Powder skiing on the Arlberg
Powder days are our favorite days
Feeling the powder snow under your skis and making your turns on untracked slopes – a feeling that is second to none.
The countless varied off-piste runs make the Arlberg region a paradise for freeriders.
Included in the price: Avalanche equipment, airbag backpack, avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and probe (subject to availability).
Not included in the price are: Ski pass and insurance.
Non-binding price recommendation issued by the Austrian Association of Mountain and Ski Guides for the season 2022/23.
Private Guides on request
*min. 4 persons, Start in St. Anton or St. Christoph am Arlberg.
Safety equipment included subject to availability (airbag rucksack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)
Are you wondering what makes the ski area in St. Anton am Arlberg so special? For us, quite clearly – the legendary off-piste possibilities and countless variant runs, that makes St. Anton a true paradise for freeriders. And yes, we admit it – when it snows, our feet tingle too and we can’t wait to finally be on the mountain. We share this contagious enthusiasm with you during off-piste guiding. Depending on your skills, we will choose the right route and show you the most beautiful descents in the open ski area. Your safety is always our top priority.
The ski pass is not included in the ski lessons. Ski passes are available at the valley stations of the cable cars.
Please consult your insurance advisor for this. In case of doubt, we recommend taking out a membership with the Austrian Alpine Club – this membership has comprehensive insurance for the free alpine area.
For full day reservations, the ski/snowboard instructor or guide will suggest a break. Depending on where you are, on the mountain or in one of the villages on your route. The instructor or guide can also make reservations for you.
Off-piste, freeriding, heliskiing and ski touring: in these types of skiing we move in the open ski area, sometimes it is difficult to have all participants in view. Your safety is very important to the guides at St. Anton Classic. Therefore the group size is limited to a maximum of 7 people.
Off-piste skis are wider than piste skis. We recommend about 90 mm (under the binding). This gives you more lift in loose airy snow.
Yes, you are welcome to mix. Please note, depending on the terrain, snowboarders are at a bit of a “disadvantage”. Especially for longer cross-country skiing. However, if the difference in technical ability is too great, we recommend separate guides for skiers and snowboarders.
Generally should never be missing:
-goggles (ideally snow goggles with spare lenses or a spare pair of glasses)
-gloves (fingers or mittens, spare gloves),
-Sun protection (good to know – the sun is much stronger in the snow than at the sea, because in the mountains you are much closer to the sun and therefore the radiation is more intense. Also, the skin needs extra protection from the cold and wind)’.
Especially for ski touring:
-Touring boots, skins, ski poles with large plates.
-For snowboarders: splitboard with suitable skins and foldable telescopic poles
-Spare shirt and dry clothes to be able to change the shirt worn after the ascent.
– thin spare gloves (for the ascent)
Famous powder runs on the Arlberg
EASY – FROM STUBEN TO THE VERWALL-VALLEY
For the first freeride experiences with a magnificent descent.
This freeride descent is ideal for those who want to gain their first freeride experience. We start at the top station of the Albona cable car and descend to the left towards the bottom station of the Albonagrat lift (chairlift). Already this descent with many short slopes is really fun in good conditions. Above the valley station of the Albonagrat lift we keep left and descend in the direction of Verwall. On this descent in the wide terrain, you can still discover untracked areas several days after the snowfall: ideal for trying out your first turns in deep snow. After the first descent we meet a forest path – here we descend briskly and with plenty of run down to the valley floor. We follow the path through the forest to the bus stop at Verwall-Rasthaus and return to St. Anton am Arlberg.
MEDIUM – HASENFLUHSCHARTE TO ZÜRS
Basic freeride skills are required for this moderately difficult and frequently used variant descent.
A rewarding descent awaits freeriders in Zürs: We start at the top station of the Muggengratbahn 6-seater chairlift. We turn sharply left and traverse the slope parallel to the chairlift to the Hasenfluhscharte. The traverse is quickly found on this popular variant. On the east side of the Scharte it’s “drop in” and we immediately enter the slope here, always along the rock walls. Here everyone can choose their own “line” for the descent. Often one is greeted here with light, dry powder snow. After the deep snow descent we reach the piste 151/Jazzi and come back to the starting point in Zürs
DIFFICULT – HINTERE RENDLSCHARTE
This downhill run in the Rendl ski area will delight experienced freeriders. A safe skiing technique for entering the steep slope is a prerequisite.
The starting point for this descent is the top station of the Riffel 2 cable car. From the cable car exit, the first descent leads to Hinteren Rendl, with the chairlift behind. We always keep to the right until we reach the small hollow way. Here begins a short ascent: either with skins or the skis on the backpack. The stack track with its own hairpin bends in the steep north slope requires a good physical condition and leads uphill for about 45 minutes.
The descent starts with a very steep hand, so a safe skiing technique is absolutely necessary. The slope runs flat at the bottom into the upper Malfontal valley. Depending on the snow conditions, special care is required here.
In the middle part of the Malfontal, towards the east, we find wide slopes that we share with the ski tourers of the Rossfallscharte. The valley now narrows and we follow the path along the Malfonbach stream to the Malfonalm. Here we are rewarded with a short breather with a fantastic mountain panorama. The last part of the descent leads along a forest road downhill to Pettneu. Depending on the snow conditions, a descent to the wellness center in Pettneu is possible, from there the bus or cab will take us back to St. Anton am Arlberg.