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St Anton, Austria

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

St Anton am Arlberg is at the heart of the Arlberg ski region and is the most famed and historic ski area in Austria. With a summit elevation of 9,222', 41 ski lifts and 116 kilometers of prepared (groomed) skiing including interconnected St Christoph and Stuben, plus thousands of acres of off-piste terrain. St Anton's longest run covers 6 miles with a vertical drop of 4,944' from the spectacularly scenic Valuga summit down to the charming alpine village. 

The ski village of St Anton is a classic, brimming with Austrian chalet hotels, ski shops and dozens of après ski bars and cafes. Skiers board the modern Ferris Wheel-like Galzigbahn lift, a one of a kind 24 passenger $24 million gondola that rivals an amusement park attraction. Many of St Anton’s ski lifts are extremely modern, serving century old ski terrain. Combined with the marvelous ski village it is a pleasant blend of old meets new. From the summit of the 6,555’ Galzig, skiers have dozens of groomed and prepared ski slopes to choose from. Or board the Valluga Tram to the summit for steep, long and super scenic skiing. From the Valluga summit, the highest point at 9,222', if you have a guide you can ski the backside to Zurs and connect to Lech.

The unique Schindler Spitze also offers more fabulous scenery and superb on and off piste skiing. From Valluga, Galzig or Spitze you can also ski all the way to the neighboring town of Stuben - all part of the Ski Arlberg pass, or to the delightful ski town of St Christoph. In St Christoph, we found a delightful traditional Austrian ski lunch at the Hospiz Alm complete with lederhosen waiters, beer, brat, cheese, apple strudel and traditional Austrian music in an amiable historic alpine setting (don't miss the slide to the toilets and the wine cellar).

St Anton’s Gampen area provides more great skiing with views of St Anton village, this is where ski racing, children’s ski lessons, and the toboggan run, Rodelbahn, take place. A short walk across the village with your skis brings you to Rendl, the North facing aspect of St Anton with more trail and off piste skiing and a great sun terrace at the top of the gondola called Rendl Beach.

Apres ski at St Anton is legendary, with many bars at or near the base of the ski slopes. Stop at the world famous Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh on your last run offering the liveliest apres scene we have ever encountered. The Moosewirt, despite their sarcastic claim as “the worst ski bar in the Alps,” was filled with hundreds of happy skiers dancing in ski boots to the DJs tunes, drinking shots, beer, and partying inside and out on the sun deck.

St Anton is called "The Cradle of Alpine Skiing," home to the legendary ski instructor Hannes Schneider whose trademark "Arlberg ski technique" (later known as the Stem Christie) revolutionized skiing in Europe and in the US when he brought ski instruction to Cranmore in the 1930s. St Anton was featured in the movie "Downhill Racer" starring Robert Redford.

St Anton village has many beautiful ski hotels. We loved the Hotel Bergschlössl - right next to the Galzigbahn lift with authentic Austrian architecture, delightful innkeepers, tastefully decorated rooms, all the modern amenities, free WiFi and an extensive buffet breakfast served with a view of the slopes.

Elevation

Base
4278 feet
Base
Summit
9222 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
4944 feet
Vertical Drop

Terrain

Beginner Runs
0 %
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Intermediate Runs
43 %
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Advanced Runs
40 %
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Expert Runs
17 %
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Total Runs
32
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Terrain Parks
4
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
6 miles
Longest Run

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 12/01/2017 04/25/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 12/02/2016 04/23/2017
2015/2016 12/04/2015 04/24/2016
2014/2015 12/05/2014 04/26/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 20 - 63 $63 (53 EUR)
Child 8 - 15 $38 (32 EUR)
Child 16 - 19 $57 (48 EUR)
Senior 64 - 73 $57 (48 EUR)
Season Pass $968 (820 EUR)

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4.3 / 5 Fabulous

based on 5 reviews

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Latest reviews

Score: 4.5 / 5Nov 10, 2017
Amazing time in St Anton for my skiing holiday, highly recommended to everyone. The facilities, slopes and people were all amazing, from start to finish. This has really made me want to ski more often. ... More
Kris beginner skier
Score: 4.1 / 5Nov 09, 2017
Great atmosphere and vibe, variety options when it comes to dining and entertainment. Quality of snow can be better! Night life options can be improved particularly for young professionals between 25 to 35 ... More
Nenad P. advanced skier
Score: 3.6 / 5Nov 08, 2017
St Anton offers a great area to ski. The resort is somewhat disjointed as you need to catch buses between certain parts to experience the whole area. Massive variation in terrain and wide cruisey runs which are perfect for all levels. Would love it if there were a few less two ... More
Liam expert skier
Score: 4.3 / 5Nov 05, 2017
Loved the vibe and great holiday. The food areas were amazing and very good quality. The snow was great and gave us the best holiday we could of had. I would defiantly recommend going ... More
Joseph B. advanced