St Anton is quite possibly the most famous ski resort in Europe, if not the world. If you haven’t heard about the quality of skiing on offer, you will have certainly heard about its throbbing apres! St Anton is one of the very best for competent skiers, in particular, ones who have a huge thirst and energy level to allow them to apres ski till they drop!
The slopes are steep and as such, the limited number of easier pistes can be very crowded. This makes St Anton far from ideal for absolute beginners with countless other resorts offering deserted wide gentle runs simply perfect for learning the basics. However, for those who are thirsty and at the adventurous intermediate stage and above, there are few more challenging and equally rewarding mountains to ski down.
Skiing aside, St Anton as a resort may not be for everyone. If a chocolate box chalet in a charming Austrian town is what you have in mind, we advise you to click on our offerings in Lech and Zurs where the skiing is absolutely divine.
305km (200km of additional marked ski routes)
1511m – 2811m
December – April
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While the Arlberg ski area as a whole has plenty of blue runs, the skiing in St Anton itself is mostly demanding and ideally suited to intermediates and above, so Lech and Zurs are more obvious bases for beginners. In St Anton, the best slopes for novices are the nursery slopes at Nasserein where first time skiers can gain confidence before progressing higher up the mountain to beginner slopes on Gampen then higher still to ski blue runs on Kapall and on Galzig where the wide slope served by the Osthang chairlift is a good training ground and popular with ski schools.
Intermediate skiers and boarders in St Anton can carve their way through magnificent mountain scenery. It’s almost a vertical mile from the top of St Anton’s three main mountains down to village level. The longest run is 10.2 km (6.4 miles) from Valluga via Ulmer Hutte to St. Anton. The Rendl area is generally the quieter of the three ski areas and is well suited to intermediates. The runs are classified red & blue with just one, short, black run, all of which, bring you back down to the area by the restaurant. A long red takes you all the way down to St.Anton which merits its rating.
There is a huge amount of terrain for advanced and expert skiers in St. Anton, with a variety of steep slopes to test even the best. Favourites include the ungroomed Schindlerkar and Mattun ski routes, both of which include several steep descents and usually plenty of moguls. Stuben has abundant opportunities, including the red runs on the Albona north face which descend over 1,000m of variable terrain. For experts there is also the famous Valluga north face off-piste which is one of the longest lift accessible off-piste descents in the Alps.Further afield, the Flexenbahn lift gives St Anton-based skiers ready access to approximately 30 ungroomed but marked trails and plenty of off-piste in Lech & Zurs, and a few more steep runs, on and off the piste, in Warth.
Boarders and freestylers can enjoy u a 40m x 17m half-pipe, 8-10 barriers, a pro-jump, two quarter pipes, washboard, table top, slide and a long jump. The half pipe is maintained three or four times a week. Rendl is good for beginner and intermediate boarders, with wide, open slopes and plenty of groomed runs which are mostly suitable for beginners and intermediate riders. There are some dreaded flat sections of St. Anton’s connecting valleys, Steissbachtal being a prime example, but best routes are worth the long walk-outs.
The new ARLBERG-well.com conference and leisure centre opened in 2002. Besides 2,000 sq m (21,520 sq ft ) of floor space suitable for all types of sporting events and concerts, it includes an excellent health centre with 3 swimming pools, sauna and steambaths, fitness studio, ice skating and curling on the front square, and the Ben Venuto gourmet Italian and Asian restaurant.
There’s ice-skating and curling at the new leisure centre; the cross-country ski and walking trail winds through the Ferwall forest. You can eat and drink at the Verwall Inn at the far end of the valley and call a taxi for the return journey. There is a 4 km (2.5 miles) illuminated toboggan trail from Gampen plateau (accessed via the Nassereinbahn gondola), which takes 10-15 minutes to descend from top to bottom.
St Anton Museum
The St Anton Ski & Local Heritage Museum offers a detailed historic journey through the skiing archives of the Arlberg. Set in an idyllic Alpine villa built by Bernhard Trier in 1912 and just left of the piste close to the Galzigbahn cable car St Anton the museum reveals an interesting history of the town, past sporting events and more famous members of “Ski-Club Arlberg” notably Hannes Schneider (1890-1950) whose statue can be seen in the grounds. Also in the same building and well worth visiting is the Restaurant Cafe Museum.
Shopping in St Anton
St Anton is a skiers town. Aside from an impressive array of shops selling ski equipment, clothing and the usual souvenirs, there is little in the way of retail therapy to satisfy the serious shopper.
St. Anton Tourist Office
Tourismusverband, A-6580 St Anton am Arlberg, Tirol, AustriaTel: +43 5446 22690, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
View the live snow report for St Anton here
The Ski Arlberg ski resort is optimally suited for families and children. There are some very good children’s areas with comprehensive childcare options at the base stations of the Galzig lift and the Nasserein lift in St. Anton am Arlberg. In St. Christoph and Stuben, there are also children’s areas.
There are many ski schools for children and many easy slopes for the whole family. The Funslope Galzig and the Hoppelweg in St. Anton am Arlberg are very popular among children. The employees at the lifts are always helpful to children.
Kinderwelt St. Anton am Arlberg
The Kinderwelt (children’s world) St. Anton am Arlberg is located right at the base station of the Galzig and Gampen lifts in St. Anton am Arlberg and is operated by the Skischule Arlberg. The children’s area features many magic carpets, a carousel, fairy tale meadow, Fort Fox and many funny characters. When it is cold or when the little ones would rather play indoors, they can go right to the kindergarten of the ski school. Lunch is served in their own children’s restaurant at the children’ area. Kindergarten employees care for children as of 2 1/2 years old. There is plenty of room for playing in the kindergarten.
Kinderwelt Nasserein (St. Anton)
The Kinderwelt (children’s world) Nasserein (St. Anton) is run by the Skischule Arlberg. There is a large fairy tale meadow, covered magic carpets, an Indian tent and many funny characters. Lunch is served in Hoppls Piratenrestaurant in Nasserein.
Raffl's St Antoner Hof
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Munich 160 km, Innsbruck 95 km, Salzburg 80 km
About 90 minutes with the train, bus, airport shuttle or hire car to Kitzbühel
In Austria a road tax sticker “Vignette” is obligatory in order to drive on motorways and on the S16. It can be purchased at the border, at petrol stations and in many “Trafik”. There are 3 types of sticker: 10 Days, 2 Months, 1 Year. Some passes may be closed in winter. Passes normally open year round may close temporarily in the event of heavy snowfall. Sometime snow chains are necessary.
http://www.arlbergexpress.com/airport-shuttle-service/ – Bus Shuttle Service Zurich – St. Anton am Arlberg (Arlberg Express)
http://transfer.tirol.at/ – Transfer Tirol
http://www.ski-express-stanton.com/ – Ski Express St. Anton
Tyroltours / Spiss Reisen, (only in Wintertime), Tel. 004354463361 +43 (0) 5446 3361</a>, Fax +43 (0) 5446 3923
Bus timetables can be found here: https://www.stantonamarlberg.com/en/service/timetables
St. Anton am Arlberg Railway Station is just a stone’s throw away from the village centre. Railjet-trains stop here as well as the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express and other direct trains. Rail timetables can be found here: https://www.stantonamarlberg.com/en/service/timetables