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WINTER 2012/2013 AN OUTSTANDING REGION // THE GRAND MONTAFON OPENING // NIKE THE CHOSEN SESSIONS // MARCO ARC RCCO FEICHTNER – A SPOILED FREERIDER // PISTES // MONTAFON TOTALE // PATCHWORK HOLIDAY // THE TREASURE IN THE SILBERWALD // FROM EARLY TO LATE ACCORDING TO YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK // BEYOND THE PISTES // EVENTS & DATES// THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT A GLANCE


WELCOME TO THE MONTAFON!

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GENUINE AND AUTHENTIC Looking at a picture, for example, of the invitingly prepared pistes, you think that’s how it has to be: the sun is shining, the newly fallen snow evens out rises and depressions and gently lines the edges of the pistes with pointy peaks lined up on the horizon. Things could scarcely be more beautiful than this. And there are probably very few winter athletes who wouldn’t wish for this descent. You do know, of course, that the original does not necessarily always have to match what’s depicted. There’s a whole lot that can be described without doing any justice to what is actually being described. Or, to put it another way: We could tell you a lot about the Montafon, exaggerating a little and inventing a few details to make the reality of winter even more seductive. It’s a good thing that the Montafon doesn’t need us to. With its people, its villages, it cultural heritage and its natural diversity, it is exactly what it looks like in the picture. This is why the Montafon is real, in both senses of the word: genuine and authentic. Truly Montafon.

CONTENTS THE MONTAFON OPENING WITH FIS SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUP

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Real piste fans TEST // AN OUTSTANDING REGION REPORT // NIKE THE CHOSEN SESSIONS PISTES // LONG, LONGER, THE MOST SPECTACULAR DAY TOUR // MONTAFON TOTALE INNOVATION // CLIMB QUICKLY – DESCEND EVEN FASTER

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Real off-piste enthusiasts FREERIDE // MARCO FEICHTNER – A SPOILED FREERIDER A DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCES // CLIMBING EVERY MOUNTAIN

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Real children of nature FAMILY // AT THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND PATCHWORK HOLIDAY // ADVENTURES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE YOUNG AT HEART DISCOVERIES // THE TREASURE IN THE SILBERWALD Real nature lovers TIME // FROM EARLY TO LATE ACCORDING TO YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK PLEASURE // BEYOND THE PISTES EVENTS & DATES // WINTER 2012/2013 FORECAST // IT’S SUMMER AGAIN! EVENTS & DATES // SPRING & SUMMER 2013 FORECAST: WINTER 2014/2015 // THE MONTAFON GOES OLYMPIC NEW: SERVICE SECTION // THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT A GLANCE REALLY FAMILY FRIENDLY // SPECIAL OFFERS FOR OUR LITTLE HOLIDAY GUESTS

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TEST

AN OUTSTANDING REGION The Montafon was named “Improver of the Year” by the ADAC SkiGuide 2012 – because the Silvretta Montafon ski area has been spectacularly expanded with the construction of the Grasjoch Bahn and the Hochalpila Bahn. Forty-five year-old Thomas Biersack from Munich has been the chief editor of the ski guide for eleven years. Truly Montafon spoke with the professional ski area tester about the reasons behind his decision.

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TM: THE EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE ADAC SKIGUIDE TEST THE BEST SKI AREAS IN THE ALPS YEAR AFTER YEAR. WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY LIKE ABOUT THE MONTAFON SKI AREA? TB: I especially like the long descents into the valley. For example, at the HochjochTotale from Hochalpila ridge through the ski tunnel down to Schruns, or the valley descent and its variations from the Versettla Bahn summit station; there are outstanding Alpine descents in the Silvretta Montafon ski area. There is also the varied area above the timberline and the super-wide pistes for carving. Thomas Biersack // Chief Editor, ADAC SkiGuide

TRULY MONTAFON: “STANDING STILL MEANS GOING BACKWARDS”: THIS IS THE MOTTO THAT THE ADAC SKIGUIDE 2012 USED TO AWARD THE MONTAFON FIRST PLACE IN THE CATEGORY OF “IMPROVER OF THE YEAR”. WHAT WON OVER THE JURY? TB: Every year, we examine the most important improvements in terms of infrastructure and service in the ski areas. Our team of experts then asks itself which of the expansions and offers are the most sustainable for our guests in the region. The coordination between ski resorts always ranks high on the list. And this definitely applies to the new connection between Nova and Hochjoch.

TM: THE MONTAFON WAS ALSO AWARDED IN THE CATEGORIES OF “FAMILY” AND “DIVERSITY”. WOULD YOU CALL IT AN IDEAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION? TB: Besides the ski areas, the Montafon has good to excellent conditions for nearly all interested parties: high-Alpine runs in the Bielerhöhe, a ski tour El Dorado in the direction of Madrisa via Gargellen, snowshoe hikes on the Kristberg. Families can also go sledding on long toboggan runs or go to the ice skating rink – if the weather doesn’t play along.

TM: TO GIVE US SOME HOMEWORK: WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED IN THE MONTAFON? TB: We have the impression that everything is already running very well here. What’s important is that the service is good and that the guests make their visitors feel very much at home. I only have one tiny little wish: there are small, comfortable chalets in the ski areas of Golm, Gargellen and Kristberg. They are places to come for a short rest with a view. But there is room for more of these in the Silvretta Montafon.


FIS 6/7/8 SNOW DECEMBER BOARD 2012 CROSS WORLD CUP SPORT& PARTY

Markus Schairer, Boardercross World Champion // Photo: © Oliver Kraus


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6 DECEMBER 2012 // THURSDAY SPORT // 1.00 PM // QUALIFICATION RACE, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS PARTY // 6.00 PM // STARTING NUMBER SELECTION WITH LIVE MUSIC, FREE ADMISSION, CENTRE, GASCHURN

7 DECEMBER 2012 // FRIDAY SPORT // 5.30 PM // FIS SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUP NIGHT RACE, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS PARTY // 5.00 PM // WARM-UP PARTY, FINISH AREA, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS 7.30 PM // Ö3-DISCO, FREE ADMISSION, FINISH AREA, SCHRUNS AFTERWARDS // OPEN ENDED PARTY IN NUMEROUS BARS AND CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY

8 DECEMBER 2012 // SATURDAY SPORT // 2.30 PM // FIS SNOWBOARD CROSS TEAM COMPETITION, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS PARTY // 1.00 PM // WARM-UP PARTY, FINISH AREA, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS 5.00 PM // SUPPORT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS 7.00 PM // OPEN-AIR CONCERT WITH CULCHA CANDELA LIVE, FINISH AREA, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS

LOCATIONS FINISH AREA, SCHRUNS // NEAR THE HOCHJOCH BAHN VALLEY STATION, SILVRETTA MONTAFON, SCHRUNS PARTY AREA, SCHRUNS // BETWEEN THE FINISH AREA AND SCHRUNS TRAIN STATION CENTRE, GASCHURN

ADDITIONAL OPENING EVENTS WHEN // 7 – 9 DECEMBER 2012 // FRIDAY TO SUNDAY SPORT // SKI OPENING, SKI TEST, GARGELLEN PARTY // 4TH MUSIC NIGHT, LIVE MUSIC, ADVENT MARKET, GARGELLEN

You can find more information about the events at www.montafon.at/montafonopening NEW! Montafon Opening & FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Montafon Package (see page 43 for details)


REPORT


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“Is this paradise? Yes, this is the Montafon, Austria!” The trailer announcing “Nike The Chosen Session” started with these brilliant and true words. The chosen session took place from 1 to 7 April 2012 in the Silvretta Montafon ski region – and became an event that excited an enormous online community of fans. This is no wonder, since a type of competition has been created in the Silvretta Montafon that reflects the thoughts and feelings of the snowboard community.

THE WORLD’S BEST AMATEURS And that’s how it all started: during the nine tour stops of the “Nike Chosen Series” in winter sports locations around the world, twelve amateurs were chosen whose style, creativity and skills

run, a scaffold that can be traversed in myriad ways as well as various rails, wallrides and staircases – every individual item was brand new. The Nike pros themselves had never seen such a park. The stage for progressive snowboarding was set.

BEST LINE, BOWL AND BIG AIR SESSION And it was very well used by the twelve chosen amateurs from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, China and the USA. The boarders competed against each other in three sessions. First they had to take the “best line” through the demanding park. Its difficulty was proven by the fact that not a single boarder made it through without falling. Admittedly, these are some of the

excited the jury. These twelve boarders were invited to the Silvretta Montafon to be chosen as the best in the bunch. The boarders had to win out with two arguments in the finale as well. Or, to put it in the language of snowboarders: they had to show styles and skills. In order to be able to ensure that the competition took place at the highest level, the Silvretta Montafon – in collaboration with the park professionals of the Allgäu company Schneestern – put in a whole lot of work. And created a unique landscape with a park that seemed almost unreal. Twentyseven shapers, eight piste machines, two diggers, three snowblowers and a whole bunch of chainsaws were used to get the unique competition grounds ready in time for the start of the final. The result: of the 20 features – a half-pipe, a bowl, a snake

This was fully intended, since the contest was conceived in remembrance of the classic skateboard sessions that took place in California in the early 1980s. To finish with, the competitors then competed in the “big air session”. What can we say? It’s no wonder that some people are of the opinion that snowboarding has long since been a sport involving flying. It was unbelievable to watch the boys fly over the kicker. Jumps of 80 metres in length, with the boarder executing difficult figures, were part of the day’s agenda. Three boarders remained at the end of these three sessions. They were chosen by the interested audience via online voting – and had the opportunity to present themselves to the Nike pros. The jury ultimately decided upon Markus Mathis from Switzerland, who can now call himself “The Chosen One”. You can be certain that he’s not the only one who will look forward to returning to the Silvretta Montafon. After all, there is no better place for boarders who want to deal with obstacles in a creative, stylish and courageous way.

