St Anton am Arlberg is a extremely in style ski resort located within the Austrian Tyrol, and lies on the Rosanna River. It’s the principal resort within the Arlberg ski space, so-called after a small mountain cross that, within the 14th Century, was the principle connection to the realm. Travellers would say they “handed the Arlberg” – these days by horse and cart – when referring to the journey that they had made.
St Anton has been a hang-out of skiers for the reason that early days of the game, and stays ever in style. Famed for its thrilling snowboarding, and vigorous après-ski, the resort is one that pulls guests again time and time once more. The village of St Anton is lengthy, and squeezed into the slim valley. Actually, it’s virtually sufficiently big to be a city. The resort stays vastly in style with folks from everywhere in the world, however on the identical time has retained its Austrian idyll and allure.
Extra ski guides in Austria:
- Gastein Valley
- Ischgl, Tyrol
Snowboarding in St Anton is difficult and the resort is definitely not suited to novices. Actually, 60% of all of the runs are both purple or black, and there may be little or no ‘freeway’ or ‘motorway’ snowboarding for intermediates and novices. The elevate cross consists of the close by resort of Lech – nestled additional up the valley – which will be accessed by bus at no cost from Alpe Rauz.
Galzig/Gampen: The ‘predominant’ aspect of St Anton and served by a number of high-speed lifts. Within the morning, keep away from the ultra-modern Galzig cable automobile, opting as an alternative for the Gampen four-person chairlift, which can whisk you up the mountain in half the time. Subsequent take the Kapall chairlift, which, from the highest gives entry to all gradients of terrain – blue, purple and black.
Rendl: Situated on the alternative aspect of the valley to Galzig, Rendl is the smaller, but equally attention-grabbing, space. Take the gondola from the resort to entry the realm, from the place there’s a complete host of choices ready to be skied. The purple run from the highest of the Rendl bubble is considered one of my favorite pistes, and an effective way to keep away from the melee on the finish of the day.
St Christoph: The small village of St Christoph additional up the valley gives the proper escape from the throng of St Anton. Right here the snowboarding is gentler, but linked to the principle space. St Christoph is a good place to remain for folks trying to ski the slopes of St Anton, but take pleasure in a quieter vacation.
Why go there?
The problem: For these in search of an off-piste journey, it’s attainable to succeed in Lech from St Anton through an off-piste itinerary, nevertheless a information is strongly advisable for anybody wishing to undertake this route. For diehard skiers a descent off the notorious Valluga Nord is a should. A gondola whisks you to 2809m, from the place you may launch your self down the 40–55 diploma north-facing pitch. It’s a reasonably furry descent, particularly the primary few hundred metres the place hidden cliffs make it a no-fall zone. Once more, a information is an absolute should.
Proximity: Situated simply an hour’s drive from Innsbruck, the resort is good for somebody trying to take a weekend break, maximising their time on the slopes, while minimising time away from the desk. Ski Weekends operates weekend breaks from the UK beginning at £636 per individual primarily based on two sharing. This consists of four nights on a half board foundation and consists of flights and resort transfers.
To flee from the throng: Head to the close by villages of St Christoph and Stuben. Each present linked snowboarding to the principle St Anton space, however are tiny villages, providing a much more tranquil vacation expertise.
The X Issue: St Anton is famed for its wild Austrian après-ski. The occasion begins on the slopes on the notorious Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars – each of which have music blaring from four–8pm. It’s reputed that the Mooserwirt sells essentially the most beer in the entire of Austria – a powerful feat for a bar open for a only a few hours every day, and positioned on the ski slopes.
As soon as the piste après-ski ends it’s all the way down to the city. Nightlife within the resort is second-to-none, with partying till the early hours on the Put up Kellar and Cuba nightclubs. Right here Jägermeister and Crimson Bull are the order of the day, and so the phrase “Jägerbombed” has come to explain these a bit worse for put on on the finish of the evening.
The three* Lodge Mooserkreuz is a good worth choice located on the outskirts of the resort however serviced by a shuttle bus. The four* Lodge Banyan was new in 2007 and is positioned near the centre of St Anton on the Nasserein aspect.
Learn how to get there
The best strategy to entry St Anton is to fly to Innsbruck, which is 85km away and a one-hour drive. Alternatively, you may fly to Friedrichshafen, which can be inside simple attain, roughly 220km and 1 hour 30 minutes drive away.