Warth/Schrocken has now been linked by means of a gondola with Lech/Zurs to create a fantastic and enormous skiing area for all abilities. I have been skiing this region for over 30 years and there has never been a winter without snow - even as late as Easter!
It's a little area at the end of the road in the winter. The pass to Lech is usually closed in the wintertime. With fresh snow snowchains or good wintertires are a must. Skiing here is good. Probably the best you can get in Vorarlberg. It's not a very big resort but the descents are long and there are a lot of steep hills to be found. Can be very crowded during school-holidays. When you're there for a day, take the first parking spot you see otherwise you can drive on forever but that will cost you ski time.
Warth was pretty good even before the Lech&Zurs connection became available. With the option of popping over to Lech, it has become top class.
Einen Tag verbrachten wir auf den Pisten des Skigebiet Warth Schröcken.Wenn man es ruhig angehen lässt, reicht das gerade so jede Abfahrt einmal zu nutzen.Breite Palette mit Pisten für Anfänger bis "Profi", Freerider...Wir fanden optimal präparierte Pisten vor. Trotz Hochsaison kein übermäßiger Andrang, ausreichend Hütten und Bergrestaurants für einen Zwischenstopp.Wer's ausgedehnt mag; ein Skilift verbindet mit dem Skigebiet Lech.
We had been skiing in Obergurgl for three years and wanted a change so we were after an Austrian resort for intermediaries with hotels offering ski in and out. A comment on an online forum suggested Warth. We had never heard of it and it became quicky apparent that British tour operators did not have a presence there. So we decided to go independently. Monarch fly to Friedrichschafen airport which is near Lake Constance. Inspite of the Warth website suggesting you could get a bus from the airport to Warth it transpired this was not the case and in the end we asked our hotel [Steffisalp] to organise a taxi [180 euros each way and taking about 1 hour 50 mins]. Warth is an attractive, small town comprising a cluster of hotels and apartments, ski school, tourist office and a few bars and cafes. So apres ski is low key with just a couple of umbrella bars being the place where people tended to party. There is however a variety of activities available including toboganning, husky rides, snow show hiking and a flying fox. We stayed at the excellent Steffisalp hotel which is located just a few paces from the ski lifts which take you up to the main runs. The ski area is mainly a combination of blue and red runs with just a few black pistes but plenty of off-piste skiing. In many cases there was little to distinguish between the blue and red runs with some of the blue runs including some tight, narrow and relatively steep turns with the red runs largely wide and as such often easier to ski down. The pistes are very well marked with very regular signposting and arrows indicating the direction the piste is following. This is very reassuring especially during snowfall. It is very scenic with a lot of runs taking you through the trees or along corridors with stunning views of the valleys and beyond. At the top you can look down to the resorts of Lech and Zurs: tantalising close but with no access to, bar off-piste hikes. But from next year there will be a gondola link connecting Warth with Lech which in turn will give one access to Zurs and even St Anton. At the time of visiting in January, there were no queues and the pistes relatively quiet. There were some great touches to keep the skier and snowboarder entertained including ski guns and slalom course with start gate, timer and online video link There are some good mountain restaurants - our favourite being the Hoch Alp which does not look much from the outside but has a delightful interior complete with roaring fire alongside which customers laid their gloves and ski boots to dry off and warm! We appeared to be the only Brits in town which in many cases provided a real "away from it all" experience and provided the opportunity to test our GCSE German! People were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We look forward to enjoying Warth in future.
Warth-Schroecken has one of the best snow records in the Alps (2014 isn't quite living up to expectations so far - January). We have loved the two holidays we have spent there. The ski area is by itself very small (68 km of piste) and the link with Lech/Zurs has made a striking difference to the resort in 2014. We encountered no queue or out of service problems with the new lift. Pistes which were almost deserted are now quite busy and a lot of visitors filling up the enlarged ski and bus parks seem to be heading directly to the new lift. Warth is still a tiny village with not a lot going on but the surrounding landscape is beautiful. Outside the hotels, there are only a couple of places to eat. There are good walking paths for non-skiers (but not in the ski area itself, which means the only way to get to Lech by the new lift is to ski.) There seems to be no nightlife which may, or may not, be seen as an advantage, depending on what you want from your holiday. At the moment the resort is not on the radar of British tour companies. All this may change in the coming years, but hopefully the peace and quiet will remain. Schroecken is only linked to Warth by one ski-route - easy or not so easy depending on the snow conditions, but with enchanting views on the way down. There are good coffee/lunch stops in Schroecken and a very regular bus back to Warth. There is a good nursery area right in the village but, as commented elsewhere, some of the blue runs have short sections which could disconcert a timid intermediate. The black runs may be dark reddish but the steepness is pretty constant. The Arlberg ski pass enables you to ski in Lech/Zurs, St Anton and St Christof and a couple of other places accessible by bus. Another ski pass is for Warth and the smaller ski areas off the valley road back to Bregenz which might suit those with a car. Private transport from Warth to Friedrichshafen airport takes an hour and a half outside peak times, although it is possible to get the train (station opposite airport) to Bregenz and bus from there.
Warth hat fast nur Nordhänge, aber mit dem neuen Auenfeld Jet Lift besteht nun eine Verbindung ins Skigebiete Lech, viele Südhänge und großes Skigebiet...
Great area to visit now that Warth Schroken has been linked by a short gondola to the Arlberg system.
This area is small but very good for all abilities but 2014 there is a new Gondola to connect to Lech Zurs which has 190 km of Ski runs. It makes a change but I cannot fault this at all.
La liaison avec la station de Lech ouvre les portes d un immense domaine skiable pour un prix á peine plus cher mais pas donné pour autant !Une garantie d enneigement exceptionnelle .