Via ferrata course in the Montafon

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We have enjoyed hiking for many years – however, we have never tried a via ferrata. We heard so many good things about it. This has to finally change this year! That’s why we decided to do an introductory via ferrata course in the Montafon.

Introduction to climbing

Johnny is our teacher for the day. We meet him in Latschau at the reservoir – the via ferratas higher up in the mountain are still too snowy. The course starts proper climbing exercises – not with the via ferrata. This in another first for us. The most difficult part to find a way to the top. From the bottom it seems so much easier than it really is when you are in the wall. Moritz and I learn how to secure each other and one thing that very quickly is clear to us: trust plays a major role when climbing. We really enjoy climbing the rock, but we also want to learn how to behave on the via ferrata.

Via ferrata for beginners in Latschau

Johnny gives us our equipment and then we start with the course after a short theoretical introduction to the via ferrata. It goes up the rock at an angle and in contrast to the climbing part, you are responsible for securing yourself. We have to get out of our comfort zone and trust the equipment when you sit down in the belt. But we also have a lot of fun climbing safely along the rock. From the top we have a wonderful view of the shimmering turquoise reservoir water and the snow-covered summit of the Zimba. At the end of the via ferrata we whiz down a zip line and then our course comes to an end. Johnny takes the time to recommend a few via ferratas to get you started like the Via ferrata Röbischlucht. We are definitely looking forward to our first real via ferrata and are happy that we have clarified all important questions with a mountain guide. 

You can find more information here. Unfortunately, only in German.

The Gauertal Alpine Tour – A hike with a view of the ‘Three Towers’

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Are you looking for a nice hike for the whole family? Then the Gauertal AlpkulTour trail is just the thing for you!

The way to the Lindauer Hütte

After a very relaxed breakfast, we took the Golmerbahn in the late morning and drove it to the mountain station. From where the Gauertal AlpkulTour trail starts. From the top station of the Golmerbahn you follow the signs towards Lindauer Hütte. The first few kilometres are still a bit uphill and downhill, but really not much and therefore really doable for everyone. On the way you pass different sculptures by Roland Haas. The sculptures all deal with the farming culture of the Montafon. For those who cannot speak or read the Montafon dialect, a QR code scanner is recommended in order to be able to translate the information of the individual sculptures. This gives you some different insights into the cultures of the Montafon.

After about half of the way you will reach the Lindauer Hütte where you can stop for a great break. Thanks to our good timing, we arrived there exactly at lunchtime and were able to stop for an excellent lunch at the Lindauer Hütte.

A second break in the Gauertalhaus

From the Lindauer Hütte you follow the path back from the Gauertal towards the Golmerbahn. After a good 1 ½ hours hike there is another very nice place to stop for a bite to eat – the Gauertalhaus, where you can toast the beautiful tour very well. Since the weather was initially very cloudy, we took the chance and stopped also at the Gauertalhaus for a drink and enjoy the now shining sun in one of the deck chairs. This is really the perfect spot to for a break. 

You can find a detailed report about our tour here. Unfortunately, only in German.

Herbs, bees, wild meadows – beekeeping hike in the Montafon

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We usually do tours that are high up in the mountains. The rockier and more rugged the trail, the better. Since the snow remains stubbornly on the peaks this year, many hiking trails are not yet accessible. But we definitely did not get disappointed.

Herbs, plants and flowers

For this reason, we decided to go on a beekeeping hike in the Montafon. The hike leads from the Baroque church Bartholomäberg to Schruns and leads through wildflower meadows and past quaint houses. 

Another very interesting hike that brings you to the Baroque church Bartholomäberg is the miners’ hike.

Harry accompanies us on this tour and explains what the flower is called, what the surrounding mountains are called, which plants are edible and how to make the most delicious nettle soup. We are amazed at how much there is to see along the way. If you look closely, you can see how lively the meadows are. These are the little things, close around you that you take for granted and do not see any more. It was very nice to have someone point them out to one again – and that with so much enthusiasm that you get completely hooked. 

