We were looking at spending some time in Montafon in Austria next season (2012/13).
I am a advanced skier with a love for skiing off piste, and my family are intermediate, but like a challenge when the conditions are good (ski reds happily and blacks in good conditions).
For anyone who has been to Montafon -
- is there a good variety of terrain (something for all of us)
- is there good off piste skiing?
- how easy is it to link to other resorts nearby (Lech, St Anton, Ischgl etc)
- is it a pleasant resort (not a big apres ski guy, but good restaurants and bars are always a bonus!).
thanks in advance for any tips..
I spent one week in mid-January this year right after the big snow fall and it was magic ! Went by car and took base in Bludenz a small town at the Arlberg - Montafon crossroad.
Schruns is the main village in the valley , quite pleasant and this is where you want to stay, plenty of bars, restaurants, shops you name it, the train line ends right in the centre and buses depart from here to the other destinations in the valley.
Skiing was great when I was there it will keep you certainly busy for a week, there is no off-piste here.
If you want off-piste you need to go to St Anton am Arlberg ( don't confuse with St Anton im Montafon !) To get there take the train with a change at Bludenz. To get to Lech you need to get off at Langen (that's the station before the Arlberg-tunnel) and connect to the bus. Ischgl is a long way , again train over the Arlberg down to Landeck and then bus.
Check the schedules on the austrian rail site http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp
For travel within the Vorarlberg area you can use the travel pass of the Vorarlberg transport system V VV
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