OFF-PISTE GUIDING


SKI & SNOWBOARD

beginner or experienced ski tourer –

Our mountain and ski guides will show you steep couloirs, secret spots including the best snow at that precise time!
Thanks to touring skis and mountain lifts it is possible to access many magical and spectacular places that the on-piste skier cannot reach!

 

The St. Anton

Classic Guiding

Ski Arlberg: 305 kilometres of slopes, 200 kilometres of off-piste descents, 5 villages and 88 lifts.

When your holiday ski time is precious, enjoy it the safe and easy way,
A typical guiding experience with a professional guide will include discovering the ski resort, the best slopes or the freshest deepest snow, secret spots, photogenic places, and much more …

SAFETY

For all our ski tours and freeride descents, safety comes first. We always adapt downhill runs to the current snow conditions and constantly re-evaluate the safety situation. Complete avalanche safety equipment is mandatory for all off-piste runs and can be hired from us or any of the sports shops in St. Anton if required.

FAQ’S

WHAT IS OFF-PISTE GUIDING?

Skiing/snowboarding on areas of the mountain which are not marked as an official slope or route in a ski resort. Access is via the lift network and sometimes with a short climb (without ski touring equipment). Safety equipment is mandatory: backpack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe.

IS A LIFT PASS INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED DAY PRICE?

No, you will need to buy your own lift pass at one of the main lift stations. You do not have to buy one for your guide because they all have their own season lift pass.

WILL MY HOLIDAY INSURANCE COVER ME FOR ACCIDENTS AND OFF-PISTE MOUNTAIN RESCUE?

Please check with your insurance provider before departure and if not, we recommend this one.

CAN WE STOP FOR LUNCH AND IS IT INCLUDED?

For full day reservations there will be a lunch stop at one of the many mountain restaurants, your guide will make recommendations and reservations. The cost of lunch is not included in the price.

WHAT IS FREERIDING?

Freeriding is something you enjoy in the off-piste parts of the ski Arlberg area. You try to find your ‘line’, which gives you the most thrill going down at high speed – any steep slope, narrow couloirs, combined with jumps. It demands a very good physical shape and good strength in your legs. Quiet often freeriders choose to climb (bootpack or on skitouring equipment) to reach their favourite spots.

WHAT ARE THE MAXIMUM GROUP SIZES FOR OFF PISTE GUIDING?

For safety reasons we limit this to X people maximum for inexperienced groups, and 8 people maximum for experienced groups.

CAN WE MIX SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS FOR OFF PISTE GUIDING?

Yes, for sure skiers and snowboarders can go together although if your group is inexperienced and needs instruction we would recommend to go separately and take the right guide for each discipline.

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR OFF PISTE GUIDING?

We have safety equipment to rent, unless you have your own. This is what you will need: backpack with ski or snowboard carrying system, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe. We recommend off-piste skis which can be rented from sports shops locally. Ski touring equipment is also available to rent from local sports shops: boots, skis, skins, poles, split boards.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR OFF PISTE GUIDING?
  • Mountain rescue and accident insurance – please check you have this before you come to St. Anton.
  • Safety equipment – if you have your own please bring: A backpack with a carrying system for skis or a snowboard, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe. Please ensure your transceiver has new batteries and the latest updates. (We rent packs if you do not have your own.)
  • Freeride skis – available to rent from local sports shops.
  • Ski touring equipment – boots, skis, skins, poles, split boards are available to rent from local sports shops.
  • Helmet – highly recommended for your safety.
  • Goggles – required to enhance visibility in varied weather conditions and as protection for skiing at high speeds.
  • Gloves – a spare pair of gloves is recommended in case yours get wet.
  • Spare clothing – especially for ski tours so you can change out of sweaty tops before you start the descent.
  • Sun protection – sunscreen, lip salve, sunglasses.
  • Water, snacks, energy gels etc.
  • Lift pass – available to buy at the main lift stations.
WHERE CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?

There are many sports shops in St. Anton where all equipment can be rented. Discounts are available if you pre-book online: Alber Sport, Sport Jennewein, Intersport Arlberg, Ski-West.

WHAT TYPE OF SKI SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR OFF PISTE GUIDING?

Off-piste skis are wider than carving skis and we recommend ones that are at least 90 mm wide at the centre under your foot, making turns easier in varied snow conditions. For deep powder days, we recommend skis 100 mm wide. For inexperienced or lightweight off-piste skiers, we recommend you choose a softer ski that is about head height, and for experienced, heavier or powerful skiers we recommend a stiffer and longer ski.

