St Anton, Austria
St Anton ski holidays…
St Anton is one of the best high-alpine ski resorts in the world, with a reputation for being a haven for advanced skiers and snowboarders, it is important to know that although this is not the resort for beginners, there are plenty of blues and reds for intermediate skiers.
St. Anton is renowned for its challenging skiing, and its spectacular scenery all topped off with a lively après ski atmosphere. If you're looking for adventure, St Anton is home to world-class off-piste skiing attracts keen skiers year after year. Although it has expanded and grown over the past few years, St Anton maintains its traditional Austrian charm. The pedestrianised Dorfstrasse cuts through the centre of the village, with hotels, restaurants, shops and bars along the way. You will find traditional timber and stone farmhouses that have been converted over the years. The 17th-century ‘onion-domed' church is situated on the Dorfstrasse.
Accommodation is extremely varied in St Anton; whether you are looking for a chalet or a hotel, there is a price range for everyone. There is a diverse range of accommodation both in a central location or further out of the vibrant village, make sure you check the proximity to the lifts before booking. Chalets in St Anton come in all shapes and sizes, ideal for those who want to meet new people or those who would like to book out an entire chalet for a family ski holiday. Hotels in St Anton range from smaller chalet hotels ran by British tour operators through to larger hotels located in the centre of St Anton village.
SKIING IN st anton
What to expect…
St Anton is well placed as an entry point into the Arlberg ski area which offers on and off-piste skiing and snowboarding for all levels. There are minimal beginners' slopes but there are plenty of options for intermediate and advanced skiers, with multiple options for off-piste skiing and for those who would like to explore the wider region with a modern lift system that includes cable cars and high-speed chairlifts.
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"St Anton is appealing to intermediate and advanced skiers due to its variety of terrain and ski-in/ski-out accommodation."
LOCAL SKI AREA - ST ANTON
The popular Medium Kickerline at St Anton Park make jumps starting off at seven and eleven metres possible. Thanks to the challenging setup freestylers of every level of skill can really push themselves here.
St Anton village sits at 1304m and its ski area stretches up to 2811m, with 306km of pistes, on offer it is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. The iconic Valluga stands at 2811m over a huge snow bowl and it is possibly one of the most impressive vistas in Europe. The season tends to run from early December through to the end of April, meaning there is plenty of time for skiers and boarders to hit the slopes.
There have been significant developments in the area in recent years. New ski lifts were installed in 2016/17 linking St Anton to Lech and Zürs, meaning that St Anton is now part of the largest linked ski area in Austria. Of the 306kmm of slopes, 43% are blue, 40% are red and 17% are black. It is important to note that typically St Anton is not regarded as a great resort for beginners but if you head towards Nasseriein you will find some lower village slopes with a gentle descent.
WIDER SKI AREA - SKI ARLBERG
In its location at 1,800 altitude metres St. Christoph is one of the highest-situated winter sports destinations in the Alps.
Ski Arlberg connects the resorts of St Anton, St Christoph, Lech, Zürs, Zug, Stuben and Sonnenkopf together to form Austria's largest connected ski area. Situated just over an hour from Innsbruck airport it is one of the most accessible ski areas in Europe.
There are 88 lifts connecting the resorts, making use of the Arlberg-Card, a high tech ski pass which automatically opens the entrances to the ski lifts. In addition to 306km of groomed pistes, there are over 200km of fantastic off-piste and challenging slopes. Ski Arlberg is one of the five largest ski resorts in the world.
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ST ANTON VILLAGE
Known as the ‘cradle of Alpine skiing’, St Anton is home to one of the first ski clubs in the Alps, established in 1901.
St Anton was originally a small farming village but since the resort’s popularity has increased has the size of the village, whilst maintaining its Tyrolean charm.
The pedestrianised Dorfstrasee works its way through the middle of the village, either side is lined with hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. In the centre of the town you’ll find a spectacular 17th century church, considering its size it is still very much dwarfed by the surrounding mountains.
As a resort town prices vary depending on where you stay. There is a range of accommodation to suit every budget, but the closer you stay to the Glazigbahn the more expensive your accommodation will be.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
There are at least 70 restaurants to choose from in St Anton so you are never far from a hearty meal or culinary delight.
If you are looking for something different, head to The Skiing Buddha for fantastic authentic Thai food at a reasonable price. Situated opposite the railway station in the climbing centre it is a little off the beaten track. If you prefer to enjoy your dinner at your accommodation there is a great take away menu available.
For alpine charm Ooben im Mooser has it in spades, the former dairy offers views across St Anton. Serving contemporary, sophisticated cuisine in the open kitchen, you can enjoy incredible food and breath-taking view in this beautiful restaurant.
The Museum is St Anton’s most popular and most expensive restaurants. Located at the bottom of the home run (just above the Galzig gondola) it is a museum by day and restaurant by night. You might also recognise it as the filming located for the main chalet in the film Chalet Girl.
