First snow heralds next construction phase

Shortly before the first snowfalls in the Alps, the Arlberg Alpin Aparts are taking shape. Work on the large apartment and hotel project on the Arlberg is now entering the next phase. After the successful start of construction, two thirds of the basements are already in place.

While the summer season in the valley is still in its final stages, the Alps are preparing for the first snowfalls of winter. Even on the gigantic construction site of the Schröcken-Nesslegg sun plateau at an altitude of almost 1500 metres above sea level, the onset of winter is not far away. For months, tons of rock and earth have been removed. On an area of 14,500 square metres, up to 65 chalet apartments and 135 hotel rooms are being built that blend harmoniously into the landscape and nature. Weather conditions have not always been ideal since construction began. Nevertheless, if winter weather permits, the ground cover will be completed this year.

Through the “The Heimat” project, even the very first international brand will find its way to Arlberg, as project manager Samuel Gauro proudly explains: “The contracts have already been signed with the renowned operator Tristar GmbH. Through them as franchise partners, a cooperation with the Hilton hotel chain and its 'doubleTree by Hilton' brand has also been established.” The owners and guests benefit not only from a world-class ski resort, but also from the first-class Hilton service. Also, with the luxury apartments, from which 40 are in the new building, the owners will, thanks to the know-how of the Tristar GmbH, be able to profit of the four-star-plus-offer.

Already a quarter of all apartments sold

Although the sale of real estate in the mountains in the summer season is always sluggish, a quarter of all luxury apartments have already been sold. The incredible location with year-round sunshine and phenomenal alpine panorama has already convinced many of “The Heimat”. The opening of the exclusive apartments, which are between 40 and 185 square metres in size, is planned for the end of 2021.

Further development and economic efficiency

In addition to the apartments and the hotel, the planning and redesign of the venerable Hotel Widderstein is also being promoted. “We work closely with our neighbours and are also looking for an innovative idea for a staff house. Because we want to implement a sustainable and long-term concept that not only does justice to the tourists, but above all to the inhabitants”, says Samuel Gauro. This includes the planning of the Nesslegg lift, or a ski lift of its own, so that guests can reach the ski area more quickly. In order to advance the long-term planning of the village, two economic studies were carried out. In autumn, a decision will be made together with the locals as to which lift makes sense for the area. “It is very exciting and wonderful to work so closely with the residents and the mayor and to develop good ideas”, Gauro continues. “We do everything we can to ensure that the village of Nesslegg-Schröcken retains its charm and naturalness.”

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