Sankt Anton am Arlberg

Ski Resort in Austria

Introduction

Sankt Anton am Arlberg, commonly referred to as St. Anton, is a village and ski resort in the Austrian state of Tyrol. St Anton is located on the far western border of the Tyrol in the Arlberg region of Austria. St Anton is blessed with its own train station for ease of access. It is perfectly located 100km west of Innsbruck (1hr 10mins by train or car) and 194km east of Zurich (2hrs 20mins by train or car).

St Anton am Arlberg, the ski capital of Austria and one of the world’s leading ski resorts, is ideal for experienced skiers seeking challenging ski terrain, numerous excellent mountain restaurants, vibrant après ski and a wide range of accommodation.St. Anton is part of the Arlberg area of ski resorts – a region that includes 94 cable cars and ski lifts, 340 km (210 mi) of groomed pistes and 200 km (120 mi) of deep-snow runs, all of which are covered under one liftpass.

Reliable snowfall and challenging skiing make St Anton and the Arlberg ski area a holy grail for advanced and expert skiers, but there also masses of good skiing for intermediates and plenty of fun to be had by less experienced skiers and boarders too.

St Anton is renowned for its great party atmosphere on and off the slopes, with several famous après ski bars strategically placed on the lower runs back to the village and plenty more bars, restaurants and nightlife in the village.

The Arlberg ski area also includes the neighbouring villages of St Christoph and Stuben am Arlberg, the luxury ski resorts Lech-Zurs and a quieter family friendly ski area at Sonnenkopf near Klosterle. Also, since December 2013, the family friendly ski area of Warth-Schrocken is nowconnected by ski lift to Lech.


St. Anton info card

Resort Altitude1304m
Highest Lift2811m
Total Piste305km
Longest Run9km
Directions of SlopesN,S,E,W
Total Lifts87
Gondolas/Cable cars12
Chairlifts47
Drag Lifts28
Snow Parks1


St Anton Skiing and Snowboard Terrain

St Anton is an especially good experience for advanced skiers and although there are relatively few black runs on-piste, the off-piste routes and freeride terrain is vast. For extreme riders, the tight chutes near the Valluga summit and other areas will scare the pants off most. In good snow conditions the off-piste skiing is generally superb, but note that the majority of the terrain is south facing and can become sun affected if temperatures creep up above freezing.

For intermediates there is great terrain in any conditions due to superb grooming and snow-making facilities, and there’s a huge range of runs to choose from. The new 'Run of Fame' is a great Ski Arlberg Tour for intermediates and above. It involves 65km of skiing and 18,000m of vertical. Great way to see the entire region. The beginner runs are relatively challenging, and as piste trails at St Anton have a tendency to be crowded, these runs can become loaded with nasty moguls requiring some rapid 'up skilling'.  That said, some excellent beginner skier facilities and lifts are at the St Anton base area towards Nasserein, and in St Christoph.

The St Anton ski resort lift system is state of the art, and includes a range of new cable cars, gondolas and various fast and comfortable chair lifts (many with hoods and heated seats). 5 major lifts extend from the centre of town to all points on the compass (3 gondolas and 2 chairs), meaning most accommodation is either ski in, or very close to it!

The most recent additions to the lift system are a gob-smacking group of four gondola systems (Flexenbahn et al) which open new terrain and fully link St Anton with the other Ski Arlberg resorts of Zurs, Lech and Warth Schroecken.

Great ski resorts like St Anton are inevitably popular and even with the modern and super efficient lifting system there are still lift queues. When in Europe you will have to suppress your memories of polite Canadian lift queues and assert yourself (possibly with the use of your elbows) whilst trying to line up!


St Anton am Arlberg Beginner Skiing

St Anton’s ski area is mostly unsuitable for complete beginners. While the Arlberg ski area as a whole has plenty of blue runs, the skiing in St Anton is demanding and ideally suited to intermediates and above.

That said, the widening of some runs and improvements to the lift system have made it easier for beginners who should make good progress with St Anton's ski schools, and if you learn to ski in St. Anton, you should be comfortable skiing any other resort.

The best slopes for novices are the nursery slopes at Nasserein where first time skiers can gain confidence before progressing higher up the mountain to beginner slopes on Gampen then higher still to ski blue runs on Kapall and on Galzig where the wide slope served by the Osthang chairlift is a good training ground and popular with ski schools.

The long blue run (8) from Galzig to St. Christoph is a classic and especially rewarding in good weather to enjoy lunch or a drink on the sun terrace at the famous Hospiz Alm restaurant slopeside in St Christoph or to shelter inside in a white out and enjoy a superb lunch at one of the world's best mountain restaurants.

While the run down to St Christoph is often busy and although the middle section may intimidate nervous beginners, if skied slowly and with help of an instructor it can be skied reasonably easily by confident beginners who will be absolutely thrilled by the gastronomic delights and the wine list at the Hospiz Alm, and by slide down to the toilets in the basement.

Beginners should be comfortable skiing relatively easy blue slopes close to the main restaurant and lift station at Rendl Beach, but the runs higher up Rendl and the long descent from Rendl Beach to St Anton vary in difficulty from blue to red and can be tough for beginners especially when snow conditions are icy.


St Anton am Arlberg Intermediate Skiing

St Anton is the gateway to the Arlberg ski area which totals 280km of groomed runs including masses of intermediate terrain in St Anton and plenty more nearby Stuben and neighbouring Lech-Zurs.

Intermediate skiers and boarders in St Anton can carve their way through magnificent mountain scenery. It's almost a vertical mile from the top of St Anton's three main mountains down to village level.  The longest run is 10.2 km (6.4 miles) from Valluga via Ulmer Hütte to St. Anton and a number of famous St. Anton red and black runs feature high on the list of itineraries to be explored.

Kapall, where a long testing black run (35) winds its way down the World Cup downhill run to the village; Schindler, where the long standing classic red (14) to Ulmer Hütte and blue (17) to Rauz will stretch the leg muscles of even the fittest skiers; and Galzig, where the busy Kandahar black run (2) will test your thigh muscles and short turns.

Rendl is usually a quieter alternative for those wanting to escape the busier slopes on the Galzig side of St Anton and offers intermediates a choice of half a dozen blue runs, red runs and ski routes on wide-open slopes as well as a long red run descents from the top of the Gampberg lift down to St Anton and slightly shorter variant from Rendl Beach.

Stuben offers magnificent piste skiing on the north-facing Albona (2,400m) where the snow remains of a high quality well into May. Three chairlifts give access to some excellent red runs as well as the chance to test your powder skills well away from the busier slopes of St. Anton. From the Albona's middle station a blue run leads Alpe Rauz where you reconnect with the main St. Anton ski area.

Further afield, there is excellent intermediate skiing at Lech-Zürs which is easily reached by regular bus service. Start at Zürs from where you can follow the White Ring circuit via Zug to sunny slopeside terraces at Oberlech for lunch and then down to Lech and ride the cable car up the other side to complete the White Ring circuit by skiing back to Zürs then a ski bus or taxi back to St Anton.