Hospiz Alm is a favourite for many visitors to St Anton despite being in nearby St Christoph. The restaurant serves traditional Austrian classics for both lunch and dinner. A trip to the restaurants wine cellar is a must, and for a bit of a laugh at the end of your meal take the slide down to the toilets.
If you are visiting St Anton the Verwallstube at Galzig is an absolute must visit destination.
Due to the popularity of the Verwallstube at Galzig make sure you book a table in advance. The menu is fantastic and has outstanding panoramic views from every angle.
The Hospiz Alm as previously mentioned is a great spot for lunch too, the fried garlic spatzle, ribs and wings are all great choices. The staff are dressed in traditional Austrian clothing so expect lots of dirndls and lederhosen when you arrive. Don’t forget to use the slide to get down to the toilets, it’s much easier than tackling the stairs in ski boots!
If you don’t like queuing for lunch and want to make the most of your time on the slopes then head to Ulmer Hütte near the top of the Arlenmahder chairlift, they’ve come up with a great queuing system so it you can get your energy levels back up for an afternoon skiing.
Sennhütte offers fantastic Tirolean, hearty meals with a side of humour. It is the well-known home of Austrian singer and comic DD Diesel who’s jokes, and music choices are a hit with the predominantly German speaking crowd but everyone is in for a good afternoon regardless off your ability to speak German. You can access the Sennhütte from the bottom of the Samermoosbahn chairlift.
At first glance St Anton may appear to be a sleepy Austrian village but when the sun sets it becomes a hive of activity.
Known for its lively après scene, this is the place tot be if you enjoy spending your days skiing and nights partying. St Anton is home to two of the world’s most famous après ski bars; Mooserwirtand the Krazy Kanguruh. Mooserwirt is busy at lunchtimes and heaving in the evenings. To access the Mooserwirt you have to ski blue run 1 from Zammermoosbbahn chairlift down towards St Anton, continue past Heustadl and Sennhütte and you’ll see Mooserwirt on the right-hand side of the piste.
The Krazy Kanguruh is a little higher up the mountain, and predominantly accessed by skiing down from Gampen. This is popular drinking spot for seasonnaires and those who really enjoy the après scene. Originally founded by Gunnar Munthe, an ex Swedish ski racer in 1974 it has a sun terrace that is bathed in the Austrian sun and the perfect place to enjoy the party atmosphere.
If you want to spend more time on the slopes but not just your traditional alpine skiing, there are plenty of activities on offer in St Anton.
In recent years St Anton has become a popular choice for those looking to enjoy a spot of cross-country skiing. Tyrol has awarded the 40km long network of trails the quality seal for cross-country skiing. Every Monday and Friday from dawn until 9pm you can access the 2km floodlight cross-country skiing track in Pettneu am Arlberg.
Relax and take in the views from a horse drawn carriage in the Verwall Valley or in and around St Anton. Wrap up warm as these sleigh rides aren’t the quickest mode of transport but they are a wonderful family friendly activity.
If you are a non-skier who enjoys relaxing in a winter wonderland while your friends hit the slopes, St Anton is a great choice.
Arlberg-Well is located at the bottom of the Gampen mountain, just a short walk from the town centre. It is a contemporary spa facility that opened its doors in 2002. With 2000sqm of space available for a variety of events including sports tournaments and concerts it is a great wellness centre for visitors to St Anton. There are 3 swimming pools, a sauna and a steambath on offer, and if that wasn’t enough you can also try your hand at ice skating and curling on the front square, followed by a visit to Venuto gourmet Italian and Asian restaurant.
WHO IS ST ANTON SUITABLE FOR?
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ADVANCED & EXPERTS
St Anton is a well-known hub for advanced skiers looking for steep slopes, plenty of off-piste skiing and a generous number of moguls.
Some of the best slopes for advanced skiers include the ungroomed Schindlerkar and Mattun ski runs. These are both very steep so make sure intermediate skiers don’t venture onto them by accident! Off piste areas such as the Valluga north face are some of the longest areas of off-piste skiing in the Alps.
St Anton is a great resort for advanced skiers who like a challenge. It is important to note that there are certain areas of the piste in St Anton that should not be attempted without an experience guide.
St Anton is seen at the gateway to the Ski Arlberg area where you have access to over 300km of marked piste including a wide range of intermediate friendly runs in St Anton.
Intermediates can enjoy the longest run in St Anton (10.2km) as well as some incredible off-piste skiing on the north facing Albona. If you are looking for a quieter ski area head across to Rendl, here you will find a great range of reds and blues as well as wide open pistes.
There is a long red run which is a quieter alternative for those who want to escape some of the busier slopes, it leaves from the top of the Gampberg lift and finishes in St Anton. Enjoying a bluebird day? Stop of at the Rendl Beach for a drink on the way down the mountain.
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MAP OF sT ANTON
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Here's our map of St Anton showing you the key hotels and apartments as well as some of the main points of interest.