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2017/18 all wrapped up!

The lifts have officially been closed around the Arlberg.  And what a fantastic season it was!!  Pre-season turns in November turned out to be a sign of the winter to come which delivered plenty of snow and sunshine to smiling faces from all over the world!

The lifts opened to mid-winter conditions on December 1st and we enjoyed some really big dumps throughout the month and into January.  Mother nature really ramped it up into mid January when we saw the roadways and trains closed in both directions and an avalanche alert level of 5 for the first time since ’99.  February, March and April brought smaller but consistent snowfall and for the most part a stable snowpack and our guests enjoyed plenty of awesome skiing!! The base at Valluga pushed 6 metres at the end of March which is pretty incredible.

Of course, we enjoyed a lot of fun off the mountain as well with our guests and love the energy they bring to apres ski, nightlife and beyond.  Thank you!

We were fortunate to have visits from a lot of fellow Canadians, Danes, Belgians, South Africans, Dutch, British and Americans.  It was also very cool to see Salomon Freeski TV, SBC Skier and Sherpas Cinema all score in the area during the winter!!

We are all closed up for another winter season and are yet again, raising our glasses to all the amazing people who chose to spend their ski vacation at the chalet.  Thank you on behalf of myself and Maaike and here is to plenty more good times in 2018/19.

Kind regards,

Ross and Maaike

Dreamy December skiing

January dumps!

Sherpas and family!!

Another delicious Bordeaux at the Hospiz Alm

Powder on the way to lunch in Stuben



March delivers another great month!

March has come and gone and brought with it a chalet full of awesome guests from Canada and Belgium.  Although there weren’t any massive dumps like in January and February there were consistent snowfalls that kept the off-piste skiing in great shape.  We had some killer days in Sonnenkopf skiing the north facing runs and a very special run with a load of old friends including Eric, Olivia, Ben and Do off the back side down to Langen.  Even in late March, the temperatures stayed cold and we skied down through the Langen forest in great conditions.  We were also fortunate to have a visit from Mike Kaumeyer, Deb and Louis along with their friends and were able to toast Gerry, my third grandfather, numerous times.

All for now,



Bob Sutton and the boys!

A very special visit from Mike Kaumeyer, family and friends.

February update

After some major dumps in January that brought the base at Galzig over 4 metres, February has brought smaller snowfalls allowing most of the immense area to open for the month.  There have been some great days of lift access skiing and stable snow for ski tours.  The resort has reached peak season and the apres skis and nightlife are being fully enjoyed by people from all over the world creating a wonderful atmosphere in town.

We have had a lot of Canadians in the chalet and they have been taking full advantage of all the corners of fun available in this ring!

Rodel night!!

Maaike’s lasagna!

Sherpas cinema director Eric Crosland enjoying some powder.

The snow keeps piling up!

Regular snowfalls that started at the beginning of November keep piling up in St. Anton.  I have only seen this much snow in the Arlberg in ’99 and ’13 which were very large winters.  The skiing has been fantastic for the most part for days of each week for our guests.

Most recently, mother nature delivered one of the biggest storm cycles I have witnessed dropping 200+cm at mid mountain in 7 days.  This prompted the Avalanche commission to close the roads in all directions, shut the train station and issue a danger level of 5 for the first time since ’99.  Things are calming down now, and the sun is back out showing off the abundant base which now sits at 425cm at Galzig.

We have loads of snow and still the week of March 11-18 available so please make your reservation today!

Kind regards,


Another day of DEEP POWDER!

Ladies loving Montana’s in Oberlech

St. Christoph finally seeing some sun.

What a start!!!

It is December 11th and the Arlberg is riding a streak of 11 powders days since opening on the 1st.  Regular snowfalls, very cold temperatures and a lot of sunshine has made the perfect recipe for incredible skiing to begin the 2017/18 season.  Coverage is extensive for this time of year with a base of 240cm at mountain top already!  It is slightly warmer today, but the temperature is set to drop again with a bunch of more snow in the forecast.  WOO HOOOO!!!!

There is A LOT to be excited about in St. Anton and Chalet Rafalt is open for business.  March 11-18 is a primetime week and is still available should you wish to spend a week in the incredible mountain paradise!