Alternatively if you have had a long lunch at Oberlech and prefer not to ski from Lech to Zűrs, the bar the Hotel Krone apres ski bar and the bar in front of the Tannbergerhof Hotel bar in Lech are lively for apres ski and fun for people watching. If unable to afford a taxi to St Anton make sure you check out the times of the last bus.


St Anton am Arlberg Advanced & Expert Skiing

St Anton’s is ideal for advanced and expert skiers with plenty of varied steep slopes, moguls, ski routes and endless off-piste skiing throughout the impressive Arlberg ski area.

There is a huge amount of terrain for advanced and expert skiers in St. Anton, with a variety of steep slopes to test even the best. Favourites include the ungroomed Schindlerkar and Mattun ski routes, both of which include several steep descents and usually plenty of moguls. Stuben has abundant opportunities, including the red runs on the Albona north face which descend over 1,000m of variable terrain. For experts there is also the famous Valluga north face off-piste which is one of the longest lift accessible off-piste descents in the Alps. Further afield, the Flexenbahn lift gives St Anton-based skiers ready access to approximately 30 ungroomed but marked trails and plenty of off-piste in Lech Zurs, and a few more steep runs, on and off the piste, in Warth Schroecken.

Schindler

The Schindlergrat triple chair to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) is one of the most popular (and now one of the oldest) chairlifts in St Anton. It leads to some of the most accessible off-piste itineraries, including open bowls, steep chutes and narrow gullies as well as accessing the immensely enjoyable red run to Ulmer Hűtte. There is some inspiring off-piste on south-facing slopes beneath the chairlift, which can be reached with a guide from the top of the chairlift or skiing and then traversing west around the shoulder of Schindler Spitze. The steep west-facing chutes (protected by a high fence) at the top of the Schindlergrat chairlift are for experts only. If these options are too extreme, try the Schindlerkar (86) marked trail. The Mattunjoch (90) extreme ski route is another famous descent..

Valluga

The Valluga cable from Galzig (2,165m) to Vallugagrat (2,650m) gives you access to the same runs as those from the Schindlergrat. But it also takes you to the  small (4-person) Valluga II cable car which rises to the viewing platform on top of the Valluga (2,811m) for stunning views or to ski off-piste down the notorious Valluga north face. Skis and boards may only be carried on the Valluga II cable car if accompanied by a qualified guide. The initial slopes seem to drop away into the abyss; falls must be avoided as you wind your way left down between cliffs and rocks to the Pazieljoch saddle before skiing the glorious open powder fields all the way down to Zürs. From the Pazieljoch onwards the gradient is relatively gentle, but the initial exposed descent from the Valluga summit is genuinely dangerous to fall on and not for the faint hearted.

Stuben

The powder snow capital of the Arlberg, Stuben has several life times of off-piste skiing. Open mountain faces and deep forests await the adventurous skier led by a competent guide. There are countless off-piste possibilities on the North Face of the Albonagrat, and quite a few on the south-side as well. But be warned: there is a band of rocks that circles almost the entire North face, and whilst there are plenty of ways through, some are much steeper and narrower than others, so take care, or better still, take a guide. And be very wary of skiing into Stuben itself by any other route except the marked pistes and trails, because there are steep precipices and rocky gullies. Longer off-piste routes (both accessed from the top of Albonagrat) include: the moderately difficult Geisleger on the north face, which often holds great powder and is good for short turns; the harder Maroikopf-Langen route, which involves booting up 20-30 minutes to Maroikopf followed by 4 miles off-piste and 1,300 m vertical, taking in the "Krachel" snow bowl and the narrow "Wasserfall" gully past blue ice-columns, eventually ending up at Langen railway station to catch the last train (or a taxi) back to St. Anton.

Rendl

The separate area of Rendl offers a more relaxed approach.. The most easily accessed challenges for advanced skiers are the black run and ungroomed trails from the top of the Gampberg lift which connect to the long red run home,  the ‘good skiers only’ ungroomed area at the top of the Riffel II lift, the extreme route between the Salzboden drag and the Maass chair (which also has off-piste to the side), and the off-piste chutes and gullies beneath the Riffel 1 chair which you can assess whilst riding up on this lift.  tThe toughest terrain, however, is hidden well away from the lifts so take a local mountain guide and, conditions permitting, check out the deep powder in Hinter Rendl, Malfontal and Rossfall. Favourites include the moderately difficult Rendlscharte-Malfontal which is accessed by dropping off the back of Rendl into Hinter Rendl; after skiing towards Rendlscharte, shoulder your skis for a 30 minute climb before enjoying 10 km (6 miles) of fantastic backcountry skiing and 1,350 m vertical through the Malfon valley to Pettneu, returning to St. Anton by taxi.

Lech-Zurs and Warth-Schroecken

The Flexenbahn lift at Alpe Rauz connects St Anton to Zurs, from where it’s relatively easy to proceed onto Lech and even Warth Schroecken. (The bus from St Anton to Zurs and onto Lech is still the quickest way to get from one side of the Arlberg to the other, so it’s a useful option to consider as well, especially if you want to maximise your time in Warth or Schroecken ). There are about 30 ungroomed trails in Lech and Zurs, including about half a dozen ‘extreme’ routes. There are also a few interesting black pistes in Warth Schroecken (number 283 is allegedly the steepest of all the groomed pistes in the whole Arlberg area) and some interesting off-piste, particularly around the Jageralp Express which is also where the only marked Extreme Route is.  Lech, Zurs, Warth  and Schroecken also give St Anton-based skiers access to a wider variety of snow conditions. In most years, more fresh powder falls in Warth and Zurs than it does in St Anton, and it tends to stay untracked for longer. The meadows of Lech also require less snow cover than the rocky slopes around St Anton, so off-piste skiing can be more enjoyable here if there has only been a light snowfall.


St Anton am Arlberg Boarding & Freestyle

St Anton’s varied and challenging terrain is a magnet for experienced snowboarders attracted by the extensive off-piste opportunities despite long walk-outs from some routes.

Boarders and freestylers can check out the terrain park on the old Masslift stretch at Rendl which includes a 40m x 17m half-pipe, 8-10 barriers, a pro-jump, two quarter pipes, washboard, table top, slide and a long jump. The half pipe is maintained three or four times a week. Rendl is good for beginner and intermediate boarders, with wide, open slopes and plenty of groomed runs which are mostly suitable for beginners and intermediate riders.

The inevitable flat sections of St. Anton's connecting valleys, Steissbachtal being a prime example, are not obvious snowboard territory, but plenty of riders keep coming back. They are mostly experienced and attracted by St Anton's endless off-piste opportunities despite the long walk-outs from some of the best routes. Beyond St Anton there is plenty more excellent boarding nearby at Stuben and Lech-Zurs both on and off-piste..


St Anton am Arlberg Off-Piste

St Anton and the Arlberg ski area is where you’ll find some of the best off-piste skiing in the Alps. There are enormous amounts of off-piste terrain including high altitude ski routes, narrow chutes and couloirs and hidden valleys for deep-snow skiing far from the ski lifts.

