Its two resorts, Brand and Bürserberg, each have their own small areas of slopes that have been linked at altitude since 2007. It doesn't add up to a huge ski area but it is popular with families and has lots of activities to amuse them as well as skiing. Keen piste-bashers will be pleased to learn that for the 2015/16 season, all lift passes for two days or more in Brandnertal will also be valid in the Montafon ski area (which is the next-door valley, has over 200km of slopes and is reachable by public transport). Getting to the region is easy by train and bus or by car after flying in to airports such as Friedrichshafen (90km), Innsbruck (140km) or Zürich (160km). S When you enter the Brandnertal, the first ski village you come to is Bürserberg (890m). The road continues up the valley for a few km until you reach Brand (1035m), which is strung along the valley floor near its head (the south-western end) and has most of the accommodation. They are in the province of Vorarlberg which also includes Bregenzerwald (covered in the next chapter), Montafon in the next valley, Lech-Zürs (which has its own chapter) and some other small resorts. The Brandnertal resorts are the most westerly major ski resorts in Austria and only a few km from the border with Switzerland. There are free ski-buses. You can get to the Montafon resort of Schruns (which has a cable car into 140km of slopes) by regular bus and train in around an hour.
Pros

Quiet area that suits families well

Plenty of activities to try other than downhill skiing

Affordable prices

Small area of slopes that suits intermediates and beginners best, but …

Cons

Only 55km of pistes locally

Après-ski quiet by Austrian standards

Still quite a few slow chairlifts and T-bars

Guide to Brandnertal | Vorarlberg 3 in 3

   

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