Rarely can you find a list of top ski resorts in the world that doesn't mention St Anton, and rightly so. It's especially suited for advanced and expert skiers, thanks to its huge range off challenging runs and legendary off piste, as well as those with the energy to après-ski as hard as they ski.

The resort sits at the western extremity of the Tirol, at the foot of the road up to the Arlberg pass. It is at one end of a lift network that spreads across to St Christoph and over the pass to Stuben.

The Arlberg ski area ‘closed the gap’, with the new Flexenbahn cable car in 2016/17 . Four new lifts have linked Stuben on the St Anton side, to Zürs on the Lech side – all of which are high-tech 10-seat gondolas. This means that the Ski Arlberg area isn’t only the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, with 305km of slopes and 87 lifts (not forgetting the 200km of off piste), but it also enters the top 10 largest in the world. The new lifts make all points of the snowy Arlberg region quick and easy to access, and also cut the number of buses running between the resorts – a significant environmental benefit. With all this terrain to explore, take advantage of our Instructor Led Guiding service to find those lesser known gems.

St Anton is a expansive resort - a town more than a village with plenty of amenities catering from budget to luxury options; though this doesn't mean its lacking in history or character - far from it. Hannes Schnieder, the legendary pioneering ski instructor was based in St Anton, is regarded as the founder of modern skiing having developed the Arlberg Technique. Almost as famous are St Anton's legendary apres bars - The Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh.

Finally, for those who are familiar with one of the cheesier British rom-coms produced in recent years, St Anton was both the setting, and filming location for Chalet Girl, though don't consider the film the most realistic representation.

Pros

Varied terrain for experts and adventurous intermediates

Heavy snowfalls, lots of snow-guns

Car-free village centre retains solid traditional charm

Very lively après-ski and nightlife

Cons

Some pistes dangerously crowded

Slopes can be tough for near-beginners and timid intermediates

Most tough runs are unpatrolled

Snow quality can suffer from sun

A Local's Guide to St.Anton am Arlberg

 

Getting there

  • Innsbruck airport: 1 hours
  • Friedrichshafen airport: 1.5 hours
  • St Anton train station: In resort

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Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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