Valluga North Face Off-Piste

St. Anton's 'off the back' descents are legend and can be crowded on a powder day, but these 'must do' descents are worth skiing even many days after a fresh snow fall, especially the Valluga north face descent to Zürs. The gut-wrenching Valluga summit descent into the Paziel-Tal to Zurs is world famous for being one of the "must ski" off-piste descents accessible from a lift station and justifiably so. This awesome off- piste descent is certainly not for the faint hearted! A small gondola carries sightseers and skiers to the observation platform at the Valluga summit, but for safety sake only those accompanied by a qualified guide are allowed to take their skis or board to the summit.

From the exposed summit the slopes on all sides disappear into the abyss and the first timer is not quite sure where they should begin to ski as they are faced with a convex slope and what appears to be a labyrinth of cliffs and rocks. It may help to consider that an experienced mountain guide is unlikely to allow you to attempt the descent unless already satisfied as to your skiing ability and the fact of the matter is that nervously straining your eyes will not make this gut-wrenching descent any easier so best to relax, enjoy the scenery and pretend you are not a little bit afraid.

Following the guides careful instructions the descent begins with an option of two variations from the summit. The classic Valluga North Face begins with tight turns in the fall line on the far left of the face, where a tenuous traverse leads right; here great attention is needed as a fall could end in a rocket slide leading to cliff which one would not wish to visit twice. A successful traverse skiers right, then a traverse skiers left leads to elation among the group as the first obstacle is over and the terrain now looks almost enjoyable. Now only wonderful turns lie ahead but care is again exercised to avoid the 40 meter cliff at its base. During this adrenaline surging skiing try to stay relaxed, look up from the tips of your skis and enjoy your skiing while marvelling at the view ahead.

Once you've gained the col splitting the two dominant summits of Valluga and Rogspitze, you cast your eyes back to what you've skied and either thank your luck you survived or ask your guide when you can ski it again! The scenery here is dramatic with two towering summits overhead creating an intimidating yet a marvellous atmosphere. Skiing away from the col you're now faced with seemingly endless powder slopes down to Zürs.

The second option from the summit, Valluga Bridge Couloir, is equally exciting and, to add to the adventure, your elementary mountaineering skills and head for heights will be put to the test as you make your way down the roped steps to gain the old wooden Bridge that spans the famous "Bridge Couloir". After a step down under the wooden planks of the bridge, a tight 40 degree couloir requires expert technique in jump turns. After 15 turns the couloir disappears around a left banking corner before finally opening up into the wide west slope of the Valluga, where sweeping turns lead you to a meeting point safely at the base of the west face. A short traverse northwest leads you around a hidden corner to open up a treasure of powder and adventure running all the way to the Zürs ski area.

Galzig Off-Piste

The Galzig ski area is reached by an impressive high-speed gondola from St. Anton and includes some excellent off-piste ski terrain, but you'll need to be quick here too as Galzig is one of the first areas that gets skied on a powder day, especially when the higher slopes of the Valluga and Schindler are closed due to wind or avalanche risk.

Straight off the cable car, you're faced with numerous options. First off the bat is Zwischen which is sandwiched between Ostang (blue 5) and Kandahar (black 2). Here you'll find powder slopes and challenging lines between the trees which will bring you out close to Feldherrnhugel lift. Backseite is the Galzig classic: north facing, steep and perfect for developing off-piste technique on steeper terrain dropping into Steissbachtal (Happy Valley). The red ski route (3) from Galzig down to St Anton is a reincarnation of black Ostang and the mogulled section between the trees is usually quite challenging.

Backseite is accessed by riding the Zammermoos chairlift or the Tanzboden T-bar then ski towards red ski route (4a) which offers multiple entry points and the chance to pick the steepest terrain or head skiers left at the top of the Kandahar run towards the bottom of Tanzboden then ski off-piste down the steep north facing pitch into Steissbachtal (Happy Valley). The Zammermoos affords easier access to the steepest terrain and on a powder day you can make excellent laps using Zammermoos lifts and heading right at the top.

Easily accessed from below the Galzig cable car Maienwassen is truly world class on a powder day even when the visibility is low, as the trees are never far away to help with the contrast, but utmost care must be taken as left and right side of this descent are deep cutting valleys which can present extreme avalanche danger on fresh snow days.

Kapall Schonegraben Off-Piste

Off the Kapall lift to the east of the resort is Schonegraben, meaning "Beautiful Grave". This descent offers steep trees and open faces and the correct line must be chosen to remain safe from potential avalanche threats. Upon entering the area you must head for the trees and take care on the steeper slopes left of the forest line. From the top of Kapall looking towards Schonegraben is a very inviting bowl, this bowl must never be skied in its entirety as it ends in an ever increasingly convex form to end in a steep narrow gauge called the "The plug hole" which has claimed many avalanche deaths in the area over the years. To avoid this follow the high logical traverse to the right to gain the bottom of the drag lift to access the top of Kapall lift.

Rendl Off-Piste

The Rendl ski area on the opposite side of the valley is now easier to reach as the old gondola outside the village has been replaced by the impressive new Rendlbahn gondola station in St Anton.  The off-piste skiing at Rendl is often used for guiding due to its variable terrain and predictable snow. There is good off-piste skiing between the pistes left and right of the Maass Bahn, where you'll find gentle slopes meandering through the trees; always a favourite area during stormy days as the trees help with the visibility. Moving higher up the mountain, take the Gampberg six-man chair lift and skiers right, skiing the line under the chair lift, it's long and perfect for getting into that powder rhythm, you can either traverse out left back to the piste or continue further for more fall line turns to reach the Tobel T-bar which will take you back to the restaurant area.

St Anton's Rendl ski area really comes into its own when you want to start venturing farther away from the lifts with a number of short side-stepping climbs allowing access excellent hidden off-piste stashes. Rendl's many 'off the back' options include the Hinter Rendl bowl, the challenging North Face and scenic silence in comparatively gentle Rossfall.

Hinter Rendl Off-Piste

Hinter Rendl, a huge north facing bowl, offers steep and wide untracked powder through high alpine ski terrain and open forest lines. It can get tracked early, but its vastness and unlimited lines means that you can almost always find something untracked many days after the last snow fall. Ride the Riffel 1 and 2 chair lifts and you access the bowl passing through a roped off section with a sign warning indicating you're leaving the patrolled area. You will need to have experience in avalanche judgement to ski here. The other entrance point is after riding the Gampberg lift, head right along Schimalegg ridge and where the terrain flattens a line right is taken to access a wonderful open bowl which leads you to trees and the track back to the Rendl Bahn, but be aware this route requires experience in route finding and avalanche judgment. Attention must be paid not to ski in the couloirs directly right as these hold dangerous snow directly after strong wind and or fresh snow and the scene of many an accident.

Rendl North Face Off-Piste

Long and dominating, Rendl's North Face immediately south of St Anton shadows over the village and offers an outstanding powder run that invites you to its upper open faces and its lower technical trees lines. This route however requires excellent route finding skills as take the wrong line and you will end up surrounded by cliffs and drops with a strenuous if not impossible hike back up the mountain.

You can access this area from the Gampberg lift and ski the itinerary route number R5 to it's half way point, traverse right until you reach a radio antenna and ski the fall line to reach the trees, and then taking the obligatory right traverse line to escape the cliffs. There are many convex slopes on this face and they must be avoided during powder days as these are serious potential avalanche areas.

