Run of Fame is the longest ski loop in Austria, stretching from St. Anton am Arlberg in Tirol to Warth in Vorarlberg. The run is 65 km long with total of 18,000 vertical meters of change in elevations. Thanks to newly build Flexenbahn cableway; it is possible to ski around the entire Arlberg area.
When visiting Arlberg few weeks ago, we knew we had to try to complete the Run of Fame. We were wondering if it’s really possible to snowboard from St. Anton to Warth and go back on the same day? The car ride would take about 40-45 minutes, so our challenge was to snowboard there and go back in 7 hours.
GOSNOW documented the whole experience and will take you on all day long challenge of straight snowboarding and villages hopping in Arlberg.
THE RUN OF FAME
Run of Fame is 65 km long run around Arlberg ski area, and it is one of the most interesting ski loops in the Alps. Since this winter season, Ski Arlberg is the largest lift interconnected ski area in Austria, boosting around 305 km of downhill skiing. Following Run of Fame, you can hop between St. Anton, Stuben, Zürs, Zug, Lech and Warth.
The loop runs over 27 lifts and compromises mostly blue and red pistes and two black routes. The entrances are possible at any point of the run.
We stayed in St. Anton am Arlberg so we followed the North Route (marked in violet). For those who stay around Lech or Warth there is South Route (marked in orange).
Run of Fame starting/ending point is St. Anton am Arlberg. From there the run continues up to Valluga (2660 m) and all the way down to Alpe Rauz/Stuben. In Stuben we take Flexenbahn and go up to summit of Trittkopf (2423 m). Following the route down, we land in Zürs and go up to Madloch-Joch (2438 m). From here we continue to ski down to Zug and go over to Lech am Arlberg. From Lech, we reach Auenfeldjet cable lift that takes us to Warth. To get back, we take lift to Rüfikopf (2362m) and ski all the way back to Zürs. From here Trittkopfbahn cableway brings us back to Stuben. The last stop is Valfagehrbahn lift that takes us back to St. Anton ski area.
The Run of Fame can take up to entire day or even longer, depending on snow conditions and the number of people on the slopes. With ski lifts opening times between 9:00-16:15, it doesn’t leave much time to take longer stops. Good news there are also bus shuttles between the villages, so you can take off the run at any point.
FROM ST. ANTON TO STUBEN
At 9 o’clock in the morning we started at the bottom of Galzig cableway and went up to the Galzig station (2185 m). We’ve stayed in St. Anton since 3 days and seen the number of skiers on the slopes, so we knew we needed to skip Rendl site and go straight up to Valluga. From Galzig station we snowboarded down to Tanzenböden lift and went up. Following the routes nos. 76 and 58 we reached Schindlergratbahn lift and arrived to the spectacular Schnidler Spitze (2660 m) just below the summit of Valluga (2811). From here, we did very enjoyable run down to Alpe Rauz / Stuben via routes nos. 85 (red) and 100 (blue).
Shortly after 10 o’clock we arrived to Alpe Rauz/Stuben and we continued in the direction of Zürs. The connection is possible thanks to the Flexenbahn and Trittkopfbahn II cableways that link Stuben and Zürs.
The run up took about 10 minutes and offered some pretty great views on Flexen Pass. From middle station, we changed to Trittkopfbahn II and continued up to Trittkopf (2423 m) summit. From here, we went down to Zürs via ski route no. 136, which to us was the most difficult part of the run. Most of this route was in the shadow, had very steep descents and plenty of moguls. On the bright side, we were completely alone and the views were well worth it.
FROM ZÜRS TO ZUG
From Zürs we took two lifts (Seekopf and Madloch), both of which offered amazing views on the valley. We reached the top of Madloch-Joch (2438m) and went all the way down to Zug via ski route no. 170. The journey between Zürs and Zug was one of the highlights and wonderful experiences of this run. The route is part of The White Ring (Der Weiße Ring), and offers some super scenic views on the valley.
The way from Zürs to Zug
FROM LECH TO WARTH
In Zug we took Zugerberg ski lift that connects the village with slopes of Lech am Arlberg ski area. We landed near restaurant called Balmalp and continued down via wide blue routes nos. 200 and 210 until we reached the Auenfeldjet cableway.
The cableway connects the ski areas of Lech Zürs and Warth-Schrocken and was built over the Auenfeld pass. The Auenfeld is high plateau with unique Alpine flora and fauna, so when the connection was build the region took special care to interfere with nature as little as possible.
ON THE SLOPES OF WARTH
We arrived to Saloberkopf (2043 m) in Warth, around 12:30 o’clock. Warth is a great ski area with mainly blue and black pistes. The village is famous for being one of the snowiest places in Austria with average 11 meters of snow every winter season.
When we came to Warth, we felt tired and far from St. Anton am Arlberg. After non-stop riding for 3.5 hours we sat on the side of slope no. 294 and had lunch. Overlooking the ski area, we really wanted to explore it, but after checking the map we realized that the trip down to Warth and back would require taking a lot of lifts. Without thinking, we decided we only go down to Hochalp and from there, we went straight back in the direction of Auenfeldjet cableway. Until then everything was going as we planned, but even we’ve already seen the lift ahead of us – we still didn’t manage to get there! Instead, we found ourselves at the end of slope no. 259 and had to take Sonnencruiser lift to get back. 30 minutes later, we finally managed to reach Auenfeldjet and went back to Lech.
LECH TO ZÜRS VIA RÜFIKOPF (2362m)
From here we followed the smooth blue run no. 200 around Oberlech and went all the way down to Lech am Arlberg. We took the Rüfikopfbahn cableway and reached the west facing slopes that took us back to Zürs. On the way, we had to take two more lifts: Schüttboden and Trittalp before we reached the Trittkopfbahn in Zürs.
On the way down from Rüfikopf (2362m), we saw plenty of untouched powder.
GOING BACK TO ST. ANTON
At 15:50 we catched Trittkopfbahn – Flexenbahn cableways and went back to Alpe Rauz/Stuben. We were lucky to arrive there 15 minutes before the lift closing time. From here we took Valfagehrbahn lift that brought us back to St. Anton am Arlberg side. Following the piste 78 and 56 we completed the last part of Run of Fame and went down to St. Anton. We finished the run in the same point where we started near Galzigbahn.
We completed the challenge and went around Arlberg ski area in around 7.5 hours. Although we haven’t managed the get to the official start and finish points in Rendl St. Anton and Steffisalp Warth, we checked out all other points on the Run of Fame map. The challenge and run itself was well worth the effort. We had a chance to ski around the entire Arlberg ski area and seen so many fantastic places during only one day.
Our advice for completing Run of Fame is to plan ahead and study the ski map, lifts names and routes numbers before you start. Start early in the morning and take no more than 30 minutes’ break. In the end, it should be fun, so take it easy and don’t be afraid to take shortcuts or skip some parts of the run.
Have any of you completed the Run of Fame or maybe the other ski circuit? We would love to hear what were your experiences, so please share with us in the comments.
SEE OUR VIDEO FROM RUN OF FAME HERE