St. Christoph, with its heady juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, combines all the attributes needed to create the perfect backdrop for a civilised family ski holiday. It is quiet, intimate and exclusive as well as being superbly positioned for the region’s skiing. Indeed it has long been frequented by Heads of State and European Royalty who prize it as much for its understated discretion, as for its fine dining and location.
Although St. Christoph is less well known than its lower regional cousins, Lech / Zurs (1450m) and St. Anton (1350)this is because it has no need to advertise itself. With less than a handful of privately owned chalets and a similar number of hotels, with their annual tribal allegiances, there is simply no need for shouty, ‘look at me’ PR campaigns. In short, it has remained a closely guarded secret by the cognoscenti who have jealously guarded its unspoilt family ethos and anonymity.
The five star Arlberg Hospiz Hotel (and associated chapel, which is wonderful on Christmas Eve) contributes so much to the prevailing sense of continuity, standing, as it does, on the same spot that the original Hospiz was erected, by papal warrant, in 1386. Indeed, this is the place from which the original Alpine skiing pioneers set out, giving St Christoph its moniker ‘the cradle of Alpine skiing’ in the process. It is five, ten and 15 minutes from St. Anton, Zurs and Lech. Less time than it takes to get from the suburbs to the centre of some more built up resorts!