Rossfall Off-Piste

For those not quite up for the challenge of Rendl's north face, Rossfall wide rolling pitches offer delightful powder. A short traverse and a steep side-step climb up right side of the Riffel 1 chair lift allows access to this little paradise, where the stunning views and mountain silence remind you that off-piste skiing is what life's all about! Route finding experience is important here too as you need to avoid certain convex slopes and potential terrain traps in this area.

Schindlerkar Off-Piste

The Schindlerkar (15) and Mattun (16) ski routes can be reached by riding the chairlift to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) or taking the Valluga I cable car to Vallugagrat (2,650m) then ski red 19 and ride the cable car to reach the ski routes. Here you'll see successive lines cut by skiers traversing high and wide in search of good lines back down to the main ski route. But with so many off-piste powder hounds around you need to be quick off the mark to find fresh tracks in these high traffic areas.

If you like skiing steep and narrow couloirs lined either side by rocks then check out the Schindler West experts only chutes dropping down to your left from the top of the Schindlergratbahn top station. A robust wooden fence prevents accidental access to these couloirs and you can be sure there'll be quite an audience when experts climb the fence and perch somewhat perilously before jumping in and disappearing from view after just a few turns or quicker still if they were to fall. And in all but the very best fresh snow conditions when local ski instructors and ski bums will have got there before you in any event, it's moguls all the way.

The Schindler South slopes beneath the Schindlergratbahn triple chair offer excellent deep snow possibilities on a powder day and can be accessed high up from behind the top lift station but you'll need an instructor or guide for safe route finding and to ensure a safe descent through rocky couloirs higher up and on avalanche prone south facing slopes. Easier access at lower level can be gained by skiing down on piste from Schindlergratbahn then not far from the top as you bear left towards Ulmer Hutte traverse skiers left off-piste quite some distance around the shoulder of Schindler then a short boot up and you can drop on to the slopes running down beneath the chairlift.

Sonnenkopf - Neningastal Off-Piste

Sonnenkopf is primarily a family resort that joined the Arlberg area some years ago. About thirty minutes by car or bus from St Anton, Sonnenkopf is included in the main Arlberg lift pass and the ski area is similar in character to many a ski mountain in North America with spaced out trees and bowl like skiing possibilities. Hidden over the back of the top lift, however, is the very impressive Nesingastal off-piste run offering 1,500m vertical of exciting steep lines, huge open faces in impressive scenery and to conclude the run there's the obligatory steep exit line through a demanding and gullied steep section studded with bushes leading to the Nesingastal. This spectacular adventure ends close to Langen where you catch the train in time to get you back to St. Anton for a well earned après ski!


St Anton Snow & Weather

St Anton is located in the heart of one of the snowiest places in Europe, with nearby Warth Schroecken getting a reputed 11m of snow per year. St Anton itself gets a very healthy average of 7m of snow per year, guaranteeing alot of powder days. Whilst the majority of terrain is south facing, elevation and cold temperatures will tend to keep the snow in good condition for the majority of winter. North facing terrain in Stuben and on Rendl has the best snow quality.


St Anton Accommodation

The town of St Anton and the surrounding villages have a range of accommodation to choose from. There is a huge range of great hotels, chalets, pensions and apartments for all tastes and budgets, many of which have ski in convenience.


Après ski, restaurants and activities in St Anton

This is really where St Anton sets the standard for the whole world. No other resort anywhere can match the on-piste après ski entertainment of St Anton. It really is the most fun resort on the planet. There are so many great après bars I can’t mention them all but I will name the most famous ones like the Krazy Kangaruh and the Mooserwirt.

The Moose sells more beer than any other bar in the Alps. They are delivered by immensely strong bar men carrying up to 30 large beers to your table (that you are dancing on) and come with shots of Jaeger or Willys mit Pear (Williams Christ Birne pear Schnapps with a ball of Pear in the shot glass). Many partiers walk up the slopes to get to the Mooserwirt or KK just to join the party. At 3pm everyday the DJ at the Moose starts the party by playing ‘The Final Countdown’ by Swedish Band, Europe, and have been doing so since 1986.

Other worthy on-piste bars with live music include the Heustadl (great bands rather than DJs) , the Rodelhütte (Piano accordion traditional oom-pah music), Taps for cheap beers next to KKs and The Fang House right next to the Nasserein Gondola – The Fang is a big favourite with the Iglu team. There are at least another 10 worth a visit.

After your aprés ski session at the on-piste bars there is the carnage of the final descent from the bars to the bottom of the pistes. Although inebriated skiing is frowned upon in many resorts, this St Anton tradition is hilarious and better than walking. We recommend one final drink to celebrate making it to the bottom of the slopes at Basecamp. This large bar is the final stop for many skiers and they do a range of excellent snacks to nibble on before heading back to your Chalet or Hotel for dinner.

St Anton has a pedestrianised village centre and offers plenty of activities away from the piste including a cinema, ice skating, bowling, curling, sleigh rides, tobogganing and the 'Arlberg-well.com' leisure complex. The 4.2 km long illuminated tobaggan run from Gampen via the Rodelhütte to "Rodelstall" in Nasserein has to be the best in Europe. Non skiers can also make their way to many of the après ski bars and lunch restaurants to meet their groups on-piste.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from in St. Anton. You can find a great range of cuisine including traditional Tyrolean fare. Some notable eateries are San Antonio, Rosanna's, Pomodoro, Dixies 1 and 2, Nassereinerhof and Bobo's. For a dinner experience that turns into a nightclub we recommend Hugos.

Transportation - Get In

Gateway airports to St Anton include Innsbruck (1.5 hour trip to resort), Zurich (2.5 hours), Munich (3.5 hour drive) and Friedrichshafen (1.5 hours). Flights to Innsbruck take about 2 hours from London, or alternatively may come via Frankfurt.

From Innsbruck you can take a short taxi ride to the train station, and then catch the train to St Anton in about 1hr and 10 mins. These leave at regular intervals (at least every 2 hours), but not all are express trains. Trains for St Anton will be going to Bregenz, Feldkirch or Zurich. Trains can also be used to access St Anton from Milan, Venice, Verona and Munich via Innsbruck.

From Zurich, St Anton is about 200km away (2hrs 20mins). An express train is available to St Anton station or the Alberg Express ski-bus. Direction of travel is Innsbruck.

If arriving via train, it is a 2-10 minute walk from the train station to most St Anton hotels. If you’ve got lots of luggage, there are plenty of taxis hovering around outside the main entrance. A short taxi ride of 2kms from the train station to the Nasserein part of St Anton cost €11 in 2017. Save your dollars and walk.

For all train schedules and great deals on train tickets, see Rail Europe.

Transportation - Get Around

The main bus station is located in front of the Rendlbahn gondola base. There are local buses that operate around St Anton to enable access to various parts of the village, although it’s fairly easy to walk around most of St Anton on foot. The main part of the village is pedestrian-only.

Buses operate to St Christoph, Lech and Zurs at regular intervals, although the new Flexenbahn and Trittkopfbahn gondolas have removed the requirement for skiers to use them.

There are plenty of taxi drivers willing to rip you off in town if walking or buses don't appeal.