NEW: NIKE SNOWPARK MONTAFON best amateurs that are currently found the parks of the ski regions! The next competition, the “bowl session”, took place in a round formation of snow that was reminiscent of an abandoned swimming pool.

After the glorious Nike the Chosen Sessions at Grasjoch, Nova Park will get its new venue there. A multitude of rails, kickers and boxes, divided into easy, medium and advanced lines will await the boarders at the new location.


FREERIDE

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MARCO FEICHTNER – A SPOILED FREERIDER Whether it’s snowing, whether there’s a storm or whether the sun is shining from a perfectly blue sky – no matter what the weather, Marco Feichtner has to be outside. It’s his job. The 29-year-old man from the Montafon is a professional snowboarder. With heart and soul. People who travel a lot can lose their bearings. You notice this by the fact that they never talk about home, but instead about how much more beautiful, simple or exciting life is somewhere else.

WHEN THE WEATHER FRONT COMES OVER SWITZERLAND, WE GET A LOT OF PRECIPITATION. Marco Feichtner, professional snowboarder

Marco Feichtner has travelled a very great deal. As a professional snowboarder, always on the search for the best snow, the best runs, the best locations for photos and films, the 29-year-old chases snow around the globe. He says: “Nothing better could happen to you than growing up in the Montafon. The mountains are diverse, wild, offer descents of all kinds and are still easy to reach. In this sense, I’m really spoiled.” And in this sense, Feichtner has remained attached to the Montafon his entire life. In the first half of the 1990s, the trained metal worker discovered snowboarding for himself. His father helped pay for his first equipment – and because Feichtner was not only extremely talented, but extremely diligent as well, he soon attracted the attention of his first sponsors. He spent a few years on the racing circuit. Then the man from St. Gallenkirch found himself increasingly preferring free areas. Today, he stills finds these to be the best opportunity to combine what he can do with his Alpine background. After all, anyone who is under way in an unsecured area “has to be able to read the terrain and understand the snow.” Feichtner finds countless opportunities to do so in and around the Montafon ski areas. One of the things he likes about the Silvretta Montafon is that you don’t only have to train in the parks, but that you can also very quickly reach “relatively safe descents” when the avalanche situation permits. Gargellen and Golm, says the expert, are smaller, but also less known:

Rider: Marco Feichtner // Photo: Tobias Ludescher

“You can find the longest untouched slopes here after new snow falls.” In contrast, the Bielerhöhe earns its attraction from its mighty environment: the impressive three thousand-metre summits of the Silvretta. This lets Feichtner get the most out of his homeland. It’s not unfair: after all, his freeride territory is also open to the guests of the Montafon – as long as they aware of the risks of the mountains.


DIABOLO

NIDLA OFF-PISTE SKIING

HOCHJOCH TOTALE

BLACK SCORPIONS

NOVA EXKLUSIV

MONTAFON TOTALE

ROUTE KILOMETRES

PISTES

LONG, LONGER, THE MOST SPECTACULAR


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61 // LIFTS 92 // PISTES 27 // SKIROUTES 246 // DOWNHILL KILOMETRES Skiers and snowboarders will find enough routes in the Montafon to make headway.

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 36 VERTICAL METRES: 8,000 // WHERE: SILVRETTA MONTAFON // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: Thanks to the Grasjoch Bahn and the Hochalpila Bahn, the regions of Nova and Hochjoch have been connected since the winter of 2011/2012. A shuttle bus in the valley bring the skiers back to the starting point every 15 minutes. Would you like to ski just one more round?

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 17,4 VERTICAL METRES: 5,808 // WHERE: SILVRETTA MONTAFON // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: For EUR 30, you can have a ski region (almost) to yourself! Depart with the Versettla Bahn at 7.20 am, enjoy the view of Silvretta and Rätikon, get to know the freshly prepared pistes. Savour the delicious breakfast while everyone else arrives. Booking: www.silvretta-montafon.at and at all cableway ticket counters

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 13,2 VERTICAL METRES: 2,850 // WHERE: Silvretta Montafon // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: Fancy a little cold sweat? The seven loveliest and steepest descents in Vorarlberg’s largest ski area await steep slope experts – and if that’s not enough for anyone, they can also prove themselves on the race courses Spatla and Platina as well as at the Valisera speed check.

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 12 VERTICAL METRES: 1,700 // WHERE: SILVRETTA MONTAFON // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: Anyone who would like to exclusively enjoy the longest downhill run in Vorarlberg will find themselves at the Grasjoch Bahn on Wednesdays at 7.20 am. For EUR 30, there are empty pistes – and breakfast on top. Booking: www.silvretta-montafon.at and at all cableway ticket counters

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 2 VERTICAL METRES: 500 // WHERE: Gargellen // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: One of the loveliest ski routes in the Montafon! This should only be skied with avalanche equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe) and accompanied by a ski instructor. Booking: Skischule Gargellen, +43/5557/6401, info@skischule-gargellen.at

ROUTE KILOMETRES: 1 VERTICAL METRES: 312 // WHERE: GOLM // DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Tip: Inclines of up to 70 percent – a diabolical challenge for every skier and snowboarder. The fact that the steepness does not keep some people from scrambling up the piste is proved in the annual ski tour race “Diablo race” (www.diablorace.com).

Black pistes // degree of difficulty: difficult. More than 40% longitudinal and diagonal gradients. Only suitable for the well-trained

Red pistes // degree of difficult: average. A maximum of 40% longitudinal and diagonal gradients. No problem for good skiers.

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Please note // skiing is a sport that takes place in nature. The quality – and thus the degree of difficulty – of the pistes is dependent on the weather conditions


DAY TOUR

MONTAFON TOTALE It doesn’t get any longer than this: Montafon Totale leads from Gaschurn to Schruns, from the Versettla Bahn valley station back to the start of the Hochjoch Bahn. A true ski journey that one can approach with gusto: athletically ambitious, with enough time to take a rest or to enjoy with the whole family.

36 // ROUTE KILOMETRES 8,000 // VERTICAL METRES Gaschurn – Schwarzköpfle – Valisera – Garfrescha – St. Gallenkirch – Grasjoch – Kreuzjoch – Sennigrat – Kapellalpe – Schruns

THE OFFER

E-SERVICE

FOR ADVENTURERS

The holiday starts online. Anyone who wants to spend their ski holiday in the Silvretta Montafon can start at their home computer – and book conveniently, thanks to the new online booking system. Whether a ski pass, ski class, equipment, hotel, mountain experience or event: you can design your holiday however you like in the Silvretta Montafon webshop. The decisive advantage: After combining all of the elements of your holiday into a whole, you only have to make one combined payment and then you can enjoy the most beautiful time of year in total relaxation. The Montafon Card makes it all possible. All of the booked services are stored on the chip card. Once you arrive in the Montafon, all you have to do is check in, pick up your gear and do what you’ve been looking forward to for so long. Webshop: www.silvretta-montafon.at

Discover Montafon Totale all by yourself!

FOR THE VERY ATHLETIC Start at Gaschurn, 7.00 am – the goal is the Kapellrestaurant, 9.00 am. You will be rewarded there with a mountain breakfast! (Guided, once per week, start before the ski establishments open)

FOR CONNOISSEURS There are a lot of opportunities for refreshments. Our experts recommend the best for you. (Guided, every Monday)

FOR THOSE WHO COLLECT SUMMITS Summit station Burg, Rinderhütte, Sonnen Bahn summit station, Hochalpila, Sennigrat: experience the five highest outlooks of the Silvretta Montafon on the Montafon Höhenrausch.


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Mountain experience no. 1 “Montafon Totale” (€ 50/person including pleasure tour) book now at www.montafon.at/mountain-experiences. For additional information, please also see the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013 or visit www.silvretta-montafon.at


INNOVATION

CLIMB QUICKLY – DESCEND EVEN FASTER Everything will start going a little faster in the Golm ski area with the start of the 2012/2013 winter season. Uphill with the new Hüttenkopfbahn and downhill along the 350 metre-long Golm-X.

