Pistes close to the nature, wonderful panoramas and environmentally sustainable skiing are key ingredients for winter tourism in the Alpine valley of Montafon in Austria. Visitors to the Golm ski area can look forward to well-groomed pistes, deep-snow areas, traditional mountain huts with regional dishes and a spectacular winter wonderland.
1) General information about the Golm ski area
- The ski area has a long history, and offers 26,5 versatile km of piste
- Its location at 650–2,110 metres above sea level provides good snow-reliability
- Unbeatable cosiness-factor in both Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns
- Golm is part of the Montafon Brandnertal ski region
Skiing like in the good old days – but with all modern conveniences. That is the motto of the Golm ski area in the precious Alpine valley of Montafon. The ski area lies a bit outside the most touristic ski centres, but, as part of the united ski areas forming the Montafon Brandnertal ski region, it remains well-connected. Its “outsider” position gives the ski area some advantages: the natural beauty of the Gauer valley around Tschagguns and the picturesque location of Bartholomäberg overlooking Rätikon make a ski holiday here an unforgettable experience.
The ski area may be small, but you will not run the risk of getting bored. The versatile pistes and the many sport activities offered outside the slopes give you endless possibilities for fun and relaxation. Golm’s 26.5 km of piste are located at 650–2,110 metres above sea level. The altitude, combined with snow making machines covering up to 90 % of the piste area, provides good snow-reliability. During the first months of the year – from January to April – snowfall measures an average 150 cm per month. Snow depths of 50–200 cm is commonplace at the mountain station throughout the season. With an average of five to six sun hours during the winter months, Montafon is definitely the place-to-be for sun worshippers.
The two resorts of Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns have the cosy and traditional atmosphere typical for old mountain villages. Tschagguns is located at approximately the same altitude as the valley station, whereas Bartholomäberg, at 1,087 metres, gives you an incredible view of the Rätikon mountains.
If you are in the mood for more action, we recommend making a daytrip to Bludenz and to other ski areas in the Montafon Brandnertal ski region. One single lift pass is all you need to access the total of 235 km of piste and 62 km of ski routes, located in seven different ski areas.
Our experts were impressed by their experiences in Golm and, in the “Reliability for snow” category (based on the number snowfall days, snow depths and piste accessibility) they awarded the ski area a four-star rating. The modern and regularly serviced lifts and cable cars helped Golm earn another four-star rating in the corresponding category.
2) Golm piste map
3) Skiing in the Golm ski area
Winter sport tourists based in Bartholomäberg or Tschagguns have the Golm ski area almost right at their doorstep. A ski bus transports skiers from Tschagguns to the valley station in a few minutes. Nine lifts, of which three are cabin cars, help take skiers up to the many pistes and to the mountain station, located at an altitude of approx. 1,400 metres.
The ski area offers a total of 26.5 km of piste, of which 13 km are blue and 12 km are red. Our group of experts have been generous with their stars, giving the Golm ski area four of five stars in regards to how suitable it is for families and children. “Golmi-Land” at the mountain station at Grüneck has a children’s funslope. Parents can drink a well-deserved cup of coffee and enjoy the view from the “Berghof Golm” restaurant. After a short break, you can continue down to the valley along the “Golmi-Wald” slope, accompanied by the “Golmi” mascot. Another popular highlight is the “Hexenland”, or piste number 4, which is marked blue.
Experienced skiers who prefer black slopes also have challenges to look forward to. The “Diabolo” piste is well worth a visit. It has a length of 1.5 km, an inclination of up to 70 percent, and is one of the steepest in the Vorarlberg region. This is also reflected in the expert rating: in the category “Experts & freeriders”, the ski area has been given 4 out of 5 stars.
If you are into ski touring and deep snow skiing, you will definitely find what you are looking for in the Golm ski area. The rather small area with its total of 17 km of piste is surprisingly versatile and has a good selection of ski touring routes: both guided ski touring tours and deep snow tours are offered here.
Cross-country skiing, both classical and skating, is a big thing around Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns. Bartholomäberg and its surroundings offer 5 km of track. Wide and well-groomed tracks for skating are located towards Außerböden and St. Anton. In Tschagguns, the starting point for the cross-country track is located right next to the railway station. After passing Schruns and its “Aktivpark Montafon”, the track continues on toward Vandans. With its total track length of approx. 100 km, the region of Montafon has a seemingly endless network of tracks for cross-country skiers.
