St Anton-am-Arlberg Ski Resort Review
Considered to be one of the best high alpine ski resorts in the world, St Anton presents a vast network of cable cars and lifts, spectacular beauty, reliable snow and excellent piste conditions. These days the town is increasingly chic, with minimalist hotels and outstanding restaurants.
St Anton is the largest ski resort in the Arlberg area, which also includes Lech, Zűrs and the villages of St Christoph, Stuben and St Jakob. Direct access to the ski circuit is also gained via Nasserein on the out skirts.
Strictly speaking, St. Anton, St. Christoph and St. Jakob belong to the Austrian state of Tyrol, while Lech, Zürs and Stuben are part of Vorarlberg.
The most prominent point in St Anton is the Valluga summit from which runs one of the longest and best pistes for intermediates skiers in Europe, almost from the summit ll the way to the valley floor. There are many more choices for intermediate and advance skiers in Lech and Zűrs, which also offer some of the best off-piste skiing in Europe.
Due to their north-facing slopes and position at the end of the valley, Lech and Zűrs offer uncrowded slopes and reliable snow.
The best skiing for beginners is in St Christoph or Rendl.
St Anton is also known for having some of the best snowboarding terrain in Austria, with a vast array of natural obstacles, steep powder fields and drop-offs providing for thrilling free-riding. Gampen, Kapall and Rendl are recommended for boarders; Rendl has a terrain park.
St Anton Ski Resort In Brief
Munich: 250km (156 miles).
Zűrich: 200km (125 miles).
Innsbruck: 100km (62km).
All major international trains stop at St Anton's own Eurocity railway station. Winter bus service available from Zűrich to Lech and Zűrs.
Skiing; 1,300 - 2,810m (4,270 - 9,220ft).
The Resort; 1,304m.
On the Mountain:
No of Ski Pistes: 90: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced.
277km (172 miles) groomed runs; 176km (109 miles) off-piste.
Direction of slopes; N/S/E/W.
Longest ski run: 10km.
Terrain Parks: Yes.
Half Pipe: Yes.
Cross Country Ski Trails: 40km.
Mountain Restaurants: 20.
Snow making coverage: 103km.
Resort Ski Bus: Free with lift pass.
Linked Ski Resorts: Lech, Zűrs. Day trips to Courmayer.
No of Lifts:
86 in entire network.
St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben: 3 Cable Car, 2 Gondolas, 17 Chair, 18 Drag.
Large ski areas; traditional alpine villages; snow-sure slopes.
Difficult beginner slopes in St Anton; Zűrs can close after heavy snow; Lech can be expensive. St Anton's south-facing slopes can get slushy by the end of the day, particularly in spring.
In the Austrian Arlberg a gondola links Lech-Zürs to Warth-Schröcken, adding an extra 63km of piste and some some serious off piste skiing to the Ski Arlberg Region.
St Christoph Ski Resort
Eight kilometres up the road from St Anton is the pretty village of St Christoph. No more than a handful of large hotels at the foot of some gentle slopes, it is a popular base with families and couples looking for more tranquil surroundings, the convenience of doorstep skiing and with the quick high speed lifts, quick access to the amazing St Anton-Arlberg ski area.
St Jakob Ski Resort
The quieter neighborhood of St. Jakob, just down the valley and comprised mainly of guest houses and restaurants, is now more accessible to skiers thanks to the new Nassereinbahn gondola.