Beekeeping in Montafon

At the end of the tour we visit Harry’s beehives. We put on a beekeeper’s hat and examine the honeycombs in the beehives – Moritz is even allowed to hold a honeycomb. Harry tells us that about 50,000 bees live in a beehive and that bees are actually very clever little animals. Time flies and after 4 hours the beekeeping hike is already over. Harry patiently answers all of our questions about the flora and fauna of the Montafon. After the tour, we were pleasantly surprised at how interesting such a hike through meadows can be – it certainly wasn’t our last “easy” hike.

You can find a detailed description of our hike with Harry here.

Faschina – The small, quiet ski area in the Großen Walsertal

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To the ski area:

The Faschina ski area is located in the Großen Walserta. The starting point of the cable cars is around 1500 meters. With 11.9 km of routes and slopes and 4 lifts, Faschina is one of the smaller ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Due to the very varied slopes, the ski area still has something to offer for everyone. The ski area is also connected to the Damüls-Mellau ski area by ski bus.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Faschina ski area:

With a light mix of sun and clouds, we went to the Faschina ski area for the first time. At first, we were very open and had no expectations of the ski area, but we were quickly taught otherwise. In the small, very familiar ski area there was a great atmosphere without much hectic and stress. For lunch we stopped at the Lari-Fari café restaurant (more on this below). After a delicious lunch, we went back to the slopes. Because most of the slopes are eastern facing, the slopes were in perfect condition even in the afternoon and we were still able to do a lot of runs.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My favourite slope was red slope 2, which starts at the end of the DSB Staffelalpe lift. Red slope 2 merges almost directly into red slope 3a. With the two slopes together, you really have a super long and beautiful descent. The only drawback, it takes a while to get back to the starting point.

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slopes were the blue slopes 4 and 5. The slopes are quite short, but really varied and you can get back to the starting point at the Guggermülli lift.

Refreshments:

The best sport for a break in the Faschina ski area ist opposite the valley station in the Café Restaurant Lari-Fari. There is everything you could want after a long day of skiing. The burgers here are awesome! Highly recommended!

The special thing about the Faschina ski area:

The special thing about the Faschina ski area is that even if the nearby ski areas are already overcrowded, you can still make your turns in Faschina and enjoy a wonderful day of skiing.


Bödele is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

The special thing about the Faschina ski area is that even if the nearby ski areas are already overcrowded, you can still make your turns in Faschina and enjoy a wonderful day of skiing.


Bödele is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Bödele-Schwarzenberg – skiing with a view of Lake Constance

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About the ski area:

Bödele – a small but fine ski area on the edge of the Bregenzerwald. It is this particular location, the first ski area in the Bregenzerwald coming from the Rhine Valley, that makes Bödele so popular. The Bödele is considered an absolute family ski area, because it has everything to offer for young and old without being overcrowded. The Bödele has 10 lifts with 24 km of slopes and ski routes and is therefore perfect for a relaxed day trip.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Bödele ski area:

We got up very early and finally managed to be the first on the slopes. For us, that meant rushing down freshly groomed slopes. We started at the Hochälpele lift and then drove towards the Seeblick lift, where in the morning you had a wonderful view of the sea of ​​clouds in the Rhine valley. Afterwards, went back to the Schwarzenberger site, where slope 5 is one of our favourites.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My absolute favourite slope at Bödele is the blue slope 6, which starts at the top station of the Lank lift. The special thing for me about this slope is the idyllic slope guidance, which mostly leads through the forest. Especially when the trees are full of snow, the descent is simply picturesque.


Favourite slope Christiane:

I absolutely have to agree with Moritz here. The blue slope 6 is simply great. What convinces me as a beginner is that it is not too steep, and I can practice my technique very well. In addition, the course of the slopes is super beautiful.

Refreshments:

The best stop for us at Bödele was the Meierei Oberlose (dairy farm), diagonally opposite the valley station of the Lank lift. The old dairy is surrounded by trees, which make the location of the dairy particularly picturesque. In good weather, you can enjoy a break on the sun terrace with a view of the slopes. In bad weather, you can also spend your break wonderfully in the cosy interiors of the old dairy.


