This is a quiet idyllic resort set at the end of a valley leading towards the Silvretta Pass (open in summer). There are 10 ski lifts and over 40km of ski slopes and runs to satisfy enthusiasts ranging from beginners to those who enjoy the excitement of a black run. The village has beds for nearly 4,000 visitors so it never gets crowded and is far enough further up the valley from the neighbouring resort is Ischgl not to get swamped by "day-trippers" in the winter.
Last December a new 8-person gondola (Alpkogelbahn) is inaurgurated, an excellent addition to the comprehensive lift system already existing at Galtur. Two of the existing chairlifts have been equipped with comfortable leather upholstery. These are the Birkhanbahn and the Bullunspitzbahn.
The resort's ski school has been completely re-organised with a new school building. Those who might feel they have lost the old "rustic charm" of the previous building can sit back and enjoy the "state-of-the-art" modern and technically fully-equipped ski school building.
Skiers are not just limited to the slopes of Galtur during their winter holiday. The Silvretta ski pass is valid for 68 lifts covering Paznauntal as well as Ischgl but if you want to remain in Galtur throughout your stay there is certainly plenty of testing skiing including some black runs as well as plenty of red pistes. The Ballunspitzbahn lift gives skiers long red runs down past the Ruckbringerlift to Inner Kopssalpe and then, by taking the Breitspitzbahn lift you ascend to 2464m and have the choice of red or black pistes down towards the frozen Kopssee lake.
There is a good selection of blue and red pistes and a few testing black runs. All instructors come from Galtur village. Galtur is an excellent choice for families with gentle sloping pistes where you can also go sledging.
Cross-country skiers are well served with approximately 60km of marked trails. Galtur is also a great family resort and children are especially well catered for. A family ski pass qualifies for a 30 per cent reduction and in addition to a ski kindergarten, there is a children's' ski school and a children's club.
Aprs ski life is also well catered for with a superb indoor swimming pool. There are 20 restaurants, 6 bars and pubs and 4 cafes. There is also an indoor tennis hall, indoor bowling, squash and for the more adventurous, you can try your hand at tandem-paragliding.
With nightly dancing, disco music and a 2007-08 ski season, which opens on mid-December through to mid-April, Galtur certainly seems appealing! The village of Galtur has invested a lot of money in infrastructure as well as extending the artifical snow-making installations by 100 per cent, guaranteeing perfect snow conditions between 1600m and 2300m.
The journey to Galtur is not difficult and the route through the Arlberg Tunnel towards Landeck is recommended. Landeck is approximately 39km from the resort of Galtur and whilst chains must be carried, it is unlikely you will need them as the access road is good and usually kept clear. However, you may require chains to get from the village to the main skiing area.
The motorway route from Calais is via Lille, Namur, Luxembourg, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart and (turn right) at Ulm for Bregenz and the Arlberg. You should allow 10/11 hours and snow chains should be carried. Unless there has been recent heavy snowfall, it is unlikely you will have to fit chains (but YOU MUST) have them with you.