HÜTTENKOPFBAHN – GOING UP GOLM-X – THE MOUNTAIN IN A PARTY OF SIX 350 METRES DOWNHILL There are people who prefer not to get out: that’s how comfortable the transportation is with the new Hüttenkopfbahn. Equipped with child-safety features, a protective bubble and heated seats, the six-seater chair lift comfortably transports skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. OUR TIP! Make it a point to come down by your own strength – it makes the ride even more fun! Six-seater chair lift 395 vertical metres 1,238 route kilometres 2,400 people/hour 5 metres/second

The world gets too small for someone when they grow accustomed to it, feel strong and aren’t scared of anything. For girls and boys pining for adventure, the cross-route Golm-X on the Zundraboden is exactly the right choice. On the kickers, camel humps, bank turns and a step-up jump, you can act out your heart’s desires – and find exactly what your heart has missed so often in real life: an adventure. OUR TIP! Even if you think you’re too old for it – you should definitely try out Golm-X with its surprising features! 100 vertical metres 350 route kilometres 4 kickers 2 bank turns 3 meter step-up jump


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AT A HEIGHT OF SOME 2,200 METRES, SKIING IS POSSIBLE FROM EARLY WINTER THROUGH TILL LATE IN THE SPRING. THE ROUGH MOUNTAIN BACKDROP AND A BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN RANGES MAKES SKIERS MARVEL. ADAC SkiGuide 2012

THE BEL ETAGE OF THE ALPS There are things that everyone knows, but people still like to talk about. It’s the same in the Montafon: it’s no secret that the Montafon is located in the bel etage of the Alps. It is close to the border, easy to reach and located within one of the most beautiful groups of mountains in the Alps. It’s not giving away too much to add that snow is guaranteed in the Montafon. Or that there countless days of sun between December and April to ensure pleasurable skiing and that everything is accessible throughout the entire Montafon with just a single ski pass – this has also become common knowledge in the Alps. As already mentioned, none of this is new. All the same, it is more than worth mentioning – because the Silvretta Montafon ski area has been one of superlatives ever since the Grasjoch Bahn and the Hochalpila Bahn connected the pistes of Nova and Hochjoch. Thanks to this spectacular expansion, the Silvretta Montafon is now the largest ski area in Vorarlberg. And that is something that should be mentioned again and again.


A DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCES

CLIMBING EVERY MOUNTAIN Whoever says “Montafon” is thinking of the best prepared pistes, long freeride turns, lonely ascents or spectacular tricks in the Nike Snowpark Montafon. All of this is correct – and that’s why Montafon makes one think of the best of everything in one place. That said, one week can seem awfully short.

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DESCENTS // POWDER AND PISTES

ADVENTURE // ACTIVE DAY AND NIGHT

It doesn’t have to be a 360 (“threesixty”), not to mention a backflip or a 50 – 50 on the rail. No, no, at the beginning, it’s enough if you can comfortably get over the kicker with a straight air – and you make the jump. But be careful: anyone who explores the Nike Snowpark Montafon during a park tour with a guide and who learns a couple of safety tips and rules won’t want to go back to the normal pistes so quickly. The feeling of a well-driven line is simply indescribable.

The Montafon mountains in the winter are a Dalmatian landscape – a great deal of white, sprinkled with black stones and green trees. A landscape like this is amazing – if you can see it through the eyes of a skier who enjoys being in deep snow and on well prepared pistes. You can have both in Gargellen. On the Nidla, the evenly inclined 500 m slope, you will find untouched powder. And during the two-hour “Gargellen pistes tour”, not only will you travel on beautiful pistes – you will also learn everything about how they’re prepared night after night. The last descent into the valley takes place in the moonlight. This is a real privilege, since this is normally prohibited …

There are 1,700 vertical metres between Alpilagrat and Schruns: this makes the HochjochTotale the longest descent in Vorarlberg. The figure alone does not express how special this skiing experience is. In order to experience it yourself – in the truest sense of the word – you and your group float up to 2,430 metres before the regular opening of the pistes – and have the piste to yourselves for the entire descent, that is, a long, long time. Since an extraordinary day needs an extraordinary end, we recommend that you take the night ascent with snowshoes to Kristakopf. From there, you can take the Flying Fox Golm over Latschausee to enjoy some „Kässpätzle“.

Mountain experience no. 7 “Nidla off-piste skiing” (€ 82/person, 4 hours including ski instructor) and mountain experience no. 8 “Gargellen pistes tour” (€ 45/person including guide)

Mountain experience no. 3 “Hochjoch Totale” (€ 30/person including mountain breakfast) and mountain experience no. 12 “Golm night of adventure” (€ 45/person)

Mountain experience no. 4 “Park tour” (€ 5/person)


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DIVERSITY // SKI AND TOBOGGAN WELL!

SKI TOURS // TO SWITZERLAND AND BACK

DISCOVERING // ON SAFARI

You need so little: a pair of rugged and waterproof hiking boots, clothing for cold weather, a backpack and that’s it. And you can set off and hike through the snow to experience the end of a winter’s day in all of its glory. Are you worried you’ll be caught out after dark? Don’t worry; first of all, you won’t be alone, and secondly, you and your companions will have torches. This makes the hike from Gäßbarga restaurant – where first you’ll enjoy „Kässpätzle“ – to Garfrescha a special experience. The winter takes on a very special, romantic flair in the red shimmer of the torches. And this also shouldn’t stop you from taking a ride on the Garfrescha night tobogganing run – it’s a lot of fun!

It’s already Friday and you’ve got very used to things. That’s OK, since this day starts with an unforgettable experience. You can enjoy the freshly prepared pistes of the Silvretta Montafon before the official start of lift operations! Afterwards, a hearty mountain breakfast awaits the first skiers of the day in the Nova Stoba. You’ll need all of your strength, since the next challenge awaits you in the evening at the valley station of the Golmerbahn in Vandans. A wellversed toboggan professional provides tips there for equipment and technique to beginners and professionals alike. The newly taught can try things out right away on the illuminated toboggan run from Latschau to Vandans. It’s not 36 kilometres long – but long and steep enough to really get up to speed.

You don’t have to do it just like Sepp Braunger. The Montafon bastion, host, ski instructor and llama farmer once got stuck in Klosters on the Madrisa loop tour - which runs from Gargellen to St. Antönien to Klosters on the Schlappiner Joch and back. The cableway there was out of order. Since Braunger and his friends couldn’t find anywhere to stay, they turned a bad situation into a good one and partied until daybreak. Then they walked back into the Montafon on foot. They were rewarded for their moonlight tour with untouched slopes that led them home to Gargellen. You need a lot less time for the Madrisa loop tour when you use a lift. You can make it to Switzerland and back in about seven hours. It’s an unforgettable experience, even if you don’t stay up all night.

This day is the highlight of a Montafon holiday! It starts with the journey from Partenen on the Vermunt Bahn, ending with the adventurous bus ride through the tunnels of Vermuntsee. From the Bielerhöhe (2,032 m), it continues on skis to Galtür im Paznauntal in the Tyrol, where you can spend a fulfilling day skiing. The best part of this extraordinary adventure comes at the end: A snow cat pulls the participants of the “ski safari” to Zeinisjoch, from where the free slopes of the Ganifer lead you back to the starting point in Partenen. This is a ski area whose pleasures few people enjoy – making it even lovelier!

Mountain experience no. 14 “Torchlight hike” (€ 30/adults, € 15/children, family rates)

Mountain experience no. 2 “Nova exclusive” (€ 30/person including mountain breakfast) and mountain experience no. 9 “Toboggan evening with professional tips” (€ 20/person)

Mountain experience no. 5 “Silvretta ski safari” (€ 15/person including ski instructor)

Mountain experience no. 6 “Madrisa loop tour” (€ 80/person including ski instructor)

Book mountain experiences at www.montafon.at/mountain-experiences. You can also find more information in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013.


FAMILY

AT THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND


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IT IS THE UNPREDICTABLE THAT FASCINATES CHILDREN WHEN PLAYING OUTSIDE. IT GIVES THEM FREEDOM – AND THUS HELPS TO MATURE AN INDEPENDENT PERSONALITY. Andreas Weber, natural philosopher, in response to the question of why children have to spend time outdoors


PATCHWORK HOLIDAY

ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE YOUNG AT HEART “It’s only a game” As an adult, one is inclined to quickly take childish activities less seriously. You couldn’t be more wrong. When children play – at being knights or pirates or cowboys or ski racers – it is a very serious thing. As long as they have enough fun while doing so.

RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP:

3 – 4 YEARS OF AGE

FOR LIVELY DISCOVERERS What an adventure! Take off along an untouched deep-snow slope, solve difficult puzzles, hear exciting stories and grill sausages in the snowy forest – with the “Children’s ski safari in Golm” or Count Hugo’s Game Day, children’s dreams come true. All little skiers who can safely perform parallel turns can participate. And for anyone who isn’t that far yet, practice makes perfect!

AGE GROUP: Mountain experience no. 15 “Children’s ski safari” on the Golm” (€ 18/children) book now at www.montafon.at/mountain-experiences. You can also find more information in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013.

4 – 6 YEARS OF AGE

6 – 8 YEARS OF AGE

8 – 16 YEARS OF AGE


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FOR RELAXED ATHLETES The scene comes together at Nike Snowpark Montafon in the Silvretta Montafon (NEW: on the Hochjoch by the Freda Bahn)! But wait a minute, you don’t have to be a gold medallist to join. The great thing is that the enormous selection of rails, kickers and other obstacles provide the ideal experience for all levels of skill. The main thing is to have fun. The best athlete isn’t always the one who can do the most – but instead the one who has the most fun while doing it.

AGE GROUP: Mountain experience no. 4 “Park tour” (€ 5/person) book now at www.montafon.at/mountain-experiences. You can also find more information in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013.


PATCHWORK HOLIDAY “Mum, Dad! Today we went into the Golmi-Wald and then the kid’s disco and then we met Felix from the ski school and then we went to “Hugo’s Colourful Mountain World” and now I don’t want to go to bed because you can go tobogganing at night here! Really!” A kid’s day in the Montafon could easily have more than 24 hours – there’s so much to experience.

RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP:

3 – 4 YEARS OF AGE

4 – 6 YEARS OF AGE

6 – 8 YEARS OF AGE

8 – 16 YEARS OF AGE

IN GOLMI-LAND AGE GROUP:

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The Golm is a paradise for children. Little skiers can make their first runs here, learn the rules of the pistes in the Golmi-Wald and play in the kid’s disco – without their parents for the entire time, guaranteed. But the grown-ups do have something to be happy about: the Golm kindergarten looks after its wards free of charge.

asks you to take part in a paperchase. Who will accept his challenge?

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UNDER WAY WITH COUNT HUGO AGE GROUP:

Count Hugo may be a spirit, but anyone who keeps an eye out will find his tracks almost everywhere throughout the Silvretta Montafon. He especially likes the blue pistes. He waits there for curious detectives. Every Friday, Count Hugo offers a game day with exciting snow adventures. Then he lights a bonfire with you, starts a journey of discovery through the Silvretta Montafon or

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GOLM-X AGE GROUP:

Future freestyle stars are born here! On the 350 metre-long Golm-X trail in the region of the same name, kickers, camel humps, bank turns and a step-up jump await fearless talents.


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KID’S LANDS AGE GROUP:

Regardless of whether parents want to take a day for themselves in the Silvretta Montafon, on the Golm or in Gargellen – the kid’s are very well taken of everywhere. The little ones can have fun learning to ski at “Bella Bambini”, “Noviclub”,

“Golmi-Land” or in “Bobo’s Kinderclub”. Or in “Hugo’s Colourful Mountain World” in the Kapellrestaurant. Then mum and dad can have a day to themselves in peace …

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CROSS PARK IN THE SILVRETTA MONTAFON AGE GROUP:

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LIKE THE PROS AGE GROUP:

Skiing on the pistes awakens tingling nerves here: the Cross Park with its adventurous pistes, hills, curves and jumps awaits the whole family on the Madrisella Bahn in the Silvretta Montafon. We’ll see whether mum trusts herself to try it, too!

It’s best to get the tips from the pros first: you can get advice about the choice of the sled and answer questions about curve techniques for the natural toboggan run from Latschau to Vandans. Then the 21 curves over three kilometres will no longer be a problem. Whoever can do this, can also make it down the mountain in the later hours. And, since the toboggan run is illuminated at night, there is no risk of turning the wrong way during the descent. Just like the Garfrescha illuminated toboggan run.

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HIGH-SPEED SLEDDING AGE GROUP:

The first steps are still a little shaky – but kids begin to flit around on the narrow blades on top of the ice almost faster than the parents can watch. It doesn’t matter if they are in the Montafon natural ice skating rinks – if it’s cold enough – or in the Aktivpark Montafon in Schruns. There is even a night-time ice disco where the girls and boys can prove their stuff. If the parents would like to take things a little more quietly, they can give curling a shot. But be warned: handling the stick and staff is not as easy as it seems.

A 360-degree circuit, up to 40 degrees of incline and 40 km/h. Whoever races down the

DOING INSTEAD OF LEARNING AGE GROUP:

Anyone who starts learning to ski or snowboard from scratch today, does so without a lesson plan, in a playful and fun way. The well-trained teachers of the 13 mountain and ski schools, which also offer ski lessons with lunchtime supervision (including lunch), ensure this. Sometimes this will even happen in proper children’s restaurants, like the Schmuggi Luggi kid’s restaurant in Gargellen.

mountain with the Alpine-Coaster-Golm is definitely going to experience something.

You will find additional information as well as prices and booking options, in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013 or at www.montafon.at


DISCOVERIES

The treasure in silver forest

Do you want to go where foxes and snow rabbits go to say goodnight? No problem: Sign up at the Silbertal Forest School, strap your snowshoes to your feet and take off into the winter forest. But bear in mind that you’re not all alone – the tracks in the snow from rabbits, deer, badgers, squirrels and chamois prove it.


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This school has a unique classroom: it’s mostly the forest! And it offers a lot of opportunity for unforgettable experiences in nature in the winter. The area where the Silbertal Forest School holds its classes extends over the entire mountain ridge from Bartholomäberg and Kristberg and down to Silbertal. It has little to do with a lesson plan, grades and homework. Instead, the students are led on snowshoes through the snow-covered landscape. And in this way, they learn directly how Alpine culture and nature fit together. Today, the borders of the forest in Silbertal are at about 2,000 metres. This was not always the case: in the Middle Ages, human beings started to clear the forests from top to bottom in order to create pasture ground for the cattle spending their summers on the Alps. Today, a wide belt of spruce trees makes the transition between forest and Alpine landscape. Below it, spruces, firs and beeches grow, as well as occasional sycamore maples. The Bomatschis natural forest reserve is something truly special. The geological composition there supports the formation of a diverse relief consisting of depressions, sinkholes and ridges. While the snow thaws more slowly in the deep depressions and they remain free of vegetation, the trees grow on the ridges between the depressions. They often take on bizarre shapes and grow brace roots. This natural diversity forms an ideal retreat for many species of animals: Wildcats and deer, chamois and ibex, various species of grouse and birds of prey such as hawks, buzzards, falcons and golden eagles feel at home in Silbertal. You should only move through this environment with an expert guide. In the winter especially, the wild animals require rest to avoid unnecessarily increasing their energy consumption. Snowshoe tours through the forests are also a school in which one learns how to move through the winter landscape, quietly, carefully, respectfully and responsibly.

Wild animals have to preserve their energy reserves in the winter – human beings, however, should keep moving to stay healthy and fit. So be sure to leave your tracks in the snow as well. There are definitely enough options for this:

FEEL THE WINTER Only the first steps feel unnatural. Then you realise that there is no secret to walking with snowshoes. But be careful: With the practical discs under your feet, you can move freely through the terrain – which is where there is often the risk of an avalanche. It is thus recommended that you participate in the guided snowshoe tour on Bielerhöhe. In doing so, you not only leave your tracks in the snow, you also learn a great deal about snow profiles, snowboards and hot spots.

GOLM NIGHT OF ADVENTURE This excursion is for those with strong nerves. It starts off on snowshoes from the Golmerbahn valley station in Latschau to the Kristakopf. You can warm up for a minute by torchlight there – before you take the FlyingFox-Golm, a pulley attached to a steel cable, over Latschausee by night. The route is 565 metres long and you travel at up to 70 kilometres per hour. Whoever trusts themselves has truly earned the cheese spätzle afterwards.

NOT JUST IN THE SUMMER The great thing about Nordic Walking is that you don’t need anything more than the right clothing, appropriate winter shoes and two sticks – and, depending on your ability and fitness, you can move as quickly and go for as long as you like. It’s also a lot of fun in the winter. And ensures that you can switch to the pistes or cross-country skiing fit and invigorated. As long as you still want to.

You can find more information as well as prices and booking options in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013 or at www.montafon.at


TIME

WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAN AND THIN

Slowing down, regrounding, taking time out – look at all the terms that have been invented recently to give a name to the need for relaxation! And it’s all so easy: all you need is the Montafon and a couple of free days to refresh your body and soul.


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In reality, it is a general impression that everyone feels, even if they don’t recognise it, that they have more freedom to breath, more lightness in the body and more joy in the spirit on the high mountains, where the air is clean and thin.“ At the end of the 18th century, the writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote these lines and the amazing thing about them is: they remain just as true today as they were then. You don’t have to be an ascetic, training monster or fresh air fanatic to convince yourself of this. On the contrary. After all, it is often the case that one sets off on the search for recreation and relaxation

on free days – but also keeps an eye on achievement, efficiency and a full schedule, just like one does in everyday life and at work. At the end of the day, the time, even if it is free time, must be used as sensibly as possible … whatever that means. It is the beauty of the Montafon that invites you to leave your normal behaviour patterns behind with its peaks and valleys, pistes and slopes, with its original way of life and living traditions. One weekend is enough to experience this. Two days during which a lot is possible, but nothing is required. When you’ve felt that once, you will feel free, lighter and happier afterwards.


TIME

FROM EARLY TO LATE ACCORDING TO YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK There are no guidelines and no rules, no wake-up service and no timer: Whoever wants to will soon enjoy a mountain breakfast in the Silvretta Montafon, in Gargellen, on the Golm or Kristberg. And then do whatever they want.

AFTER GETTING UP

SOME TIME AROUND NOON

AFTER SUNSET

COMING INTO HARMONY STEP BY STEP

BITE FOR BITE REGAINING OLD STRENGTH

LIGHT FOR LIGHT A TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION

You don’t even need to go that far to enjoy the style and grandeur of the mountains. Two or three hours, perhaps, wearing fur on skis, some touring equipment with an avalanche transponder, shovel and probe. Gently ascending, accompanied by a

Eating well is part of living well. This is even more important if you have physically exerted yourself. You just have to listen to your body a little bit: it’s amazing how effectively it can restore consumed energy reserves. For example, with a spicy “Sura Kees Salot”, a stuffed breast of veal from a Montafon milk calf and a “Bolmatasche”, the Montafon quark strudel, for dessert. A good red wine or a beer goes well with this. After all, you don’t

There is something primal about walking through dark woods at night. The senses are sharpened: You think you’ve seen something in

Montafon mountain guide, you can reach the Mittagspitze (2,168 m) in Tschagguns – or one of the many other peaks forming the jagged horizon. The best thing about it: after a free descent on untouched slopes, you’re back in the valley by lunch time.

eat like you’re back at home with your mother every day.

the corner of your eye. You can hear the calls of screech-owls and other owls. And hey, doesn’t it smell like something’s burning? That’s quite possible, because a Montafon night hike in the Silvretta Montafon is naturally lit by torches. This is what gives the night excursion the hint of romance that makes it unforgettable, alongside the tingling nerves. If the full moon is shining as well, then this day has been incredibly successful.


