ST ANTON - ZÜRS - LECH - ZUG - STUBEN - ST CHRISTOPH
Explore the unspoiled ski itineraires of the Arlberg valley in Austrian Tyrol.
The Arlberg valley benefits from a microclimate that guarantees an important snow cover all winter long. Around St Anton, Zürs, Lech, Oberlech, Zug, Stuben and St Christoph ski areas offer enormous off-piste skiing potential. A ski bus connects all these ski resorts, making the valley an ideal spot for a star safari.
Through great off-piste itineraries, we ski different valleys every day. It happens to connect several large ski areas thanks to inter-station itineraries starting from the alpine peaks and ending with nice skiing in the forest.
A star ski safari trip allows you to choose the destination of each day according to the conditions, in order to be in the right place at the right time and thus make an optimal ski on each ski area.
DISCOVER THE ARLBERG VALLEY
Visitors will find in St Anton all that one can expect from a modern ski resort. This Tyrolean mountain village and its 2600 inhabitants meet the highest standards while retaining much of the original traditional charm of the village located at an altitude of 1300 meters.
The 85 ultra-modern ski lifts in the ski area take you up to 2800 metres a high.
What you will do during your trip
You will ski for six days, discovering, every day, the off-piste itineraries of a new ski area.
Exploring the untapped slopes of the Arlberg Mountainswith descents of 1000 to 1500 mts vertical in virgin snow.
Not to mention sipping a large mug of beerwhile admiring the locals wearing the Lederhose * while playing the accordion at the après-ski! * (a traditional short leather pant that stops above the knees).
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
The 9V guides use and recommend backcountry skis from 95 mm to 120 mm wide, depending on your size. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings with ski stops, these skis are fairly light, allowing you to ski with ease and save your legs in all types of snow. We recommend 4-hook freerando boots with 60° of travel.
Nop, we rather be slackcountry skiing. Slackcountry or sidecountry skiing is a mix of classic freeride/powder skiing with one or more short walks on foot or with skins from the top of the lifts. The aim is to quickly reach the beautiful powdery, trackless slopes, even when it hasn’t snowed for a long time. The emphasis is on the pleasure of the descent rather than the effort of the ascent.
Slackcountry skiing is THE powder guarantee!
TRAVEL BAG AND SKI BAG
As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.
BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.
You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.
Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.
If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.
If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.
DAY 1: Meet at the hotel
Meeting at 7 p.m. – Meet with the guide. Checking everyone’s equipment and distribution of safety equipment. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: St Anton
After a hearty breakfast in the hotel, we ski in the St. Anton area to get started. After a hearty breakfast in the hotel, we ski in the St. Anton area to get started. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: St Anton – Zürs
From St Anton ski area, we go to the top of the tiny Valluga cable car. From the top we switch to Zürs through a big off-piste itinerary. We return to St Anton using the skibus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: Stuben – Langen
After discovering the classic off-piste itineraries in Stuben, a approach skinning leads to a wild descent to the Langen train station. A busy day and a return to the center of St Anton by train. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: Zug – Lech – Oberlech
We spend the day exploring the best off-piste itineraries of these 3 ski resorts. It’s a delight to ski the slopes that connect these 3 magnificent small typical Tyrolean villages. Return to St Anton by skibus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: St Anton – Saint Christoph
Departing from St Anton, we go to Stuben, exploring some small off-piste itineraries on the way. From the top of the Stuben lifts, a short hike with sealskins allows us to discover a wild valley which ends at the road at the bottom of the valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
JOUR 7 : St Anton – Pettneu
We go back to one of the areas we skied during the week, unless the group decides to do another exploration because there is no lack of choices! For example, we can skin up to discover the best powder descents in Kappal… Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: Breakfast – End of Ski Safari
The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.
Hotels and Huts
Hotels and Huts
With a great location right in the center of the village yet close to the ski lifts, this hotel is an ideal base for a ski safari in St Anton. The rooms are comfortable, breakfast and dinner are plentiful. A spa offering a swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna will delight enthusiasts.
Full time supervision for 6/7 people by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide or a fully certified ski guide specialist of the region.
6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
7 nights with half-board on a double room basis at the Griesof hotel.
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK
Often group members will pool their money for wine at the dinner table.