The Montafon in the south of Vorarlberg
Where tradition meets sporty adventures …
Traditions and adventure. Sporty action and tranquillity in nature. It’s the combination that makes the Montafon the top holiday destination in Vorarlberg – in every season.
39 kilometres long, traversed by the river Ill, surrounded by the Rätikon, Verwall and Silvretta mountain ranges. That’s right! We’re talking about the Montafon in Vorarlberg. It’s the southernmost valley of the westernmost federal state in Austria and encompasses 11 villages in 8 municipalities. One of them is Gaschurn where Sporthotel Silvretta Montafon is located.
Montafon’s traditions from “Alpabtrieb” to “Sura Kees”
Did you know that people in the Montafon were speaking Rhaetian up to the 15th century? That’s also where the valley’s Rhaeto-Romanic name comes from – its original meaning is still not fully known. Maybe it means “mountain in front” or “foothill” from “mont davon”. Or maybe it comes from “munt tovun” which means something like “mountain full of holes” or “pitted mountain”. One thing is for sure, though: The impressive mountains have always defined the landscape and the various traditions in the southernmost valley of Vorarlberg.
The “Alpabtrieb”, for instance, is one such tradition: Cattle are ceremoniously guided down from the mountain pastures in autumn – a procedure which festively concludes the farmers’ year of work. The mountains are also home to the frugal alpine “Steinschaf”, a rare breed of sheep. The “Maisäß” – mountain pastures with small settlements and barns – as a traditional form of land use still exist to this day as well.
Culinary tip with a long-standing tradition: the Montafon’s “Sura Kees” – a mildly aromatic skimmed milk cheese! It tastes particularly great at the rustic Stoba 7 …
Winter holidays in the Montafon with an action bonus
Fun, action, adventure – if that’s what you’re looking for in winter, then the Montafon is perfect for you! A total of five ski resorts with 225 kilometres of slopes and 53,2 kilometres of ski tours – what could be better? One of them, the Silvretta Montafon resort, is in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. By the way, that’s also where you’ll find an absolute highlight for freestyle skiers: the Snowpark Montafon.
What else can you do besides skiing, snowboarding and freeriding? The resort also encompasses 290 kilometres of winter hiking trails, 150 kilometres of snow shoe hiking routes and 154 kilometres of cross-country trails, multiple ice rinks and five ice stock shooting alleys. A sportsperson’s dream come true!
Mountain summers in the south of Vorarlberg
Ready for a summer in the mountains unparalleled in its diversity? In the Montafon, you can experience the opposite of daily monotony – among other things, thanks to the following leisure activity offers:
- 1,130 kilometres of signposted hiking trails
- 270 kilometres of bike, mountain bike and e-bike routes
- an e-bike network with 28 exchange and charging units
- 15 via ferratas and 8 climbing gardens
- Silvretta High Alpine Road
- various lakes – some of them perfect for fishing
- 9 cable cars in operation
- plenty of hiking trails that are suitable for Nordic Walking
- 26 Alpine Association mountain huts
- golf and minigolf courses
- multiple public pools
- indoor pools at hotels
You would like to come to the Montafon? Then Sporthotel Silvretta Montafon is the perfect base to explore this incredibly diverse speck of land!
To our holiday offers
Winter in the Montafon: Skiing and snowboarding. Trails and powder. Cross-country skiing and tobogganing. White mountains and snow-covered landscapes. Ice skating, hiking and snowshoeing. During the colder times of the year, the southernmost valley in Vorarlberg is transformed into a true winter sports paradise.
Summer in the Montafon: Many kilometers of hiking trails. Diverse cycling routes. Countless climbing opportunities. Green alpine meadows and fragrant forests. Even in the summer you can discover and experience a unique natural landscape in south-west Austria, surrounded by majestic peaks.