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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!

R&M

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,

R&M

Powder skiing is back!!!!

Powder skiing is back!!!!

St. Anton ski season 2016/17 is on!!

St. Anton’s lift system fired up for the 2016/17 season on December 2nd!  It was a gorgeous sunny day and many people were smiling as they made there first turns of the season.  There was a variety of runs available to ride with Galzig, Osthang, St. Christoph, Tanzboden, Zammermoos, Schindler, Valfager and the brand new Flexenbahn all open.  The new Flexenbahn is a 45 million euro project that the lift company completed in a mind blowing 6 months.  It links Alpe Raus near Stuben to Zurs by going up and over the shoulder of Trittkopf.  It also offers a new way to get to the top of Albona.  It means that there is no need queue and wait for the old bus to Zurs/Lech and makes the Arlberg the biggest interconnected ski area in Austria.  This is very exciting and makes what is a fabulous resort that much better.

The chalet is wide open until December 15th so please contact me to come and get your ski season started!

Schindler Chutes ready for action!

Schindler Chutes ready for action!

The new Flexenbahn middle station offers instant off piste options!

The new Flexenbahn middle station offers instant off piste options!

 

Summer is winding down…..

So start thinking about winter!!

Available weeks at the chalet are filling up.  Please make your reservation soon to ensure you get the week that you desire.

All the best for a nice fall and looking forward to seeing you in the winter!

Kind regards,

Ross and Maaike

Powder skiing at its best down from Kapall.

Powder skiing at its best down from Kapall.

Chalet Rafalt is closed for another season.

We wish you a pleasant summer and thank you for your patronage.  Winter 16/17 awaits!!  Please come visit the chalet and the Arlberg again!!

 

Kind regards,

 

R&M

Spring is here!

The beginning of March brought a significant amount of snow and some fantastic skiing with it.  Since then, the weather has been nothing short of magnificent.  We have enjoyed loads of sunshine everyday, some warmer temperatures and stable snow which has allowed for touring enthusiasts to get out and amongst the big peaks and long runs!  The snowpack itself is very healthy and the pistes are in great shape.

For the first time since December 20th we have availability beginning next week on March 27th.  If you are able to come on short notice, please get in touch!

We wish you a pleasant start to the spring season!  Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.

Incredible view over the Silveretta from the summit of Kaltenberg.

Incredible view over the Silveretta from the summit of Kaltenberg.

Valley cloud and a very nice morning perch.

Valley cloud and a very nice morning perch.

High above the Malfon and ready for a sip of bubbles!

High above the Malfon and ready for a sip of bubbles!

Wonderful weather to enjoy apres outside at the KK, this time with Gunnar, who owned it for 35 years.

Wonderful weather to enjoy apres outside at the KK, this time with Gunnar, who owned it for 35 years.

 

Into the heart of the season we go!

January brought plenty of fine skiing to the Arlberg.  It snowed almost daily from the 3rd to the 21st and we had some of the best days I had seen in a while.  Visits from the McCaig’s, Andrew Field, Maaike’s sister and oldest friends and some of the original Montreal Canadian team made it an awesome month to be an inn keeper.  We love sharing turns, summits, great meals and fun parties with such fun loving, genuine people!

We are headed into the heart of the season now and look forward to welcoming more great groups ahead.  The snowpack is a solid 2 metres and all the fantastic slopes, both on and off piste are in good shape.  We have two weeks left to fill towards the end of March, so please get in touch if you would like to make some memories here in St. Anton.  I’ll leave this post with a few pics from this month.

Powder skiing at its best down from Kapall.

Powder skiing at its best down from Kapall.

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Ski touring with Andrew Field in the Moostal.

Summit of Kanodelkopf with Pierre, Martin-Luc and Shanie.

Summit of Kanodelkopf with Pierre, Martin-Luc and Shanie.

Kind regards,

R&M

SNOW!!!!!!

Winter has made a full on return to St. Anton and the conditions are improving everyday.  The shift in the weather seems to be taking hold with snow forecast for the next week at least.  Forecasters are using the word “Nordstau” in their posts which is music to any Arberg skier’s ears as this is where we get our big snow from.  Our fingers and toes are crossed that it all comes to fruition.  Until then, we will enjoy the centimetres that are on the ground!

All for now,

R&M

Faceshots are much more common since Jan 3!!!

Faceshots are much more common since Jan 3!!!

Happy 2016!!!

December felt like spring all across the Alps and St. Anton was no different.  Thankfully, we had a few snowfalls in November that allowed most lifts to be open and lots of kilometres of piste to explore.  The weather was gorgeous, with blue skies and amazing clear visibility which allowed vacations makers to soak up the beauty of the Arlberg.

The new year celebration was fantastic as always, and the firework display did not disappoint.  It was great to see the 1000’s of people making the most of toasting 2016!

The new year has brought a change in the weather and we are there is snow falling again.  We have had about 40cm’s in the last few days with more on the way this week.  It is a welcome change and we hope the pattern continues!!!

All for now,

R&M

Gorgeous clear skies that dominated for December.

Gorgeous clear skies that dominated for December.

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Winter 2015/16 set to begin Dec. 4th!!

A few good snowfalls towards the end of November have coverage looking pretty good all over the Arlberg.  The snowpack is between 50-100cm depending on location, but all in all, things look pretty white!

The lifts are set to open this Friday!  We should see the Galzigbahn, Nasserein, Tanzboden, Osthang, St. Christoph and Valfager bahns all spinning and servicing a variety of pistes and off piste options.

We went for a walk today in Zurs for a little sneak-a-peak.  The snow certainly left something to be desired, but the views were stunning and if felt like winter has started.  Keep your fingers crossed for more snow and we should be in great shape for the opening month ahead!

Zurs - Dec 2nd, 2015

Zurs – Dec 2nd, 2015