Accommodation & Hotels

St Anton has several luxury hotels with excellent wellness facilities and an increasing number of designer boutique hotels. Standards generally are high and there are also plenty of bed and breakfast guesthouses, chalets and apartments to choose from.

St. Anton's village centre is pedestrianised and offers a good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets. Traditionally dominated by a number of large four-star hotels, the centre of the village now includes several designer boutique hotels and there are plenty of guesthouses offering bed and breakfast and the number of catered chalets is increasing. St Anton village centre is most convenient for the ski lifts, ski school, shops, restaurants and bars.

Oberdorf to the west is up to 15 minutes walk from the village centre and three main ski lifts. Nasserein to the east is about 10 minutes walk from central St Anton but with its own high speed gondola from Nasserein to Gampen for easy access to the ski area without having to walk into St Anton. St Jacob farther east is around 20 minutes (too far to) walk from St Anton Dorf, but there is a regular free bus service day and night. The pretty villages of St Christoph and Stuben, 7km and 12km respectively from St Anton, are connected to the main St Anton ski area and offer good hotel accommodation in a more peaceful and picturesque setting.


Accommodation in St Anton

The 5-star St. Antonerhof, the only 5-star hotel in St Anton, is situated on the main road that runs past the village, about 10 minutes walk from the ski lifts. The best known 4-star hotels are the Hotel Post, the Hotel Schwarzer Adler, the Sport Hotel and the Hotel Alte Post all of which offer high standards of accommodation in traditional Tirolean style, good food and with wellness facilities.  Less well known, but well worth considering, are a number of new style designer boutique hotels, including Pepi's Skihotel, Hotel Montana, Hotel Rundeck and Hotel Anton, each of which has been substantially renovated and offers good quality hotel accommodation in central St Anton on a bed and breakfast basis and an interesting alternative to the more traditional hotels.

St Anton guesthouses offer clean and comfortable accommodation, usually on a bed and breakfast basis, and while some are located in the centre of the village, most are on the outskirts of the village, and in the conjoined villages of Nasserein and St. Jacob, which are also connected to St Anton by a free bus service. Many of St Anton's guesthouses can be booked online via Tiscover.

While most of the accommodation is in hotels and private pensions, specialist tour operators such as Kaluma Travel offer catered ski chalet holidays in St Anton including the centrally situated Villa Montfort and can also help arrange hotel packages with full concierge service.


Accommodation in St Christoph

There is excellent hotel accommodation 7km west of St Anton in the pretty hamlet of St Christoph, notably the 5-star Arlberg Hospiz Hotel and the family friendly 4-star Ski & Spa Hotel Maiensee, both of which are just a stone's throw from a fast 6 person chairlift running up to Galzig and the heart of the main St Anton ski area.


Accommodation in Stuben

Stuben is about 5km farther west (10km from St Anton) and offers a good choice of reasonably priced 3-star hotel accommodation such as the Hotel Post and Ski Hotel Mondschein. The Albona (2,400m) above Stuben (1,407m) has some of the best off-piste in the Arlberg and there are groomed runs leading to Alp Rauz where you can connect to the main St Anton ski area or ski back to Stuben.


St Anton am Arlberg Ski Chalets

St Anton am Arlberg has approximately 100 ski chalets ranging in size from two to 20 bedrooms (sleeping 4 to 40 guests) and available for booking on either a catered or self-catered basis; mostly via well-established UK tour operators with flights and transfers included.

There are a few chalets and chalet apartments in the centre of St Anton, but most are located either in the Nasserein area (served by high-speed gondola to Gampen) or in the elevated Gastig and Oberdorf areas, which overlook the Rendl ski area.

The Nasserein area, which has been gaining popularity as a chalet location since the opening of the new gondola, is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of St Anton, whereas the chalets of Gastig and Oberdorf are a little further away and also located up a fairly steep hill. Guests staying in these elevated areas can usually leave their skis and boots in the ski hire shops situated close to the main St Anton lifts making the journey to and from their chalets much easier.

The chalets in St Anton generally provide excellent value accommodation compared to the high quality 4-star hotels dominating the resort centre. However, there is a growing number of luxury chalets where the standard of accommodation, quality of the food and personalised service now rivals even the smartest hotels.

While the majority of St Anton ski chalets holidays are catered and aimed at the British ski market (flight and transfer included), many chalets are available for independent travellers, self-catered or catered, and can be booked by specialist travel agents.


Located in the centre of Sankt Anton, the Himmlhof is a boutique hotel in a traditional Tyrolean style. The cable cars and the train station are a 3-minute walk away.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Stylish hotel
    • Great reception
    • Good management
  • HIMMLHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 98, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and breakfast.

 


The 4-star Der Waldhof Hotel offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Sankt Anton am Arlberg. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. Facilities like Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, restaurant, elevator, bar are readily available for you to enjoy. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, heating, wake-up service, balcony/terrace, telephone to ensure a restful night. Access to the hotel's fitness center, sauna, garden, steamroom will further enhance your satisfying stay. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Sankt Anton am Arlberg has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Der Waldhof Hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Spacious rooms
    • Good management
    • Very quiet
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • DER WALDHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 97, this hotel is one of the top 2% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.

 


The stylish m3Hotel is located right in the pedestrianized centre of Sankt Anton am Arlberg, just a 5-minute walk from the nearest cable car, where your skis can be stored free of charge. Free WiFi and free garage parking is available.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Stylish hotel
    • Modern Hotel
    • Spacious rooms
  • M3HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


Built in a traditional Alpine style, this 4-star hotel in St. Jakob is just 900 metres from the Nassereinbahn Cable Car. It offers a free underground parking space for each room. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great reception
    • Good management
  • HOTEL GLETSCHERBLICK SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 14% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Offering direct access on skis to the Galzigbahn, Gampenbahn and Rendlbahn cable cars, Hotel Schweiger is a 15-minute walk away from the centre of St. Anton. You can also return to the house on skis.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Modern Hotel
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • New rooms
    • Great view
  • SCHWEIGER SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 95. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and breakfast.


Pepis Skihotel enjoys a central location in St. Anton am Arlberg, opposite the new Rendl lift and 100 metres from the Galzig lift. All rooms have steam baths. A charging station for e-cars (general and Tesla) is available on site.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Spacious rooms
    • Accessible parking
    • Great reception
    • Friendly service
  • PEPIS SKIHOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


The elegant Hotel Rundeck enjoys a central location in St. Anton am Arlberg, a 5-minute walk from the Galzig cable car. It offers a spa area and free underground parking. A delicatessen shop is located on site.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Train station is close
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Modern Hotel
  • HOTEL RUNDECK SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, service and rooms.


Property Location: Located in Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Rosa Canina is in the mountains and convenient to Nasserein Ski Lift and Muldenlift. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Galzig Cable Car and Museum St. Anton.

Rooms: Stay in one of 15 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • ROSA CANINA SUPERIOR SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 92. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Only 100 metres away from the Nassereinbahn Cable Car, this bed & breakfast hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and a spa. It enjoys a central yet quiet location in the famous ski resort of St. Anton am Arlberg. Hotel Dr.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Nice sauna
    • Friendly service
    • Very quiet
  • HOTEL DR. OTTO MURR SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and breakfast.


