From the beginning of December through to mid-April the skiing season welcomes enthusiasts to the small, but wonderful village of Gargellen, high above the Austrian Montafon Valley. The resort at 1400m has the relatively new Schafberg gondola up to 2300m but you can always take a day-trip to the remainder of the vast Montafon Valley which has over 200km of piste and in excess of 73 lifts and 3 mountain railways. It is idyllic!
Gargellen is the highest in the Montafon range and no cars venture beyond the village. But for guests, the advantage is they can ski right back to the front door having taken a modern lift to the Schafberg mountain at 2300m. There are awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks and the valley below and whilst skiing down, you can take a break at one of the cosy, tucked away traditional ski huts.
By way of an alternative days skiing, your lift pass can take you elsewhere in the Montafon Valley where you can enjoy the black and challenging piste of the Schafberghusli (2150m) or take the lift from the Alpe Nova to a height of 2370m and then ski either black or red to the intermediate station before descending the Garfrescha (1500m) to the valley.
Whichever of the ten ski stations throughout the Montafon you try, your day will always end at Gargellen in its idyllic setting, deep snow. Getting to the Montafon Valley will take around 10 hours by car on motorway links direct from Calais. You travel through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and having taken the Karlsruhe-Stuttgart motorway, you continue to Ulm and then take the motorway to Bregenz. Once you have entered Austria, you then continue towards the Arlberg Pass but before climbing, you branch right at Bludenz which will lead into the Montafon.
At the town of Schruns, you again branch right following the direction Gargellen and 4 miles later you arrive in the village. Snow chains must be carried and may need to be used on the mountain road if its snows.
Some guests prefer to fly and the hotel arranges to collect guests from the airport.