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It’s been an awesome family holiday in this beautiful traditional chalet. This was the first week of the season in a new chalet for VIP and with a new team. Frank your team have been absolutely superb. Nothing has been too much trouble and they have all worked really hard to ensure every question was answered and actions followed up. The rooms were delightfully rustic, comfortable and maintained to a high standard. We all loved the early morning tea with a view of the slopes, and returning to homemade cakes and gluwien in the cosy bar in the evenings. Interesting varied menus for evening meals. We particularly enjoyed venison, fish and the Austrian evening. The chalet caters fabulously for children, one of our criteria for choosing it. The nannies were always willing to help and even provided a toy box for “Granny’s room”. Children’s meals were a great help. St Christoph is a tiny but beautiful quiet village set in the middle of this vast ski area with ski lifts and regular buses on the doorstep. We loved skiing across to the other villages. Definitely take the cable car to Valluga on a sunny day! Being the highest village the ski runs to the chalet had more snow than other villages. We were very fortunate to have both sunshine and excellent snow this early in the season. Ski hire equipment was excellent quality and located next door. The nursery slopes were great for beginners, if not very extensive. Instructors were very friendly and helpful, especially with the children. Some of the blue runs were quite steep for beginners so it is perhaps better for 2nd time skiers. We can highly recommend a sleigh ride from Lech to either Zürs or Zug. Book early! Stunning views and the children loved it. Overall it was a truly wonderful, happy and exhilarating week for us all. We loved St Christoph and our chalet. We can’t thank you enough VIP team and look forward to another holiday with you soon.
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The hotel Arlberg is situated next to the piste in St Christoph, literally 20 metres from piste to boot room. Being centrally located means getting to places such as Lech or St Anton is so easy so top marks on ski location. The staff as usual are up to the VIP standard and nothing was too much trouble. Travelling alone it was refreshing to have a chatty barman in Stefan who was genuinely interested in people’s days. Food was excellent as was the accompanying wine with dinner and always served with a smile by Rachel who got the short straw to look after me. . All in all a great addition to the VIP stable.
Our property boasts a fantastic ski in – ski out location at the foot of the slopes. The St Christoph and Arlenmähder chairlifts are a short glide on skis from the terrace. Both connect to the Galzig peak above St Anton, from where it’s possible to access all five villages which make up the Arlberg. The opening of the Flexenbahn gondola in 2016, linking Zurs and Stuben, has made it possible to ski the whole area from top to bottom.
“On a sunny day head for the Valluga gondola first thing to beat the queues. The highest spot in the Arlberg boasts breathtaking views over the Austrian Alps. On a clear day you can see peaks in Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Germany. The red run from top is brilliant to blast down first thing in the morning.”
Whether you’re embarking on your first ski holiday or simply taking your time to find your ski legs, the nursery slopes above St Christoph provide a relaxed environment to make the first turns of the holiday. Three drag lifts run from the centre of the village, a short walk from the hotel. The ski school meeting point can also be found here.
The main snow park can be found in St Anton’s Rendl sector, accessible from the lift station in St Anton. There are three lines for beginners, medium and experts, plus a dedicated drag lift. If you don’t fancy trying freestyle for yourself then the beach bar above the park is a lovely spot for observing how the pro’s do it.
The Arlberg is an off-piste mecca which attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Testing yourself against the challenging terrain here is one of the ultimate challenges in alpine skiing. Beginners to the world of off-piste can tackle the marked “ski routes” which are patrolled and avalanche controlled but not pisted. It’s a great way to get the feel of skiing through deep powder at a lower risk. These can be found in the Galzig, Rendl, Kapall and Valluga sectors.
It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.
