St Anton – Austria
St Anton has been highly-regarded as a ski destination since the 1920s and found fame as the home town of ski pioneer Hannes Schneider. This little gem in Western Austria is quite simply the home of skiing for many people, and nowadays it ranks highly as a Mecca for party animals too – the apres-ski in St Anton is legendary. The resort is not saturated by Brits, as is the case in a lot of French resorts, and has a cosmopolitan feel to it with plenty of visitors from all over Europe and North America. 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 in St Anton too.
The Arlberg ski area offers 270km of pistes ranging from 1305m up to 2811m, with extensive off-piste routes available too. December and January are the coldest months with deep blue skies and strong winter sun amongst days of snowfall. February and March, whilst warmer, continue to provide great snow conditions, as the north-facing slopes keep their base intact for the season. Sunnier south-facing slopes are kept in perfect shape by snowmaking. For current snow conditions take a look at the St Anton webcams and weather.
This quick guide might help you to navigate around the town and main landmarks and areas.
- Head for a sauna or hot tub in the Well.com centre to relax your muscles.
- Hit some of the great walking trails around the Arlberg.
- Pop into the skiing museum and learn about the history of St Anton and skiing.
- Go down the slopes on your backside – tobogganing that is.
- Take a ride on a horse and carriage, admiring the town and feeling like royalty.
St Anton blogs
Posted by Rob Freeman on 25th February 2015
When I first visited St Anton am Arlberg, about 30 years ago, I stayed in one of the Tirolean village's most luxurious chalets. Bathrooms were shared - with a ratio of one for two, or even three, bedrooms. Showers had to be staggered, and kept brief, if everyone was to have hot(ish) water.
Posted by Liz Woods on 28th March 2011
'The White Thrill' is a race held every year in St Anton, it has a cult following of skiers looking for some extra thrills. So if you feel like scaring yourself silly go on - you know you want to...
At a glance
|Resort altitude||2811 m - 1304 m|
|Highest lift||2811 m|
|Lowest lift||1305 m|
|km of piste||280|
|Number of lifts||84|
|Lift pass price||€245 / 6 days|
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