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Arlberg: Austria's largest interconnected skiing area
With 305 km of slopes, 200 km of variations and 88 modern lifts in Tyrol and Vorarlberg, Arlberg is one of the world's top ski resorts. From this winter onward, it's Austria's largest interconnected ski area – and the fifth largest in the world. The first skiing tourists to ascend Arlberg in 1885 had to walk up the slopes, as did Hannes Schneider, who founded the first ski school in Austria in Arlberg in 1928 – and is now regarded as the "Godfather" of skiing in Arlberg. The first surface lift in Austria was built in Zürs in 1936. And a year later in 1937, the Galzigbahn showed that we do not shy away from technical pioneering at the Arlberg.
Fascination just as in the early days
The Arlberg is called the "cradle of Alpine skiing" – and the pioneering days provide the justification for this name: while the "telemark turn" was still being taught everywhere else, the Ski Arlberg pioneer Hannes Schneider taught the "Arlberg technique" which he himself developed in the late 1920s, known by every skier today as the "stem christie". From the "cradle of Alpine skiing", Arlberg grew into one of the world's top ski resorts and winter holiday destinations for European royalty. This is due to the fact that from day one, Arlberg has lost none of its aura for skiers. Now as ever, it stands for the passion for skiing, perfectly prepared and challenging slopes, legendary off-piste areas, a breath-taking mountain panorama and exceptional hospitality hardly ever matched in Austria.