The Silvretta Nova lift company have set themselves the goal of becoming the biggest and best snowboard and freeskiing resort in Europe in a few years. They have the best terrain you can imagine – endless, varied, steep – with tons of snow every winter. Next to that, the Intersport Novapark is in its fourth year of existence and it’s certainly one of the best snowparks in Europe. Six people and a cat work on the quality of the obstacles every day under the direction of park mastermind Alex ‘Railex’ Fischer, also well known for the construction of the Air&Style rails. Video companies like the Pirates and Absinthe did a lot of shooting for the next year’s movies at Silvretta Nova, and more and more snowboarders have begun to stay there for their season. Go there and you will be sure to enjoy!
Nearest Airport: Innsbruck (2 hours by car) or Zurich (2.5 hours by car).
Nearest Big City: Bregenz (1 hour by car from Silvretta Nova).
How to get there
Car: From Innsbruck, take highway A12 in direction of Bregenz and go through the Arlbergtunnel (€8.5 toll) or over the Arlbergpass (can be difficult in winter). When you get close to Bludenz you leave the main road, following a sign saying ‘Bludenz Montafon’. Then you take the road L188 into the Montafon valley to St Gallenkirch or Gaschurn (both are connected with the resort).
From Zurich, take highway E41-A1 to the Austrian border and leave it in the direction of Vaduz (Liechtenstein) and Feldkirch. Go through Feldkirch and take the highway in direction Innsbruck. Leave it at the sign ‘Bludenz Montafon’ and go on as described above.
Train: From anywhere to the city of Bludenz. From there you can take the bus to St. Gallenkirch or Gachurn.
Plane: Innsbruck and Zurich are the two closest airports to Silvretta Nova.
Season length: From the first weekend in December until one week after the Easter holidays.
Season: €312 (2006 price)
Week: €192.50 (2006 price)
Day: €37 (2006 price)
Special Offers: Dayticket ‘juniors’ (1989/90/91) is €31.50. Also discounts for kids, seniors and groups.
Lifts: 2 gondolas, 10 chairlifts, 6 t-bars.
If so, does it have a Pipe Dragon? Yes.
If so, what does it include? A whole lot. More than 10 kicker take-offs of different sizes and styles, from really small beginner jumps up to the 20-metre photobomb. 25 jibs in all shapes and sizes. These generally include rails, boxes and a wallride, but there are too many to describe them all. Most of the jibs are former Air&Style obstacles! There’s a huge chill area with deck chairs and tunes in the middle of the park.
Off Piste: Silvretta Nova and the Montafon valley in general comprise one of the best powder and backcountry spots in Europe! Watch Pirates’ and Absinthe’s next season flicks to see for yourself!
Steep and deep: Yes.
Vertical Drop: 1300 metres.
Jib City: Next to the jungle of park rails there are some ‘natural’ ones in all the villages in the valley. In winter there’s almost always snow.
Local Heroes: Marco Feichtner, Erik Themel, Pirates crew.
Best Accomodation: Different B&Bs, hotels and appartements. No real snowboarders’ place. Not too cheap in general (apartments available from €15 per night per person).
Best Food: La Taverna in Gaschurn (Italian food).
Best Drink: Shiva (chilled bar with good drinks – nice to start the evening and never make it out of the door) and Muehle (crazy disco place that boys and girls use to get together quite fast…) in Gaschurn, and Limo (biggest club in the Montafon valley) and the AC – Bar (Live bands and DJs) in St. Gallenkirch.
Best place to throw down dance moves: Muehle.