You can buy your lift passes when you arrive here, no need to buy them on line before, it only takes a few minutes and they are available at all of the main lifts. If you do buy in advance and then do not arrive you may struggle to get a refund unless it is for medical reasons. If you are staying in one of the big hotels you can purchase passes there. You can buy a pass for any number of days but they have to be consecutive days – you can not buy a 5 day pass, ski two days, take a day off and then ski three more days! The daily prices decreases the more days you buy, for most people a 6 day pass is suitable. Children, youths and those over 65 get a reduced price but you will need to show passports for this. There are no other discounts available. The ski pass covers the whole Arlberg region – St.Anton, St.Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zurs & Warth, a huge area that you will struggle to ski all of in one week!
Something else to consider when buying your lift pass is the rescue card that can be added to it. Hopefully you will not hurt yourself whilst on holiday but sadly these things do happen on occasion. If you do have a problem and are unable to get off the mountain under your own steam then 90% of the time the rescue service will send a helicopter to evacuate you. You do not have to suffer a major injury, just the fact that you can not get down yourself and the helicopter is likely to be on the way! If you do get evacuated by helicopter it is very expensive and you will have to pay for this – either with your travel insurance or your credit card! So before you head off on your trip make sure that your travel / ski policy does cover helicopter rescue. Another alternative is that when you buy your lift pass you can also buy the Bergbahn rescue card. It is under 20 Euro pp for the week, they encode it onto the lift pass so all the info is there in case of problems. If you click on the link below you will get a pdf of the prices for the 2015 / 16 ski season.