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The experts at Iglu Ski have come together to offer you the ultimate guide to St Anton – one of the Alps’ snowiest resorts. Think Monaco Grand Prix blended with the Munich Beer Festival amongst skiing that rivals Val d’Isere.
St Anton is home to 350km of pistes, over 200km of off-piste and is served by more than 94 state-of-the-art lifts. Restaurants, bars and clubs are amongst some of the best in the Alps. Iglu Ski offers ski holidays to nearly 50 ski chalets in St Anton suitable for a range of group sizes. View our favourite St Anton chalets.
It was tough to narrow down our favourites, but here are just some of our recommendations and top tips to make the most of your trip to St Anton.
Top ski runs in St Anton
St Anton has a well-deserved reputation for its exciting and varied runs. Below are some of our favourites on the Alberg Mountain.
Best on-piste runs
- Blue 17 - long, wide blue piste down to Stuben
- Red 14 - long red piste from Schindler Spitze
- Rendl ski area - it is often quieter over here with excellent snow conditions.
- Lech & Zurs - lots more blue and red runs for more variety once you've conquered the St Anton ski runs.
- Nasserein ski area - best for beginners.
TVB St Anton Am Arlberg. Photo: Josef Mallaun
For the more hard-core amongst you, some of the best runs can be found off-piste. Things are a little quieter during the week around Sonnenkopf where the views are magnificent. We recommend heading out with a guide so they can show you their hidden gems and the safest decents.
Best off-piste runs
- Valluga North Face
- Schindler Chutes
- The Waterfall run into Langen
- Hinterer Rendl
Off piste in St Anton. Photo: Seb Tangi
Top mountain bars in St Anton
The bars in St Anton are some of the craziest in the Alps with classic Austrian après madness, you’ll find beer steins galore accompanied by the occasional lederhosen.
- Moosewirt – with daily après from 3- 8pm, Moosewirt is one of the best party places in the world! With dancing on tables, a huge disco ball and Jaeger bombs aplenty.
- Krazy Kangaruh – the original home of après ski in St Anton hosts parties from dawn til dusk. Less Euro-apres tunes than Mooserwirt and more mainstream and old school pop rock music.
- Taps - Favourite for seasonaires, great for a late lunch with the large sundeck and afternoon happy hours.
Top bars and clubs in St Anton town
- Bodo's - downstairs bar open until 3am with regular karoke parties
- Fang Haus – the fun house in Nasserein with lots of charm and outdoor seating to soak up the sun
- Bar Cuba – a great sports bar and favourite of seasonaires, home to table football and a large population of goggle tans. Bar Cuba is open daily until 2am.
- Scotty’s Bar & Pizzeria – for cheap beer and good pizza, to be enjoyed a little later on in the evening
- Piccadilly Bar and Club is open late and features live music
The legendary Mooserwirt apres bar
Top Mountain Restaurants in Arlerg Ski Area
- Hospiz Alm – gourmet fine dining in St Christoph for a blow-out meal after a long morning on the slopes. There is even a slide to the bathroom to avoid snow-boot-related incidents!
- Pizzeria Pomodoro – for a lively atmosphere, world famous lasagne and the best pizza on the Alberg Mountain
- Rendl Beach - Self service resturant with huge sun terrace overlooking the Rendl snow park and slopes. When the weather is nice there are BBQ's and live music.
Top Restaurants in St Anton
- Bobos – Mexican bar and restaurant open daily from 5pm until 3am – good food and a great selection of cocktails
- Robi’s Rodel-Stall – to relax in front of an open fire at the end of the toboggan run, enjoy cheese fondue, their notorious spare ribs and a warm atmosphere.
- Museum – for something a little different. The Museum is located just off the blue Galzig piste, a museum by day and candlelit gastronomic delight by night; it was also used as the exterior filming location for the chalet in British comedy, Chalet Girl.
- Burger Stop - Huge burgers perfect as a post-apres snack or late night binge on the way home.
- Skiing Buddha - Delicious Asian food, located in the rock climbing/bowling centrre next to the train station.
- Anthony's Happy Valley Steakhouse - Underneath Anthony's Pizzeria is an American style steakhouse which does really good food. They occasionally have live music and neon parties too.
Hospitz Alm (left) mountain restaurant in St Christoph
St Anton in February for the best skiing, but we recommend a March trip for the best après. As always, the weather can be unpredictable so with that in mind – we’d say St Anton is a great destination all year round.
More reasons to love St Anton
- Short transfer time from airport – approximately an hour
- Short flight from London – around one and a half hours
- Toboggan run – a popular activity for all and free to use, the course runs from Gampen to the Rodelstall and takes around 15 minutes to complete with a vertical elevation of 1,670 feet. Toboggans are available to rent at all good sports shops – they cost around 9 euros.
- Wellness centre – for the ultimate relaxation with outstanding views of the mountain, here you’ll find an outdoor heated pool, an indoor pool, outdoor flume, paddling pool and spa area.
- Arl.rock Sport Park – activity centre offering climbing, bouldering, bowling, tennis and more.
- Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the village - ask at the information centre for more info.
Ski Accommodation in St Anton
There’s a broad range of accommodation in St Anton, from the lavish to the on-budget, there is something for everyone. Some of our favourites include Chalet Murr, Chalet Hotel Rosanna, Chalet Alteposte and Chalet Helvetia.
St Anton village. Photo: TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
Some final advice…
St Anton is a great fit for intermediate to advanced skiers; pistes classified as blues here would generally be red in other resorts. With that said – there are some great beginner slopes in Nasserein and Gampen.
It’s worth a ski over to Lech where you’ll find some great off-piste skiing and a larger variety of slopes. Don't get put off getting a bus to other resorts, if there is a group of you, just ski to Stuben and get a taxi to Lech, Zurs or Sonnenkopf which will cost between 25-35 Euros between you all. From winter 2016-17 there will be a new gondola between Stuben & Zurs to make skiing between the resorts much easier.
Under the bridge towards Stuben, the piste runs parallel to cars driving down the road – overtake one and take a selfie. The look on their face is a picture!
Sonnenkopf is a bus away but definitely worth the journey to escape the crowds.
Don’t be put off by staying in Nasserein, there’s great access to the skiing and it’s only a flat 10 minute walk to the centre of town, plus regular buses.
Innsbruck and Zurich are nearby if you wanted to take a city break at the same time – both transferable by train if you wanted to avoid coach transfers.
The home run/ Happy Valley run back to St Anton (or Mooserwirt and KK’s) gets extremely busy at the end of the day in peak season. To avoid the race down we would recommended heading over to the Galzig slopes around 2pm and stick to the ski area over here for the last few runs of the day.