The Arlberg Ski Area is a legend. It is known as the Cradle of alpine skiing and attracts die-hard enthusiasts from around the world. St Anton is the biggest and best resort in the Arlberg ski area and is Iglu Ski’s top selling Austrian resort. The high rising peaks and colossal alpine scenery set the high standards that this modern ski holiday town maintains across all aspects of the resort. The incredible ski area is made up of 350km of pistes with superb slopes for all abilities. The region has always attracted many intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders due to the high number of red, black and off piste routes that push even the most seasoned rider to their limits. The Iglu Ski team head back to St Anton every ski season so we’ve put together our Expert Guide to St Anton with all the information you need for the top ski runs, après and restaurants. If you are considering a ski trip to the famous resort next season, don’t miss out on these 6 things to do and see in St Anton:
Skiing off piste in Arlberg ski area. Photo: TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
On a clear day you can see the mountain peaks of 5 countries at the 2811m high viewpoint, from the surrounding mountains in Austria, to Italy in the South, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west and Germany in the north. There are not many places you can encounter this extraordinary experience.
Vallugabahn 2. Photo - TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
Pull up a deck chair. Admire the views. Bask in the sunshine. Grab a drink from the bar. Get a photo by the St Anton sign. Try your best at the snowpark.
Rendl beach overlooking the St Anton snowpark
The Arlberg ski area has brilliant transportation routes by ski lifts, bus, train and taxi making it easy to explore the superb surrounding ski resorts. From St Anton you can quickly and easily ski to St Christoph and Stuben, and from winter 2016/17 you will be able to take the new Flexenbahn gondola from Stuben to Lech and Zürs. This new cableway will create Austria’s largest linked ski area and considerably reduce travel time to these resorts.
Don’t forget to discover Arlberg’s small gems, Sonnenkopf, Warth and Schrocken to avoid the crowds.
Lech village in Arlberg ski area
They are so many fantastic après bars in St Anton, but the most famous are Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh. These are where you head at 3pm for the craziest beer-fuelled fun you’ve ever had in the snow!
Mooserwirt Bar in St Anton
St Anton boasts 200km of off piste routes over 55km sq of terrain. This is extremely attractive to advanced skiers and lovers of off piste and powder skiing. The resort has a consistent snow record with some of the best snowfall in the Alps, making it the perfect ski destination for off piste adventures.
Make the most of your day by getting a guide that can safely escort you to the best untracked spots on the mountain. You will be amazed by the endless amounts of possibilities!
Skiing off piste in St Anton. Photo - Josef Mallaun - TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
Away from the mountains and vibrant après scene, St Anton is a picturesque traditional village filled with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and sports centres. Whether you want to take a day off from the slopes or have a non-skier in your group, there is plenty in St Anton to keep you entertained. Other activities in resort include bowling, swimming, paragliding, climbing, tennis, tobogganing, horse sleigh rides, hiking, ice skating and wellness.
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There’s one thing both skiers and snowboarders can agree to hate. Summer. We all love a blue bird day on the hill, but once the days start getting longer, our snow starts fading away and our favourite season melts away for another 6 months. Now we’ve had the hottest day of the year, how are we going to make it through the rest of summer when all we can think about is our next snow fix? Do you keep making excuses to avoid packing your skis away? Do you reach for your ski coat at the smallest breeze? Can you not stop watching snowboard films even though it’s over 20 degrees outside? You my friend have the highly contagious seasonitis. The only cure is winter... But after years of practise trying to settle that itch here are my top tips to help any ski or snowboarder get through these summer months.
How can I wait til next winter for my next ski fix?
Wherever you are in the world, whether you live in the city, the countryside or lucky enough to be by the beach, you can pick up a board sport anywhere. Surfing, skateboarding or wakeboarding are some of the top activities that’ll give you that familiar adrenaline rush you long for. Embrace nature, visit exciting new places and have fun adventures this summer with another board sport. If you’re not sure where to start, look up your local skate park or centre for camps over the summer and hang out with likeminded people or venture to the beach and get a surf lesson.
Surfing in Cornwall, UK
The one place you can get that proper snow fix on UK soil is at one of the indoor snow domes. Whether you’re a season pro or looking for some extra lessons after your first ski holiday, the snow domes have a huge, varied list of snow activities to keep you keen till the mountains open again. From lessons for all ages, to freestyle nights, to ski cross camps to testing next seasons equipment at demo days. Follow your local snow dome on Facebook to keep up to date with events over the summer or head to Go Ski Go Board for information and advice on your nearest snow sports venue.
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Bring the party of the mountains into the city, the only difference is you will not being able to knock off the hangover with some fresh alpine air in the morning.
Enjoy the exhilarating sub-zero temperatures of the Icebar while sipping a tasty cocktail from your own ice glass. Be transported to an Austrian style alpine lodge at Bodo Schloss and indulge in the delicious traditional Austrian cuisine while drinking a ski boot cocktail. Or experience an authentic german bar at the Bavarian Beerhouse, serving ice cold beers in huge stein glasses and offering ‘oompah-tainment.’ Prost!
Ice Bar London. Photo Credit: IceBar London Facebook page
While it’s summer in Europe, it is winter in the southern hemisphere. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a long haul flight then go chase winter and head to Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Argentina to take advantage of the ski season down under.If you are craving the mountains, but want to stay closer to home, many European glacier resorts stay open over the summer. Slopes may only be open for a few hours a day, but many sports camps, instructor courses and adrenaline seekers take advantage of the quiet pistes during the warmer season to ski a few runs in the morning, then mountain bike during the afternoon. Find out more information on summer ski holidays to Tignes.
