One of Europe's top five luxury ski resorts, St Anton is the place for energetic skiers who like to maximise their time and fun on and off the ski slopes. Fabulous world class skiing, and number one in the world for apres-ski make St Anton in our view the number one ski resort for catered ski chalets and holidays for clients who don't want to compromise on the skiing or the partying afterwards!
Skiing St Anton
St Anton has simply some of the best skiing in the world. Predominantly best suited for intermediates, and experts even more so, if you haven’t skied St Anton yet you are in for a real treat. In fact we rate this luxury ski resort in the top three ski resorts we have skied anywhere in the world.
From an experts perspective, St Anton has some of the best off-piste in the world and the mogul fields are vast and at times seem endless. Many will either start or finish the day at the top of the Valluga and head down the black for a thigh busting run. Despite the grin at the bottom, few return until another day when their legs have recovered. It isn’t the hardest black you will ever do, but it does seem to go on and on when you are on it!
Intermediates have plenty to enjoy too. The reds are more challenging than many of the resorts but not too unduly and there are also the blues above St Anton and down into St Cristoph too.
Beginners nursery slopes are located just in front of the town at Gampen and Nasserein. This said, the blues are not the easiest in the Alps and this would not be a resort we recommend to learn to ski. This said, if you do have some beginner / intermediates in your party then a trip to Lech will be a nice day for all with its tree line skiing and gentler runs.
Another day out can be had at Zurs although this is more suited for intermediates than beginners.
Situated in the Arlberg region of Austria, St Anton is the ski party capital of the Alps. A pretty and bustling town, it has a wide array of bars, restaurants and shops, the town itself now runs up and down the valley, whilst retain its Austrian alpine charm. A variety of ski chalets and large pensions it is very pleasing on the eye. The lifts are also close to the town and at the end of the day this brings a vibrant atmosphere.
There are shops to browse and enjoy but it is fair to say that nowadays St Anton attracts a predominantly trendy, hip and cool party crowd. This said, for how much longer, we will wait and see. New planning laws have encouraged upmarket 4 and 5 star establishment to spring up, all very tastefully designed and St Anton looks set to blend fun and lively with an even bigger swanky VIP crowd. If partying is your scene go there now before its too late, If however a more sophisticated luxury skiing is your thing, no is your chance to be one on the one’s that set the trend!
Family Skiing In St Anton
Family skiing in St Anton for younger visitors is pretty limited. However, if you have competent teenagers and what them to have a great time soaking in a very special atmosphere, this might be the family ski holiday for you. This said, the party scene can be a little lively and it isn’t somewhere we would suggest teenagers should be skiing and partying afterwards on their own without supervision!
Family ski chalets here range from small pensions (hotels) through to luxury ski chalets where your every need is thought of and catered for.
Expert and Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding
What can you say about St Anton that hasn’t been said before? This is a must visit ski resort for experts. The Valluga we have already mentioned, but not the route off the back. You will need a guide to ski it. It isn’t difficult compared to many, but there is a significant drop (over 500m) if you get the route wrong and hence the necessity of the guide. Here you will ski bumps and / or powder depending on conditions and some stunning views all the way down to Zurs below.
For an easier off-piste day or in bad weather, the Rendl in the right conditions is a good place to go as it offers tree line skiing. Other options include Schindler that offers good bump skiing off-piste and also the Galzig, particular after a snowfall.
Eating Out On The Mountain
It is hard to believe that the Rodel Hutte was once the après-ski bar of St Anton in the eighties, as is nowadays it is a fine dining restaurant and is one of the best places to eat on the mountain. It still today retains its farmhouse charm, but oompah bands and dancing on tables has given way to superbly cooked and presented Austrian food. - not to mention good wine too (Austrian has superb local wines they just keep them for themselves). It isn’t however the easiest restaurant to find, as isn’t the Senn Hutte either. This said, it is also equally as good and well worth searching out.
And for families and big kids, the Hospiz Alm –the food is generally good but can occasionally vary, but it is worth the visit just for the slide inside!
The aptly named Stanton Park is the place to go where you will find rails, jumps and much more. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders should note that it is found on the Rendl side. There is also a fun park in the Galzig area (opposite end to Nasserein).
Two of the largest ski schools operating in St Anton are the Ski School Arlberg and the Ski School (Skischule) St Anton.
St Anton Après-Ski
Number One in the World! Nowhere beats St Anton for après-ski partying. It won’t be to all tastes, but it is the après-ski capital of the Alps, America, Canada, wherever.
First things first, if loud music, continuous alcohol, dancing on the table, etc. St Anton may not be your thing. It is a place to party and the crowds are boisterous and energetic and whilst you can navigate around itit is hard to miss in its entirety.
The Mooserwirt probably deserves its own section, such is its legendary status. If you are one of the few that hasn’t heard of it, the Mooserwirt is to skiing and the Alps what Pacha and Amnesia are to Ibiza and clubbing! Located on the slopes, just above the town, the party starts to build from 4pm!
After the Mooserwirt, many miss dinner and go on to the Krazy Kanguruh or the Underground. The latter two having been entertaining après-skiers for over 25 years!
St Anton Restaurants
Despite its partying profile, fine food and great restaurants are still easy to find. For a beautiful setting and gourmet food to match, you won’t get much better than d’Stuba. And if you are into wines, and are particularly interested in Austrian ones, the Sommelier will happily take you down to the wine cellar and explain each to you.
But we love the décor and feel of the Restorranti zum Sonnbichl, and the food equally matches.
The Kandahar are popular places to party until dawn. The latter probably the most upmarket nightclub of all in St Anton. There is also the Post Kellar which is next to the popular Piccadilly Bar is another worth visiting..
Getting Around The Valley
Most chalets are relatively close to the Galzig or Nasserein lifts and therefore few use the ski bus except for day trips to Lech and / or Zurs. Nevertheless it is available and fairly frequent.
The luge toboggan run is a popular choice with all ages and in particular younger family ski members. Horse drawn sleighs are a great way to see the town and there is a sports and wellness centre with indoor pool, sauna, tennis, squash and climbing wall. Paragliding and ice climbing are also available.
Ski Map St Anton Am Arlberg Austria
Some great skiing on piste, particularly for intermediates and experts, the Valuga particularly worth a mention for experts, it is the off-piste that really places St Anton as one of Europe's best ski resorts.