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FOR BREAKFAST

AFTER THE AFTERNOON COFFEE

SHORTLY BEFORE GOING TO BED

TABLE FOR TABLE A DELIGHT

STOP FOR STOP A GAIN

FIND YOUR WAY TO COMFORT METRE BY METRE

The day starts at 8.30 am at the Versettla Bahn valley station in Gaschurn. It doesn’t matter if your stomach grumbles a little during the ascent – your hunger will soon be sated. The gastronomy expert of the Silvretta Montafon first takes his guests to Nova Stoba, where a Montafon mountain breakfast awaits. Things continue in a similarly seductive manner: delicacies in Valisera Hüsli, gourmet treats in Bella Nova and something hearty in

On this trip, you can leave the map of the pistes in the hotel. An experienced regional expert will take care of everything – and lead you from

You only have to fight with your weaker self for the first few metres: then the cross-country skiing seems to happen almost automatically. When the skis start to glide during a beautiful Montafon cross-country excursion – on the panorama route on the Kristberg, perhaps, or the high-Alpine runs on the Matschwitz and Bielerhöhe – the feeling is uplifting. As soon as the physical strength, ability and equipment all come together into

the Kapellrestaurant. Even if it isn’t a gourmet excursion.

Gaschurn to the Kapellalpe on the best pistes and to the best views. When discovering the region of the Silvretta Montafon, you not only learn where and when the snow is the best – you also learn which specialities you can enjoy at which restaurant, who Count Hugo is and how difficult it can be to drive a PistenBully. Don’t let anyone say that sports only serve the body …

forward motion, you will no longer feel the cold air flowing through your lungs. The exertion turns into a type of comfort. What a great thing to still be outside on this evening!

You can find more information as well as prices and booking options in the brochure “Real mountains at a glance” Winter 2012/2013 or at www.montafon.at


PLEASURE

BEYOND THE PISTES It has been an unspoken rule for quite some time: anyone who wants to be under way in the mountains during the winter needs two skis or a snowboard. Is it true? Of course no – which is why there is an almost countless number of tours for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and winter hikers in the Montafon.

NATURE CONSERVATION – RESPECT YOUR LIMITS It is not simply a matter of destroying a tree – shredded by the sharp edges of a ski or snowboard. It’s about much more than that! Every winter athlete who travels through the forest along the pistes and lifts contributes to a chain reaction which, in the end, affects themselves: wildcats and deer, chamois, foxes, rabbits and grouse are startled. Driven away from their feeding places, wild animals must eat the youngshoots and bark in order to survive. This, in turn, damages the forest, which is robbed of its protective function. This increases the risk of avalanches! In order to protect the forests of Vorarlberg from this, the campaign “Respect your limits” has been launched. As long as everyone follows a couple of rules, people, wild animals and nature will all benefit. Therefore: stay on the pistes, paths and marked ski routes! Even if you see tracks leading into the forest. Or if you don’t see any animals, since of course they camouflage themselves and hide from people. Ultimately, considerate conduct is a mark of fairness – nature certainly doesn’t belong to skiers and snowboarders alone. THE AREAS MARKED LIKE THIS ARE PROTECTED ZONES. THEY ARE RESERVED FOR ANIMALS.


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CROSS-COUNTRY WINTER HIKING – SKIING – THE ALLURE SHIMMERING OF HEIGHTS SNOW

SNOWSHOES – STRENGTH AND CALM

Over 80 kilometres of classical and nearly 30 kilometres of skating runs – these diverse options for making a round of cross-country skiing make it difficult to recommend an individual route. And yet the Montafon can offer cross-country skiers something that is scarcely available in any other winter sports region: a grandiose selection of high-Alpine runs. On the Bielerhöhe, for example. Even the start of the run is located at 2,040 metres, on the shores of the Silvrettasee. Four different routes between two and six kilometres in length start from there and feature not only guaranteed snow, but also a new view at every turn. This also has its downsides because, similarly to the high-Alpine runs on the Matschwitz and Kristberg, one often finds oneself stopping and staring. Don’t worry about that. The Montafon is anything but a hamster wheel.

Dyed-in-the-wool ski tour participants can’t say it often enough: hiking with snowshoes was not born of necessity. It is not a replacement satisfaction and is also no emergency solution. No, it is a fascinating and fulfilling way to be on the way in the snowy mountains of its volition – which you particularly notice thanks to the relative slowness in the ankle to knee-deep snow. Anyone who would like to try this out can take the Kristbergbahn to the summit station at 1,443 metres. From there, a marked path first leads through the forest and from there to the peak of the 2,074 metre-high Muttjöchle along an open, wide ridge. Some caution is urged: fog makes it difficult to orientate oneself and the danger of avalanches must be borne in mind. Just like it does during ski tours.

You can find a complete overview of the valley and high-Alpine runs in the Montafon at www.montafon.at/cross-country-skiing

The cold snow crunches under the treaded soles, the low temperatures conjure up red cheeks and a light wind makes the crystals of ice shine in the light. It can be unbelievably beautiful to hike on cleared winter trails. Especially, of course, if you are on your way on a clear day when the fog has left the valleys and pointed mountain peaks of the Silvretta are lined up like the pearls of a necklace. Anyone who is on the way on Bartholomäberg, the romantic Gauertal, Vergaldner Wäldle near Gargellen, in the ski area Silvretta Montafon or in Bielerhöhe can count themselves lucky.

You can find a complete overview of the prepared winter hiking trails in the Montafon at www.montafon.at/winter-hiking

You can find a complete overview of the prepared winter hiking trails in the Montafon at www.montafon.at/winter-hiking


EVENTS & DATES

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WINTER 2012/2013

The Montafon offers a variety of various events for young and old alike – from the traditional to the modern. There’s something for everyone here! The opening of the winter season starts with a big bang: Montafon Opening & FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup and Culcha Candela live on stage.

THE TOP 6 1 December 2012 – 6 January 2013 // Montafon

MONTAFON WINTER MAGIC Enjoy festive anticipation and dive into the original atmosphere of the Montafon at more than 90 events and activities. There’s something for everyone! 6 – 8 December 2012 // Silvretta Montafon

MONTAFON OPENING Big winter opening with outstanding supporting events (see p. 6) 19 – 20 January 2013 // Silvretta Montafon

FIS WOMEN’S ALPINE EUROPEAN CUP The up-and-coming world elite of female skiers heads for the starting line in the Women’s Slalom in the Silvretta Montafon. 16 – 17 February 2013 // Montafon

TORCH BURNING With the burning of the flame-witch and the torch swinging on the mountain and in the valley, we drive out the demons of winter and greet the light! 3 March 2013 // Gargellen

FIRST RAMSKULL TROPHY 2013 Ambitious hikers and mountain climbers with Alpine experience can take part in the competition in Gargellen against nature, their opponents and themselves. Information is available at www.ramskull.at 9 – 10 March 2013 // Golm

DIABOLO RACE Really devilishly good! The Diabolo track on the Golm with a 70% incline promises a fabulous touring ski spectacle.

You will constantly find up-to-date information about all of the events in the Montafon at www.montafon.at


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THE REALLY GREAT THING ABOUT THE MONTAFON IS: NO MATTER WHAT EVENT YOU VISIT – WHETHER TRADITIONAL OR ODERN, WHETHER ON THE MOUNTAINS OR IN THE VALLEY, YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE FEELING THAT IT’S NOT TAKING PLACE FOR THE GUESTS, BUT INSTEAD FOR THE LOCALS. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE NATURALLY FEEL PARTICULARLY COMFORTABLE – AND ESPECIALLY WELCOME. Torsten Reger, longtime guest in the Montafon valley


FORECAST

IT’S SUMMER AGAIN!

Put on a pair of shorts. Lie in the grass. Ride a mountain bike. Climb to great heights. Climb up the walls. And watch as a gentle butterfly flits from stalk to flower and from flower to stalk. This is summer. In the Montafon.


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PREVIEW OF SUMMER 2013


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REAL MOUNTAIN LOVERS // HIKERS

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REAL PEAK CONQUERORS // CLIMBING

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REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS // BIKING

The Verwall group with its distinctive pyramid of peaks to the east, the Silvretta Glacier to the

Conquer the mountains without any help from technology. Using only the strength of your

What good is the next peak if you can’t get up it? This problem is solved beautifully in the

south and the jagged towers of the Rätikon to the west. With the Montafon right in the middle – one couldn’t ask for a better starting point for easy and difficult, short and mile-long hikes.

muscles, the way it’s always been done. Sure, the equipment has improved a bit. But one thing has stayed the same: concentrating on what matters, on the next handhold, the next step, where you can tune out everything that is unimportant.

Montafon. The valleys are narrow here and the peaks are high and unapproachable – but thanks to gentle ascents and good trails, the highest points can almost always be reached via mountain bike.

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REAL CONNOISSEURS // CULTURE

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REAL FITNESS FANS // MOUNTAIN RUNNING

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REAL CHILDREN OF NATURE // FAMILY

Eating and drinking are more than the consumption of important nutrients and vitamins.

