For Aussie skiers and snowboarders looking for new adventures, Europe is quickly gaining popularity as a destination – and the Arlberg is right at the top of the list.

This unforgettable Austrian ski area delivers it all: gorgeous views, an unbelievable variety of terrain, and a cultural experience that will have you wanting to never leave.

It helps that there’s something for everyone here, from the most adrenaline-fuelled freeriders to families looking for cosy and comfortable alpine getaways.

Here’s exactly why the Arlberg will steal your skier/snowboarder heart.

1. The terrain is nothing short of legendary

Photo: Ski Arlberg

Get your ski legs ready, because you’re going to need them. The Arlberg region has a total of over 300 km of groomed slopes plus 200 km of runs for off-piste lovers, serviced by 85 lifts and cableways. 

This is thanks to five different ski areas coming together to form one huge resort, all accessible through just one lift pass. And each have their own personality, from the family-friendly environment of Stuben to the gourmet village of Lech and the sporty vibe of St. Anton.

2. The snow is amazing

Views of the mountains from Lech. Photo: Austria Tourism

It’s one of the snowiest areas in the Alps, receiving an average of 9 metres of fresh snow annually. This is all thanks to the high altitudes of between 1300 and 2800m. And as you’d expect, the snow season here is lengthy, running between November and May.

3. Skiing runs deep in the Arlberg

Run of Fame. Photo: Austria Tourism

This is the official birthplace of alpine skiing, where the sport was not only pioneered but perfected. Hannes Schneider founded Austria’s first ski school in St. Anton all the way back in 1921. It was also home to the first chairlift and the renowned Galzigbahn cableway.

If you’re into your skiing with a side of history, there are countless museums, art galleries, and historical landmarks throughout the area that tell the story of this region’s amazing history, traditions and folklore.

4. There’s so much more to do

The Arlberg WellCom Spa in St Anton am Arlberg. Photo: Supplied

When you’re done with exploring all those runs on skis or a snowboard, you can switch over to a different activity. Like winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice skating, curling, and even horse-drawn carriage rides.

Wellness and spa facilities like Arlberg WellCom and sport.park.lech are also a must-see while in the region, offering indoor and outdoor pools, Finnish saunas and steam rooms.

5. It’s heaven for foodies (and wine lovers)

Arlberg Mountain Hut. Photo: Christoph Schoech

Food and wine lovers delight: This area happens to have Austria’s highest density of award-winning restaurants relative to its population. Many of these restaurants are accessible only by cable car or skis, offering all those stunning mountain views alongside gourmet meals.

The local cuisine – think cheese spätzles, wiener schnitzels and apple strudel – are prepared with regional products, and top-class wine cellars attract food and wine lovers from around the globe.

6. The warmest of hospitality

Winter Holidays at the Arlberg. Photo: Christoph Schoech

The Arlberg has been welcoming visitors for generations long past, and it shows. From the family-run businesses to the architecture – authentic mountain villages with timber and stone farmhouses – it’s a blend of traditional charm and modern comfort that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

7. Plenty of events to look forward to

Tanzcafe Arlberg Music Festival. Photo: Simon Rainer

If you’re here for live music and ski racing, there’s plenty to add to your 2024/25 calendar for your visit. Some highlights include…

  • The Stanton Ski Open (6th – 8th December 2024): The official opening of the ski area with free ski and snowboard tests, live music, and local cuisine
  • Arlberg Weinberg (December 2024): A prestigious wine tasting event paired with gourmet cuisine
  • The White Ring – Speed Race (18th January 2025): A thrilling race on a 22 km ski circuit
  • Longboard Classic Stuben (5th April 2025): The “Woodstock of Snowboarding,” celebrating the sport with races and festivities
  • Tanzcafé Arlberg Music Festival (30th March to 13th April 2025): International musicians perform at various venues during the sunshine skiing weeks.

Ready to ski Austria? Click here for more information about winter in the Arlberg, from the skiing to activities and more. 

In conversation with Briony Johnson, Australia's first female terrain park manager