Schnitzkurs Victor Mangeng | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Andreas Haller

My encounters

People in the Montafon

Montafon stories

It's the Montafon people who make the valley what it is. They both have a connection with our roots and are open to new ideas at the same time. Especially in the mountains, you come to enjoy their hospitality and their amiable mentality.

On this site we move from the tops of the peaks of the past to modern times, encounter Montafon natives – whether furry or not – on ancient smuggling routes, enjoy Montafon delicacies, and finally hurtle sportily down the valley again. Have great fun on your trip!

“Many deep snow descents start right at the summit station.”

The untouched freedom in the Montafon

Simon Wohlgenannt knows the mountains of the Montafon like no other freerider. He has never been bored with them: “The runs are far too diverse. Here I have the opportunity to live my skiing dream.”

Simon has a tip on hand for people new to the region: “Your first stop should be the ski school and/or mountain guide office or the Freeride Centre at the Grasjoch summit station. Here you can get information about the current conditions and maybe a tip as well. In order to obtain an overview of the conditions, it makes sense to start off with a local mountain guide or ski guide.”

Simon Wohlgenannt knows the best spots
Friedrich Juen | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Patrick Säly

“The darker the night and the poorer the weather, the better the conditions for smuggling.”

On the trail of the Montafon smugglers

Daredevil men and women from the border areas between Austria and Switzerland transported anything they could over the mountains in their frame rucksacks out of necessity. The hot goods were even sometimes brought to the Viktualienmarkt in Munich. Popular goods were unroasted coffee beans, which could not be smelt by the customs officers, as well as wine and cereals. The shrewd smugglers were also able to think of something to distract from their tracks. For example, in order to deceive their pursuers, they nailed the soles onto their shoes reversed. Even today, some things will remind you of the smugglers, and you can hike through a piece of their world on magnificent mountain tours.

Gargellen native Friedrich Juen, great-nephew of Meinrad Juen, a particularly crafty smuggler tells the stories in a particularly authentic manner.

Friedrich talks about smuggling

Sportlerfamilie Montafon | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Andreas Haller

Montafon athlete family

23 professional and young Montafon athletes of sports under the Austrian Ski Federation and mountain biking belong to the “Montafon athlete family”. All "family members" embody the Montafon athletic tradition and the real mountain experience for which the Montafon stands.

Freunde von Ernest Hemingway | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns

Ernest Hemingway

The writer was also inspired by the mountains and people in the Montafon.

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