Update on accommodation search.
Garni (R)auch (HQ) seems to be fully booked.
Still looking, thinking about St. Jacob - big saving vs. inconvenience of short bus rides.
Stuben, Lech, Zuers ?
I am mostly looking at St. Anton website and then send a request. Are there any ski clubs that have group/package pricing for first two weeks of February? If anybody interested I have a ski club info for one week in Tignes , 6 days pass, studio for 2 for E380 < $520 per person. That is 7 nights and 6 days skiing Espace Killy. Spartan but cheap and clean. Feb 01- Feb 08.
I really want to squeeze this cost so it is comparable to France - not managing to do it so far. But I am sure I will get there Not expecting that price from above but still not expecting to pay Euro130 per night.
How is parking situation around ski lifts? Thinking getting a car in ZRH and do a tour of 4-5 ski areas in my two weeks in Europe.
Any interest in ski chalet rental (5-6 rooms)?
So many questions and decisions to be made ...
Regarding School Holidays mentioned in related thread, it is not as bad as it seems since European ski school holidays (breaks) seem spread between the regions so not whole continent descents on the Alps at the same time.
Lech and Zurs are generally more expensive than St. Anton. I'm not sure about the costs in Stuben. I'm trying to do an accommodation search, but the site (www.stuben.com) is struggling to load at the moment.
If you're going to rent a car, then you might as well expand your accommodation search to include Pettneu and Flirsch. You'll find cheaper accommodation there and you'll still be able to drive in to St. Anton in just a couple of minutes. You can see parking locations on the interactive piste map (http://ski.intermaps.com/skiarlberg/skimap.asp?map=ost&startdata=lifte&lang=en). Just go in to the Infrastructure menu to highlight the parking. The Nasserein parking would be the shortest drive and I think it's the biggest parking lot. Plus, it's closest to HQ for meeting up with other gatherers.
As always, I don't recommend doing a 4- or 5-resort tour in the Alps. The best way to think of it is going to the movie theater to watch the first 30 min of a film, then driving to a second theater to watch the first 30 min of a different film, then driving to a third theater to watch the first 30 min of a third film, then driving to a fourth theater and leaving after 30 min to go home.
At most, I'd only recommend two resorts, spending one week in each. You could try a Swiss resort like Laax or Davos, or you could try another Austrian resort like Ischgl. They're all reasonably close to Zurich and St. Anton. But, with the expansion of the Arlberg area to include Warth-Schrocken, I think it's got enough terrain to keep you happy for two weeks, especially if you take time to explore the smaller bits like Pettneu, Zug, and Sonnenkopf.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 10/18/13 at 5:59am