St Anton Ski Holidays
Austria

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St Anton boasts an excellent snowfall record, a beautiful car-free resort centre with traditional Tyrolean architecture and possibly the most famous après-ski scene in the Alps. As of winter 2016/17, St Anton will also be part of the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, with new lifts offering improved connectivity with the Lech side of the Arlberg.

St Anton is perfect for groups seeking vibrant après-ski and nightlife, with a rich selection of bars, restaurants and rowdy venues. The ski terrain, meanwhile, is best for intermediate to expert skiers, with plenty of steep trails, 2 snow parks (1 in St Anton and 1 in Lech) and amazing off-piste potential. When the fresh snow falls, freeriding powder hounds will be in paradise – but please note that a guide is required in certain areas.

That said, the resort also caters to families with a number of chalets away from the noise of town centre. Arguably the best place for kids is the more tranquil Nasserein area, which has some gentle pistes and excellent family-only properties with in-house childcare and easy slope access.

Of course, with most of the mountain better suited to more seasoned skiers, families with young children and groups of beginners may want to consider resorts like Obergurgl (wonderful for families) or Mayrhofen (also great for lively après-ski).

Holidaymakers interested in St Anton can fly from a number of UK airports to Innsbruck, from which the transfer to St Anton is approximately 1.25 hours long. One can also fly from London Gatwick to Friedrichshafen, which is roughly 1.5 hours away from St Anton by road and 1.15 hours by train.

Within the resort itself, it’s quite easy to walk around – in fact, with such pretty traditional architecture, it’s a pleasure. There are also free busses, however they do stop quite early into the evening. After which, there are payable night buses (about €3.50) and taxis (roughly €8-12 for up to 8 people).
For skiers keen to hit the bars and clubs, St Anton offers friendly, lively après – visitors can expect everything from traditional Austrian brass bands to foot stomping table-top dancing.

Après-ski time typically starts around 3pm with tasty gluwein and steins of beer in piste-side bars like the world-famous Mooserwirt. Within a matter of hours, a DJ will be spinning Austrian dance beats and the place will be jumping.

Aside from the Mooserwirt, St Anton’s selection of great après-ski bars goes on and on. Taps and the Krazy Kanguruh are real highlights, both sitting in the same piste-side location above the main run home. Popular amongst a pleasantly international crowd, Taps can often kick off like the Mooserwirt with table-top dancing and hefty, foot-stomping oompah music. The Krazy Kanguruh is one of the resort’s oldest slope-side bars and the atmosphere is great. Popular amongst the younger crowd, visitors here seem to enjoy the beers and tequila slammers in equal measure.

In town, Cuba, Basecamp, Bobos, Horny Bull and Anthony's are all great bars open late for those who want to kick on into the early hours of the morning. Cuba is a fantastic pick for those who enjoy a bit of pool or table football, while Bobos is more for rowdy party animals.

For something a little more low-key, the Basecamp sits near the Gampen lift and is a great place to stop for a beer in the sun. Whilst it’s not as jumping as other places around resort, Base Camp gets busy later on so arriving early is recommended to make the most of it while it’s quieter.
As a traditional mountain town, St Anton offers just as much off the slopes as on them, and the range of non-ski activities is very good indeed. If there are non-skiers in your group, St Anton is certainly a resort worth bearing in mind.

Popular pastimes sans skis include tobogganing, indoor rock climbing and parapenting (paragliding). Parents looking to keep the kids entertained can try bowling and charming horse-drawn sleigh rides, and winter hiking is a very well-liked activity among St Anton locals and visitors alike. In fact, there are some 70 kilometres of marked trails around the resort to explore on foot, with well-signposted paths winding their way through the countryside – a truly wonderful way to soak in the beautiful mountain and forest scenery.

For some well-earned relaxation and pampering, Arlberg Well provides swimming pools, saunas, massage services and a gym. In front of the complex, one can also enjoy ice skating between the hours of 1pm-5.30pm and ice curling sessions between 6pm-10pm.

St Anton also boasts a weekly ski show, courtesy of the Skischule Arlberg, with fireworks at the end.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.

Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides

St Anton

+43 (0) 664 154 2974

Spa & wellness

Hannes-Schneider-Weg 11

6580

St Anton

+43 (0) 5446 4000

Rock Climbing

Bahnhofstraße 8

6580

St Anton

+43 544 630 324

Skiing Buddha

Bahnhofstrase 1

6580

St Anton

+43 5446 26252

From cheap eats to gourmet cuisine, St Anton is home to a variety of great dining options on and off the slopes.

Pomodoro is great for families with tasty pizzas that are bound to satisfy hungry kids, and Skiing Buddha offers wonderful Thai food in case the traditional Austrian cheese and sausages isn't your thing.

While it certainly may not be cheap, Museum presents absolutely superb gourmet delights in elegant surrounds – a fantastic choice for impressing that special someone. Aquila, meanwhile, is a nice quiet spot with a great variety of dishes.

Groups of mates seeking a good feed should try the Happy Valley Steakhouse for hearty ribs, burgers and the like, and Burger Stop is a great place to remember when you require some fast food after a night of beer and table-top dancing.

On the mountain, the Krazy Kanguruh provides huge portions of food to keep you fuelled through the afternoon. The Rodel-Alm, meanwhile, is a more peaceful option: a traditional hut over in the Nasserein area with a wonderful atmosphere.

Below, you’ll find a few top restaurants for families, couples and groups of friends, as well as some excellent on-mountain dining options.

Good for Couples

Museum

Rudi-Matt-Weg 10

6580

St Anton

+43 5446 2475

Good for Couples

Aquila

Dorfstraße 62

6580

St Anton

+43 (0) 5446 2217

Good for Family

Pomodoro

Dorfstraße 14

6580

St Anton

+43 5446 3333

Good for Friends

Happy Valley Steakhouse

Dorfstraße 3

6580

St Anton

+43 544 642 600

For families with young kids, a number of properties in the Nasserein area of St Anton provide a winning combination of easy slope access and in-house childcare.

There are also a number of childcare companies in the resort, including the very professional St Anton Nannies.

Otherwise, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in St Anton, with tobogganing, bowling, ice skating and a variety of other activities on offer.

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1304m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    9km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2811m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    97

  • TOTAL PISTE

    340km



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