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.