Ski touring and Freeride in the Arlberg region
The Tyrolean region of Arlberg, west of Insbruck, is undoubtedly among the best in Austria for a week of top ski touring and freeride.
The ski lifts allow you to reach high altitudes and make magnificent traverses and long descents, in search of the slopes with the best snow.
The program we present here has been optimized after many years of visits on site and allows you to change locations every day and reach peaks and hills at altitudes just below 3000 m. Depending on the more or less partial use of the lifts, and the level of fitness of the team, in an average day you can perform 500-1000 m of vertical gain and 1000-3000 m of descent.
The mix between ski mountaineering and freeride with use of the lifts may vary according to the wishes of the team, as well as the technical level of the descents; we can also organize a trip that is 100% freeride only or ski mountaineering only, or else a tour dedicated specifically to steep skiing.
The possibilities of itineraries are almost endless; all of them can be reached in a few kilometers by road from the base chosen for the accommodation.
The largest ski resorts in the region are St. Anton, Ischgl, and Lech, but even the smaller ones offer slopes tailored to every type of skier.
*** ON REQUEST ***
-> Steep Skiing Option, with a choice of slopes and couloirs for high technical level skiers, approach with skins and / or by lifts.
*** OTHER SKI MOUNTAINEERING PROGRAMS IN AUSTRIA ***
-> A week of ski touring and freeriding in Kaunertal, a gem in Otztal with endless possibilities;
-> Carinthia: Goldberg, Angkogel and Kreuzeck groups (January – March), Schober group (steep skiing), Glockner group (glacier skiing, late spring);
-> other areas in Otztal, and in the Hohe Tauern; also: Zillertal, Stubai.
Arrival in St. Anton or another location chosen for accommodation, by different transport means according to the place of departure. (For those arriving by plane, the closest airport is Zurich, about 190 km away).
Several trips in the Stuben area, west of the Arlberg pass. Approach with the chairlift for beautiful skiing in the wild Maroi valley. End of the day with freeride using the Albona chairlifts.
After gaining altitude with the Valluga lifts, we cross the Almajur valley and then descend the magnificent slopes south of the main valley to Pettneu. Possibility of freeride in Pettneu at the end of the day.
Ascent with the Rendl + Riffel chairlifts, then with the skins to the summit of the Kreuzjochspitze; long descent through the Malfon valley to Pettneu. Return to St. Anton by bus or taxi.
Short road transfer to Lech. First ascent with the Rufikopf lifts, then several ascents and descents for over 2000 m vertical, with return to Lech.
Short road transfer to Zurs. With the lifts we go up to Zur See (lake) and then to the Madlochjoch pass; magnificent descent of the Flexen valley with return to Zurs.
In the afternoon, a second tour can be made, on the opposite side of the mountain using the Trittkopf lifts. Opportunity to descend steep lines (optional).
Transfer to Kappl, a resort not included in the Arlberg ski area, but which we recommend visiting for the exceptional quality of the off-piste skiing in the Alblittkopf area.
In the morning, short hikes and off-piste in the Moos valley, with partial use of the Rendl and Riffel chairlifts and final descent to St. Anton.
-> Steep skiing option in Lech: there are countless steep lines in the area; among the many possibilities, we suggest the various off-piste slopes of the Kriegerhorn, the north face of the Balmengrat, the Tannegg da Schafalp, the slopes of the Ochsenbiden in Zurs.
The program described here could change in relation to the conditions of the mountain and the needs of the team. The final choice of the itineraries will have to be made on site, also evaluating the safety criteria as appropriate.
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(cover photo and n° 5 and 6 of the gallery: Sepp Mallaun)
Trip dates, Duration, Departure
The period of time given in the trip description sheet is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible, especially during season with special climate situations. Duration is referred to the “standard” programme as per description sheet, however it could change according to the local conditions and/or the team’s requirements. If the trip is included in the Scheduled Trips list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information. In customized trips, departure date and duration are established according to customer’s request
By means of the scores given in the trip decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events
The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the trip sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).
The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or the terrain and wheather conditions.
Service included and Prices
We do not have a price list. Quotes are sent on request only. Details of services included, excluded, or optionally available, will be specified in the quote and confirmed at the time of booking. Prices depend on number of participants and on the specific requirements of the group. They will be definitely set at the time of booking after definiton of all trip details and confirmation of dates. Special prices can be granted according to number of participants, and/or for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.