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Taking the train and bus to the ski slopes proves popular

Buying your ski pass from the train conductor

More and more skiers are making use of the ski trains and buses operated by the Vorarlberg Transport Authority. The main ski resorts of Austria's westernmost federal province, i.e. the Montafon, the Kloster valley and the Arlberg region, can all be reached by public transport. The good results achieved this season have prompted the Transport Authority to expand its offers as far afield as southern Germany, among others.
For example the ski train to the Montafon, which on Sundays and public holidays operates directly from Lindau/D, had already transported more skiers by February than throughout the whole of the previous year's winter season. On reaching their destination without traffic jams skiers are offered other incentives to do without their cars: For instance they can "park" their skiing gear at the valley station and travel home in ordinary clothes. In many ski regions ski-train passengers are also eligible to a 10% discount on full-day and half-day ski passes.
In the coming season the Transport Authority intends to increase the number of ticket offices and intensify their co-operation with operators, tourist offices and travel agencies, especially in southern Germany. Indeed, the border with Austria is so close that many day tourists from Germany travel to Vorarlberg's resorts for their skiing.
Source and information: Vorarlberg Transport Authority 07.03.2004 www.vmobil.at (de)