Arlberg was and is home to many important personalities, events and milestones concerning winter sports, starting with the Arlberg railway tunnel through which the first tourists arrived in 1885, Pastor Mueller from Warth, who almost ten years later brought the first skis to western Arlberg, or Hannes Schneider, who revolutionised skiing with his legendary Arlberg style.
Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, the Hotel Hospiz at St. Christoph was the setting for an historic event that ushered in a new era in the history of winter sport. Six friends founded the Ski Club Arlberg, the first ski club in the world. By doing this, they proved the remarkable power of Arlberg pioneering spirit, which created a wealth of outstanding innovations over the years: from the first ski race in the Alps, the first ski lift in Austria to the first heated chair lifts in the world, which were put into operation in Lech and Schröcken in 2004. Only two years later, the Galzigbahn cable car was a world first in cable car building and set the standard for all others to follow. With the construction of the Flexenbahn gondola, the success story of Arlberg reached its current peak – Ski Arlberg is the largest ski area in Austria and is now among the five largest in the world.