Stuben am Arlberg Ski Resort

Stuben is a small village in the middle of a large ski area - the Arlberg. Its location between St Anton and Lech-Zurs makes Stuben a great base for exploring the whole of the Arlberg, whilst its own mountain, the steep, snowy Albona, is a magnet for off-piste skiers and freeriders.

Stuben-am-Arlberg has a long history of taking in guests: accommodation was first built around here in 1218 on the instructions of Count Hugo I who ordered that “fire, water, and shelter” be provided; by 1330 the village was established, and at some point thereafter it started to be referred to as “the Kaiser’s highest living room”.

For advanced skiers, it's not really Stuben that is the main attraction but the Albona mountain above it. Unlike the other mountains in the Arlberg ski area, the Albona is not criss-crossed by pistes. Instead the best terrain is left for off-piste skiers and freeriders. The front face is all north-facing so powder here stays in better condition longer than it does on St Anton's mostly south-facing mountains, and it's refreshed more frequently because Stuben gets more snow.

But even if you religiously stick to the pistes, you can still value Stuben's location. It's in the middle of the massive Arlberg ski area but just off the main circuit, so whilst Stuben-based skiers can easily reach St Anton, St Christoph, Lech-Zurs and Warth-Schroecken, very few skiers from these villages come to Stuben, keeping its pistes nicely uncrowded. And for really deserted slopes, the Arlberg's most underrated and forgotten about oupost at Sonnenkopf is just down the road.

Like all the Arlberg resorts, Stuben is easy to get to: Friedrichshafen, Innsbruck, Zurich and Memmingen Airports are all within two hours' drive, and Munich is about three hours away. And whilst it's small, Stuben has everything skiers and boarders need, with accommodation ranging from 4-star hotels to simple guesthouses and self-catering apartments; a reasonable choice of bars and restaurants; three ski shops with good rental equipment; a ski school with excellent mountain guides; and a basic village store. There are no smart shops or nightclubs, however, and the only way out on skis is the old, slow (and sometimes very cold) chairlift. Mercifully it's quite short, and you can huddle under a rug if the weather is bitter, but it's a useful reminder that in many ways Stuben is still the Kaiser's highest living room and not just another modern ski resort, and all the better for it.

Stuben ski and board hire

There are three equipment rental shops in the village: Après Sport Brändle (located in the Apres-Post hotel building), Strolz-Rent a Ski (near the Albona lift ticket office), Skibase Stuben am Arlberg (next to the Hotel Monschein). The Intersport Arlberg Flexenbahn at the Alpe Rauz lift station on the way to st Christoph is also very close.

The shops tend to compete on knowledge, range of equipment and service rather than price. If you want a significant discount, you should book online in advance. ALPINRESORTS.com works with various shops in and around the Arlberg, and some of these deliver and pick-up rental skis and snowboards from Stuben - click here for details and what discounts are currently available.

Stuben Pros & Cons

+ Near the centre of a huge ski area;
+ Superb off-piste & freeriding;
+ Excellent snow record;
+ Charming, relaxed, unpretentious village;
+ Easy to get to / 'weekendable'.

- No night clubs;
- Beginners will feel cut-off and isolated;
- Stuben can be very cold and windy.

 

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Stuben am Arlberg Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • StateVorarlberg
  • RegionArlberg
  • Base1,410 m
  • Peak2,650 m
  • Vertical1,240 m
  • Beginner20 %
  • Intermediate60 %
  • Advanced20 %
  • Ski Lifts86 
  • Cable Cars
  • Gondolas10 
  • Chair Lifts39 
  • Surface Lifts37 
  • Riders per hour 123,496 

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