terms of the skiing, Brandnertal resort has only 36kms of pistes, which cater best to beginners and average intermediates. Better skiers and snowboarders can try going off-piste to challenge themselves. The runs are well linked and kept in good condition if there is sufficient snow, and there are some attractive tree runs back down to the village.
If you get tired of Brandnertal’s slopes, farther down the Brand Valley is the even smaller Burserberg, and the famous Arlberg region and the Montafon Valley are within comfortable driving distance from Brand, offering attractive daytrips. Zürich in Switzerland is 150kms away, providing a bad weather getaway.
The ski season is from Christmas to Easter. February and March are the pick of the months, while mid-January offers the best discounts. Brand is easily reached by rail or road, with Zürich being the main transportation hub for the region.