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Skiing in Montafon, Austria

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Where in Austria can you find the oldest ski lift? In Montafon, the center described by Ernest Hemingway and loved by adherents of beautiful nature. Hundreds of ski runs attracts thousands of people each year .

There’s no doubt that Austria can boast of the number of modern ski resorts. Moreover, there’s plenty of excellent ski runs, upgraded lifts and diverse tourist infrastructure. A great example of this resort is Montafon, located in the south- western part of the country, in the heart of Vorarlberg. This beautiful valley offers skiers an area composed of 6 small alpine villages connected by a system of joint ski lifts.

If we decide to come to ski in Montafon, we certainly won’t regret it. Here’s everything an amateur of shushing in snow could wish for, besides the surroundings are exceptionally beautiful, so skiing will be even more enjoyable. The ski area is adored by lovers of nature and ecology – here’s the nature reserve called Natura 2000.

It’s worth mentioning that the oldest ski lift in Austria operates right in Montafon.

Montafon – charm of the Austrian valley

The resort and its ski runs is situated at an altitude of 650 to 2430 meters above sea level. The surrounding views delight - Paznaun valley and plateau Bieler Hohe constitute majestic landscapes, which cannot be seen anywhere else.

The skiers have at their disposal 112 of blue, 67 red and 30 black, challenging ski runs. The total length of slopes is 209 km, and they’re supported by 23 chair lifts, 30 t-bars, 4 cable cars and 9 gondolas. There’s also a well-equipped snow park.

Montafon is a perfect center both for beginners and more advanced skiers. It owes its great popularity to high capacity ski lifts and well-prepared slopes. Many amateurs of free ride, tempted by excellent skiing conditions come here every year. Similarly, in the case of cross-country skiers and snow rockets lovers, who have at their disposal more than 100 km of trails.

Ticket prices in Montafon in the season 2013/2014

The beauty of Montafon trails attracts skiers from all over the world. Today it’s a vast and very modern resort comprising of six villages. All routes are available after buying one ski pass.

The biggest center of the region is the Silvretta Nova, where we can enjoy more than hundreds of ski runs, including the longest descent in the entire Montafon - an easy route with a length of 14 km. This part of the ski runs will satisfy beginners and intermediate skiers, others may feel a slight hunger. Skiers, who are just trying their hand on the slopes, can check the ski runs of the Kristberg slope and gentle, wide ski runs on the Schafberg slope, extending above the forest line. Skiers, who feel more confident can try out the ski run on Senni, which descends to the town of Schruns.

Ski passes prices for the coming season are as follows: for a 3-day pass an adult will pay 120 EUR, senior - 108 EUR, while the ticket for a child costs 74.5 EUR. If you want to buy a pass for 7 days, you will have to pay 237 EUR (adults), 213.5 EUR (seniors) or 154 EUR (children).

Après ski

In this charming Austrian resort you will find many opportunities to use leisure time well after the lifts have closed. Visitors can easily move between the main towns of the region, getting acquainted with the offer of bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants. In the resort there’s also a sauna, spa, an ice rink, gym, and a few museums. A rich offer has also been prepared for swimmers – they can enjoy an indoor swimming pool and thermal baths.

Despite the fact that the resort is pretty big, the towns belonging to Montafon don’t organize high-profile events and crazy parties. Après-ski is directed rather to a different audience, interested in active rest and admiring nature. Activities include numerous toboggan runs, or squash and tennis halls. Guests can also go bowling on the ice, curling, or hiking.

The only downside, which strikes the eye upon arrival, is a slight distance from lodging places. The nearest hotels and guest houses are located about 1 km from the ski runs. The same is with the campsites, but there’s a lot of them and they are excellently prepared for the arrival of a large number of guests. One of them is Waldcamping Batmund, located in St.Gallenkirch, less than 1.5 km from the slopes of the Silvretta Nova. Two people with a camper will pay 22 EUR per night in high season. The accommodation for another person costs 7 EUR per day, and the access to the electricity costs 0.70 EUR per kW/h. If you want to take a warm shower, you’ll have to pay 1 EUR (for 5 minutes).

It’s not cheap here, but definitely worth to come at least once. Memories of beautiful landscapes of Montafon will make long and cold winter evenings more pleasant.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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