Visitor reviews for Warth-Schröcken Ski Resort
February 09, 2015
Howard Beanland from United Kingdom
My wife and I originally skied in Warth-Schröcken in March 2014 when we made the trek across from St Christoph a couple of times. We liked the resort and the runs so decided to spend a full week there this January. Although the skiing, in Warth, is rather limited, there’s enough to keep a competent intermediate happy for a couple of days. The black runs (W1, W2 and W8) from the Saloberkopf are pretty easy and within the scope of most intermediates. The resort is not great for beginners though. The red run down to Warth is quite steep, and the only nursery slopes, low down, are adjacent to the village on either side of the road. However, the newly constructed blue run (W23) offers an easier, if narrow alternative route back to Warth village. There’s also a new narrow but pleasant red ski route down to Schöcken which is regularly pisted. There’s no lift back but there are frequent buses to the Hochtannberg Pass and Warth.
The great advantage of Warth is the Auenfeldjet connection to Lech. This takes about 15 minutes to its end, though on the return journey you can ski to the bottom Auenfeldjet station and get back to connecting lifts in about 9 minutes. Accommodation and restaurant prices, in Warth, are much cheaper than in Lech so it provides a low cost alternative for the budget conscious. It’s possible to ski from Lech to Zürs on the Weisse Ring route. The only way to ski back to Lech, however, is to use ski route 33 to Zug and either complete the Weisse Ring or use ski route 56 back to Lech (not open when we were there). There are buses which plough between Lech and Alpe Rauz (the link to St Anton and Stuben) but we found them such a bun fight the previous year that we didn’t bother this time. A better alternative, if there are four or more of you, is to use the VW taxis which are quite cheap.
If you’ve got transport and want to ski elsewhere, the Drei Täler pass covers Damuls (45 minute drive) and several other small resorts in the Bregenzerwald
If you’re after lively après-ski, then don’t go to Warth. Apart from a couple of igloos next to the pistes which filled up during happy hour with Germans singing drinking songs, there’s not much going on. There are about half a dozen restaurants and cafes which provide the usual Austrian fare. If you’re self catering, bring as much as you can with you, as the solitary Spar does not have a great choice of food.
In summary, quiet resort with a good snow record which is fairly cheap and has access to a large ski area.
Overall: 3.5. Based on 6 votes and 1 review. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Warth-Schröcken.
Public Transport: 3.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Warth-Schröcken, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Warth-Schröcken, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Warth-Schröcken.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Warth-Schröcken, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Warth-Schröcken is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Warth-Schröcken relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Warth-Schröcken, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Warth-Schröcken are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Warth-Schröcken is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Warth-Schröcken, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Warth-Schröcken usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Warth-Schröcken are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Warth-Schröcken are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Warth-Schröcken has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Warth-Schröcken, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Warth-Schröcken, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Warth-Schröcken, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Warth-Schröcken has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Warth-Schröcken is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.6
(1) Overall, Warth-Schröcken is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.