Arlberg: Austria’s largest interconnected skiing area
Arlberg is one of the world’s top ski resorts with 305km of slopes, 200km of variations, and 87 modern lifts in Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Now, it’s also Austria’s largest interconnected ski area—and the fifth largest ski area in the world.
The first ski tourists to ascend Arlberg in 1885 had to walk up the slopes, as did Hannes Schneider (no relation to the Almhof Schneiders), who founded Austria’s first ski school in Arlberg in 1928 and is now regarded as the godfather of skiing in Arlberg. The first surface lift in Austria was built in Zürs in 1936. And a year later in 1937, the Galzigbahn showed that in the Arlberg, we don’t shy away from technical pioneering.
The Arlberg is called the “cradle of Alpine skiing”—and the pioneering days justify his name. While the Telemark turn was still taught everywhere else, Hannes Schneider taught the “Arlberg technique” he developed in the late 1920s. Skiers today know it as the Stem Christie.
From the cradle of Alpine skiing, the Arlberg grew into one of the world’s top ski resorts and winter holiday destinations for European royalty. This is due to the fact that from day one, Arlberg has lost none of its aura for skiers. Just like then, it stands for the passion for skiing, perfectly prepared and challenging slopes, legendary off-piste areas, a breathtaking mountain panorama, and exceptional hospitality hardly matched in Austria or beyond.