Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort

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Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort Austria
Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort Austria
Felbermayer Hotel in Gaschurn village at Silvretta Montafon ski resort
Felbermayer Hotel in Gaschurn village at Silvretta Montafon ski resort
Silvretta Montafon piste skiing (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Andreas Frank)
Silvretta Montafon piste skiing (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Andreas Frank)
Scoping out the freeride terrain (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Daniel Zangerl)
Scoping out the freeride terrain (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Daniel Zangerl)
Silvretta Montafon powder skiing (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Michael Marte)
Silvretta Montafon powder skiing (photo - Silvretta-Montafon_Michael Marte)
The Silvretta Montafon village of Schruns & the Hotel Alpenrose are accessible by train via Bludenz
The Silvretta Montafon village of Schruns & the Hotel Alpenrose are accessible by train via Bludenz

Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort

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     Silvretta Montafon Ski Trail Map
  • Silvretta Montafon Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    700m - 2,430m (1,730m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 - 10m
  • Lifts (36)
    10 Gondola/cable car
    18 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 140km (incl. routes)
    Longest run - 12km+
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 43%

    Montafon-Brandnertal - 295km
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - €57
    Child - €32.80
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Lift passes of 2-days or more duration valid in all Montafon Brandnertal ski resorts
     Montafon-Brandnertal Ski Resort Map
  • Montafon-Brandnertal Ski Resort Map

Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort Austria

An extensive area of over 140km of trails across two mountains, Silvretta Montafon ski resort has a reputation for great snow & amazing freeride terrain on powder days, setting itself up as a quieter alternative to the hugely popular Ski Arlberg. Long summit to valley piste trails, modern lifts & loads of activities ensure it has appeal for all snow enthusiasts. Numerous villages provide all manner of lodging options in classically Austrian Alps style, plus the region is accessible by train to Schruns via Bludenz - even better!

Pros & Cons for Silvretta Montafon Ski Resort

Pros

  • High snowfall region with most terrain over 2000m altitude.
  • Long skiable vertical of over 1,700m.
  • Vast network of lifts & ski trails, including valley runs up to 12km long.
  • Fabulous off-piste freeride terrain.
  • Remarkably quiet mid-week.
  • Quality on-piste trails for beginner & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.
  • Good value multi-day lift pass that includes other regional resorts.
  • Public transport access by train & bus is fantastic.

Cons

  • Low elevation villages (from 700m altitude) may not have natural snow for much of winter.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Many of the marked freeride routes are short(ish) (but unmarked routes can be huge!)
  • Numerous small villages around the ski area base & 7 different access points can be confusing to first time visitors.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The Silvretta Montafon skiing & snowboarding terrain is split between two separate mountains connected via gondolas through the valley at Sankt Gallenkirch village. The two sectors are broadly referred to as Nova & Hochjoch. Combined statistics are exciting: 140km of piste trails & marked routes, 1,730m of skiable vertical, 8 to 10m of snow annually, over 50% of the terrain over 2000m altitude & a longest run of over 12km. The terrain split is reasonable with around 22% of the trails rated as advanced. Naturally, as with most Austrian ski areas, beginners & intermediates are well catered too.

See here for the Silvretta-Montafon ski trail map.

Silvretta Montafon is recognised as having superb off-piste freeride terrain (albeit it shortish in high alpine!) but refreshingly, even though they are geographically close to each other, allegedly lacks the hordes of freeride powder hounds found in the Arlberg (St Anton, Lech, Warth-Schroecken & Zurs). Whilst perhaps not having the extent of high-altitude alpine zones as the Ski Arlberg region, the off-piste & backcountry opportunities at Silvretta Montafon are a whole lot wider than the trail map might indicate - a good topographical map reveals all the possibilities. Whilst most of the freeride descents are above the treeline, there is tree-skiing & even pillow line descents in the north-aspect slopes below Garfrescha. In good snow conditions, full top to bottom backcountry descents in the realms of 1650m vertical are possible - not too shabby!

The ski lifts at Silvretta Montafon are first rate. There are seven different lifts (4 gondolas, a cable car & 2 chairlifts) taking skiers & snowboarders from the various valley stations up to the mountains. Five of the seven valley stations have ski trails leading down them. Once up in the alpine zone, the mix of chairlifts does the heavy lifting, but also several gondolas reach some of the resort’s highest points, including the 2,430m high Hochalpila.

Lift Passes Valid in Montafon-Brandnertal Resorts

All Silvretta ski passes of 2 or more days duration are valid for the entire Montafon-Brandnertal ski region adding another 155km of piste trails for a grand total of 295km on the one lift pass. The lift pass is valid in Gargellen (on our list of powder day pleasures), Golm & Brandnertal to name but the larger resorts.

See here for the Montafon-Brandnertal ski resorts map.

Where is Silvretta Montafon Austria?

The Silvretta-Montafon ski resort is in the western Austrian state of Vorarlberg, close to the Swiss border. Spread over two mountains, the major base village of Schruns-Tschagguns is 145km (1¾hr) by road west of Innsbruck & 13km (20min) southeast of the nearest major town, Bludenz.

The closest major airport is Innsbruck (INN), but all non-UK/European travellers will find Zurich (ZRH) a better option at only 160km (2hr) away by road. If not interested in a rental car, private transfers provide the fastest & most comfortable ride to the ski resort.

Search & book here for all airport transfers to Silvretta Montafon villages.

To Protect Our Winters (POW), we recommend using the train for travel to Silvretta Montafon. Schruns village has its own train station, the terminus of a local line from Bludenz. From Innsbruck central station, the train journey is around 2¼hr with a change at Bludenz. From Zurich airport the journey is longer by train but can still be done in little over 3hr depending on the service chosen. The best trains to select go direct from the Zurich airport station in the direction of Innsbruck, & then change along the way for Schruns. Local buses or taxis complete the journey to the valley villages.

Search & book here for train tickets to Bludenz & Schruns.

Silvretta Montafon Accommodation

Silvretta-Montafon benefits from a wide range of accommodation options in several local villages, all connected to the resort by modern ski lifts. The main villages include Schruns-Tschagguns, Sankt Gallenkirch & Gaschurn. Of the three, Schruns is the easiest to get to by virtue of its train station. St Gallenkirch is the best located to access both parts of the ski area. Gaschurn has the highest concentration of hotels & other lodgings, plus has a new piste trail leading to it from the ski area.

Search & book here for all Silvretta Montafon ski accommodation.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available throughout the valleys via our local partners in Schruns, St Gallenkirch & Gaschurn. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Silvretta Montafon Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

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Review

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