Montafon Valley Ski Travel  Guide

Montafon Valley Ski Travel Guide

SKI AND SNOWBOARDING GUİDE

Montafon Valley is located in the southern part of Vorarlberg and is accessible via a number of options, usually involving plane, train and/or bus. It is possible and popular to drive all the way to Montafon, and travelling by train is also a good option. The most convenient way is to fly to Innsbruck Airport and take the Skibus to the valley.

The nearest and cheapest international airport is Zürich, which receives budget carriers from European cities and worldwide traffic. From here, regular trains run to Bludenz with approximately two trains per hour running on to Schruns (largest resort and last stop). Buses and taxis also serve Schruns from Bludenz. If you can get a good deal on a flight to Innsbruck, the dedicated Skibus only takes two hours to reach Schruns.

By car, Schruns is 620kms west of Vienna and 160kms southeast of Zürich. From Zürich International Airport, bypass the city and drive east along autobahn A-1, exiting on to the A-13/14 until you reach Bludenz. At Bludenz, follow the Montafon Valley signs along the B-188 and head up the valley until you reach Schruns and the other resorts.

Montafon Valley Ski Travel Guide
Montafon Valley Ski Travel Guide

For those who prefer to take the train, you can go all the way from London to Schruns with three changes. For the overnight option, Eurostar trains leave London Waterloo daily at 17:09, for Paris, Nord; an overnighter completes the Zürich leg, arriving at 06:20 next day. A Eurostar train also leaves London at 10:29 for Paris, Nord. A high-speed TGV then leaves from Paris’ gare de Lyon for Zürich. From Zürich, several trains go to Bludenz with another change for Schruns

 MONTAFON VALLEY, AUSTRIA TRAVEL GUİDE

Montafon Valley is located at the southern part of Vorarlberg and is very popular for skiers of all abilities due to a variety of skiing terrain and the 11 separate resorts in the area. There are over 200kms of runs which can all be visited on one ski pass.

All resorts in Montafon Valley are in a beautiful setting surrounded by three mountain ranges; visitors can choose to stay in a town with a lively après-ski and nightlife, or opt for a more sedate hamlet. There are 80 hotels and inns, 80 pensions, 210 private pensions and 780 apartment-houses, totalling over 18,000 beds.

Montafon boasts over 209kms of pisted runs with 54 per cent suitable for beginners, 32 per cent for intermediate skiers, and 14 per cent for experts. The longest run is 12kms and there are 65 cable cars and chairlifts. Ski touring is available on Silvretta’s white glaciers and there are 100kms of cross-country skiing tracks with 12 trails.

Non-skiing activities are numerous and varied, including: 290kms of winter foot and snowshoe hiking paths; sports and natural toboggan runs (some floodlit); curling; ice-skating (artificial); sleigh riding; sauna; 24 indoor swimming pools (partly public); and two indoor tennis courts.

The best skiing conditions in Montafon Valley ski resort are from mid-February to mid-March and the cheapest periods are the week up to December 19 and the last month of the season.

A number of airports service Montafon Valley, with Zürich being the closest international airport and the best option. Trains go from the airport and run as far as Schruns, with a change in Bludenz. If you can get a cheap flight to Innsbruck, the Skibus goes to the resorts direct from the terminal.

Montafon Valley Ski Travel Guide
Montafon Valley Ski Travel Guide

MONTAFON VALLEY SKI RESORT GUİDE

Montafon is a high Alpine valley known for its sun and powdery snow. It stretches some 40kms at the southern tip of Vorarlberg. The valley, filled with mountain villages and major winter recreation areas, is encircled by the mountain ranges of Rätikon, Silvretta and Verwall. Each resort is separate, with extensive lift networks, long runs and varied terrain.

The Montafon Alpine Valley encompasses 11 villages lying at altitudes of between 600 and 1,430m, surrounded by mountains as high as 3,312m (Piz Buin). There are villages with a sporting character and extensive leisure programmes as well as other, more peaceful resorts, perfect for family holidays and total relaxation.

Accommodation ranges from luxurious to private pensions and there are 18,000 beds available in total. There are 25 bars and discos in the whole area, with Schruns offering a wider range of nightlife than the other smaller and sleepier resorts. Eight ski kindergartens with adventure parks are available for kids.

Montafon Valley ski resort has over 200kms of signposted and tended pistes, suitable for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers. The longest run is 12kms. A total of 65 lifts, including 10 gondolas, four cable cars, and 23 chairlifts transport a maximum of 82,400 people per hour.

Throughout the Montafon Valley, yellow-and-black signs point out natural attractions and destinations. Hochjoch-Zamang offers skiing in the back bowls and down the front, and is the main mountain at Schruns (of Hemingway fame); Tschagguns has Grabs-Golm for some easier runs; Silvretta-Nova at Gaschurn and St Gallenkirch is a superb ski circus on several mountains; and the Schafberg of Gargellen is secluded in a side valley.

The ski season runs from early December to mid-April with the cheapest rates offered the second week before Christmas and the last month of the season. Zürich International Airport is the nearest and regular trains go from here to the resort via Bludenz.

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