Overview of St Anton
St Anton ski resort, otherwise known as the ski capital of Austria, is one of Europe's top resorts and a mecca for off-piste skiing. A hefty list of accolades, St Anton is one of the world’s best places for competent skiers and especially those with the energy to après like it's 1999.
Yet despite the party atmosphere, there is also a chic but wholesome air to the place. Spread out along the valley floor, the resort is actually a large working town, easily accessible by road and rail, which retains a traditional charisma and a pretty car-free village centre in a beautiful local style. The locals’ sunny disposition must have at least a little to do with the resort’s sunny position, but it almost definitely has something to do with the heavy snowfalls that are commonplace on the high snow-sure slopes.
It is said that if you learn to ski in St Anton, “the cradle of alpine skiing,” you will be comfortable skiing anywhere. This is because, while there are a lot of nursery slopes along the village, some runs have a habit of proving to be harder than you first thought and busy pistes can get mogully. However, intermediate and advanced skiers couldn’t pick a more invigorating destination than St Anton ski resort. And if it all looks a bit familiar when you arrive, it could be because you’ve seen it all before in one of the many films made here. Think Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Chalet Girl and one of the first-ever ski films, Die Weisse Rausch (The White Thrill), shot here in 1931 (you could even join the race based on the film every April).
3 Things We Love About St Anton
One of Europe's top resorts for skiing- Perfect for expert skiers and boarders, with plenty of challenging runs and unlimited off-piste options.
Party town - Famous for the incredible après scene, but with a very traditional and chic town.
Large ski area - Lifts link with Lech and Zürs, make the Arlberg the largest ski area in Austria with 305km of piste.
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Skiing and Boarding in St Anton
Like all the best resorts, St Anton skiing offers gentle wide nursery slopes at the bottom of the hill, especially in the Nasserein and Gampen areas. Unlike other resorts, St Anton’s skiable peaks ascend to dizzying degrees of vertical pretty quickly, with the toughest skiing at the top of Schindler and Valluga being close to vertical.
Once graduating from the choice of nursery slopes, beginners should make for the blues from the Ostang chair or take the Gampen lift up to the Plattiwald trail. The Nasserein and Rendl side also offers some lovely pistes on which to find your ski legs.
Cautious intermediates, too, will enjoy the quieter Rendl “beach”, although much of the best skiing, including some classic reds and blacks, is accessed via the Galzigbahn. Intermediates looking for a challenge can choose from St Anton skiing’s miles of groomed but demanding runs. The longest being the 10.2km descent from Valluga – Ulmer Hutte – St Anton.
The new World Cup downhill slope is a technique-testing red from Kapall or catch first lifts to hit the runs either side of Gampen for steep and deep early morning carving.
Advanced skiers should not leave a St Anton ski holiday without skiing the number 34 piste from Kapall to Mattun and the number 3 under the Galzig. Schindler and Valluga offer the most accessible off-piste itineraries, with open bowls, steep chutes and narrow gullies to work your way through, or head to Stuben and float through the powder capital of the Arlberg area. The big one, of course, is the north face of the Valluga, which is seriously steep at the top before giving way to open powder fields down to Zurs.
The large St Anton snowpark on Rendl boasts jumps, boxes, obstacles, rails, tabletops and kickers of varying sizes, plus a smaller area for beginners and a half pipe.
Lift Passes in St Anton
The Arlberg is a huge ski area encompassing both St Anton and Lech along with other resorts such as St Christophe and Stuben. This upcoming season the ski area is set to expand further with a new Gondola connecting the neighbouring ski area of Warth/Schrocken from the Lech side of the Arlberg. The full area pass available covers all of these areas and offers great value for money. It is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers looking to cover as many runs as possible.
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