What is special about the Bödele:

What is special for us at Bödele is clearly the manageability of the ski area combined with the variety of the many different slopes. For this reason, we always like to come to Bödele for a day of skiing.


Diedamskopf is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Diedamskopf – skiing in front of more than 300 peaks

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To the ski area:

The Diedamskopf ski area is known for its natural snow slopes and the incomparable panorama with more than300 peaks. There is something for everyone on 40 kilometres of slopes in the Diedamskopf ski area, whether you are a beginner, advanced or professional. The clarity of the ski area and the 9 modern lifts make it possible for you to be in the middle of the ski area after just 15 minutes and for skiing fun to be in full swing
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About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.


Our day in the Diedamskopf ski area:

We needed two attempts to visit the Diedamskopf ski area. On the first day, we took the lift up, but only made one descent – it just snowed too much and the view was non-existent. We were not discouraged and went back the next day. And we were rewarded with a ski dream day!

At 2018m, we had a breath-taking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. We were the first to drive down the fresh slopes and that was awesome! The conditions were great, and the slopes were well prepared. At first glance, the Diedamskopf ski area looks relatively small because there are not so many lifts – but the slopes are highly recommended and very versatile. There are many different possible combinations, so we never got bored. We are definitely excited and look forward to the next visit here.

Favourite slope Moritz:

I liked the ski route 22 the best, which brings you down all the way to the valley. The descent is long and partly steep – you can really pick up speed here!

Favourite slope Christian:

The red 9 was my highlight in the Diedamskopf ski area. In the lower part it becomes the blue 9a. The route is perfect for working on your technique – but the real reason why I like the descent is the fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding peaks!

Refreshments:

At the middle station you can stop off at the Wedelrestaurant. But if you want to enjoy a unique view of the mountains, we recommend the panoramic restaurant at the mountain station with the huge sun terrace. The Käsker Breitenalpe has cheese specialties and local cuisine on their menu.

What is special about the Diedamskopf:

We would almost describe the ski area at Diedamskopf as an insider tip. The special thing about it is definitely the diversity of the slopes and the breath-taking view of the snowy peaks! We also like that the ski area can score with so much sun.


Damüls-Mellau is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Damüls Mellau – skiing fun on over 100 kilometers of slopes

About the ski area:

Damüls-Mellau is the largest ski area in the Bregenzerwald and the scope of the 3TälerPass. Here you can experience skiing at its best on a total of 109 km of slopes and ski routes. The Damüls-Mellau ski area offers runs for sporty skiers, easy slopes for beginners, powder snow slopes, a snow park for snowboarders and free skiers and two unique ski tunnels. So, skiing fun is guaranteed for everyone.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Damüls-Mellau ski area:

Finally, weekend, finally skiing again! The weather was very good – blue sky – and since we had friends (both snowboarders) to visit, we wanted to go skiing all day. So, we decided to go to the Damüls-Mellau ski area.

The Mellaubahn brought us quickly up to the slopes. Since the valley run was open again, our first run was down the valley run all the way back to the valley. The slope was hardly used – pure skiing fun!

After a few more descents on the Mellau side, we skied to Damüls – the sunny side. The view when you come out of the Gipfelbahn is simply breath-taking! The panorama of the surrounding peaks is terrific. In Damüls, we enjoyed the sunny slopes – both we, the skiers, and the two snowboarders were enthusiastic about the good runs.

In the Berggasthof Elsenalpstube, directly at the Uga chairlift, we strengthened ourselves and then we continued the day. The ski area is so big that we have actually only skied most of the slopes once. In the early afternoon, we went back to the Mellau slopes, which were still in very good conditions in the afternoon.

Both sides have wonderful slopes to offer and even after repeated visits it never gets boring. Damüls-Mellau is a great ski area, which we always like to visit with friends.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My favourite slope in the Damüls-Mellau ski area is red slope 12, which starts at the top station of the Elsenkopf lift and ends at the bottom station. Due to the north-facing slope, the rather steep first and last part of the descent is always a challenge.

