The village of Gargellen in the Montafon region of the Vorarlberg is well-known for its guaranteed snow and beautiful wide pistes.
Gargellen is located in a side valley of the Montafon, at an altitude of 1,400 metres. The quiet village has just 122 inhabitants although the winter numbers are swelled by guests and seasonal workers in the hotels and ski businesses.
The valley station of the Schafberg gondola lift can be reached on skis from most of the accommodation. It takes skiers up to the Schafberg plateau, from where a stunning view opens up. The eye-catcher is the mighty Madrisa, 2,770 metres high, which rises on the border between Vorarlberg and Switzerland.
Children and beginners can ski on the blue (= easy) marked slopes on the plateau or choose one of the blue valley runs. Around half of the 40 kilometres of pistes in the ski area are marked as easy. There are several places to stop for refreshments on the slopes: the Schafberg-Hüsli with a large terrace and rustic huts on the valley slopes.
The Gargellen ski school looks after children from the age of three. They gain their first experience on skis in the “Schmuggi Luggi” children’s land with ski carousel and rope lift. The Montafon Brandnertal ski pass is free for children under the age of six (born 2016 and younger).
More information: www.montafon.at