New lift connections to be completed in time for winter 2016/17 will connect the St Anton and Lech sides of the Arlberg ski region, massively increasing the domain’s total piste coverage and making it far easier for visitors to explore.
The region has announced it will spend some 45 million Euros (£35m) on the project, which will see four new lifts open to skiers to allow easy access to all points of the extensive Arlberg area.
Skiers planning a trip during winter 2016/17 can enjoy 305km of snow covered slopes, served by a total of 87 lifts. This will make the Arlberg far and away the largest interconnected ski region in Austria, and will even place it among the exalted ranks of the world’s top 10 largest ski areas.
The pride and joy of the project is the new Flexenbahn (Flex Lift), which will connect Stuben on the St Anton side to Zurs on the Lech side. The 10-person gondola will make the trip in just over 6 minutes, carrying up to 2,400 people per hour. Picture windows in each gondola cabin will offer breathtaking panoramas over the Arlberg Pass, and a new piste stretching 1.8km will act as the thrilling return route.
To add further excitement, the Arlberg is launching a new monumental circuit that navigates the entire ski domain. Dubbed the ‘Run of Fame’, skiers bold enough to accept the call of this new challenge will cover up to 65km of piste, descending 18,000 vertical metres in the process.
To really cap things off, the region has also announced a new annual “Hunt of Fame” ski race, where a well-known expert skier will tie a fox tail to their back and lead other skiers on a “hunt” around the newly expanded Arlberg area. The person who successfully grabs the fox tail from this illustrious and elusive skier will have his or her name permanently etched on a special “Hunt of Fame” board for all to see.
More details on the race are to be released later in the year, so stay tuned!