Ski holidays in St Anton, Austria
St Anton has always been the number one ski resort in Austria for the UK customer. Some of the team here think it's the best resort in the world - read our Expert Guide to St Anton. Altogether the Arlberg ski area is massive and the largest in Austria. The region presents a vast network of cable cars and lifts and, in addition to its spectacular beauty, the most reliable snow in Austria and excellent maintenance of its slopes.
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St Anton ski resort
St Anton is located in the grand Arlberg Ski Area in Austria and is closely linked to Stuben and St Christoph. The Flexenbahn cable car system now links Stuben to Zurs/ Lech making skiing between the Arlberg ski resorts even easier and much faster. This new link means that the Arlberg ski area is now the largest lift-linked ski area in Austria! This is big news for the Arlberg ski area and will make ski holidays to St Anton even more desirable. St Anton has a diverse ski area with a total of 305km of runs making up the Arlberg ski area, inlcuding 132 km (43%) of blue runs, 123 km (43%) of red runs and 51 km (17%) of black runs.
Skiing in St Anton
St. Anton is renowned for its challenging skiing, and brings in some of the best skiers in the world. On a powder day the first lift is way too late to get the first tracks. The powder hounds with all the avalanche kit have long since hiked up and cut the nicest lines off the Valluga. The longest downhill run in the Arlberg ski area is 9km from Valluga - Ulmer Hutte - St Anton.
Despite having an excellent ski school we don’t usually recommend St Anton to beginners for once you are off the beginner slopes it gets steep and narrow even on blue runs. The ski area over at Lech is much better for cruising and that’s where we would send beginners.
In Lech they groom the piste all day long so that the well-heeled that lunch all afternoon don’t have to put up with any of those nasty bumps. It is a great place for a long lunch and a fast cruise on wide pistes – think Courchevel 1850 or Zermatt style. We’d recommend the Rud-Alpe Gastronomie just above the centre of Lech for a blowout lunch.
Across the Valley from St Anton ski area is the Rendl ski area which offers the excellent Rendl Beach bar and restaurant area with live music most days and overlooking the Terrain Park. There are some great back country tours to be done with guides off the back of Rendl. You should also visit the smaller villages like Stuben and St Christoph in the linked ski area. Do not miss the Hospiz Alm in St Christoph for a long lunch. It’s really superb and the staff are all dressed in traditional Dirndl dresses and Lederhosen, there’s a fun slide to the bathrooms downstairs.
St Anton gets between 50-60 sunshine days during the ski season, perfect weather for relaxing on the sun terrace. There are sun terraces located at: Rendl, Galzig, Gampen, Rodelalm, Sennhütte, Ulmerhütte, Bifangalm,Kaminstube, Heustadl, Krazy Kanguruh, Taps, Mooserwirt, Griabli, Hospizalm and Thaja St Christoph.
Snow conditions in St Anton
Resorts in the Arlberg ski area often top the snow-depth records for Austrian resorts. Snow conditions are generally reliable in St Anton with an average of 7m of snow each season. The resort is legendary for it’s incredible off piste conditions and abundance of powder. When needed there are 915 snow cannons and 109 snow lances installed in the ski area, in total 88% of the trails in St Anton and 70% across the Arlberg can be covered by man-made snow.
Ski accommodation in St Anton
Accommodation is extremely varied in St Anton; we have over 60 ski properties in St Anton including chalets, hotels and apartments. The diverse range of accommodation makes it one best options for a ski holiday in Austria.
Chalets in St Anton come in all shapes and sizes, sleeping from 6 people up to 35. There are some excellent options for family and group ski holidays. Hotels in St Anton range from smaller chalet hotels ran by British tour operators through to larger and superior traditional hotels located in the centre of the village.
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Après ski, restaurants and activities in St Anton
This is really where St Anton sets the standard for the whole world. No other resort anywhere can match the on-piste après ski entertainment of St Anton. It really is the most fun resort on the planet. There are so many great après bars I can’t mention them all but I will name the most famous ones like the Krazy Kangaruh and the Mooserwirt.
The Moose sells more beer than any other bar in the Alps. They are delivered by immensely strong bar men carrying up to 30 large beers to your table (that you are dancing on) and come with shots of Jaeger or Willys mit Pear (Williams Christ Birne pear Schnapps with a ball of Pear in the shot glass). Many partiers walk up the slopes to get to the Mooserwirt or KK just to join the party. At 3pm everyday the DJ at the Moose starts the party by playing ‘The Final Countdown’ by Swedish Band, Europe, and have been doing so since 1986.
Other worthy on-piste bars with live music include the Heustadl (great bands rather than DJs) , the Rodelhütte (Piano accordion traditional oom-pah music), Taps for cheap beers next to KKs and The Fang House right next to the Nasserein Gondola – The Fang is a big favourite with the Iglu team. There are at least another 10 worth a visit.
After your aprés ski session at the on-piste bars there is the carnage of the final descent from the bars to the bottom of the pistes. Although inebriated skiing is frowned upon in many resorts, this St Anton tradition is hilarious and better than walking. We recommend one final drink to celebrate making it to the bottom of the slopes at Basecamp. This large bar is the final stop for many skiers and they do a range of excellent snacks to nibble on before heading back to your Chalet or Hotel for dinner.
St Anton has a pedestrianised village centre and offers plenty of activities away from the piste including a cinema, ice skating, bowling, curling, sleigh rides, tobogganing and the 'Arlberg-well.com' leisure complex. The 4.2 km long illuminated tobaggan run from Gampen via the Rodelhütte to "Rodelstall" in Nasserein has to be the best in Europe. Non skiers can also make their way to many of the après ski bars and lunch restaurants to meet their groups on-piste.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from in St. Anton. You can find a great range of cuisine including traditional Tyrolean fare. Some notable eateries are San Antonio, Rosanna's, Pomodoro, Dixies 1 and 2, Nassereinerhof and Bobo's. For a dinner experience that turns into a nightclub we recommend Hugos.
There are 18 ski huts and mountain restaurants in the area from self-service to gourmet cuisine. The Verwallstube at Galzig has been awarded two coveted Gault Millau toques
Other activities in resort include:
- Horse sleigh rides
- Snow shoeing
- Cross country skiing
- Winter climbing
- Tennis and squash
- Ice skating
Transfer times & airports for St Anton
The main arrival airport for package ski holidays to St Anton is Innsbruck which is a one hour coach transfer to resort (approx. 100km). Selected holidays may have a flights into Friedrichshafen in Germany which is a one and a half hour transfer (approx. 140km) to St Anton.