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Skiing in Austria/Switzerland Mid January '08, Need Lodging!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My girlfriend and I are looking to book a week in either Austria or Switzerland. We'll be visiting some family and are looking to have some fun alone for a bit. We'll most likely be leaving from Munich to the destination.

Background
- Intermediate skiers, we aren't crazy about black runs yet
- 1,100 for lodging and food
- Looking to book in mid January
- Speak German
- Some night life
- Ability to have lodge within walking distance of lifts
- We don't need a package, just lodging

What resorts do you recommend? The past hour of searching for me brought up the following…

Lech – Expensive from some of the reviews
St. Anton – Possibly too advanced for us…? Seems like a good option
Innsbruck – Too far from the mountains
post #2 of 19
January is low season in Austria/Switzerland. Might as well wait to see what the condition is like without commiting.

I don't know all the resorts over there, but I know Kitsbull (don't remember the spelling) in Austria is pretty intermediate friendly. Though it's low elevation so snow might be a problem if the season starts poorly. It's been a long time since I've been there. I do remember apres being quite lively.

St. Anton is BIG. So I'd be surprise if you can't find enough for your level.

On the map, it looks like you can get to Davo/Laax in Switzerland too. Haven't been there though. Just heard it's good.
post #3 of 19
Lech - I've stayed at the Felsenhof and the Sandhof and you could do both of those within your budget.
post #4 of 19
Saalbach or Zell am See (Austria)
Wengen (Switzerland) - but you could keep your budget down by staying in Lauterbrunnen.
Um...

You would get a lot of responses/opinions if you ask the same question on www.snowheads.com which is a bit like EpicSki, but based in the UK.

Also, is that 1100 dollars or Euro?
post #5 of 19
If intermediate runs are your thing, the Kitzbuheler Alps (which includes the Ski Welt) would be perfect for you. Saalbach is also mostly intermediate.

Lech doesn't have to be a bank-breaker... those two places Epic mentioned are, in mid-January, +/- 800 Euros per person for a six-day lift ticket, breakfast/dinner, and hotel.
post #6 of 19
We went to Lech a few years ago and thought it was magical. Very pretty tradtional village with a river flowing through it. We stayed at Pension Roggal which is a 4* breakfast pension. Fantastic breakfasts but no dinner. It's in a pretty good location though you will have a 5-10 minute walk to the main lifts. Rooms were large and very comfortable. Haven't looked at prices lately though it was not overly expensive when we were there. The current exchange rate is making things increasingly expensive, unfortunately. I'm not sure you can find a bad room in Lech and I'm sure the hotels mentioned by Epic are very good as well. Lech would also have very good skiing for intermediates and you can easily go to St. Anton for a day trip or two. We've also visited Saalbach and thought Lech was much more charming. It's a place we'd really like to visit again.
post #7 of 19
I'm doing a similar trip with similar considerations the week of Christmas and New Year. Here's what I've come up with:

Lech/St. Anton: would be ideal, but just too damn expensive. Lodging prices are absurd in comparison to other locations in Austria. Like twice as much unless you want to stay 10 km away. Another issue, if you are taking the train from Munich, it'll be a longer trip than elsewhere in Austria.

Ischgl: Everything I just wrote about Lech/St. Anton, except somewhat less so.

Innsbruck: Went there last year. Very nice, but as you say it's a trek to the mountains each day if you are relying on the (amazingly poor) ski bus.

Kitzbuhel: Too low. Might be better at the time you're looking at, but not for Christmas.

Bad Gastein: What we decided on. Lodging in town is fairly cheap (benefiting from the fact that the area gets a lot of summer travellers to the spas). It has spas. Lifts right from the town, plus other areas easily reachable by bus. 1000m base altitude is decent, plus Sportgastein up the road is higher. Very easily reachable by train from the airport (we'll fly to Munich or Salzburg, but both work well). Did I mention it was cheap?

Others I'd consider: Flachau, Mayerhofen, Zell am See. I believe the latter two have glacier areas in case you need them. I've heard Sölden is better than it looks, too.

Another suggestion (that others may disagree with) that I think might be suitable: Lermoos. It's very close to Munich and pretty inexpensive. The village is small, so anywhere you stay is close to the slope. Some nightlife, not a lot, but some. Busses and trains connect you easily to several other areas nearby, including the Zugspitze glacier and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, all of which are covered by your ski pass. The mountain in Lermoos is surprisingly good (for intermediates, advanced skiers might get bored), and there are some other gems in the surrounding areas. It isn't a wild Austrian resort, but a more low key place. Underrated in my opinion.

But the others are right on about it being low season. There is no need to book anything. Wait until you get there and see what looks best.

