‘Closing The Loop’ Between Zurs & Stuben-Rauz
A new areal cable car is coming to Austria’s ski resorts, one that will connect all the skiing areas of the Arlberg, making it the largest contiguous skiing area in Austria.
The Flexenbahn cableway will connect Zürs and Stuben/Rauz when it opens for the 2016-17 winter season. As a result, skiers can easily reach all resorts at the Arlberg.
The new cableway link on the Vorarlberg side of the Arlberg, between Zürs and Stuben/Rauz, as well as the new cableways to be constructed in 2016 – the Trittkopfbahn I and II and Albonabahn II cableways – are “closing the loop” for the area.
A 50-Year Vision Completed
“Finally! A contiguous skiing area, with reliable snow, located mostly above the tree line,” said Willy Skardarasy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ski Zürs AG and driving force behind the link. “What for 50 years has been a vision is now becoming a reality! Going higher, thinking further – we are all proud!”
From Zürs, Trittkopfbahn I leads to the new intermediate station, from where skiers may either continue to the new top station of Trittkopfbahn II or use the new Flexenbahn to carry on to Alpe Rauz in Stuben. From here, the other new cableway, Albonabahn II, will invite skiers to continue to Stuben. In addition, skiers starting out from Alpe Rauz can conveniently explore the St. Christoph and St. Anton skiing areas.
This means that all resorts of the Arlberg skiing area – St. Anton and St. Christoph, Stuben, Zürs, Lech, Oberlech as well as Schröcken and Warth – will be easily accessible on skis. With the new cableway link, skiers on the Arlberg – Austria’s largest contiguous skiing area – will have easy access to a total of 305 km of downhill slopes and 87 lifts and cableways.
The Flexenbahn runs high above the Flexenpass road, covering a distance of almost 1.8 kilometres and an altitude difference of over 562 metres. Each of the cabins has large panorama panes, offering an unobstructed view into the Klostertal valley and towards the Arlberg pass / St. Christoph. They hold 10 passengers and the travel time is approximately six minutes.
Additionally, a new skiing run – the “Run of Fame” – is being created between Zürs and Stuben/Rauz in addition to the already popular and legendary skiing runs and downhill pistes in the Arlberg skiing area, such as “The White Ring” in Lech Zürs, the “Tannberg Ring” in Warth-Schröcken and the longest downhill piste at the Arlberg, in St. Anton, named “The White Flush”!
The “Run of Fame” boosts the skiing experience to a maximum of 65 downhill skiing kilometres and an incredible altitude difference of 18,000 metres. The skiing run leads across the Arlberg and through the entire Arlberg skiing area.
It covers the entire dimension of the now fully connected skiing area – from Warth in the north via Lech Zürs with the new Flexenbahn to St. Anton/Rendl in the south – the entire Arlberg skiing area will be covered.