PRICES

The following non-binding guide prices apply (according to the recommendation issued by the Austrian Association of Mountain and Ski Guides):

DAY TOUR 5 HOURS FROM € 345

or 6 hours from € 390

PRICES ARE FOR 1 PERSON

each additional person € 30

VAT included

Avalanche safety equipment is mandatory:
Backpack (with Airbag), avalanche beeper, probe, shovel.
Can be provided, subject to availability.

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SKI: OFF-PISTE GUIDING & FREERIDE SUGGESTIONS

EASY From Stuben to Verwall

An introduction to off-piste skiing with a wonderful descent.

This freeride downhill run is ideal for those who want to have their first off-piste experience. We start at the top station of the Albona II gondola and turn left towards the bottom station of the Albonagrat chair lift. This descent with many short slopes is a lot of fun in good conditions. Above the valley station of the Albonagrat lift we keep left and continue towards Verwall. In this area it’s still possible to discover untracked snow several days after snowfall and it’s also wide making it ideal to try your first turns in deep snow. After the first descent we come to a forest road and here there is a long run-out until we reach the valley floor. We follow the path to the bus stop at the Verwall Inn and return by bus to St. Anton am Arlberg.

MEDIUM Hasenfluhscharte to Zürs

For this medium-difficult and often used off-piste run, basic experience in freeriding is necessary.

A rewarding descent to Zürs awaits freeriders. We begin at the top station of the Muggengrat 6-chair lift and after a sharp left turn we cross the slope parallel to the chairlift until we reach the Hasenfluhscharte. This section is well used, so we often find tracks here. On the east side we immediately enter the slope and continue along the rock face. Here we can select the best place for our descent. Usually light, dry powder snow is waiting for us here and we make our turns on the eastern slopes in the direction of Zürs. After the deep snow downhill run we reach the ski slope 151/Jazzi and return to the starting point in Zürs.

DIFFICULT Hintere Rendlscharte – the back of Rendl

This downhill run on the Rendl side will impress experienced freeriders. A safe skiing technique is a prerequisite due to a steep entry point.

The starting point for this descent is at the top of the Riffel II chair lift. From here we follow the ski route into the uppermost basin of the back of Rendl. We keep to the right until we reach the small, flat bottom area. From here we start a short ascent either with skins or with the skis strapped to our backpacks. This uphill section takes about 45 minutes and requires a good level of fitness as it’s steep and requires some kick-turns on the north slope. The start of the descent is very steep and a safe skiing technique is absolutely necessary. The slope runs down into the upper Malfon valley. Depending on the snow conditions, special care is required here.

In the middle part of the Malfon valley you will find wide slopes towards the east, which we share with ski tourers coming from the Rossfall side. The valley becomes narrower and we follow the path along the stream to the Malfon hut. It is worth stopping here to take a short rest and to enjoy the fantastic panorama. The last part of the descent leads along a forest road to Pettneu. Depending on the snow conditions it might be possible to descend all the way to the Wellness Centre in Pettneu and from here a bus or taxi will bring us back to St. Anton am Arlberg.

WHY CHOOSE ST ANTON CLASSIC

RESORT KNOWLEDGE

Our company has worked with St. Anton Classic for the last ten years and we enjoy a strong partnership. We love working with them because they are professional and accommodating. Our guests are always so impressed with the high level of instruction they receive from St. Anton Classic ski and snowboard instructors. Not only this, they know the resort inside out, they are the real specialists of the St. Anton and Lech (Arlberg) ski area
- MAEV C: BRAMBLE SKI

FRIENDLY GUIDES

I went on my first skiing trip in St. Anton am Arlberg last week and needed some lessons to get comfortable to ski. I had a great chat at the office and felt more comfortable right away. Tom helped me out and was such a friendly, patient and helpful guide. He taught me the basics of skiing in 2 days and made me enjoy skiing :) ….
- ANNEMIEK W.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

…The great advantages with them are that they all hold a degree by the Austrian Ski Guides School and they are all local so they know hidden gems that you would never find them on your own. Highly professional and with real passion for their job, they make your day an unforgettable one. I can only recommend them highly.
- JUNCAL G.

PRIORITISE SAFETY

Perfect mix of adventure and safety! Martin is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and enjoyable mountain guide. He finds awesome routes but doesn't compromise on safety. I highly recommend Martin and am sure to find him for future Skitours
- PETER R.

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