Gargellen Ski Resort
Located in a secluded valley on the Austrian-Swiss border, Gargellen is a hidden gem with quiet, snowsure pistes and great off piste potential.
Tucked away in the far western corner of Austria, Gargellen is a small resort that certainly packs a punch. It is located just over the Swiss border from the Madrisa ski area of Davos and is the next door valley from Silvretta Montafon and as a result finds itself in one of the snowiest corners of the Alps. The local slopes are compact, covering 28km, but are very snowsure and usually very quiet. The highlights are the long descents back down to the valley and the off piste terrain, which features heavily on the piste map in the form of itinerary routes. Keen ski tourers should hire a guide and tackle the Madrisa Rundtour, the famous ski cross-border ski tour to Davos and back.
The shady village at the foot of the valley is very quiet and sleepy, providing rustic charm and a handful of tasteful, family-run hotels. These act as a great base from which to explore the ski area and it is possible to ski right back into the heart of town at the end of the day. Getting here takes a little longer than most Austrian resorts – it is around a 2 hour transfer from both Zürich and Innsbruck airports.
Resort website: www.montafon.at