Warth is a small village in the Vorarlberg region of Austria. Warth is located at 1,500 metres directly within the Warth-Schröcken ski area and is linked to the wider Arlberg ski area. It is possible to ski all the way from Warth to St Anton am Arlberg (and vice versa). This is my guide to skiing from Warth to St Anton in pictures.
The first step is to get on the Steffisalp-Express from Warth village.
From the Steffisalp-Express you need to drop down to the Wartherhorn-Express. You have the choice of a black (number 276) or a blue (number 272). You can see the lift from the top of the Steffisalp-Express so you can’t go wrong.
The next lift you are looking for is the Hochalpbahn. This takes you up to a high point in the Warth-Schröcken ski area. There are some beautiful views across to Lech from here. To get to the Hochalpbahn from the top of the Wartherhorn-Express, simply follow blue 291. Make sure you keep following the piste down behind the Karhornbahn lift.
From the top of the Hochalpbahn, follow red 258 to the Auenfeldjet to take you across to the next village, Lech. This piste can suffer a bit in the sunshine and from the amount of traffic it gets. This is a long lift of over 2km, so time to have a rest and take in the views. Remember to stay on the lift right to the top, ignore the mid-station.
From the top of the Auenfeldjet there are a number of different routes down to Lech. One of my favourites is blue 200 into red 208 and back into blue 200. From this route you get some great views across to Rüfikopf – where you are headed next…
This is the slightly annoying bit where you have to take your skis off to walk across the river and road to access the Rüfikopf cable car…
…but it is worth it. There are some fabulous mountain views from up here. And a useful viewing platform for a photo stop. If it is time for lunch or a drink stop, the restaurant at the top makes the most of the view and is reasonably priced, for Lech. This view on towards Zürs is one I never get tired of.
From the top of Rüfikopf cable car I prefer to take ski route 181 to the Schüttboden t-bar. Don’t be put off by the ski route designation – until the 17/18 season it was designated a red piste and nothing about it seems to have changed… Fortunately there are not too many t-bars in the Arlberg ski region. This is one of only a handful that I ever use. If you really want to avoid this one, take blue 180 from the top of Rüfikopf; you can usually traverse across off-piste and avoid the lift.
From the top of Schüttboden simply follow blue 185 into Zürs, keeping an eye on the beautiful views.
Take the Trittalp lift up above Zürs. Again, there are many routes down into Zürs from here. I always take red 125 to where it links up with blue 123 and follow that as it winds down to the bottom. I am clearly a creature of habit… Then it is time to hop onto Trittkopfbahn for the last leg of the journey. Make sure you get on at the right entrance – you need the entrance signposted for the mid-station and St Anton. Make sure you change at the mid-station to switch onto the Flexenbahn to take you across to the St Anton ski area.
From the bottom of the Flexenbahn, take Valfagehrbahn up into the heart of the St Anton ski area. To head towards the village, take blue 78. This is very flat, so get up as much speed as possible. Unfortunately in 17/18 the blue route, Steissbachtal, was closed due to avalanche risk. This means you have to follow another flat track to Tanzböden. From here, expert skiers can cut across to Kandahar (black 52), which leads you into blue 50 to the bottom. Be warned that this is a lovely run in the morning, but by the afternoon is covered in moguls the size of elephants. For beginners/non fans of moguls/those who need a rest, go up the Tanzböden lift. From there you can cut across blue piste 64 and take the Galzigbahn down. And relax at the bottom with a nice cold beer…