Way over to the west of Austria is the renowned resort of St Anton, much loved for its generous and regular snowfall, its adventurous, expert terrain, and its take-no-prisoners après ski. The resort is not saturated by Brits, as is the case in a lot of French resorts, and has a cosmopolitan, international feel. The majority of the hotels in St Anton are clustered around the central area close to the shops and the nightlife, and there are plenty of options for both catered and self-catering chalets too.
St Anton has 160km of its own linked piste and routes, but the Arlberg liftpass also covers the nearby Lech/Zürs area, which adds up to 340km. Those routes are expert slopes made avalanche safe, but not patrolled, and generally not groomed. The terrain is generally suited to experts and brave intermediates, and there’s heaps of excellent off-piste around. There’s cat-skiing and heli-skiing available, and the backcountry is full of pro freeskiers and snowboarders. It’s not the best resort for beginners – although grooming and snowmaking are good, the blues are challenging, crowds can be an issue, and many runs form moguls by the end of the day.