Located in the north western Alps of Austria, the Arlberg is often cited as the birthplace of modern skiing. It’s an area that is rich in both old school and modern freeride ski culture. Most visitors end up staying in the town of St Anton, though the villages of Lech, Zurs and Stuben also provide accommodation.
The area as a whole is famous for receiving big snowfalls and having some amazing off piste and backcountry terrain. ‘All around the Arlberg’ by Andy Thurner is a guide-book that gives excellent info, maps and images of the best backcountry and ‘between the piste’ runs in the 4 aforementioned areas, along with the a chapter covering the secret that is Sonnenkopf.
Vertical drop, run length and difficulty are all given, along with run orientation and details regarding the lifts required to reach the runs, plus notes on character and conditions. The images are super inspiring and really give the impression that the Arlberg is a powder snow paradise.
Anyone looking to sample the delights of the Arlberg should consider buying this book. The potential of the area is plain to see in the multitude of images showing face shots, spines, backcountry huts, big open faces and deep tree runs. The Arlberg region offers almost guaranteed good snow conditions; we all know that. It’s the sheer variety of terrain on offer though to the adventurous skier or snowboarder that is most impressive and ‘All around the Arlberg’ brings that to life really well.
‘All around the Arlberg’ is written by UIAGM mountain guide Andy Thurner. It’s available from Alberg Guides and is stocked in many local shops in the Arlberg area.
Maps are available from AllOffPiste.com.