Read our guide to St Anton in the Arlberg ski area, excellent skiing & snowboarding for experts and 260km of pistes to play on. Nightlife is second to none, so a mecca for young boarders and skiers - one of the "Best of the Alps" ski resorts.
Ski St Anton to put yourself in the heart of one of Europe's best ski areas, the Arlberg. St Anton is based at the entrance to the Arlberg pass. As Austrian ski resorts go this has just about all you need. This massive area of skiing and snowboarding in Austria not only offers 260km of groomed piste, but also 160 km of ungroomed off piste routes. Linked with the high resorts of Zürs and Lech, it is about 90 minutes drive from Innsbruck and just over 2 hours from Zurich on a good day.
On the Slopes
While any skier will enjoy holidays in St Anton ski resort, it is experts who will really appreciate the Arlberg ski area - this is awesome expert territory, with miles and miles of off-piste, mogul and powder challenges. The beginners' slopes are based just above the village near Nasserein - ideal for getting started. For intermediates you have a vast choice. The Galzig and Gampen ski areas are great starting points for intermediates with a wide range of blues and reds. Also, try the Rendl or long cruisy runs of the Valluga area.
For experts, there really are great challenges on and off-piste. With steep and narrow gullies, fantastic off-piste areas and moguls, the Valluga area is particularly good. But don't ignore the the Mattun, Schindlerkar and Stuben runs as these are challenging and rewarding. For snowboarders - St Anton is thought of as possibly the best place in Austria to come, particularly for freeriding as there is so much good challenging off piste around the Kapall and Valluga areas and a good snowboard park at Rendl Beach. Still, with over 260 km of groomed slopes and a great snow record, everyone will find plenty to enjoy.
If you ski St Anton you are also in the ski region of Arlberg.
Off the Slopes
A mix of traditional and modern buildings fill this narrow valley, with a choice of chalets or hotels to suit every budget and taste. With a compact village centre, once you quit the slopes you'll find plenty of good restaurants and cafes, whether you favour traditional Tyrolean food or more international cuisine. There is also some great shopping, and a superb range of après-ski choices, with bars and clubs aplenty. This is what gives the resort it's party reputation, with many staying open from 3pm until 2 or 3am. Popular choices include Bar Cuba, and the Funky Chicken. Don't forget other activities off the pistes, including ice skating, curling, bowling, a leisure complex, a sports arena with climbing wall and tennis courts and more. A world class ski resort.
Who's it Best For?
Great for experts or confident intermediates. Also very good for those who love going off piste.
St Anton has a reputation for its amazing apres ski, this really is a great party town, with venues like the Moosewirt and Krazy Kangaruh having a legendary status amongst skiers and boarders.The skiing isn't bad either but it does help if you are pretty confident.
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Why Choose St Anton in Austria?
1. Great for experts and confident intermediates.
2. Amazing off piste.
3. Good snow conditions throughout the season.
4. Reputedly the best apres ski in the world!
Is It Right For You?
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Chalets really do come in all shapes and sizes, from large luxury catered affairs to smaller non catered, one bedroom chalets. What you pay will also vary enormously from resort to resort and chalets can also either be booked from large chalet operators or directly from the chalet owner themselves.
St Anton as a resort is an easy resort to get around as essentially it has a long pedestrianized street called the Fussgaengerzone where most of the shops and nightclubs are. You will literally be able to walk along this street in 10 minutes. So you can either choose to stay in the centre or you can move a little to the outskirts where you will find that a free ski bus should get you in fairly easily.
Where Should You Look For a Ski Chalet
Essentially you can choose to either stay in the centre of St Anton where you will have access to all the amazing nightlife, Nasserein which will be a little quieter but great for the slopes and finally Oberdorf which is also quiet but doesn't have such good access to the slopes.
There are a number of good catered chalet companies in St Anton including companies like Scott Dunn who offer really luxurious chalets. There is also Mark Warner here who offer really good chalets with families in mind. St Anton also has a good choice of chalet hotels.
Apartments really can be a great idea on a ski holiday. They can work out slightly cheaper than a chalet and yet many of the newer apartment complexes offer facilities that you would traditionally expect from a hotel including swimming pools, spas and saunas.
St Anton offers a good range of accommodation including hotels, catered chalets and apartments. Catered chalets are particularly popular here with many luxury chalet operators based here. For families Mark Warner is also here, offering family friendly accommodation.
Apartments in St Anton
You can really choose to stay in three main areas in St Anton. The centre itself is an option if you want to fully embrace the apres ski on offer, but do remember the apres ski here is not like elsewhere! If you want a quieter option check out the area called Nasserein which is also good for the slopes. Less good for ski access but also quiet is the area called Oberdorf.
There is a good modern development of apartments called Hotel Anton which is situated close to the lifts.There are also a good number of chalet style hotels which are worth looking at.
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There are three main areas to consider in St Anton from the centre itself which is focussed on the pedestrianised Fussgaengerzone, this is a great option if you want to be in the heart of the wild apres ski. There is then the area called Nasserein which is quieter and has good access for the slopes. Finally you could consider staying in Oberdorf on a hill at the end of the town. It is quiet but access to the slopes isn't great.
What Hotels are Available in St Anton?
In the centre of St Anton you will find some great hotels including the St Antoner Hof. If it is luxury you are looking for also check out the Hotel Alte Post, Hotel Post and finally Hotel Arlberg.
St Anton also has some good chalet hotels which are less formal. In addition it has a good number of catered chalet companies which are well worth checking out. Mark Warner is based here so if you are travelling with children you may want to check out their properties.
St Anton is relatively easy to get to, mainly due to the E60 motorway that runs from Switzerland to Austria. Innsbruck is 96km away with a transfer time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, Friedrichshafen is 130km away and a 1 hour 30 minute transfer time. Zurich is 195km away, 2 hour transfer time and finally Munich is 300km away and will take you 3 hours to get there.
When judging which airport to fly into don't just look at the transfer times. Zurich for example will take you longer but probably offers the best choice of flight times and the road transfer is very straightforward.
Getting to St Anton by Train
It is possible to get the train but you will need to add another hour on to your journey to allow for the transfer from airport to train station. The trains are particularly efficient from Innsbruck and Zurich.
Alternatively you could get the bus to St Anton. The Arlberg Express provides a bus service from Zurich to St Anton. Or you may simply want to get a taxi or hire a private minibus. rates are fairly competitive here.
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Ski Schools in St Anton
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