High Montafon ski resort is situated deep within the Montafon Valley in Vorarlberg province and is best accessed by flying to Innsbruck (from Austrian and other major European cities only) and taking the Skibus. A more practical option is to fly to Zürich International Airport and hire a car. There is a train connection with London, while many people prefer to drive all the way to High Montafon.
Zürich has the closest international airport, which is popular with budget carriers and those arriving from world destinations. There is a rail terminal at the airport, with regular trains to Bludenz all day; two trains per hour go on to Schruns, from where you’ll have to take a bus or taxi. Munich’s FJ Strauss Airport is another option, with train and bus transfers available.
By car, High Montafon ski resort is just over 1,000kms from Calais using quality tolled motorways. St Gallenkirch is 625kms west of Vienna and 165kms southeast of Zürich. If you’re driving from Zürich International Airport, take the A-1 autobahn east and the A-13/14 autobahns to Bludenz. From Bludenz, take the B-188 all the way to High Montafon.
Options for train travel from London to Zürich involve an overnight train from Paris’ gare de Lyon and an earlier Eurostar train to Paris; alternatively from Paris, a TGV also goes from gare de Lyon to Zürich. Trains leave London’s Waterloo Station at 17:09 for the overnight option and arrive in Zürich the next day at 06:20. The TGV option has the Eurostar leaving London at 10:29 and arriving in Zürich at 22:40.
Several trains leave for Bludenz per day; from there you need to change to a Schruns-bound train, and then take the bus or taxi to High Montafon.
Located deep in the Montafon Valley, in the province of Vorarlberg, High Montafon is a group of ski resorts for those who prefer a more secluded skiing experience on quality slopes. There is a great mixture of runs here for skiers of all abilities.
There are several Alpine villages at varying altitudes (900m to 1,430m) with the emphasis on a quieter après-ski and nightlife, which is centred mainly on the larger hotels. St Gallenkirch and Gortipohl, however, have some lively bars and discos.
There are over 100kms of pisted runs featuring slopes for all levels of skill at Montafon ski resort; the longest run is 11kms. Ten per cent are suitable for beginners (red); 30 per cent for intermediate skiers (green); 40 per cent for advanced (blue); and 20 per cent for expert skiers (black). There are 30kms of groomed cross-country ski trails in the valley and a further 15kms of high-altitude trails around the Silvretta dam.
Other winter activities and facilities away from the slopes include: mountaineering; 12kms of romantic walks and hiking trails; snowboarding; mono-skiing; snow-trekking; sleigh riding; indoor swimming; sauna and paragliding (summer). Nightlife involves several bars, including ice bars, and discos as well as a café with live music.
High Montafon’s best snow can be seen towards the end of February to mid-March and there are special deals in January and near the season’s end.
The most practical and possibly the cheapest way to get to High Montafon is to fly to Zürich and take the train from the airport, changing at Bludenz for the train to Schruns, from where buses and taxis go to St Gallenkirch and beyond.
High Montafon ski resort is located up the Montafon Valley in Vorarlberg province and encompasses a number of Alpine resorts farther up the valley from popular Schrun and Tschagguns.
Here you will find more than 100kms of well groomed runs and immeasurable hectares of off-piste skiing, all located on the striking Silvretta Nova mountain range.
The main focus is the Alpine villages of St Gallenkirch and Gortipohl (900m) which are certainly the ‘Five Stars of the High Montafon’. Gargellen is the highest village at 1,430m. High Montafon is a lot more laid-back than many Austrian resorts and is noted for the very special flair so essential for relaxing holidays in the heart of nature. There is a wide variety of accommodation from top rate hotels to pensions and apartments, with about 3,500 beds available at Gortipohl and St Gallenkirch. There are four cafés (one with regular live music), seven bars, including two ice bars, and two discos. High Montafon ski resort also caters for children with its nursery and children’s ski school.
High Montafon boasts more than 100kms of well-maintained runs with a wide range of slopes for all levels, from beginner and intermediate to advanced and expert skiers. The longest run is 11kms and there are 33 lifts, including gondolas, chairlifts and T-bars, with a capacity for 40,000 people per hour. The excellent ski school has 55 accomplished instructors.
There are a further 100kms of top rate slopes farther down Montafon Valley. The resort of Schruns is a big draw for the region and is the king of the après-ski scene and the shopping centre for Montafon. For those who need a break from the slopes, there are many charming and scenic hamlets dotted around the area.
The ski season runs from early December to late April with special rates in January. There are a number of ways to get here, but the most convenient would be to fly to Innsbruck’s provincial airport and take the Skibus from there.