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This may be my favourite option! Invite all your ski friends over and have an alpine themed dinner complete with tartiflette, fondue, cured meats and germknodel, you can even put a summer twist with a bbq full of the finest frankfurters and bratwurst. Put on your ski holiday edit in the background and look back at the amazing winter you’ve just had and start planning for an even better one next season. View early booking offers on group ski holidays.
Or just embrace the sunshine and head to a new part of the world and create new adventures... but that’s just not as fun as the snow life! How about checking out the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo? Once the days start becoming colder and the nights start drawing in, look out for the latest ski and snowboard films to start dropping online and premiering around the country. Once October comes around don't miss out on the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show to check out the latest gear, watch ski competitions and experience apres ski in the heart of Battersea!
Meribel is one of the prettiest large ski resorts in France which is why it attracts thousands of Britons each season. Combined with its central positioning in the largest ski area in the world, its charming tree lined ski runs, abundance of alpine ski chalets and lively après scene, there’s no surprise that Meribel is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe. Here’s the lowdown on the on the best things to experience on a ski holiday in Meribel.
Attractive village with tree lined ski runs
A trip to Meribel isn’t complete without an outing to Le Rond Point. The ‘Ronnie,’ as locals call it, is open all day long with a delicious restaurant open for lunch, a huge terrace and snack bar for afternoon beers and chilling out in the sunshine and live apres bands 7 days a week between 5-7pm. Le Rond Point is unquestionably the best apres bar in Meribel.
The bar is situated in a perfect sun trap of the slopes which makes it the best bar to be in during good weather. The fantastic piste side location allows you to ski back down to Meribel after a wild apres sesh.
Meribel is fortunate to accommodate 2 large snowparks. The Moon Park is open to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. This park is brilliant for beginner to intermediate freestylers with some jumps specially designed for beginners, and well as tables, rails and boxes for all abilities. DC Area 43 (the Plattieres Park) is one of the best snowparks in Europe. It is well maintained by a team of professional park shapers and attracts top level freestylers from around the world. The park is 1200m long, has 2 half pipes and is served by 2 lifts allowing easy access for skiers and snowboarders.
DC Area 43 Snowpark
Dance around in your ski boots at the best après party in the Alps. The vibrant mix of DJs and performers creates a unique party experience exclusive to France.
Photo: La Folie Douce Meribel Facebook
Your lips will never forgive you (even if your hips do) if you don’t try one of the infamous Montagne Burgers in Meribel Mottaret. Discover the best lunch in Meribel with the perfect combination of a burger and raclette in a bun the size of your head! The shop is located in the centre of Mottaret, next to the Sherpa supermarket.
Take advantage of being situated in the heart of the largest ski area in the world and visit neighbouring resorts Courchevel and Val Thorens. If you are an experienced skier, why not try ticking off all 8 ski villages in 3 Valleys during your ski holiday in Meribel?
If you are still wanting more after a day exploring the 600km of piste, Meribel has plenty of non-ski activities for the evenings, a day off the slopes and for non-skiers. As well as Husky sledding, paragliding, skidooing and snow shoeing excursions, the Olympic sports Centre is filled with activities to enjoy some down time. There is ice-skating, swimming, a climbing wall, ten-pin bowling, a gym and spa with a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms which offer a range of massages and beauty treatments.
Meribel is one of the best all-round ski resorts, making it an excellent options for beginners to experts, to snowboarders and groups with non-skiers.
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One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where is good for après. The quality of the après scene could make or break a ski holiday for some. After a long day on the mountain, many of us love to unwind and celebrate with a cold beer, great music and dancing. Austria has the best après bars in the world. If you crave a lively ski resort full of lots of entertainment after a day of skiing or snowboarding then look no further than the picturesque villages and beautiful mountains of Austria. Get your après boots at the ready and take a look at our contenders for the best après in Austria:
This party town is popular with younger crowds with its large club like venues such as Whisky Mule and Salven Stadl which are open to the early hours. If you prefer a quieter après venue there are plenty of more sophisticated bars in Soll such as Bella Vita and Rossini café. With around 30 restaurants and bars in resort there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s tastes.
This skiing gem has some of the best après ski in the Alps. Between Saalbach and Hinterglemm there are over 40 après venues! You are truly spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Austria. One of the most rememberable venues is the ‘goat themed’ Goasstall in Hinterglemm. If you are with to dance in your ski boots until dinner time, look no further than Hinterhag Alm next to the Kohlmais piste.
I was fantastically surprised by the après in Mayrhofen, not only was it spectacular fun, it was great value too (especially compared to the large French resorts). Mayrhofen is a huge party town with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs making it a perfect choice for large groups. On piste I loved the White Lounge Igloo bar at the Ahorn and the uber cool Grillhof Alm by the Van park on the Penken side. Once back in the village head to the Ice Bar or Bruck ‘n’Stadl for the liveliest après, then if you are still wanting to carry on the party after dinner, Mo’s, Scotland Yard, Funky’s and Harakiri are open till late.
Bruck n Stadl
There was a divide in the Iglu Ski offices over the top spot on this list. We have a handful of ski experts that believe Ischgl deserves the golden crown. With incredible party venues like Trofana Alm, Schatzi Bar and the Kuhstall you are guaranteed a vibrant week of amazing après.
It’s no surprise that St Anton is the undefeated heavyweight champion with its world renowned legendary après bars. With an abundance of piste-side bars, you can’t avoid stopping off for a post-ski beverage on your last run home. The Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt are 2 of the most famed après bars in resort, that are packed to the brim with skiers and snowboarders daily and the best spots to get your dose of dancing on tables in your ski boots!
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