The Bregenzerwald is a winter sports destination for discerning guests. Lively, enjoyable and pleasantly relaxing, the region exudes an atmosphere of unassuming confidence and quiet individuality. Top quality and good planning are things we take for granted here in the Bregenzerwald.
With a selection of sunny south-facing slopes, an excellent snow record and north-facing ski pistes offering excellent conditions right through until springtime, the joint natural assets of Damüls and Mellau make a formidable combination. Spread around the centrally located Mittagsspitze, this varied and snow-filled ski arena offers guests 109 kilometres of pistes. The new 10-man gondola with its newly renovated valley complex at the bottom station in Mellau, provides a pleasant start to your skiing experience.
The 3 Valleys ski pass is valid for a total of 36 ski areas, as well as offering a free and comfortable bus service to the ski field. Available tickets include: standard ski passes for durations ranging from 2 ½ to 21 days; non-consecutive passes for durations of 2, 5 and 8 days, and season tickets.
The Au-Schoppernau ski area is situated on the Diedamskopf, at an altitude of 2,090 m. From this plateau the breathtaking panorama takes in more than 300 mountain peaks, with views which extend as far as Lake Constance and, on a clear day, the Minster in Ulm.
Professional attention from the very first turn
Mellau ski and snowboard school and the snow sports school in Au-Schoppernau both offer courses for beginners as well as for intermediate and advanced pupils. Au-Schoppernau was awarded the Innovation Prize by Vorarlberg Tourism for its imaginative children's programme. In "Didiland" children's first experiences on skis go hand in hand with fun and games.
Mellau ski and snowboard school goes to great lengths to appeal to children - even the very tiniest. Motivated children's instructors and amusing tuition programmes ensure speedy and enjoyable learning. The school also offers a weekend babysitting service for toddlers, and children's ski courses with midday supervision.
A relaxed day's skiing right from the word go!
The number 34 ski bus offers the perfect connecting service between Bizau, Mellau cable cars and the Bezau chairlift. The winter timetable is valid from December until April. With 6 direct daily services, you can avoid tedious sessions scraping ice off windscreens, and time wasted looking for a parking space in the ski area of your choice. Any skiers or snowboarders in possession of the 3 Valleys lift pass are entitled to free use of the number 34 bus.
Where fresh air is in plentiful supply
Cross-country skiing involves the use of more muscles than almost any other type of sport, and as a result its benefits are well known and widely accepted. Indulge in some Nordic Cruising to admire the beauties of nature; be ambitious and try your hand at classical cross-country, or do the trendy thing and show off your Skating Technique abilities.
The cross-country ski track runs right past Gasthof Taube, with the entry point situated very close to the hotel. The beautiful sunny countryside around Bizau offers approx. 8.5 km of cross-country skiing and skating tracks.If you take the cross-country networks in the neighbouring villages of Reuthe and Bezau into consideration, you have a total of nearly 23 km of pure cross-country fun!
Where paths are marked in pink
Even for non-skiers there are countless ways to enjoy the glories of winter. Bizau offers visitors some 50km of well-prepared walking tracks, all clearly and uniformly marked with pink signboards.
The WITUS villages of Bizau, Bezau, Mellau, Reuthe and Schnepfau offer visitors a total of over 47 km of cross-country ski tracks and 80 km of winter footpaths - all easily accessible thanks to the number 34 ski bus!
Make new tracks
Although there was once a ski field in Bizau, the Hirschberg is popular nowadays with ski tourers, off-piste skiers and snow shoe walkers. The mountain's highest point lies at approx. 1,660 m altitude, involving a climb of some 870 metres from the starting point beside the bottom station of the former Hirschberg cable car. It's the perfect place to make new tracks into the pristine natural surroundings.
Gerhard Feuerstein from Bizau, a nationally qualified ski tour guide, organises guided ski tours in the Bregenzerwald. Registrations should be made at least one day in advance.
Information/registration: Tel. +43 664 4623933
In step with nature
Walking and mountain guide Konrad Feurstein will take you on a snow shoe tour through Bizau's wonderful winter countryside. The meeting point is always on Monday in the village square at 13.30. The tour is free, and lasts about three hours.
Where to hire your equipment on the spot
Whether you are looking for skis, snowboards, ski boots or other footwear, poles, cross-country equipment or snow shoes, Sport Bertsch in Bizau is sure to have exactly what you need to ensure a perfect day in the snow.
Opening times in winter:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 to 12.00 and 14.30 to 18.30
Saturday: 8.30 to 12.00 and 14.30 to 17.00
Sunday: 9.30 to 12.00 and 16.30 to 18.00
Contact: Tel. +43 5514 4127