Cross Country Skiing
The Arlberg is interlinked by over 40km of cross-country trails. The route beginning from St Christoph is a charming 2.5km loop which serves as a great introduction to the sport. Longer routes of up to 22km can be found further afield in St Anton. Cross-country skiing maps can be found at the tourist office in Lech, or by asking a member of staff who will be happy to advise on the best options
Skis, boots, poles and helmets are an indispensable part of any ski holiday. There are a variety of options in St Christoph for complete beginners through to advanced skiers, not forgetting kids’ equipment which is specially selected to make learning to ski a fun experience.
In St Christoph ski hire is provided by Alber Sport, who have always impressed with their attention to detail and wide selection of equipment. As well as all-mountains skis it’s also possible to hire touring skis, freestyle skis and powder skis.
We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.
For ease of booking we categorize skis into four categories: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates.
|Skis and boots||£152|
|Board and boots||£152|
|Skis and boots||£190|
|Board and boots||£190|
|Skis and boots||£227|
|Board and boots||£227|
|Children 3 - 10 years|
|Skis/snowboard, boots and helmet||£38|
|Children 11-14 years|
|Skis/snowboard, boots and helmet||£75|
|Helmet 6 days||£34|
Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!
Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to the hotel before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift.
Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctate due to exchange rates.
|6 day Ski Arlberg lift pass|
|Teenager 16-19 years||£235|
|Child 8-15 years||£164|
|Children under 7 years||£13|
|Arlberg Safety Card|
|Adult and children||£13|
St Christoph is a village and consequently the choice of ski schools is smaller than in larger resorts.Thankfully, the options which are available are among the best in the Alps. You can find details on the two Arlberg ski schools below, as well as New Generation, who operate in St Anton and can offer private lessons from a starting point in St Christoph.
Skischule Arlberg +43(0)5 44 634 11
With almost 380 local and internationally qualified snow sport instructors, the Ski School Arlberg is the largest in Austria, offering courses in skiing and snowboarding for children and adults, both group and private lessons.
Skischule St. Anton am Arlberg +43(0)5 44 635 63
The Ski School St Anton Team is small but it's big on quality. On ski and snowboard courses for children and adults, their aim is to demonstrate the traditional as well as the modern methods with a personal touch. From alpine skiing and snowboarding, ski touring, freeriding and telemarking to heleskiing, they offer a multitude of possibilities.
New Generation 01462 674 000
New Generation is a British-run ski school with teams in 16 resorts across the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, including their newest team in St Anton. With 19 years' experience they'll help you get the most out of your time on the hill, and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. They offer a wide range of ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities from tiny tots to all-mountain adventurers. They will help you improve, develop technique and have fun. You are on holiday after all! New Generation can only offer private lessons in St Christoph.
St Christoph offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some alternative entertainment after a day on the mountain. We’ve listed some of the most popular activities below.
(With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.)
Snowshoes can be hired from Alber Sport ski hire shop for a small charge. Pick up a pair and head out to explore the resort’s surroundings at a more leisurely pace.
Sledging and tobogganing is particularly popular among our younger guests, though that’s not to say that big kids can’t enjoy it too! The nursery slopes by the hotel are a wonderful playground for kids to practice their sledging, whilst adults can watch from the safety of the terrace.
Take the bus to St Anton, where you’ll find an open-air ice rink close to the wellness centre. The ice-rink is open every day and you can enjoy late-evening skating until 8pm on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can also try curling here, although this requires advanced booking.
Take to new heights and experience the Arlberg from a bird’s eye view. Paragliding is the only activity which beats skiing for pure freedom and total serenity whilst floating gently down to land.
Alpine Sport Physio’s mobile masseuses will visit you in the comfort of your hotel room to ease any aches and niggles picked up after a hard day on the slopes. Their massage specialists are all trained with snow-sports in mind and will have you ready to get back on your skis in no time.
We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars on the mountain which are accessible from St Christoph. Don’t forget to ask your hotel hosts for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!
Krazy Kangaruh - One of the oldest après ski bars on the mountains (and often the loudest). The bar is linked to the Taps restaurant and can be reached by coming down red run No 21 from Gampen or down blue run No1 that starts just below the Zammermoos chairlift.