This website is a good resource: www.bergfex.com
post #8 of 19
Zermatt, The North Face. Heah Hay! Lived in Switzerland 3 years, didn't venture into the German or Austrian Alps much. I highly recommend any resort near the borders of Italy, France, and Switzerland. I skiied off piste at Chamonix, endless powder all the way to the bottom. One of the highlights of my life. Don't get caught outside your country of origin after close though. St. Moritz near Austria is nice.
post #9 of 19

Seefeld, Austria

I have skied here before. Nice little resort. Stay away from the Transvestite bar. Unless, of course you are into that.
post #10 of 19
If you're thinking about Davos, the Best Western Hotel Terminus is a nice little hotel (nothing like the dumpy Best Western motels in the USA). It's directly across the street from the rail station, and the Davos Platz tram is right by the station, so you're right by the lifts.

Pretty cheap rates, convenient location, nice people. Ok restaurant in the hotel, spa downstairs, good family Italian restaurant about 100 meters to the right of the hotel. Bus service to Davos Dorf to the other lifts. Being right by the train station also makes it very easy to go do a day at St. Moritz - it's about an hour's ride.

If you're an intermediate you'll enjoy lots of good skiing there. Lisamarie and I went there for a long weekend ski trip early season 2005 in December. Snow wasn't great anywhere in the Alps that year, but there was plenty of decent cover given the winter.
post #11 of 19
http://www.schneehoehen.de/

Lots of resort infos on there.

For your purpose can second the Zillertal recommendation with Mayrhofen, Zell, Kaltenbach, Lanersbach ect., good access by train as well and dirt cheap lodging options. Plus glacier skiing up the valley at Hintertux as backup.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for all the replies, I have a much better base to find what I need. The 1,100 is in USD... so about ~800 Euros. Should we also rent skis or bring our own? I know I'm bringing my boots! We're also looking to stay at a B&B... we don't like hotels. Something about being with the locals.

And why is Ischgl "somewhat less so." Seems nice!

Leaning towards St. Anton just due to it being the first time and we aren't sure what to expect.
post #13 of 19
So € 800 for a week in Stanton for two (?) and lifts within walking distance. Good luck, you'll need it.

You'll prolly have to widen the search range to account for commuting by shuttle bus or car, even into neighbouring villages.

Ischgl is no cheaper than Stanton, more posh. But terrain fits better for intermediates. Consider staying either up (Mathon) or down the valley from Ischgl (See, Kappl) and commute, way cheaper. Big parking lots close to the Ischgl lift system.
post #14 of 19
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And why is Ischgl "somewhat less so." Seems nice!
What I wrote is that Lech/St. Anton looked expensive and was a longer train transfer than other options. I then wrote that Ischgl was the same except somewhat less so. Meaning somewhat less expensive and not quite as far on the train.
post #15 of 19
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We're also looking to stay at a B&B... we don't like hotels. Something about being with the locals.

Leaning towards St. Anton just due to it being the first time and we aren't sure what to expect.
If you're into intermediate runs, Lech/Zurs might work out for you better than St. Anton, unless serious apres-ski partying is what you're after (Ischgl is well known for that too). Almost all of the on-piste at Lech/Zurs -- more than enough for a week -- is blue or easy black (off-piste is a different story). Stay at the Hotel Sandhof in Lech at 800 Euros during mid-January and you're a three-minute walk to the main tram.

Also, staying in a hotel in the Alps is not the same "I'm holed up with other annoying tourists" feeling that you may get in North America. Since you eat breakfast and dinner at the in-house restaurant, you get to know the staff and other visitors pretty quickly, which is cool because most of them, in Lech and Zurs at least, are from German-speaking countries. Finally, if you're on a strict budget and staying at a B&B, whatever money you saved as opposed to staying in a hotel will be quickly surpassed by what you'll spend on dinners in restaurants.

I can't speak to the transportation time from Munich as I always fly into Zurich.
post #16 of 19
There is a bus that runs directly from the Zurich airport to the Arlberg resorts. I believe it stops in Lech, Zuers, and St. Anton. It's called the Arlberg Express. I think if you search on line you'll find it. We thought it was very convenient.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by RISkier View Post
There is a bus that runs directly from the Zurich airport to the Arlberg resorts. I believe it stops in Lech, Zuers, and St. Anton. It's called the Arlberg Express. I think if you search on line you'll find it. We thought it was very convenient.
That's right, and I'm just as happy to take the train to Langen as well. Just make sure all of your bags make the transfer at te central station or you may get to see more of Switzerland than planned.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information. However, we won't be staying at a hotel... I just like staying with a local no matter where I go. I've always done it when ever I travel in Europe. A nice place in Croatia for 10days was 340 euros with breakfast/lunch/dinner and a minute walk to the beach. I know I can find something it just takes time. By the way did I mention I'm 20?

Nevertheless, the Arlberg area looks beautiful and I'm set on staying somewhere in that general vicinity.

Thank you again for everything!
post #19 of 19
If you're going to stay in that area, you should stay in Lech. It's much much prettier than St. Anton, which to me isn't pretty at all really. Lech is what you would get if you set out to create the quintessential Alpine village. River through the center of town, horse-drawn sleighs that will take you where you want to go (they don't plow down to pavement over there so the sleighs can go anywhere), a little covered bridge, and really stunning views of the mountains from everywhere in town.
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