Brandnertal is a valley in the far south west of Austrian (close to the border with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany) that is home to the often linked ski villages of Brand and Burserberg. It falls within Vorarlberg, the second smallest Austrian state by area and population, and borders Tyrol to the east.
There is a variety of skiing and boarding available. Much is of the ‘family friendly’ variety, scenic rather than testing, but with a long run or two thrown in.
Depending on the time of year, you can break out the lederhosen for Burserberg which sits at 890 metres up the valley. It is described as traditional, picturesque, and quiet rather than bustling and lively.
Brand, higher up at 1,000 metres is a little larger village (both are comparatively small) and the livelier of the two.
Both offer traditional style Austrian hospitality.
The two villages each allow access to Brandnertal’s 64 kilometres of ski slopes that start at 2,000 metres and drop down to 890 metres. Most are classified as ‘easy’ or ‘medium’, but 3 kilometres worth are rated ‘advanced’.
The ski season runs from December to April and although the snow record is reasonable, some 80 per cent of the slopes have snow cannon protection (there are 23 in all). There are also ‘Backyard’ snowpark areas – the ‘Trashyard’, the ‘Woodyard’ and the ‘Boneyard’. Again the main emphasis is on family fun.
There are also Nordic options including the 15 kilometre Tschengla XC trail above Burserberg.
The resort has 14 lifts including two recently installed cable cars, a gondola, six chairlifts and five drag lifts. The 1,541 metre Panoramabahn connects the Brand and Burserberg ski areas and, as the name implies, provides some awesome views. There is also a mountain train serving the area for longer adventures.
Other winter activities include tobogganing, hiking and cross-country skiing, climbing, skating and curling (brand has a natural ice rink). Summer activities include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, golf, tennis, horse riding, fishing
And there is a wildlife Adventure Trail, a ‘Barefoot’ trail and climbing park for children.
Getting to Brannertal is relatively easy with both Zurich and Innsbruck airports within striking distance (160 kilometres and 140 kilometres away, respectively) Transfers are available at both.
Meanwhile it is possible to travel by train from Zurich to Bludenz from where there is a ski bus to Brand.
|Height of village||Burserberg 890m, Brand 1,038m|
|Ski slopes start at||2,000 metres (highest)|
|Length of ski runs||64kms|
|Number of: ski runs||29 – 14 blue, 14 red, 1 black|
|Number of lifts||14|
|Nearest airports:||Innsbruck (140km),
|Nearest railway stations||Bludenze|
|Useful websites||www.vorarlberg-alpenregion.at, www.Montafon.at|
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