Mooserwirt - One of the most famous après ski bars in Europe and worth experiencing at least once on your holiday to St Christoph. The Mooserwirt is situated off Blue run No 1 and it is the last après ski bar on the mountain.
Heustadl - The first après bar you come across on your way down the Blue run No 1 from the Zammermoos chairlift.
Taps - A good place to start après if you want somewhere slightly more relaxing than the Krazy Kangaruh next door. A firm favourite with seasonnaires who want to relax on their way down the mountain.
The Underground on the Piste - The Underground on the Piste is more sedate and a good place to chill out and relax away from the crowd. There's live music most days after skiing and it's also a popular place for dinner or for after dinner drinks in an uncrowded private house party setting. Located at the bottom of the home run in St Anton.
Once you’re on the slopes it’s good to have a lunchtime meeting spot to aim for. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the surrounding villages.
Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. Our hotel in St Christoph is fully catered on 7 nights so there’s no need to venture out, but if you do fancy a change of scenery ask your hotel hosts for recommendations. They will also be happy to make reservations for lunch or dinner.
Hospiz Alm - The Hospiz Alm Chalet is where rural tradition and luxury meet. Experience the highest level of culinary indulgence at this gourmet restaurant in St. Christoph. You will find the Hospiz Alm Chalet poking out of the deep snow right in the middle of the piste, surrounded by majestic mountains. Delicious food, cool champagne or an excellent 40 year old Burgundy or Bordeaux. This place is atmospheric and well known for its service and extensive wine cellar.
Arlberg Thaja – A traditional wooden-clad restaurant close to the ski lifts and within walking distance of the hotel. The menu is hearty and homemade, plus there’s a sun terrace to enjoy on warmer days.
Maiensee Stuben – There’s a casual bar and a more formal restaurant at this family-run establishment. The menu focuses of traditional Tyrolean specialties such as Käsespäztle and Tiroler Gröstl, plus there’s an extensive wine list.
The Verwallstube (Galzig) - Exquisite gourmet cuisine at 2,085 metres. Absolutely amazing views but a rather expensive treat to dine here.
Ulmer Hütte (Galzig) - Known for both its good service and food with almost panoramic views across the pistes. Children and beginners need to be good, strong skiers to get there though.
Rendl restaurant - Recently refurbished offering a spacious dining area for busy times. This is a self-service restaurant.
Gampen restaurant - Directly located at the Gampenbahn top station and underneath the Nassereinbahn top station the Gampen restaurant lies embedded as a castle. At Gampen you'll get a huge choice of meals and drinks for hungry skiers! Tyrolean traditional fair, a relaxing drink at the Gampen-Bar or sunbath on the terrace - pleasure has absolute priority here.
Trittkopf BBQ station - Located at the top of the Trittkopf 2, an old converted lift station has become the highest BBQ restaurant in the Austrian alps. Enjoy smoked meats, sweet treats, craft and local beers all accompanied by fabulous scenery
Rud-Alpe (Lech) - Right on the Schlegelkopf just above Lech, with beautiful views of the surrounding snowcovered mountains. It’s a welcoming, rustic place, lovingly built using timbers from other old huts. They offer traditional Austrian hospitality, from lunch on the terrace to a romantic candle-lit dinner in the cosy, old wooden rooms.
Kriegeralpe (Lech) - Enjoy rustic charm and jolly service. Its location lacks views but is great choice on a poor weather day. They offer a typically alpine menu including bread snacks, cheese dumplings, casseroles or pancakes. They also boast an exquisite selection of wines from the Burg wine cellar.
The Hotel Arlberg is the perfect place to enjoy one of the finest ski areas in Europe. As our only property in St Christoph, these rooms won't be available for long.
Call our Sales Team today on 0208 875 1957 to book your winter break or email email@example.com.
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