Tourism developed in the Montafon over time just like the ‘Sure Kees’ (‘Sour Cheese’) matures in the mountain pasture huts year for year. The residents have remained authentic hosts. Today, the wide-ranging ski resorts nestle against the rocky flanks and mountain pastures that surround the valley. The mountain huts and restaurants serve local dishes and views of sugar-dusted peaks as far as the eyes can see. This is where people in ski boots relax on loungers in the sun. Those who don’t feel like skiing take walks on winter paths or traipse on snow shoes through the snowbound forests up to sunbathed viewing balconies. Sometimes they will walk past frozen reservoirs – evidence that the people of the Montafon have been using water as a clean source of energy for a long time.
Tobogganing, Bavarian curling, ski touring, free-riding, sleeping in igloos and many other activities await active nature lovers. ‘Sport on the mountain, party in the valley’ is the name of the game at the beginning of the season in December when local heroes defend their reputation at the Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross World Championships against stars of the scene who travel here from all over the world. It’s also the time when top music acts and party-goers get the Piz Buin, Drei Türme and Zimba, the ‘Vorarlberg Matterhorn’, shaking. The season ends with a massive round of applause for the winter at an open-air concert on the mountain.
Once the slopes have slipped out of their winter outfits, the flowering mountain meadows start to take over. That’s when the valley gets ready for all those visitors who want to ‘genuinely experience real mountains’ in summer. It’s also the time when visitors can enjoy hiking, mountaineering and climbing – but not only that, the bravest among them will be able to spend time in the largest forest rope park in Vorarlberg on Golm mountain or fly across the Latschau reservoir on the Flying Fox.