Guidebook

Freeriding for the Fearless in Arlberg

10 freeride routes guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping in Austria’s skiing Mecca.

Description

The legendary Arlberg, famed for being the birthplace of Alpine skiing and still one of the most desirable snowsports destinations in the Alps. It’s a massive 305km ski area encompassing half a dozen traditional mountain villages in the far west of Austria. The reliable snowfall and heaps of powder make it a freerider’s wonderland.

All of the ski villages in the Arlberg area have their own unique charm, but serious skiers should head straight to St. Anton, which is renowned for being one of the best resorts in Europe for expert skiing. The lively little ski village sits at the base of Mount Valluga, a souring 2810m giant of the Austrian Alps. Only skiers accompanied by a mountain guide are allowed up the final cable car to Valluga’s 2,810m summit, so eager powder hounds will be sure to get their thrills on this epic off-piste descent. Here is a collection of freeride routes to get your Arlberg adventure started.

Sources:
Thorne, P. (2014) Powder- The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. (2014) London: Quercus Editions Ltd.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Best-Austrian-ski-resorts/
https://www.skiarlberg.at/en

Geisleger
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Geisleger

Arlberg
1,024 m
39 °
N
50 m
3.9 km
A classic Albona long wide open run finishing in the town of Stuben.
Moderate
Private
Mariokopfe-Langen.
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Mariokopfe-Langen.

Arlberg
1,385 m
43 °
W
244 m
7.4 km
An Arlberg classic run for experienced skiers and riders.
Difficult
Private
Kaltenbuerghutte-langen.
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Kaltenbuerghutte-langen.

Vorarlberg
613 m
35 °
N
33 m
2.5 km
A great run in powder and spring snow.
Difficult
Private
Antenne
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Antenne

Vorarlberg
676 m
40 °
E
168 m
4.1 km
Challenging terrain for the experienced on leeside slopes.
Severe
Private
Wiesele
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Wiesele

Lech - Zuers
532 m
37 °
NE
0 m
1.5 km
A nice moderate run with options of steep terrain and small trees. Possible in poorer visibility.
Moderate
Private
Ochsenboden/Flexenmulde
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Ochsenboden/Flexenmulde

Vorarlberg
611 m
40 °
SW
4 m
2.3 km
Superb long run with often deep powder.
Difficult
Private
Gamsroute
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Gamsroute

Lech - Zuers
923 m
45 °
E
24 m
3.5 km
A great Zurs freeride run for experienced skiers and riders.
Difficult
Private
Monzabonalpe/Pazielmahder
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Monzabonalpe/Pazielmahder

Lech - Zuers
495 m
36 °
SW
10 m
2.2 km
Wide slopes and not too challeging in the Zurs front country.
Easy
Private
Hasenfluh
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Hasenfluh

Lech - Zuers
414 m
34 °
N
7 m
1.6 km
A good run for dry powder in the Zurs front country.
Moderate
Private
Erzberg
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Erzberg

Lech - Zuers
663 m
35 °
E
42 m
3.0 km
A superb wide open run with great views. A classic Zurs freeride.
Difficult
Private