If the 44 km of piste – including off piste runs – offered in the Golm ski area isn’t enough, more pistes can be explored at a distance of only a few minutes by car. For example, Schruns offers a connection to the Silvretta Montafon ski area and its 140 km of piste. Just like the Golm ski area, it belongs to the Montafon Brandnertal ski region with 235 km of piste and 62 km of off-piste runs, located at altitudes of between 700 and 2,430 metres above sea level.
4) Expert Rating
For many, going on a ski holiday is the highlight of the year. To meet the high expectations, it is of course important to choose a ski area that has the right conditions. Our team of experts has looked at the ski area in detail using an established set of criteria, and the ratings in the different categories are then weighed together to form a total rating. In the case of Golm, this rating is close to four – an outstanding score. Top scores were given in categories rating the infrastructure of the resort. For example, both “Getting there & parking facilities” and “Orientation (piste maps, info boards & sign posting)” have earned five-star ratings. Among the four-star rated categories, “Families & children” and “Experts & freeriders” are worth mentioning. Families who prefer cross-country skiing to alpine skiing can look forward to an excellent experience, as Golm has earned a four-star rating in the “Cross-country facilities & trails” category. The same goes for the “Mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy” category.
5) Activities besides skiing
In addition to the wide spectrum of possibilities for alpine and cross-country skiing, the ski area in Golm also offers plenty of alternatives for other outdoor- and sport activities. The wonderful nature and landscape speaks for itself and simply must be explored. Moreover, the area around Bartholomäberg is home to many kilometres of well-groomed snowshoeing trails. “BergAktiv Montafon” have guides ready for those who prefer the company of an experienced guide over doing solo hikes. A popular route is the trail leading to “Gasthof Rellseck”, which has an estimated duration of 3.5 hours, and is primarily suited for adults.
Ice skating and tobogganing is fun for the whole family! Several of the many toboggan runs in Montafon are lit up at night, so that the fun can continue even after sunset.
Traditional and cosy is a good description of night-time activities offered in Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns. Rather than wild après ski parties, the resorts offer relaxation and culinary experiences in excellent restaurants. Every now and then, however, the volume is turned up, and live music is offered at the “Cin-Cin-Bar” at the Golmerbahn mountain station.
But winter guests looking for a good party don’t need to travel far. At the valley station of the Hochjoch lift in Schruns, the “Urmonti-Skibar” offers opportunities for dancing and partying every night. Our group of experts has given the après ski a three-star rating thanks to the perfect mix of cosy night-time activities and the proximity to the party locations in Schruns.
6) Resorts in the Golm ski area
A ski holiday far away from the stress and mass tourism found in more famous ski resorts – that is exactly what you get in the resorts of Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns. They are both located in the picturesque, almost 40 km long, Alpine valley of Montafon in the Vorarlberg region. Bartholomäberg is a mountain village with a long tradition, centred around the church of St. Bartholomäus. Its wonderful location over Montafon and the fantastic view of the Rätikon mountain range makes a holiday in Bartholomäberg an unforgettable experience.
The second ski resort in the Golm ski area is Tschagguns. The resort centre is located at an altitude of 685 metres above sea level, but the highest point in the municipality with its 2,500 inhabitants measures 1,200 metres. A nice combination of traditional life, cosiness and modern conveniences awaits you in this small resort. Several Wi-Fi hotspots make communications easier. The ski resorts of Vandans, Schruns and St. Anton are located at a distance of only a few minutes by car, offering a range of cultural events and sport activities.
7) Getting to the Golm ski area
Thanks to excellent infrastructure, getting to the Golm ski area and the ski resorts of Bartholomäberg and Tschagguns is exceptionally easy. The larger resort of Tschagguns has its own railway station, and offers a regular train connection to Schruns. Winter guests arriving by plane can choose between the airports of Friedrichshafen, Innsbruck or Zurich. They are located at distances of between 100 and 165 km from the ski area. With a rental car, Innsbruck lies only a couple of hours drive from the final destination. The same goes for Zurich.
Generally, taking the car on your ski holiday is a good and practical alternative. From Munich, you only need approximately three hours to get here, and the same applies to Stuttgart. Coming from the south, the drive from Milan takes around four hours. We strongly recommend keeping informed about your route, and to make sure that no mountain passes are closed due to heavy snowfall.
8) Golm weather, snow depths and webcams
Do you want to keep up-to-date with current weather conditions in the ski area? Visit SnowTrex for information about weather, current snow depths and webcams.