St Anton – Austria’s Largest Linked ski Area
7th June 2016
We British skiers seem to have a love of the big linked ski areas that France does so well. Very soon the most popular ski resort in Austria, St Anton will be the country’s first ski area to offer more than 300km of lift linked runs. There’s a new project underway and almost finished which will connect the skiing between St Anton and Lech. There will be four new gondola lifts which will be ready to run in time for next winter.
The newly lift-linked part of the Arlberg will then open up a total around 305km of runs, although the pass will also include another 36km of runs at the nearby but not-linked areas of Sonnenkopf or Pettneu to give the ski area its total of 340km. The Arlberg ski area also confirms it has an additional 200km of marked but ungroomed ‘ski routes’ which it does not include in its 305m/340km totals. This could therefore be a future contender to knock Frances Three Valleys ski area off the top of the list of the world’s largest ski area.
With 305km of linked runs the Arlberg also moves in to the world’s top 5 in terms of claimed size overtaking the long-time claimed 300km of the Espace Killy shared by Tignes and Val d’Isere which for us at Ski Line has been consistently our top selling ski area.
How long the Arlberg will remain Austria’s largest after 16-17 remains uncertain as a few of the other big areas are reported to be considering mergers that could potentially take them up to 350-400km linked-area size.
As we learnt a few years ago some ski areas are less than honest when it comes to measuring their own ski areas when some exaggerated their measurements by up to 57%.