Running up a mountain is lovely, running down one can really do a number on the knees. That’s

Kids like to move. They do so every day. That’s why sometimes you have to offer them an incen-

The selection of the right ambience as well as the sampling of regional delicacies are both part of culinary comfort. Both of these are present at a Montafon mountain breakfast – the location and the selection. Guaranteed.

why the Montafon is an ideal destination for ambitious runners: after comfortable to challenging training circuits, the athletes can use the good connections provided by the cableways and buses for the descent!

tive to come along hiking or mountain climbing: a treasure hunt, a ride on a llama or a balancing in Waldseilpark Golm. This transforms the Montafon into an adventure playground.

No matter whether you are a mountain lover, peak conqueror, mountain biker, connoisseur, fitness fan or child nature: From spring to autumn, the Montafon offers the right Aktivprogramm for everyone – big and small alike. For guests of the Aktivclub partner establishments, the offer is free of charge. Really! You can find more information as well as prices and booking options at www.montafon.at


EVENTS & DATES

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SPRING & SUMMER 2013 MAY 2013 10 – 11 May // Schruns-Tschagguns

MONTAFON COUNTRY AND LINE DANCE FESTIVAL Vorarlberg’s biggest country and line dance party in Aktivpark Montafon.

JUNE 2013

6 – 21 July // Montafon

15 August // Versettla Bahn, Gaschurn

MONTAFON MOUNTAIN CUISINE

SILVRETTA MOUNTAIN MARCH

Creative dishes made from regional ingredients! Cooks refine their meals all throughout the valley according to old and new recipes.

A mountain hike for children and adults that leads over 4 – 5 hours from the Versettla Bahn summit station over the Versettla (2,372 metres) and the Matschuner Joch (2,390 metres) to Alpe Nova. Ascent with the cableway. A party tent stands at the start/finish area. The highlight of the hike is the summit on the Marisella, 11.00 am.

6 July // Start: Silbertal

MONTAFON ARLBERG MARATHON Mountain marathon through beautiful nature and a backdrop of mountains across 1,300 vertical metres to St. Anton am Arlberg.

JUNIOR OPEN VANDANS-SCHRUNS 20 July // Partenen

31 May – 2 June // Schruns-Tschagguns, Vandans, St. Gallenkirch, Gaschurn

EUROPATREPPE 4000 – MONTAFON TREPPENCUP

6. MONTAFON ALPINE TROPHY

Each year, hobby athletes stage this contest on the Europatreppe 4000, the longest straight stairway in Europe.

Train like the pros! Austria’s largest football tournament featuring up-and-coming stars.

18 – 25 August // Montafon International U12 and U14 youth tennis tournament 23 – 25 August // Montafon

MONTAFON FOLK MUSIC DAYS Musicians from around the world meet to make music together in inns, hotels and summit stations.

15/22 June (depending on the weather) // Montafon

27 July // Start: Schruns

M³ MONTAFON MOUNTAINBIKE MARATHON

August // Silbertal

MONTAFON SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

MONTAFON LEGENDS FESTIVAL

Traditional solstice celebration in all parts of the Montafon.

M³ – extreme (145 km, 4,400 vm), M² – demanding ( 65 km, 2,400 vm), M1 – sporty (26 km, 970 vm).

28 June – 07 July // Montafon

July // Silbertal

MONTAFON SUMMER

MONTAFON LEGENDS FESTIVAL

The culture festival “Montafon Summer” will feature the motto “k. c. – kitsch and cult”.

Love and intrigue, faith and superstition. Experiencing fates, heroes, and the special mood of one of the traditional legends of the Montafon on the outdoor stage makes a summer evening unforgettable. 2013 show “Die Sennenpuppe”

JULY 2013 04 – 07 July // Montafon

SILVRETTA CLASSIC RALLY MONTAFON AND E-AUTO RALLY MONTAFON Sophisticated vintage vehicles meet electric mobility!

AUGUST 2013

The legends of the Montafon become a play on the outdoor stage! 2013 show “Die Sennenpuppe”

SEPTEMBER 2013 September // Montafon

SEPTIMO The daily events span time from the Bronze Age to the present day and allow you to experience the cultural history of the Montafon up close. 28 September – 13 October // Montafon

10 – 21 August // Montafon

MONTAFON MOUNTAIN CUISINE

MONTAFON MOUNTAIN CUISINE

The Montafon mountain cuisine appeals to all gourmets with dishes made from regional specialities!

The Montafon mountain cuisine appeals to all gourmets with dishes made from regional specialities!

Additional information and events at www.montafon.at

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LOOKING AHEAD: WINTER 2014/2015

THE MONTAFON GOES OLYMPIC

EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL 24 – 31 JANUARY 2015 The youth of the world will come together in the Montafon during this period! With its primary locations in SchrunsTschagguns and Gaschurn, the region will provide the majority of the sports facilities for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF). Together with the state of Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein, the Montafon has received the honour of hosting the 12th Youth Olympic Games 2015. The majority of the sport competitions will take place in the Silvretta Montafon, Aktivpark Schruns-Tschagguns and in the Nordic Park Tschagguns. The opening ceremony of the EYOF, the closing ceremony and the awards ceremony will all also be held in the Montafon. The state and its people look forward to more than 1,300 athletes, trainers and guests who will arrive from all over Europe. Young athletes between 14 and 17 years of age will compete in the sports Alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic combination, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, ice hockey and figure skating. The Montafon is already looking forward to fair and exciting competitions – and a lot of international visitors.

EYOF 2011 in Liberec // Czech Republic

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THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION The Montafon offers numerous options for an active holiday. With villages that each have their own individual charm. And with attractive offers that make it even easier to decide upon a holiday in the Montafon. On the following pages, we have summarised the most important information to let you know how you can experience real mountains.

WELCOME TO VORARLBERG In the exciting area of Vorarlberg, the landscape fascinates with a great deal of diversity over a relatively small area – the land appears gentle at the coast of Lake Constance, impressively Alpine in the mountain landscapes of Arlberg, Silvretta and Rätikon. Vorarlberg is a place with an appreciation for art and a marked sense of independence. Vorarlberg invites its visitors to discover something new, try out something new and experience truly special moments. For example, while appreciating eye-catching modern architecture or lovingly designed handicrafts. When visiting first-class festivals like the Bregenz Festival, the Schubertiade or numerous local events like the Montafon summer. Those who like to move can discover Vorarlberg’s mountains and valleys in a whole variety of ways. The network of paths for hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers is exemplary. In Vorarlberg, hiking paths do not simply lead up to the top of mountains. Many of the paths provide valuable knowledge of history, nature and ways of living. For example, the newly created AlpkulTour path in Gauertal, a side valley of the Montafon, that concerns itself with the Alpine and May Seed culture. Those who prefer to watch sports will also find numerous opportunities. This can be experienced in a very special manner in the sporty Montafon region. It is the location of attractive competitions and home to some top athletes. Regardless of the experiences you decide upon, we hope you have a great time while discovering. Montafon – tracked down in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlberg.travel

CONTENTS ACCOMMODATIONS & PACKAGES HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS CABLEWAYS WINTER PANORAMA // AN OVERVIEW OF THE MONTAFON MONTAFONERBAHN ARRIVAL & CONTACT

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ACCOMMODATION & PACKAGES FOR WINTER 2012/2013

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It’s only a small step for you – and we set all the gears in motion to make your stay in the Montafon as comfortable as possible. Simply get in touch with us! Here’s the best way to do so:

4*AND 4*S HOTELS 3*AND 3*S HOTELS HOTELS UNTIL 2* BED AND BREAKFAST APPARTEMENTS CAMPING HUTS BED NUMBER COMPLETE

NUMEROUS BOOKING OPTIONS

TAILOR MADE OFFERS

You can book your holiday online at www.montafon.at. Here you can find current vacancies as well as full information from A – Z, snow and weather reports, live cams and much more. You can, of course, also contact the Montafon hosts directly for a personal holiday consultation. The holiday experts in the Montafon are happy to help you with your detailed planning and are on hand to assist you – seven days a week!

Simply send us your holiday wishes by email, telephone or fax and we will get to work immediately. You will receive tailor-made, detailed, limited and non-binding offers of the Montafon hosts from us – so that you can start looking forward to your holiday immediately. You can find our contact information on page 51.

MONTAFON OPENING & FIS SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUP PACKAGE

THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY MONTAFON

Perfectly prepared pistes, great concerts, the thought-provoking Montafon winter magic – and a sporty competition of a class all its own: with the Montafon Opening & FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup package, you can enjoy all of this at an absolutely unbeatable price! The offer includes accommodation from Sunday-Thursday (4 nights) or from Thursday-Sunday (3 nights) and includes a 4-day ski pass. This requires occupancy by at least 2 persons (full price) in a double room or apartment. Bookable periods: 6 – 21 December 2012

Children stay for free (in their parents’ room) including a ski pass! This offer is valid if at least one parent books a stay (5 nights) for the same period and purchases a ski pass for 5 days or more (discount on the adult price for an apartment – if the children sleep in a separate bedroom – 20%). Participating establishments are identified with . This offer is valid for children born in or after 2001 (proof must be provided). The meals can be billed normally by the host. Bookable periods: 17 March 2013 – the end of winter 2013

ENJOY SEVEN DAYS – FOR THE PRICE OF FIVE

SNOW. SUN. MONTAFON.