Situated in the heart of Sankt Anton, Raffl's Tyrol Hotel combines modern design and traditional Tyrolean elements and features a bio sauna and an aromatic steam bath, as well as a bar and various dining options, including a fondue and raclette...

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • RAFFL'S TYROL HOTEL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 92. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.

Ski Area

St Anton’s impressive ski area, extensive off-piste and high annual snowfall put St Anton head and shoulders above most other Austrian ski resorts..

St Anton is one of Europe's best ski areas for challenging on- and off-piste skiiing and snowboarding with around 280km of piste skiing, huge amounts of off-piste and over 1,500 vertical meters served by 85 ski lifts throughout the Arlberg, including nearby Stuben and the neighbouring ski resorts of Lech-Zurs.

Nearly half of the total Arlberg ski region is in the St Anton area alone (130km / 5,400 acres), which includes the interconnecting mountains of Gampen, Kapall, Galzig, Schindlergrat and Valluga to the north, and Rendl to the south. Most of the tougher skiing in St Anton is found higher up the mountain on the slopes of Schindlergrat and Valluga but there are endless off-piste skiing possibilities throughout the Arlberg including serious challenges up to expert / professional freerider level.


Galzig

Much of the best skiing begins at Galzig (2,185m), which can be reached directly from St Anton village via the impressive Galzigbahn gondola or by skiing across from Gampen (1,850m) and taking the Zammermoos chairlift. There's excellent skiing above Galzig on Schindler Spitze (2,660m) and Valluga (2,811m) including the long run from Schindler down to Rauz and two impressive ski routes (patrolled to make safe, but not groomed) as well as fantastic views of the Arlberg and amazing off-piste options.


Schindler Spitze

Ski the black run (10) northwest from Galzig to the Schindlergrat triple chair, then ride to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) and ski the delightful red run (14) to the Ulmer Hütte, then the blue run (17) down to Rauz where a high-speed 8-seater chairlift with heated seats leads back to St Anton or continue past Rauz through the small tunnel under the road and ski down to Stuben. Alternative descents from the top of Schindler Spitze include the steep and narrow Schindler chutes for experts only (access is restricted by a fence at the top of the lift) and the Schindlerkar ski route (15). The 6-seater Arlenmahderbahn chairlift allows better use of the scenic Arlenmahder slopes to the left beneath the Schindlergrat chair base station and helps reduce queuing for the Schindlergratbahn.


Valluga

The middle lift station at Galzig has been upgraded and is the departure point for the Valluga I cable car which rises to the Vallugagrat lift station and panoramic restaurant at 2,650m from where the small 5-person Valluga II cable car rises to the observation platform on the summit of the Valluga  (2,811m). Skiers are not allowed to take skis up to the summit to ski the expert only Valluga Nord off-piste descent to Zurs unless accompanied by a qualified mountain guide. To ski down from the Vallugagrat (2,650m) follow the short red run (19) and ride the Valluga T-bar then you have the choice of the long red run (14) or two ski routes, Schindler Kar (15) and Mattun (16), which are patrolled but not groomed, and although graded red are quite challenging in deep snow conditions.


Rendl

Access to Rendl (2,100m) is reached by means of an impressive new lift station in St Anton village next to Sport Jennewein where the new Rendelbahn gondola leads to a wide, open ski area with good slopes for both beginners and intermediates. The Riffel I & II chairlifts allow intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders to head up to Riffelscharte (2,645 m) from where there are challenging on and off-piste descents. Access to the higher slopes has been improved with the addition of a new 6-man chairlift, which rises to 2,390m and replaces the long Gampberg draglift. Once you have finished exploring the upper reaches enjoy a drink at the popular 'Rendl Beach' then ski the long red run back to Rendl base station. Off-piste options for experts include Rendl north face, skiing over the back of Riffelscharte (2,645m) into Hinteres Rendle or use ski touring equipment to skin up to Rosfallscharte (2,732m) then ski the Malfontal to Pettneu where you will need a taxi to return to St Anton.


Stuben

The tiny village of Stuben offers excellent piste skiing and snowboarding on the north facing slopes of the Albonagrat (2,400m) which typically holds the best snow in the Arlberg including the longest uninterrupted lift accessible off-piste descent in Europe - the 1,000 vertical meter off-piste descent from the Albonagrat to Stuben - and the Langen and Milchboden itineraries. Stuben's Albona ski area is served by three vintage 2-person chairlifts and connected by a blue run (S1) to the St Anton ski lift system at Alpe Rauz. Intermediates and advanced skiers will be thrilled by the long red (14) and blue (17) runs from Schindler Spitze via the Ulmer Hűtte to Stuben.


Lech-Zürs

The nearby ski resort of Lech-Zürs, a taxi or bus ride away, mostly offer easier blue and red piste skiing for beginner and intermediates, but there's also plenty of challenging off-piste terrain including heli-skiing on Mehlsack (2,652m). When conditions allow, expert skiers accompanied by a qualified mountain guide can ski from St Anton to Zürs via the infamous north face descent off the back of Valluga - the descent down this steep convex slope is not for the faint hearted as the hazards include cliffs which cannot be seen from above so skiing out of control and falling is not an option. Intermediates will enjoy the White Ring circuit which links the villages of Lech and Zűrs.


Sonnenkopf

The small family friendly ski area at Sonnenkopf near Klosterle is 20km from St Anton and connected to St Anton by a free bus service. Sonnenkopf ski area includes around half a dozen easy blue runs for beginners and a similar number of red runs including wonderful forest ski trails for beginners and intermediates as well as a quite steep black run, ski routes and some excellent off-piste possibilities for advanced skiers and riders. The Vermalen run from Glattingrat to the main Sonnenkopfbahn lift station is an 8km long 1,300 vertical meter descent. If travelling by car, the "Wald am Arlberg" exit on the Arlberg-Schnellstraße S16 which brings you to the main lift station or you can take the free ski bus service from St Anton.

Facilities & Services

The village and ski resort of St Anton are well established with excellent infrastructure. The village is quite cosmopolitan and lively, with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and various facilities including ski school and rental shops.

Lift TicketsSt Anton has 3 sets of ticket windows in town, one at each gondola base station - Galzig, Rendl and Nasserein.

Eating On MountainThere are many on-mountain restaurants at St Anton ski resort to choose from varying from cafeteria type lunch spots to quaint eateries. The main lift station at Galzig has a range of options as does the excellent (and newer) complex at Gampen. Bar, restaurant,cafe and outdoor dining options are at both complexes. Various restaurants in mountain huts are dotted across the resort and the restaurant above the village of St Christoph is a great place to soak in the sun and enjoy a drink.

A favourite lunch spot was the Berghaus Stuben (in Stuben) where the service, atmosphere and food were complete winners.

Facilities for ChildrenThe Arlberg Ski School runs childcare (kindergarten) for children aged 2-5. For 3-5 year olds, they run introduction to skiing classes. For children 5-14 years there are ski lessons which operate 4.5 hours per day. Qualified English speaking nanny supervision is available.

St Anton Ski SchoolThe resort of St Anton is famous for having established the first ski school, so they’ve had plenty of experience. There are two ski schools - the Arlberg and St Anton. There are a variety of programs available for skiing and snowboarding including carving, free-ride, cross-country and heli-skiing. The rates of the two schools are very similar.

