All around Arlberg, lots of investments into infrastructure have been made throughout the years and decades – and visitors feel the positive effects of that in nearly all areas. Almost all over, modern chairlifts or comfortable gondolas get skiers to the top of the mountain. Arlberg has one of the best mountain rail systems in the world.
The 10-person gondola Flexenbahn, connecting Stuben and Zürs, and hence St. Anton to Lech-Zürs and Warth-Schröcken, that was built in 2016, is one of the highlights. Such are Trittkopfbahn I and II as well as 10-person gondola Albonabahn II. Galzigbahn in St. Anton, with a big wheel at its entrance, is an absolute eye-turner. Tanzbödenbahn boasts top modern technology.
Points are deducted for old-fashioned chairlifts Madlochbahn, Zugerbergbahn, Schlegelkopfbahn II, Albonabahn I, Albonagratbahn, Rotschrofenbahn as well as Riffelbahn I and II.
Skiers on Arlberg find mostly well-groomed slopes. Especially the ones that are higher and more remote are convincing throughout the whole day. This is not true for the more frequented runs from Schlegelkopf down to Lech and especially for the connecting run Nr. 100 from St. Anton to Alpe Rauz. The valley runs from Rendel, Galzig, and Gampen down to St. Anton also left a lot to be desired during our test. Same goes for the runs at Sonnen-Jet and Sonnencruiser at Schröcken.
Positive: the runs on Rüfikopf, Schüttboden, Trittalp, and Hexenboden as well as especially the runs at Madloch-Joch, Muggengrat, Albonagrat, and Zuger Hochlicht remained in good condition even in the afternoon.
Besides that, Arlberg offers top service in nearly all areas – even if the attention to detail is sometimes not carried through. For instance, signposting is exemplary in most parts of the resort, but sometimes that one sign that helps you find orientation is suddenly missing or found in the wrong place.
Free wifi is available at all lifts, top stations, and dining facilities at the ski resort, however not always working as smoothly as one would wish.
However, the range of ski rentals, ski service, ski depots, and sportswear shops is absolutely exemplary. All valley towns offer everything a skier's heart desires.
Parking is problematic at nearly all the base stations on Arlberg. St. Anton features numerous parking spots at Rendl and Nasserein. However, these are often not sufficient, and also rather expensive. At St. Christoph and Stuben, sufficient free parking is available.