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Arlberg Tyrol- a good ski region for kids?

post #1 of 12
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Hi guys! Has anybody of you ever been to the Arlberg region in Austria? I woud like to go there with my family next winter? I know the region and I love it but have never been there with (my) kids. The boys are beginners, 4 and 6 years old. Thank you!

 

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post #2 of 12

I think the Arlberg ski school (the guys and gals in blue in St. Anton) has some good programs for kids. More importantly, they usually have native speakers of several different languages working there, so there shouldn't be any communication problems.

 

Also, St. Anton has a lot of non-skiing activities, like the indoor/outdoor swim hall and the activity center near the train station that has indoor climbing, bowling, and tennis.

 

I'm not too familiar with Lech and Zurs as towns, so I'll leave that for someone else to comment on. I ski the slopes over there, but I never really spend any time in the towns.

post #3 of 12

Alp-Indian ? where did the Indian come from - there are none in the Alps !

 

To your question: Will let this 6 year old answer your question : 

 

 

 

 

Oberlech is the place to stay, ski schools are good, and it's ski-in/ski-out , we stayed at the Hotel Montana.

 

A kind of ancient TR - one of our first on this forum is here in this post and a few posts following it:

http://www.epicski.com/t/72589/arlberg-lech-zurs-st-anton-stuben/60#post_1092729

 

Enjoy , you know it, and am sure will be a trip for the kids.

post #4 of 12

St. Anton is not good at all for beginners: lower trails get congested, icy and bumpy.  I wouldn't call Lech/Zurs that beginner oriented either, but it's much better for low intermediates. I agree Oberlech is probably ideal family ambience...if you can afford it.

post #5 of 12

Lech is posh with excellent high end restaurants. Good place for beginners if expensive and certainly better than St Anton.

 

Not much going on in Zurs. Both Lech and Zurs have beginners lifts./ nursery areas.

 

Lech has some long easy confidence building runs. Not sure about Zurs certainly do not remember any.

post #6 of 12

Lech-Zurs #1 fur kinder

post #7 of 12
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Lech-Zurs #1 fur kinder

What's your source for that? The Lech website?

 

Are you already set on Ski Arlberg? If not, try Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in stead. Especially Fiss has a great ski school and the terrain that is perfect for kids. For the parents, there's a vast networdk of mainly red runs (Black in the US).

 

If you want somenthing a bit more quiet, try Damüls. Statisticaly the most snow-sure village in the Alps and great skiing for kids, adults and off-piste too. Just not that massive or crowded.

post #8 of 12

Serfaus  nice...ok 

post #9 of 12

Cheizz - I know someone who used to go to Serfaus from the US, but he was skiing with friends and interestingly has never taken his boy to ski there for some reason. How would you compare say Serfaus and linked areas - compared to say Lech-Zurs or L'Espace Killy , all ski-connected or need to take buses.

Never heard of Damuls , long way to go from the US, and it is more snow-sure than summer ski place Hintertux or Solden , very interesting indeed.

 

Thanks

post #10 of 12
In France, many resorts are purpose-built when the lifts and run weren created as well. In the other countries, the villages were there before skiing came to the Alps. So in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy you find the lifts at the far end of a village. This usually means walking great distances in ski boots or using buses. Outside the villages themselves, Serfaus and Fiss are brilliantly connected. Serfaus is a much harder place to learn how to ski than Fiss: steeper terrain mostly.

Damüls is closer to Zurich or Munich than St. Anton, but it has no train station. Transfers will be pretty much the same as to any other resort that has no train station (Lech, for instance).
post #11 of 12

Pretty sure the ski schools in Lech/Zurs will be morning and afternoon with the instructors staying with the kids during lunch hour. Also I believe they have the lunch token thing going to so that the kids don't have to handle cash.

 

Mum and dad can go skiing!

post #12 of 12
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Pretty sure the ski schools in Lech/Zurs will be morning and afternoon with the instructors staying with the kids during lunch hour. Also I believe they have the lunch token thing going to so that the kids don't have to handle cash.

 

Mum and dad can go skiing!


When we weent, kid's lunch was optional, most parents met the kids for lunch.

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