St Anton Ski HireThere are many ski and snowboard rental shops including various outlets of Intersport, Hervis and others.

Storage FacilitiesAt the base of the gondola there are locker services for skis and boards including heated boot storage. About half an hour after the lifts open, the storage areas seems to hit peak hour, and frustration levels also hit peak hour. In other words, make sure you get there early (or very late).

Ski Lifts & Pass

In 2016/17, four new gondolas were installed to replace some old lifts above Stuben and finally link the St Anton ski resort to nearby Zurs and the rest of the Ski Arlberg area. The gondolas, called Flexenbahn, Albonabahn II, and Trittkopfbahn I & II, are a showcase of engineering excellence as well as a skiers boon - exceptional views, comfortable, fast and no more bus rides to Zurs from St Anton.

In the centre of town the 24 person Galzigbahn funitel gondola moves vast numbers of skiers up the hill with supreme efficiency. The lift base station is also an engineering marvel and is worthy of a few moments to fully comprehend. It is also incredibly amusing to watch the disorderly manner in which people push to get into the gondolas, assuming of course that you are not one of them.

Most other lifts are modern, but even with the super efficient lift infrastructure, there can  still be some amazing lift queues. It’s hard to remain relaxed considering the very unattractive culture of pushing and shoving to get to the front of the queue.

Some of the slopes get very busy and when combined with bumps and ice, they can become incredibly unsafe for those who are not confident and assertive skiers. On the plus side, the mayhem makes for an interesting spectator sport!

The trail map for St Anton and the Ski Arlberg area somewhat simplifies what can be extremely complex terrain. If in doubt get a guide, but it is great fun trying to work it all out.

There are also a few unfortunate terrain shortcomings in the middle area of the resort where there are major dips. Even if you go at top speed in a tuck, you’ll often need to herringbone or walk up part of the rise – very frustrating for snowboarders.


ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG RESORT LIFT TICKETS

DAYCHILD
(8-15)
JUNIOR
(16-19)
ADULT
(20-64)
SENIOR
(65+)
Weekday€32.00€48.00€53.00€48.00
Weekend€32.00€48.00€53.00€48.00
Half Day€24.50€37.00€40.50€37.00
2-day pass€62.00€94.00€104.00€94.00
6-day pass€164.00€237.00€275.00€237.00

Activities & Things to do

You will find countless non-skiing activities in St. Anton am Arlberg that will keep you entertained even if you´re not into skiing or snowboarding.

What a thrill! That´s what you´ll say once you´ve experienced the 4,3 km (2,6 miles) long natural tobogganrunfrom Gampen to Nasserein. More runs are in Petttneu, Schnann, Flirsch and Strengen. Give hiking a shot by exploring the 70 well-prepared kilometers (43 miles) of winter hiking tracks. Located right in the center of St. Anton am Arlberg is an ice-skating rink. The only climb route in the whole area of Tyrol is an other great option to spend some time in the clear winter air. The route is at the Rendl and yet has a length of 850 meter (2788 feet). From here you have a breathtaking panorama of the Verwall mountains and the Lechtaler alps. If the weather plays along the view extends to Southern Tyrol.

All indoor types who still want to be sportive will love the sport center arl.rock. Next to an indoor climbing hall you´ll find a bowling alley and squash courts. The wellness park Arlberg Stanzertal in Pettneu or ARLBERG- well.com in St. Anton are great sources for relaxation. The swimming pools, steam baths and sauna will even please the most exhausted skiers.

For those who are into culture: a visit at the museum of skiing and local history in the Arlberg-Kandahar house is highly worthwhile. Visitors dive deep into the world of the skiing history- after all Arlberg is the pioneer resort for alpine skiing.


ARLBERG-well.com Leisure Centre

The new ARLBERG-well.com conference and leisure centre opened in 2002. Besides 2,000 sq m (21,520 sq ft ) of floor space suitable for all types of sporting events and concerts, it includes an excellent health centre with 3 swimming pools, sauna and steambaths, fitness studio, ice skating and curling on the front square, and the Ben Venuto gourmet Italian and Asian restaurant.


Other Wintersports Activities

There's ice-skating and curling at the new leisure centre; the cross-country ski and walking trail winds through the Ferwall forest. You can eat and drink at the Verwall Inn at the far end of the valley and call a taxi for the return journey. There is a 4 km (2.5 miles) illuminated toboggan trail from Gampen plateau (accessed via the Nassereinbahn gondola), which takes 10-15 minutes to descend from top to bottom.


St Anton Museum

The St Anton Ski & Local Heritage Museum offers a detailed historic journey through the skiing archives of the Arlberg. Set in an idyllic Alpine villa built by Bernhard Trier in 1912 and just left of the piste close to the Galzigbahn cable car St Anton the museum reveals an interesting history of the town, past sporting events and more famous members of "Ski-Club Arlberg" notably Hannes Schneider (1890-1950) whose statue can be seen in the grounds. Also in the same building and well worth visting is the Restaurant Cafe Museum.


Shopping in St Anton

Aside from an impressive array of shops selling ski equipment, clothing and the usual souvenirs there is little in the way of retail therapy to satisfy the serious shopper. For telemark and off-piste ski equipment we recommend Pete's Telemark shop and for ski and leisurewear there is a branch of Peak Performance which is also good for exercising your credit card. However, unlike some other big name ski resorts, major fashion brands are conspicuous by their absence as most people come to St Anton to ski, not to shop. The main street is being overtaken by too many banks and ordinary shops, the latest addition being a large BIPA (think Superdrug) outlet complete with supermarket style shopping trolleys for those that need to stock up with shampoo.

Sights & Landmarks

Museum St. Anton am Arlberg

The museum in the Arlberg-Kandahar-House is celebrating a new era with a recent renovation. Since 1978, it has given visitors and historians an overview of the history of skiing in the Arlberg area, regarded as the “Cradle of Alpine skiing”. With loving attention to detail, the different stages in history are now portrayed in an even more impressive way. Old maps, wooden fold-outs with photos of “yesterday” and “today”, winning skis and portraits of great downhill racers and personalities of Arlberg are presented in an interactive way. There are also old films and 3-dimensional photos. St. Anton am Arlberg through the ages – the renovation helps guests learn more about the past in Arlberg, including also worthwhile information about culture and customs as well as the development of tourism in this region.
Visit our Museum St. Anton am Arlberg and combine it with a short break. If you would like to combine the experience with a homemade cake, a good wine or a gourmet dinner, you are warmly invited to enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of the museum restaurant. Treat yourself to a homemade cake, ice cream from the farm, smoked trout or Styrian apple juice. Catch your trout yourself or watch your children romping about in our children’s playground.
The desire to record the ancient tradition of our village as farmland and stopover along the trade route from the Inn Valley over the Arlberg Pass towards Western Europe, and in particular its development as a summer resort in the 19th century to the world-famous winter sports centre of our times, and to pass it down to posterity, gave rise to the idea, decades ago, of establishing a local museum.
The fact that, after many changes in ownership, the idyllic villa in the holiday park, built by Bernhard Trier in 1912, was put up for sale in the 70s coincided with the ideas put forward for a museum.
The villa was purchased by the municipality of St. Anton am Arlberg and the Tourism Association, and the unanimous decision was made to house the museum in these stylish premises. Spiritual precursors of the idea to set up a museum were the “Kommerzialrat” (Councillor of Commerce), Walter Schuler, and the mayor, Hermann Schuler.
The municipality of St. Anton am Arlberg with the mayor Dir. Herbert Sprenger and the Tourism Association with Chairman Rudi Tschol made the whole project possible with their invaluable support.
Crucial specialist help in setting up the museum was provided by Privy Councillor Dr. Egg and Dr. Meinrad Pizzinini of the Tyrolean Provincial Museum as well as Luis Langenmaier and Erwin Cimarolli.
The museum represents a worthwhile cultural achievement: it is the venue for a vivid portrayal of the history of St. Anton and the Arlberg.
Part of the museum is dedicated to the twin town of Nozawa Onsen (Japan).