Powder has been plentiful 

The snow is piling up as season 2017/18 approaches on Dec 1!!!

Snow has started to fall in the Arlberg and there is plenty more in the forecast!  It is looking like a promising start to the winter!!  We are excited to open the chalet for the upcoming season to be ready for the lift opening on December 1st.  We have wide early season availability and some prime weeks left so please contact me should you wish to reserve your week of memories in Austria!

Weeks available:

Dec 16-23

Jan 21-28

Mar 11-18

Schindler below pictured on November 7th!!

Going out on a high note!

It is the final week of lift serviced skiing in the Arlberg and mother nature has brought us an incredible last blast of winter to celebrate the end of the season.  It started snowing a few days ago and has hardly stopped.  We have our final group of the winter in house and it includes two three year olds who battled out a wild blizzard atop Gampen for a 2hr ski lesson!  Respect lil’ guys!!

Hard to believe another winter is coming to close at Chalet Rafalt.  We want to thank all the wonderful people that chose to stay here and we look forward to the possibility of hosting you again in the future.  You have made our season!!!

Kind regards,


O’Brownlaghan’s enjoying Maaike’s cooking!

Quality firn in Lech.

Powder skiing in late April! Praise the lord!!

See you next year! Vilen dank for your patronage this season!!


Mid March?? Time flies!!!

It hasn’t been a classic St. Anton winter, but we have had flashes of brilliance that remind us how fantastic the snow can be here.  February was rather dry but we enjoyed lots of lovely days enjoying the sun and the sometimes stable snow pack.  March has brought a lot of precipitation, and some great days, along with rain in the valley.

Without a doubt the most enjoyable parts of the last few weeks has been the extraordinary guests that have stayed with us.  We shared some amazing first tracks down Schoengraben with a few when conditions permitted, but when they did not, we enjoyed all the other fantastic things to do here the Arlberg.  Delicious food made by Maaike at the chalet and all the restaurants around the area; apres ski at the Krazy Kanguruh and Mooserwirt; live music at Piccadilly and Happy Valley; and most of all, each others company.  One of our guests toasted “Here is to sore legs from skiing, sore heads from Apres ski, and to sore stomachs from laughing.” I think that about sums it up!!  We have felt so fortunate to be able to share this incredible place with so many super people, who really like to take advantage of the setting.

We are looking forward to the remainder of the season and the guests who have yet to visit!

Ski legend Dan Treadway and his even more legendary wife, Karla in Ober Lech.

Mark and Jocelyn Johnson and friends at the Hospiz Alm.

Mannix’s in Sonnenkopf.

Johnson and O’Connor families at Skiing Buddah. Check out Paul’s shirt!!

Powder skiing on the way to Stuben.

Patience getting a face full of snow in Schoengraben.

Team USA/CAN at the Moose.


I am happy to report that the last 7 days had brought lots of new snow and some fantastic skiing along with it!  The base is starting to build and has reached a metre at Galzig and Valluga.  A lot of the off piste terrain is starting to come into shape.  Stuben is looking great and Zurs and Lech are now both completely white and looking like mid winter after having such a meager cover of snow though December.  With more snow in the forecast, things are looking great in the Arlberg!


Happy new year!!!

2017 is underway!!!  The celebrations were abundant in St. Anton with revellers taking in the new year with a wonderful display of fireworks and a glass or two of champagne.  The final day of the year was another gorgeous one and it looks as though there will finally be a change in the weather.  Last night brought 10-15cm of new snow and the Arlberg region is expecting 60-80cm in the next two days.  This is a welcome change and will help set up a proper snow pack.  I must hand it to the lift company for working so diligently to get so many lifts and pistes open without any significant help from mother nature since mid November.  It was nothing less than incredible to see them blow and push snow all around, to where all major pistes and all but one lift was open in the St. Anton area.  Thankfully, the new snow will get the off piste skiing started here for all those eagerly awaiting.

All the best for a fantastic 2017!!  Fingers crossed for lots of snow across the globe to all of our friends and family.

Lots of love,


Powder skiing is back!!!!

Powder skiing is back!!!!