The Montafon cableways, in collaboration with the Montafon hosts who are participating in the campaign, put this particularly sweet offer on the table: “Ski and stay for 7 days – and only pay for 5 days” is the motto. Establishments that are participating in the campaign are marked with . This offer refers to a discounted ski pass and accommodation. Meals can be billed normally by the host for seven days! Bookable periods: 5 – 19 January 2013

Sunday–Thursday (4 nights) or Thursday-Sunday (3 nights) including a 3-day ski pass and various discounts (ski rental, ski school). This requires occupancy by at least 2 persons (full price) in a double room or apartment. The participating establishments are identified with in the Montafon host directory. Subject to changes! Bookable periods: 17 – 24 March 2013 and 4 – 7 April 2013


HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS

ST. ANTON I. M. THE ALLURE OF TRANQUILLITY // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5552 67192 At the mouth of the Montafon valley, the tranquil village sits in heavily forested surroundings and is the launching point for many hikes and activities the year round. The ski and hiking region of Golm is just 5 minutes away by car. The proximity to Bludenz and the connection to the Montafonerbahn ensure optimal accessibility. The hallmark of the village is a 30 metre-tall waterfall. The most famous current resident of St. Anton is the internationally successful composer Herbert Willi.

VANDANS COLOURFUL AND RICH IN TRADITION // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5556 72660 At the feet of the majestic Zimba and the Vandans rock wall lies the community once crowned as the most beautiful flower village in Europe. Away from the main transportation routes, Vandans exudes rural charm with lavish flower decorations on homes and gardens as well as an intriguing mix of modern architecture and traditional Montafon houses. Many sport and recreation facilities are available yearround. The Golm cableway can take you to the skiing and hiking region of the activity mountain Golm. Here you will find challenging ski runs and hikes past imposing peaks as well as the crystal-clear water of the Lünersee.

BARTHOLOMÄBERG THE SUNNY BALCONY OF THE MONTAFON // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5556 73101 Where the Celts settled, mining blossomed and the May Seeds form a unique cultural landscape, guests looking for peace and quiet will find themselves in a small paradise. Particularly active visitors will be thrilled by the many summer and winter hiking paths as well as popular mountain biking and snowshoe routes. In the “cradle of the Montafon”, with its Baroque church and breathtaking panoramic view, it is almost a shame to only lean back in a panorama armchair. Experience the history of settlement and mining in the historical mine and enjoy the impressive backdrop in comfortable guest houses.

SILBERTAL REAL RELAXATION FOR FAMILIES TOO // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5556 74112 The charming village centre in the side valley of the Montafon of the same name is home to a Walser settlement and offers real recreation for those who love activity as well as those seeking rest and relaxation. In the south, the valley connects to the ski region of the Silvretta Montafon. Follow the footsteps of the miners on the new Silver Path, in the St. Agatha Chapel or in the mining museum. A visit to the Montafon Legends Festival is also a fascinating experience. The Silbertal also impresses with interesting walking paths, challenging hiking and mountain biking trails, snowshoe routes as well as curling on a natural ice rink; it also offers a very special natural jewel – the Verwall Natura 2000 region.


DEUTSCHLAND

Bludenz

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St. Anton i.M. 650 m Bartholomäberg 1.087 m Silbertal 890 m Vandans 654 m Schruns 700 m Tschagguns 700 m St. Gallenkirch 900 m Gortipohl 950 m

Gargellen 1.423 m

SCHWEIZ

Gaschurn 1.000 m Partenen 1.050 m

Silvretta-Hochalpenstraße 2.030 m (nur im Sommer befahrbar!/ negotiable in summer only)

SCHRUNS-TSCHAGGUNS TIME FOR MORE RECREATION // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5556 721660 Even Ernest Hemingway loved the charms of the two main villages in the heart of the Montafon and immortalised his recollections in his books. Today, modern cableways as well as attractive sport, cultural and recreational opportunities excite visitors during every season of the year. Staying active is not a problem – whether with family fun at Vorarlberg’s largest recreational park Aktivpark Montafon, bathing in the Montafon Alpine swimming pool, guided tours on bike, hair-raising adventures at the forest rope park, sport activities in pure natural surroundings or strolling about the historic village centre. The villages are the central starting point for all ski and hiking regions of the valley and are easily reached year-round by rail or car.

GARGELLEN THE HIGHEST JOY // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5558 8201-300 Ski right to your door – no problem in cosy Gargellen. The highest mountain village in the Montafon offers a ski region that extends up to 2,300 m and is considered an Eldorado for ski tours thanks to the guaranteed snow. The authentic ambience that has been retained up here also invites one to spend time enjoying the incomparable views during the summer – as well as a wide range of sport and recreational activities. A wild romantic charm awaits you, regardless of how you’ve planned your holiday or when you come by.

ST. GALLENKIRCH/GORTIPOHL ACTIVE HOLIDAY AGAINST A FASCINATING MOUNTAIN BACKDROP // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5558 8201-100 Right in the largest ski region in the Montafon – the Silvretta Montafon – with connections to the Hochjoch and the Nova, sport and recreation are very important in St. Gallenkirch. Here you will experience pistes for the true connoisseur, sunny carving slopes, Austria’s largest snow park and a 5.5. km illuminated night tobogganing run. Exciting days await you here in summer as well, such as on magnificent highaltitude hikes or while exploring the typical Montafon May Seeds. With its biking headquarters, St. Gallenkirch is also the starting point for daily guided mountain bike and eBike tours as part of the Montafon Aktivprogramm.

GASCHURN/PARTENEN SPORT AND RELAXATION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL // HOTLINE: +43 (0)5558 8201-200 In the southern Montafon lie the villages of Gaschurn and Partenen, directly at Vorarlberg’s largest ski region, the Silvretta Montafon. In winter, a breathtaking region opens up here from the Silvretta-Bielerhöhe for ski tours, snowshoe hikes, high-altitude cross-country trails, winter hikes and the Silvretta ski safari. The Silvretta High Alpine Road will take you even in summer to this Eldorado for mountain bike tours and impressive high-altitude hikes with a magnificent mountain panorama, such as the Piz Buin, the tallest mountain in Vorarlberg. At the foot of the Vermuntbahn, you will also find the starting point for the longest stairway in the world – the Europatreppe 4000.


CABLEWAYS

THE LARGEST SKI AREA IN VORARLBERG // SILVRETTA MONTAFON BEWEGUNGSBERG GOLM 37 lifts, 14 ski school lifts 155 kilometres of pistes Numerous ski routes & “Black Scorpions” (extremely steep slopes) Winter hiking trails Riding a snow cat Conveyor belts for children and beginners Hugo’s Colourful Mountain World Intersport Silvretta Montafon Kapell-Kropfen toboggan run HochjochTotale – the longest valley run in Vorarlberg

Montafon Totale – 36 kilometres, 8,000 vertical metres Permanent race courses with electric timekeeping (Spatla & Platina) Longest illuminated night toboggan run in Vorarlberg (Garfrescha) 10 mountaintop restaurants & bars Freeride area, avalanche transponder search area Nike Snowpark Montafon Cross Park

Tel. +43 (0)5557 6300 shop@silvretta-montafon.at www.silvretta-montafon.at

9 lifts, 3 ski school lifts 35 kilometres of pistes 23.4 km of pistes with snow-making equipment 3 km illuminated toboggan run 3 km of cross-country ski tracks 3 km of winter hiking trails 1 kindergarten for the children of guests (free) Alpine-Coaster-Golm, the hottest sled in the area 7 mountaintop restaurants and bars

Tel. +43 (0)5556 701-83167 tourismus@illwerke.at www.golm.at

SEASONAL DATES FOR WINTER 2012/2013

MONTAFON SEASON PASS

PRE-SEASON (PS): (Friday) 07 December 2012 – 21 December 2012 (Friday)

The Montafon Winter Season Pass allows use of all lifts in the Montafon ski areas (61 lifts with 246 kilometres of pistes) and the Muttersbergbahn in Bludenz/Nüziders at reasonable prices. The Montafon Winter Season Pass is valid from 7 December 2012 to 7 April 2013, (until 14 April 2013 in Gargellen).

