Sonnenkopf in Klostertal is a family friendly ski area served by half a dozen ski lifts with 30km of marked runs best for beginners and intermediates, 1,200m vertical top to bottom skiing and including interesting off-piste.
The Sonnenkopf ski area is reached by an 8-person gondola from the valley lift station at Wald am Arlberg, approximately 1km west of the village of Klosterle am Arlberg.
Getting there is easy by road from Zurich, Friedrichshafen or Innsbruck airports. The nearby train station at Langan am Arlberg means arriving by train from Innsbruck or Zurich is also easy, but having in car is a distint advantage for getting around Klostertal and for exploring the Arlberg.
Ski Sonnenkopf and stay in Klosterle, which is smaller, quieter and cheaper than neighbouring Stuben am Arlberg, and very significantly cheaper than internationally renowned St Anton am Arlberg and Lech-Zurs. Guest accommodation in Klostertal is mainly in small family-owned hotels, B&B guesthouses and apartments; mostly 3-star and delow rather than luxury.
Though relatively small, and easily skiied in a day or two, Sonnenkopf's uncrowded ski area is a charming alternative to the busier Arlberg ski resorts. It appeals mostly to families with young children, nature lovers and to skiers on a restricted budget and wanting to explore the Arlberg via the back door!
While the ski area on Sonnenkopf is quite limited, just 39km on piste, there's plenty of off-piste terrain for advanced and expert skiers. Furthermore, the off-piste terrain at Sonnenkopf remains untracked long after the main Arlberg ski areas gets skied out.
With just two mountain restaurants and only a handful of apres ski bars and restaurants in Klostertal's villages, there's not much in the way of traditonal apres ski so take a scrabble board and be prepared to entertain yourself, but if you have access to a car and a driver (!) there's plenty of fun to be had exploring St Anton and Lech-Zurs after skiing and by night.