Ski resorts in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
St Anton Am Arlberg is situated at an elevation of 1300 meters above sea level in the west part of Austria, in the western end of Tyrol on the border of Vorarlberg. St Anton is known as a gateway to the Arlberg ski region and is commonly called the “cradle of alpine skiing” for the part it played in inventing the sport.
St Anton Ski Guide – Skiing in St Anton
Known as one of Europe’s snowiest areas boasting 305km of slopes, 200 km of ski routes which are kind of inspected and marked off-piste areas, St Anton gets about 7 meter of snow each season giving free riders one of the best places in Europe.
St Anton is maybe not for the beginners: it won’t take much time to notice for advanced skiers and snow boarders getting ready for the slopes at the start of the day. For its snow-sure destination, the Arlberg ski area won’t disappoint those who wish to spend adequate time in slopes and the modern network of lifts. Shared with St Anton are neighbouring ski areas of Lech/Zürs and Warth/Schröcken.
St Anton, aka the cradle of the alps, a.k.a weltdorf, was considered one of the best ski resorts in the world. This is even before they built Flexhenbhan lift in 2016, which connects it to Zurs, making the Arlberg ski area 305 km of linked ski runs, the largest in Austria.
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St. Anton am Arlberg Tourism video - 2021/22
St Anton Ski area & Runs
St. Anton is known for its challenging skiing, suggested for more skilled skiers as their pistes are way steeper than those in the French Alps. St. Anton offers a variety of challenges than any other ski resort.
This largest ski area in Austria offers 305km of marked runs, and an enormous 200km of off-piste just waiting to be explored. St. Anton is not a resort we would recommend for beginners: green slopes are non-existent and even the blue ones are quite challenging.
Remember that ski runs here are steeper than anywhere you will find: when you see a Blue run it will be a red run anywhere else, or if you see a red run it will be likely a black run in other places. However, the Lech area offers a lot of easy slopes marked for beginners and intermediates.
Intermediate Skiers will find the terrain more challenging as the many steep runs will make word hard on your ski holiday. Ski routes here are a good way to try some off-piste runs in a moderately safe way. Not the best snow park for Freestylers has T-Bar, not a chair lift. Freeriders however will love it, as the ski area has excellent off-piste Ski areas in Europe.
St. Anton is part of the Arlberg area of ski resorts – a region that includes 88 ski lifts and 141 runs, 52% Blue runs, 35% red runs, and 13% Black runs, all of which are covered under one lift pass. St. Anton gets an average of 7 meters of snow each season, making it the best place in Europe for free riders.
The Arlberg ski area links several ski resorts and towns. The well-known ski resort in Arlberg are Lech, Zurs and St Anton. We recommend St Anton as the best place to stay, as it has the only pedestrian area and the best nightlife.
The best part to stay in St Anton is in the west side of the pedestrian area, which has 3 ski lifts going out to 3 different peaks about they named about:
1. The 4-seater Gampen chairlift
2. The Rendlbahn, well-known and state-of-the-art ski lifts:
3. The Galzigbahn – looks like a ferry wheel.
In the pedestrian area you will find all the best nightlife places begin your night crawl.
Off Piste Skiing in St Anton
The Arlberg ski area is one of the best off-piste ski areas in Europe. With its 200 Km of ski routes, it will make your off-piste runs much safer, can even give the edge. We recommend you hire a Guide for extreme off-piste adventures or if you are planning a Heli-ski tour.
Do not miss the famous off-piste run Valluga in St.Anton–North, and West, both worth giving a shot with a Guide if you are not faint-hearted.
Here are our ratings for St.Anton:
• For beginners: 6
• For intermediate: 8 (you have to pass the black run on your journey back every time)
• For advanced: 10
• For snowboarders: 9
• For freestylers: 7
• For free riders: 10
• For Nightlife: 9
• Après ski: 9
• Resort Charm: 8.5
St Anton Piste Map
Best Après Ski in St Anton
Nightlife and Après-ski in St Anton are much more popular compared to Zurs and Lech. In St. Anton pedestrian area you will find all the best nightlife places. Start at Scotties or Bar Cuba or try the one of the famous two apres-ski bars in the world; Krazy Kangaruh – gets the attention of the younger generations from the UK, Scandinavia and Australia, and the famous Mooserwirt, which grabs everyone’s attention. Even in the offseason, these places are packed. We also recommend Postkeller and Horny Bull for clubbing.
Then again worth knowing Heustadl (good bands rather than DJs) , the Rodelhütte (piano, accordion traditional oom-pah music), taps for cheap beers, and The Fang House right beside the Nasserein Gondola. If you are looking to party, then St Anton really is the best ski resort on the planet.
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