St Anton, what a resort! Known as one of the finest ski resorts in the Alps, it has a friendly atmosphere, stunning scenery, a picturesque car-free village centre and arguably the world’s most exciting and challenging terrain. The endless powder fields guarantee delivering excellent off-piste opportunities for those looking for adventurous skiing holidays. A wide, spread out resort with skiing split over two sides of the valley. Ski bus links are excellent around the resort, so it doesn’t really matter where you stay. Arguably the best resort in Austria, it has held its popularity for over a century as a popular British skiing holiday destination.
Skiing in St Anton
With phenomenally good skiing in St Anton, the Alberg skiing area really lives up to its reputation as a skier’s paradise. The pass covers lift-linked St. Christoph and Stuben, and (by bus) resorts Lech and Zurs. The 280km of pisted runs is surrounded by a rare 180km of off-pisted trails. What St Anton is famous for is its steep terrain and vast powder fields where avalanche transceivers, spades and helmets are normal attire for skiers. St Anton has played a notable part in competitive skiing, including hosting the Alpine World Championships in 2001.
With slopes here to suit all abilities, you can’t go wrong when you go skiing in St. Anton. Beginners will get to know the snow on the nursery slopes conveniently beside the village centre, plus there are some perfect blues to progress onto just above the resort. Intermediates will be spoilt for choice, the Rendl area in particular is swamped with medium red runs for endless hours of fun on an intermediate ski trip. Advanced expert skiers should expect plenty of unmarked trails, but remember to take a guide to find the best ones and ski safely, especially if you fancy visiting the terrifying descent down from Valluga peak!
Snowboarding in St. Anton
If you are going snowboarding in St. Anton, you’ll find the Alberg skiing region perfection in a piste. With the most suitable terrain in Austria, the masses of fresh powder makes riding around St. Anton’s tree-lined trails practically unbeatable for an action-packed snowboarding holiday in Austria. The mountain playground features steep descents, great take offs and drops offs if you’re looking for an extreme ride. Heading up to Kapall, you’ll find perfect freeriding terrain, or Rendl if you are looking for great off-piste on your snowboard trip in St Anton.
Apres in St Anton
Fancy getting piste? St. Anton is where it’s at if you’re looking to party! Apres ski in this town is legendary. Often starting on piste side bars coming into resort before carrying on through the night in the many central bars and clubs. A word of warning, if you have a hotel bang in the centre, be prepared for revellers out in the streets until late.It all starts up high on the mountain with a bar crawl named ‘Run-1’ consisting generally of lager and European music in the lively bars. Eclipse Ski recommends using the €2 ski/board check-in at Krazy Kangeroo and Mooserwirt, it works the same way as dropping your coat off in a nightclub, so you can relax when you’re out that your equipment is nice and safe.
Accommodation in St Anton
The St Anton village centre itself has been kept traditional, and despite its status as a crowd-drawing lively ski resort, it is still very picturesque and perfect for family skiing holidays. From ice-skating to sleigh rides, the kids will be thorough entertained on and off the slopes. Some of the luxury hotels in St Anton are the best in the Alps, and prices sometimes reflect this. Be careful when choosing bars or restaurants as there are several venues catering for this luxury market. However, due to its size, this cosmopolitan village has accommodation for every budget so check out our best travel deals to St. Anton…