Favourite slope Christiane:

I have two runs in the Damüls-Mellau ski area that I really like. Both of my favourite slopes are on the Mellau side of the ski area and start at the mountain station of the Wildgunten lift. One is a combination of red and blue slopes. First, you drive from the Wildgunten lift on red slope 25 and then turn left onto blue slope 31. This is where the really nice part of the descent begins, which now leads completely through the forest to the valley station of the Suttis lift. The second descent is the red slope 29, which also leads a lot through forest and also has many changes in incline, which makes the descent very varied.

Refreshments:

Our favourite stop in the Damüls-Mellau ski area is clearly the Berggasthof Elsenalpe. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy lunch on the sun terrace in front of a wonderful mountain panorama or you can just lie down in one of the many deck chairs and enjoy the weather and the view.

What is special about Damüls-Mellau:

The special thing about the Damüls-Mellau ski area is definitely the size. Here everyone really gets their money’s worth, no matter whether beginner or advanced skier. If you do not like a slope so much or have driven it too often, you have countless alternatives here, so no one will get bored here.


Laterns is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Laterns – skiing in the winter wonderland

About the ski area:

The Laterns ski area offers skiing fun on 27 kilometres of slopes. There are practice slopes for families as well as steep descents for the experienced skier. In addition, non-skiers get their money’s worth with the 25-minute downhill sledding run. The sledding run leads through a beautiful forest most of the time. The ski area also has a ski kindergarten where young non-skiers can spend the day while their parents are out on the slopes.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Laterns ski area:

After days of snowfall we finally wanted to enjoy the slopes and the fresh snow. Despite the snowfall, we decided to pay a visit to the Laterns ski area. The road was cleared, and we got to the ski area without any problems. The lift starts directly at the parking lot – so no long walks needed.

The entire ski area looked like a winter wonderland. The fir trees and the huts on the slopes were covered in thick snow. And what can we say: The slopes were a dream! Simply amazing. The slopes were well groomed and driving on fresh snow is just fun. The ski area of ​​Laterns is small, but rightly attracts many winter sports enthusiasts. The descents can be combined in an interesting way and if you go from top to bottom you have a really long descent behind you.

Unfortunately, the fog got thicker and the view got worse during the morning, but our day of skiing in Laterns was still great!

Favourite slope Moritz:

I particularly enjoyed the slope 7 (red). The slope is short, but it is reasonably fast, has some waves and steep sections.

Favourite slope Christiane:

I really liked red slope 1 – especially if you keep left in front of the 6-person lift. The route is sometimes flat and sometimes steeper and even as a beginner, I was able to practice driving fast here.

Refreshments:

From the “Falba Stuba”, right at the end of the Gapfohl lift, you have a wonderful view of the slopes. The hut is comfortably furnished and has a nice bar, where you can have a drink. Down in the valley you can also stop in the “Kuhstall” and warm up again. For a good mood with après ski you can visit the “Schnall Ab” at the valley station.

What is special about Laterns:

The Laterns ski area is particularly suitable for families and beginners, as most slopes are not too difficult to ski and still offer a lot of variety.


Sonnenkopf is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Sonnenkopf – the family ski area at the Arlberg

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To the ski area:

The Sonnenkopf ski area is the only 3TälerPass ski area located in the Klostertal. With its 38 km of slopes and ski routes and its 9 lifts, the Sonnenkopf attracts visitors from near and far – also because of the special location at the foot of the Arlberg. The many kilometres of slopes on the Sonnenkopf not only offer skiing fun for families, but also for freeriders who appreciate the back-country area and also people who want to go on a winter hike, sledding or cross-country skiing will also get their money’s worth at the Sonnenkopf. Thanks to the height of the ski area (up to 2300 meters), the Sonnenkopf is known as an excellent ski area with natural snow, where you can ski well into spring.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Sonnenkopf ski area:

Perfect skiing weather had been announced – since we still had a few vacation days left, we didn’t hesitate long and took time off to go skiing on the Sonnenkopf. The arrival is simply great, because the ski area is located directly on the S16 expressway (“Wald am Arlberg” exit).

The Sonnenkopfbahn starts only a few meters from the parking lot. When you have arrived at the top, the view from the top is simply breath-taking! All around, you have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains.

