St. Christoph am Arlberg

St. Christoph am Arlberg is one of the highest located ski resorts of Austria and the Eastern Alps

Altitude: 1,793 m a.s.l.

St. Christoph am Arlberg, a winter sports paradise at the Arlberg Pass, belongs the municipality of St. Anton am Arlberg. This settlement, located at almost 1,800 m a.s.l., mainly consists of hotels and inns, and is accessible via the Arlberg Highway. Primarily, the village has become famous for its hospice established in the 14th century, afterwards for the National Ski Academy.

The hospice was constructed by Heinrich Findelkind from Germany as protection for travellers from bad weather situations. In order to raise money for that, he founded the Bruderschaft St. Christoph, a congregation of Christian charity, in 1386 AD. St. Christoph has also got an important role to play in alpine skiing, as there is a Ski Austria Academy conducted by the Austrian Skiing Federation (ÖSV). Today, sports students and certified ski instructors are trained in this facility.

As mentioned above, St. Christoph am Arlberg is a popular winter sports resort. As in 1901 the Arlberg Ski Club was founded, three years later the first competition took place in the local skiing area. Today, the Ski Arlberg offers hundreds of km of well-groomed slopes. Additionally there is the Arlberger Winter Climbing Route, which is 850 m long and offers securing ropes: Once reached the top of Mt. Vordere Rendelspitze, you can admire the Verwall Alps and the Lechtal Alps.

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