(1304m - 2811m)
Located in the Arlberg region and sharing its lift pass with neighbouring Lech, Zurs, St Christoph and Stuben, St Anton is a world famous resort best known for its off piste and challenging runs. With slopes reaching a height of over 2800m good snow is practically guaranteed and with après ski and night life as good as any ski resort in Europe, St Anton has established itself as a firm favourite.
Resort at a glance
|Ski Range||1304m – 2811m|
The Arlberg region has 280kms of slopes to explore with St Anton having 127 kms locally. St Anton’s slopes are divided roughly into 3 equal sectors. The first sector is Kapall-Gampen which is accessed directly from the village.
From the village a 4 seater chair lift whisks you up to the mid station at Gampen and another chairlift takes you further up to Kapall which is set at an altitude of 2330m. The piste map will show lots of blue runs in this area (especially leading down from Gampen) but a constant criticism of the resort is that it understates the difficulty of many of its runs and many of these blues should be classified as red runs. However confident intermediates will love this terrain which incidentally also becomes heavily mogulled at the end of the day.
Linked to Gampen is the Galzig sector which can be accessed either at village level or higher up. From Galzig a cable car gives access to the Valluga area which offers some serious steep runs and great off piste. It is this area that attracts so many expert skiers from around the world and is the reason why St Anton holds its cult status regarding off piste terrain. From Galzig it is also possible to ski down to the village of St Christoph.
The final section is Rendl which is on the other side of the village and is accessed by gondola, this section is generally much quieter. There are a number of blue and red runs here, however the only way back to St Anton is via a red run. Less confident intermediates will need to take the gondola back down.
St Anton generally is a resort aimed at the confident intermediate and expert skier. There are beginner slopes which are situated by the Nasserien gondola but then progression is difficult, as easy blue slopes are limited, to just a few around the mid station at Gampen.
Where to start! St Anton is almost as well known for is lively nightlife as is its apres ski.
Jolly Austrian styled apres ski starts early afternoon on the slopes above the village in two of St Anton’s most famous bars, namely the Krazy Kangaruh and the Mooserwirt. In both of these bars the music is loud, the singing even louder and dancing on tables is a must. Remember however you do still need to ski back down to the village. There are numerous bars in the village with the most notable being The Funky Chicken, Postkeller and Scotty’s which are all in full swing by late afternoon. There are also a host of nightclubs some of which stay open until 6.00am !!
There are many good restaurants, some of which are situated in St Anton’s hotels.
Hotels such as the Hotel’s Alte Post and the Hotel Schwarzer Adler restaurant both serve up a mixture of Austrian, German and Swiss cuisine to an excellent standard. Other non hotel based restaurants include the Hazienda, which serves steaks and seafood, the Kandahar that does Asian food and for pizza a trip to Pomodoro’s is essential. Many of the bars such as The Funky Chicken and Scotty’s do cheap and cheerful food if you are on a budget and often continue to serve up until late.
There’s a lot of variety in St Anton and the first must do is to try out the free 4km floodlight toboggan run from Gampen to Nasserien which takes about 15 minutes.
In the centre of St Anton there is also the modern Arlberg–well.com wellness centre which has 3 swimming pools, saunas, a fitness studio and massage treatments. There is also an artificial ice rink in front of the centre for ice skating and curling. Ten pin bowling can also be found in St Anton at the Arl.rock bowling alley where you can also purchase food and drinks. Finally for the more romantic amongst you horse drawn sleigh rides through the Verwall Valley can be booked at the nearby village of Oberdorf.
The Ski School Arlberg and Ski School St Anton both offer group skiing lessons for both adults and children which can be booked for any number of days. Prices range from €70 for one day to €247 for 6 days. Groups must have a minimum of 5 persons and lessons last for 4 hours. Private lessons can be booked for 2 hours up to 6 hours at a cost of €174 - €334 respectively with each additional adult costing €20.
The Ski School Arlberg has offices located by the main Gampen and Nasserein lifts and the Ski School St Anton office can also be found located by the Gampen lift next to the Arlberg-well.com Centre.
Where to stay in St Anton, Austria
Perfect located in the heart of St Anton, this traditional hotel has been modernised over the years, only 100m from the lifts and slopes you have swift access to make the most of your day on the mountain.
A lovely quiet, family run hotel, set close to the resort centre, and only 3 minutes walk from the gondola, there is an indoor pool, steam room, jacuzzi and sauna, fine cuisine and a traditional stube too.
Chalet Hotel Rosanna
Located just off the pedestrianised street in the heart of the St Anton with nightlife on the doorstep and only 5 minutes from the lifts, this traditional chalet hotel serves delicious cuisine and home baked cakes.
Hotel Zur Pfeffermuehle
This lovely hotel is located just outside St Anton and is ideal for those looking for traditional charm, the free shuttle service whisks you up to the slopes in just 5 minutes and you can relax in the sauna and jacuzzi too.
Hotel Alte Post
Dating from the 17th century, this stunning hotel is in the centre of St Anton and only 2 minutes walk from the lifts, the restaurant holds a ‘Gault Millau’ award and the fabulous spa has a sauna, steam room and ice grotto.