“Arlberg”, the legend spanning tradition and modernity

At the heart of the Alps

Lech, Zug, Zürs, Stuben mit Rauz, St. Christoph and St. Anton constitute the Arlberg region. Their different characters turn the Arlberg into one of the most richly diverse holiday destinations in the world. An exemplary infrastructure links the locations via public transport and secluded ski and hiking routes. During the winter an average snowfall of 7m ensures a wonderful winter experience, promises numerous hiking destinations and impressive mountain scenery for relaxation at between 1,300m and 2,800m above sea level.

The cradle of Alpine skiing

Even to this day, skiing is based on the revolutionary Arlberg school expounded by the ski pioneer Hannes Schneider taught in 1920. He was just one of the many personalities who were responsible for the construction of the first tow lift (Zürs, 1937) and the first cable car (Galzig/St. Anton, 1937) in Austria.
The developers have remained innovative to this very day. For example, winter sports fans in Arlberg enjoy heated chair lifts and can also ski in moderate snowfall conditions because of the perfectly prepared slopes rich in snow.

Arlberg history

The name Arlberg can be traced back to the year 1218 and is derived from the many, weather-hardened Arlen bushes to be found here. The Arlberg pass has a long history as an important transport route linking east and west that stretches back to the Bronze Age. Petographic finds testify to busy trading activity during this period. In 1787 the road constructed by the Bolzano traders over the Arlberg was officially opened. Due to a high risk of avalanches, the Arlberg road tunnel (13.97 km) and the Arlberg railway tunnel (10.65 km) were cut to ensure untroubled passage between eastern and western Austria. Completed in 1897, the Flexen tunnel gallery, passing through idyllic and incomparably impressive scenery, assures traffic in the direction of Zürs and Lech.

The club ski.kultur.arlberg has devoted itself to the academic study of how winter sport has developed in Arlberg. You can regularly encounter exhibitions in the Arlberg museums on the topic: Museum Huber Hus (Lech), Walsermuseum Lech-Tannberg (Lech), and Heimatmuseum (St. Anton).

Arlberg legends

Also part of the history of winter sport in Arlberg are the fantastic sportsmen and women whose successes took the name to the remotest parts of the world and made it popular. It is thanks to every one of these, for the most part, downhill skiers, that the Arlberg has established the reputation it enjoys today: high quality infrastructure with freshly prepared slopes and high quality and inviting gastronomic establishments that round off a perfect holiday. These sporting greats include:

Trude Jochum-Beiser, Egon Zimmermann, Karl Schranz, Othmar Schneider, Patrick Ortlieb and many, many more…

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The Arlberg

More than 340 km of prepared ski slopes, over 200 km of designated alpine ski descents, 94 lifts and cable cars, excellent snow conditions and the longest ski race in the world: the White Ring!