St Anton is probably the most popular ski resort in Austria and it’s easy to see why. The Slopes are extensive with 340km of varied terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers alike. The local area is called Arlberg and consists of St Anton itself and the neighbouring areas of Lech, Zurs and St Christoph.
St Anton’s skiing is tough with many runs tougher than you may think for their classification. Valluga at 2810m is the highest point of St Anton’s slopes which is accessed by the Galzig gondola the area below this is linked to the Kappal Gampen area which takes you to the other end of the resort, Nasserein.
The third sector for skiing is Rendl which is underused and underrated – head here and go up on the new gondola when the other slopes are busy and you will find plenty to ski without the crowds.
St Anton is one of the ultimate party towns in Austria – with many famous bars and après ski venues. The town itself is spread along the narrow valley floor and has a pedestrianised centre which adds to the ambience. The town itself is a mix of newer and older style buildings and has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere.
There are local buses that connect easily to the other Arlberg resorts or you can take the train into Innsbruck.
The Nasserein end of town is quieter with an excellent fast lift up to the slopes. It’s a 5-8 min flat walk through the pedestrianised centre to get to the livelier end of town.
Ski Line offer a huge selection of ski chalet and slope side ski hotels, we also offer limited self-catered apartments.
St Anton has some of the best Après ski in Europe. Start on the slopes at the Krazy Kanguruh and then on to the Mooserwirt – which has to be seen to be believed! There are other bars to choose from on the slopes – all offering a great start to your après ski. The nightlife down in town gets going early many bars with live music and dancing, there are also sports bars. There’s plenty of more sophisticated venues to choose from too for a more sedate après ski session.
There’s a great new wellness centre here – with indoor and outdoor pools with a flume. It also has a selection of saunas and a large steam room. There’s also a sports centre with climbing wall and other sports available.
There are a good selection of shops and many cafes, bars and restaurants which are open in the day as well as the evenings.
If you are a complete beginner St Anton is best avoided until you have mastered the basics and a bit more. However the nursery slopes at Nasserein is the easier area to start on with a small handful of blue runs to progress on to later. That said many beginners learn to ski in St Anton each year through the two well-regarded ski schools.
Good intermediate skiers will enjoy the challenging slopes that St Anton has to offer. There are few wide easy cruising runs here – this resort is best suited to those that like it steeper. The men’s downhill from the top of Kapall-Gampen right down to town is one for your list and the 100m vertical run from Schindler Spitze down to Rauz should also be on the list too.
Easier skiing can be found on the short blue runs over at Galzig and the run from Kappal to Galzig is also good. When the weather comes in head for Rendl where you’ll find a good tree lined blue right down to the valley. It’s well worth taking the bus to the Lech Zurs area where the skiing is more gentle with some great cruisy blue runs.
St Anton should be top of your list if you are an advanced skier. The runs here are second to none. Experts will be in skiing heaven with an abundance of red and black runs and many off piste opportunities. There are challenging runs in all three ski areas and many back bowls to discover. Hire a guide in order to fully appreciate the extensive off piste opportunities of this resort.