We were lucky and were among the first on the slopes – and it was just fun! The 4-seater chairlift, the Obermuri cable car, takes you to 2200 meters. From there we took exits 5 (blue), 6 and 11 (both red) a few times. Always with great views of the mountains and the valley. The ski area looks quite large because it is so long, but still easy to find your way around. At noon, we stopped at the Muttjöchle panoramic restaurant, right at the mountain station of the Riedkopfbahn. The view from there is great and the kitchen is highly recommended!

Favourite slope Moritz:

I preferred to ride the 5 on the Sonnenkopf (see map below). The slope is wide and the panorama that is offered is simply magnificent! There are also some steeper sections where you can really get some speed.

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slope is clearly the 1 (see map below)! You drive through the snowy forest to the middle station of the Sonnenkopfbahn – I just enjoy this route.

Refreshments:

There are various ways to stop at the Sonnenkopf. We particularly liked the location (and the excellent cuisine) of the panorama restaurant Muttjöchle. The mountain restaurant on the Sonnenkopf (right at the mountain station) also offers other places to stop and if you like a rustic hut atmosphere, you should stop by the slope 1 in the Bündthütte.

For après-ski, a visit to the Kelobar at the valley station or the ice bar at the mountain restaurant is recommended.

What is special about the Sonnenkopf ski area:

In our opinion, the ski area Sonnenkopf scores with the great location on the Arlberg, the easy accessibility and the possibility of skiing on natural snow until spring. We particularly liked the vastness of the ski area.



Warth-Schröcken is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Warth-Schröcken – skiing in Austria’s most beautiful place

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About the ski area:

Warth-Schröcken is one of the most snow-reliable ski areas in the Alps and the scope of the 3TälerPass. With a height of over 2000 meters in some places and the many northside slopes, Warth-Schröcken enables skiing fun until spring. Warth-Schröcken offers 70.8 km of slopes and ski routes with different levels of difficulty. This makes it the second largest ski area of ​​the 3TälerPass. For some years now, Warth-Schröcken has also been connected to the SkiArlberg, the largest ski area in Austria.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Warth-Schröcken ski area:

The skiing season finally begins! This year, we went to Warth-Schröcken for our first day of skiing. We chose this ski area for our start because it is one of the highest ski areas and therefore hast the most open slopes. Unfortunately, not all ski lifts were open yet, but this didn’t limit us at all.

Coming from Bregenz, we parked in the parking lot at Kalbelesee. If you get there early enough, you can get a parking space almost directly at the Saloberjet (cable car). The Saloberjet then brought us for the first time to the Warth-Schröcken skiing area. The view from the top station of the lift is simply amazing. In every direction you have a great panorama with mountains of over 2500 meters. Skiing here is really like skiing in front of a picture-perfect panorama.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My absolute favourite slope in the Warth-Schröcken ski area is 292, a red slope on the Hochalpbahn (see map at the bottom). The slope runs in several waves downhill where you can pick up a lot of speed. Due to its north-facing slope, the 292 still offers great slope conditions in the afternoon.

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slope was a combination of different slopes. The starting point is the top station of the Sonnen-Jet or Sonnencruisers and the finish is at the Körbersee with the valley station Ski-Schaukel Falken (Körbersee). In order to get from the Sonnenjet to the Körbersee, we drove various blue slopes. It started with the 254, followed by the 257 and the 255 (see map at the bottom). The great thing about this descent was the great mountain panorama, which accompanied me the entire route, as well as the loneliness on the slopes, since they are quite on the edge of the ski area.

Refreshments:

A wonderful refreshment stop is directly at the Körbersee – the Berghotel Körbersee. At this idyllic place, which has already been voted Austria’s most beautiful place, you can spend your lunch break perfectly. But of course, there are also a number of other places to stop for a bite to eat, such as the Salober gastronomy or the Hochalphütte.

What is special about Warth-Schröcken:

For us, the flagship of the Warth-Schröcken ski area is the special view that you have here when skiing. A simply stunning mountain panorama! In addition, the high location of the ski area enables an early start of the season and a late end of the season, which makes it perfect for those who cannot wait until you can finally start skiing again and cannot get enough of it in spring.