How to get there
Bregenzerwald is an extraordinarily beautiful ski resort located in the province of Vorarlberg, in the western region of Austria. It is situated just 52 kilometres away from Friedrichshafen, which can be reached via flights departing from several airports across the UK. If you are after a really cheap deal, try flying via Rotterdam. Intersky is currently offering flights to Friedrichshafen from Rotterdam for under 60 Euros including taxes. Once you arrive at the airport, there are regular buses that run to Bregenzerwald. There is also an airport coach service that travels to various hotels in the area. Alternatively, you may like to fly from the UK to Zurich, which is 130 kilometres away from the ski resort. There are several trains that run direct between Zurich and Bregenz. Take a bus or a taxi to reach the centre of the resort from Bregenz.
Most visitors to Bregenzerwald choose to fly but you could easily opt to travel by train. Take the Eurostar service from London to Paris and then make your way by train to Zurich. When you arrive in Zurich, take the regional train destined for Bregenz, which is just 25 kilometres away from the resort. A bus will take you to Bregenzerwald from the station. Other nearby rail stations include Dornbirn, which is just 17 kilometres away, and St. Margrethen, which is 28 kilometres away.
Your final choice is to drive between the UK and Bregenzerwald. Before setting out on any journey which will take you through snowy conditions, check your snow tyres and chains and also, bear in mind that you will need to pay toll charges along the route. Given that you would be hard pushed to do the journey in a day you are probably better off travelling by plane or train instead.
Who does the resort cater for?
Skiers of all abilities will find something to keep them happy in Bregenzerwald. Beginners will be pleased with the various ski schools that serve the resort’s slopes and all the instructors speak good English. Intermediate skiers are likely to notice a real improvement in their skiing during their stay at the resort due to the challenging yet forgiving nature of the slopes. For snowboarders, there is a boarding park with various obstacles and cross-country skiers will love the numerous scenic trails that run across the beautiful mountains in the region.
Despite the active winter sports on offer in Bregenzerwald, visitors to the resort are likely to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. This is largely as a result of the unique atmosphere in the village. It offers a rare combination of tradition and modern comforts and the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding scenery is truly inspiring.
If any of your group chooses not to ski, there are plenty of activities on offer in the resort to provide entertainment. These include hiking, snow-shoe trekking, sightseeing, and paragliding. In the evening, try visiting one of the resort's great restaurants that serve regional food. There are several lively bars but the resort still retains a family-friendly atmosphere.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
Most visitors to the resort choose to stay in either a hotel or a chalet, although smaller private apartments are also available.
This chalet has three comfortably furnished rooms, a large entrance hall, and a great living and dining area. There is a satellite television with a DVD player to provide entertainment during the long winter evenings. The views from the chalet are beautiful and it is situated in a peaceful location amid meadows and fields. It shares a garden with several other chalets and there is free parking available. There are also several four star hotels that offer luxurious accommodation for those on a larger budget. Smaller hotels offering more basic accommodation are also popular with guests, especially younger groups.
There are 35 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 126 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 98 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts, including some speedy cable cars, over 25 chair lifts, and over 50 drag lifts, which take thousands of skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort has several impressive snow guns that generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow. The appropriate ski pass will provide you with the ability to use the local bus free of charge.
- Downhill Pistes: 259 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 94
- Maximum Vertical: 650 m
- Highest Lift: 2050 m
- Lowest Piste: 1400 m