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The Arlberg region is now home to the world’s fifth-largest ski area.
It’s almost unbelievable, isn’t it? The Arlberg region is home not only to Austria’s largest lift-connected ski area, but to the fifth-largest ski area in the whole world. Now that is a claim to fame to be savoured! During your next holiday in Lech when you strap on your skis, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the infinite vastness of outer space…um, well… the infinite vastness of the Arlberg ski area! But just like in Star Trek, you can now ‘beam yourself’ from place to place – from Lech to Warth, Stuben, St. Christoph or St. Anton – a fact that, we think, would put an ear-to-ear smile even on the face of Mr Spock.
Four new cable-car lifts connecting Lech Zürs with St. Anton
Enough boasting – here’s the hard data. A total of 45 million Euros were invested in Austria’s largest interconnected ski area. Four new cable-car lifts were constructed – and all without any major ecological impact. In fact, quite the opposite is true – around 14,400 ski bus trips between Rauz and Zürs are now a thing of the past, since this route is now covered by the heated 10-seater Doppelmayr cable-car lift.
And this is how the new lift network runs: Starting from Zürs the Trittkopfbahn I lift takes passengers to the new intermediate station from where skiers can either continue to the new top station of Trittkopfbahn II or use the new Flexenbahn to carry on to Alpe Rauz in Stuben. From there the Alponabahn II – likewise brand new – is available to take skiers on to Stuben. Furthermore, skiers starting out from Alpe Rauz can conveniently explore the St. Christoph and St. Anton skiing areas. This means that all resorts in the Arlberg skiing area – St. Anton and St. Christoph, Stuben, Zürs, Lech, Oberlech, Schröcken and Warth – are easy to get to on skis. Here in the Arlberg region, home to Austria’s largest lift-connected ski area, winter sport enthusiasts can enjoy no fewer than 305 km of downhill slopes and 87 lifts and cable cars, guaranteeing pure, unadulterated skiing at its very best!
New ski circuit – “Run of Fame”
Thanks to the new connection, the ski area boasts a second, brand new skiing circuit – the ‘Run of Fame,’ in addition to the already existing ‘White Ring’. Comprising 65 kilometres of downhill runs and a total altitude difference of 18,000 metres, the ‘Run of Fame’ circuit takes an average skier around 1 full day to complete. Skiers can thus reach all five classic Arlberg resorts plus Schröcken and Warth. Each leg of the circuit, which can be skied in several stages, has been dedicated to a legendary Arlberg ski star.
New ski race – “Hunt of Fame”
With the opening of the ‘Run of Fame’ skiing circuit, history here in Arlberg is, quite literally, continuing. Inspired by one of one of the most famous films created by ski pioneer Hannes Schneider ‘Der Weiße Rausch’ (The White Thrill), Ski Arlberg is organising an annual ‘Hunt of Fame’. Just like in the film an accomplished and well-known skier will play the part of the fox in this modern-day fox hunt. With a fox tail attached to him, he’ll be chased by a group of ‘hunters’, participants for which will be selected by drawing lots. Whoever manages to track down the fox and remove his tail can not only keep the valuable golden brush, but also attain eternal fame with his name immortalised on the ‘Hunt of Fame’ board at the intermediate station between the two Trittkopfbahn cableways.