MAIN SEASON (MS): (Saturday) 22 December 2012 – 06 January 2013 (Sunday) (Saturday) 26 January 2012 – 17 March 2013 (Sunday) (Saturday) 23 March 2012 – 7 April 2013 (Sunday) OFF-SEASON (OS): (Monday) 07 January 2013 – 25 January 2013 (Friday) (Monday) 18 March 2013 – 22 March 2013 (Friday)* *Gargellen: to 14 April 2013


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ADDITIONAL CABLEWAYS VERMUNTBAHN // PARTENEN Tel. +43 (0)5556 701-85231 tourismus@illwerke.at www.vermuntbahn.at

TAFAMUNTBAHN // PARTENEN (summer operation) Tel. +43 (0)5556 701-85247 tourismus@illwerke.at www.tafamuntbahn.at

LÜNERSEEBAHN // BRAND (summer operation) Tel. +43 (0)5556 701-80412 tourismus@illwerke.at www.luenerseebahn.at

BERGBAHNEN GARGELLEN 8 lifts 40 km of prepared pistes 13.5 km of ski routes + variations 19.7 km of pistes with snow-making equipment 5 mountain restaurants/chalets/children’s restaurant “Schmuggi Luggi” Prepared winter hiking trails Permanent race track with timekeeping Mountain breakfast every Tuesday PME Shop & Rent directly in the valley station Fun Park – Snowpark Gargellen

Tel. +43 (0)5557 6310 info@traumschnee.at www.traumschnee.at

MONTAFONER KRISTBERGBAHN 2 lifts, 1 ski school lift 8.5 km of pistes 5.5 km ski route Ski tour region Tobogganing as far as the middle station 11 km panoramic cross-country ski trail 45 km of winter hiking trails 4 marked snowshoe routes 1 children’s area with a baby lift 2 mountaintop restaurants

THE ROAD OF DREAMS SILVRETTA HIGH ALPINE ROAD // PARTENEN (closed in the winter) Partenen toll station: Tel. +43 (0)5558 8307 Galtür toll station: Tel. +43 (0)5443 8218 tourismus@illwerke.at www.silvretta-bielerhoehe.at

Tel. +43 (0)5556 74119 info@kristbergbahn.at www.kristbergbahn.at

MONTAFON SKI PASS

MONTAFON ANNUAL PASS

Valid on 3 – 21 consecutive days during the 2012/2013 winter season. Special winter opening rate: 7 December 2012 – 21 December 2012

The 2012/2013 Montafon Annual Pass includes the entire scope of the offers: it includes the use of the 61 cableways of the six winter sports regions Silvretta Montafon, Golm, Gargellen, Silvretta-Bielerhöhe, Kristberg and Muttersberg during winter business hours. The Annual Pass is also valid for the Montafonerbahn between Bludenz and Schruns as well as for the free ski bus Montafon and the tunnel bus Silvretta, respectively for the purpose of winter sports. During the summer, the Montafon Annual Pass includes the entire range of services of the “Summer Season Pass”.

VALIDITY OF SEASON TICKET AND SKI PASS Montafon cableways incl. Muttersbergbahn in Bludenz/Nüziders (61 lifts) Montafonerbahn Bludenz-Schruns** Free ski buses in the valley** **for the purpose of winter sports

You can find more promotional periods, package offers, information and prices or the season pass, ski pass and Montafon annual pass at www.montafon.at


WINTER PANORAMA – AN OVERVIEW OF THE MONTAFON

Legend

Montafon Cableways

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silvretta-montafon.at

bergbahnen-gargellen.at

golm.at

CABLE CAR

PISTE

AERIAL TRAMWAY

SKI ROUTE

CHAIRLIFT

OFF-PISTE TERRAIN

SKI LIFT

LOOP TOURS

SNOWPARK

PISTE WITH SNOW-MAKING EQUIPMENT

FUNPARK

FIS RACETRACKS


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WINTER FACTS 246 km of pistes 61 facilities Nike Snowpark Montafon (the biggest snow park with boardercross, half-pipe and more) Approx. 150 km of marked snowshoe routes Approx. 100 km of cross-country trails and 7 high-Alpine runs Nordic walking tracks 290 km of prepared, partially lit winter hiking trails 2 illuminated natural toboggan runs Alpine-Coaster-Golm Ice skating and curling rinks 9 skiing schools (alpine ski, trend sports and cross-country skiing) 8 ski nurseries Free ski buses Freeride areas with numerous deep snow and firn slopes Ski tour region TOP 15 Mountain experiences at www.montafon.at/bergerlebnis/winter

MONTAFON CARD EXTREMELY STEEP SLOPES

TOBOGGAN RUN

MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT

TOURISM OFFICE

PERMANENT RACETRACK

NIGHT TOBOGGAN RUN

SKI RENTAL, SERVICE, STORAGE

SKI BUS STOP

SPEED SECTION

ALPINE COASTER

SKI SCHOOL

TRAIN STATION

PHOTO OPORTUNITY

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RUN

KID’S WORLD

CAR PARK

PRACTICE AREA

NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RUN

AKTIVPARK MONTAFON

FENCED OFF AREAS OF FOREST

WINTER HIKING TRAIL

RISK OF FALLING

The Montafon Card is your great-value entry ticket to the attractive winter sports areas of the Montafon. With 246 km of superbly prepared pistes and 61 facilities, the Montafon presents itself from its sportiest side. The Montafon Card is also the basis for our exclusive mountain experiences. Book your holiday online in the comfort of your home on your Montafon Card. www.montafon.at


MONTAFONERBAHN

OUR GOAL IS TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF OUR GUESTS AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE IN THE FUTURE. Bertram Luger, Director of the Board of the Montafonerbahn

Twice as many kilometres travelled – from 500,000 to one million – and almost twice as many employees – from 17 to 33: this is the proud report of Montafonerbahn AG, which has been responsible for public transportation in the Montafon for the last seven years. Locals and guests have benefited from the success of this company which works closely with the Montafon and the Vorarlberg transport association. For example, a regular night-time connection from Schruns to Bludenz and back has been created. The Montafon night express is especially popular with guests. During the winter season, it runs its routes until late into the night. “This allows us to ensure that young people get home safely after partying,” says Bertram Luger, Director of the Board of the Montafonerbahn. The same is true for guests – they are fully able to enjoy the Montafon nightlife without a car.

You can find detailed information about public transportation in the Montafon as well as the lines and schedules at: www.montafonerbahn.at and via the info hotline +43 (0)5556 9000


ARRIVAL & CONTACT Stuttgart

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Bregenz

Dornbirn Feldkirch

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Mailand

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Altenrhein – Montafon Chur – Montafon Feldkirch – Montafon Friedrichshafen – Montafon Innsbruck – Montafon Konstanz – Montafon Lucerne – Montafon Milan – Montafon Memmingen – Montafon Munich – Montafon Salzburg – Montafon Stuttgart – Montafon Zurich – Montafon

75 KM 89 KM 33 KM 97 KM 142 KM 111 KM 180 KM 310 KM 139 KM 251 KM 326 KM 285 KM 169 KM

// 1:00H // 1:13H // 0:27H // 1:11H // 1:40H // 1:38H // 2:05H // 3:30H // 1:28H // 2:37H // 3:29H // 2:49H // 1:50H

ARRIVING BY CAR

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

From Germany (D): Pfänder Tunnel – Rhine Valley motorway A 14 – Amberg Tunnel – Exit Bludenz/Montafon – L 188 From Switzerland (CH): Via Chur: Motorway from Zurich/Chur – Exit Gams – Principality of Liechtenstein (FL) – Feldkirch/Tisis – through Feldkirch towards Bludenz/Innsbruck – Rhine Valley motorway A14 – Exit Bludenz / Montafon – L 188 Via St. Gallen: Motorway from Zurich/St Gallen – Exit Oberriet-Meiningen – Rhine Valley motorway A 14 towards Bludenz from exit Rankweil – Amberg Tunnel A 14 – Exit Bludenz/Montafon – L 188 From Austria (A): S 16 Arlberg expressway towards Bludenz – Exit Bludenz/Montafon – L 188

There is a station for EC/IC trains in Bludenz. Montafonerbahn from Bludenz to Schruns (approx. 20 min.), runs approx. every 30 min. (peak times) Austria DB economy ticket: Travel from all DB train stations to your holiday destination in the Montafon and back for a very affordable price. You can find more information in travel agencies, train stations and at www.bahn.de Österreichische Bundesbahnen [Austrian Federal Railways]: Find out more about train schedules across Europe, including connections and pricing information for train journeys within Austria at www.oebb.at Montafonerbahn: For information on journey times, connections and services visit www.montafonerbahn.at

BROCHURES Are you looking for more information? Then use our order service for free informational material at www.montafon.at or tel. +43 (0)5556 72253-0.

CONTACT MONTAFON TOURISMUS GMBH Montafonerstr. 21 6780 Schruns/Vorarlberg Austria Tel. +43 (0)5556 722530 Fax +43 (0)5556 74856 info@montafon.at www.montafon.at Mo – Fr Sa/Su and holidays (subject to changes)

8.00 am – 7.00 pm 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Book via www.montafon.at, directly with the Montafon innkeepers or through the central reservation office of Montafon Tourismus.

LEGAL NOTICE Concept // Design // Editorial // Text Hello AG, Agentur für Kommunikation Deisenhofener Str. 1, D-81539 München Advertising consultant Montafon Tourismus GmbH Contents Montafon Tourismus GmbH Photo credits Alexander Kaiser, Patrick Säly, Dietmar Walser, Montafoner Heimatschutzverein, Andreas Künk, Alexander Rochau, Ines Agostinelli, Bertram Klehenz, Vorarlberg Tourismus, Roland Haas, Montafoner Bergbahnen und Tourismusbüros, Corratec, Silvretta Montafon, Nike Chosen Sessions, Q Parks Young Mountain – Mattias Fredriksson Cableways and tourism associations Silvretta Montafon Bergbahnen Illwerke Tourismus Bergbahnen Gargellen Kristbergbahn Silbertal Hochmontafon Tourismus Schruns-Tschagguns Tourismus Vandans Tourismus Silbertal Tourismus Bartholomäberg Tourismus St. Anton i. M. Tourismus

For all details as well as the GTC for the ski pass and season ticket, visit www.montafon.at/ski-pass or www.montafon.at/winter-season-pass or in the “Mountain Experiences at a Glance” Winter 2012/2013 brochure.

Printing Vorarlberger Verlagsanstalt GmbH Schwefel 81, A-6850 Dornbirn Date of printing: 10/2012


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