Restaurants & Nightlife

St Anton’s vibrant après ski includes the legendary Krazy Kanguruh and Mooserwirt bars on the slopes 500 meters above St Anton and many more après ski bars and restaurants in the village, but the late night offering is tame in comparison to Ischgl.

No skiing day is complete without a visit to at least one of six nearby après-ski bars located on the home run from Galzig to St. Anton. Off the mountain, the partying continues at Anton Bar, at the Underground on the Piste and in the centre of the village at Piccadilly Bar, which has live music daily. For those just wanting to relax and chill out there are many quieter bars and cafes in which to wind down after a day's skiing. Pub 37 is a charming little bar and the sunny terrace at the Hotel Alte Poste is a popular hang-out late in the season when the weather warms up.


St Anton Apres Ski Bars

The Mooserwirt is St Anton's best attended on-mountain apres ski bar and rumored to sell more beer per square metre than any other bar in Austria. The food is excellent and portions are large so it's a popular place for lunch, but very busy in peak season, so you need to book a table. The real Mooserwirt Experience begins inside from 3pm when the "Final Countdown" starts, the shutters all close, the light show begins and the crowds pile in. The Mooserwirt is soon packed with skiers drinking and dancing on the tables, and singing along to mostly German music. The large outside terrace is jam packed by 4pm, but also great fun and a must have experience at least once during your trip. A new hotel - the Mooser - has been built next to the bar, but it's a sophisticated designer boutique hotel, not a party hotel.  Tel: +43 (0) 5446 3588.

A bit higher up and most easily reached by sking down from Gampen is The Krazy Kanguruh which is popular with seasonnaires and full of partygoers. Founded by ex Swedish ski racer Gunnar Munthe in 1974 the Krazy Kanguruh is legend for full-on apres ski with sun terrace pumping beer and party atmosphere from 3pm until after dark. The Krazy Kanguruh is now owned by local ski racer Mario Matt. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2633. Adjoining the Krazy Kanguruh, Taps is a quieter yet still busy alternative with a good sun terrace. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2628.

A traditional mountain restaurant and bar, just above the Mooserwirt and below the Krazy Kanguruh, Griabli has live music most days from talented rock, soul and blues band. Busy but mellow in comparison to either of its more rowdy neighbours and a popular apres ski bar from around 3:30pm each day. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 3673.

The Heustadl is one of the first bars you come to as you ski down the blue run (1) from the bottom of the Zammermossbahn chairlift. Located on  the left hand side of the piste, a hundred meters or so after Sennhutte (on the right), Heustadl is a friendly bar restaurant with a large sun terrace in front and a good sound system playing mostly German music, and sometimes live music.  The interior resembles an old hay loft with seating upstairs and downstairs. Tel: +43 5446 302 97

For traditional Austrian style apres ski with a predominantly German-speaking crowd try Sennhutte, a popular mountain hut with a big sun terrace and busy after skiing as well as at lunch times.  Located to the right of the main piste leading from the bottom of the Zammermoosbahn chairlift to St Anton, Sennhutte is almost hidden from view, but the roof top is visible just off the main piste. DJ Didi Diesel serves up music and abundant humour even if you cannot understand German. Sennhutte. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2048.

The Anton Bar modern apres ski bar located next to the Galzigbahn cable car. Invariably busy, with good atmosphere including skiing and snowboarding videos, DJ's playing good music and plenty of alcohol fuelled fun. If you fancy a snack, try the Anton cafe next door which serves good food and has outside table and chairs with sheepskin rugs. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2408

The hugely popular Undergound Bar & Restaurant in the village closed its doors for the last time in May 2004. After more than 20 years as one of St Anton's most popular apres ski venues, it was sadly missed, but owner Joan Devey has created a similarly popular restaurant and bar, The Underground on the Piste. In a quiet location at the bottom of the home run, next to the ski museum and just a stone's throw from the Galzig cable car station, the Underground on the Piste is more sedate and a good place to chill out and relax away from the crowd. There's live music most days after skiing and it's also a popular place for dinner or for after dinner drinks in an uncrowded private house party setting. Tel: +43 5446 2000.

A British-style pub underneath the Hotel Post, The Picadilly Bar has great atmosphere for apres ski and live music every day 4:00 pm, so get there early to be sure of a table and a seat. Busy again from 9:00 pm until late and conveniently next to Post Kellar disco allowing you to flit between the two. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2213 276.

The smallest and one of the longest established bars in St Anton, Pub 37 is well worth a visit, but get there early after skiing to ensure a table or a seat at the bar. Tel: +43 (0) 5446 2965.


St Anton Restaurants

With around 70 restaurants to choose from, including restaurants in more than twenty leading hotels, there are plenty of good dining options in St. Anton. For excellent food and wine in a wonderful traditional setting, book a table for dinner at The Hospiz Alm in nearby St Christoph. You will not be disappointed. And for those travelling on a tight budget there are a number of places to refuel at low cost.

Hazienda is a well established stylish bar-restaurant that is popular with a smart local crowd and visitors alike.  At Mexican style Bo Bo's bar you can dance the night away, helped by shots of Tequila after a meal of Tortillas. Sadly, two of St Anton's most popular bar restaurants, the Funky Chicken and The Platzl bar finally closed their doors in 2011 and were demolished to make way for a new hotel and adjoining bar restaurants, but the news establishments are nowhere near as good as Funky Chicken or Platzl Bar.


St Anton Nightlife

A walk through the village at night reveals a reasonable choice of late night bars and clubs. Bar Cuba is popular with a predominantly English 20-30 crowd.Night owls, the Piccadilly Bar features live music and the neighbouring Post Keller and the Kandahar nightclub across the main street are populatr for partying and dancing until late.


St Anton Mountain Restaurants

St Anton has plenty of mountain restaurants the most famous of which is the legendary Hospiz Alm in St Christoph, but standards are high throughout the Arlberg with many appealing mountain restaurants including fine dining and excellent apres ski.

St. Anton has a wide choice of restaurants and après ski bars on the mountain and standards generally are very good. The places to avoid are the self-service restaurants in each of the main lift stations at Gampen, Galzig and Rendl, unless all you're trying to do is refuel quickly and at least cost in which case the food is acceptable and the impersonal atmosphere not such a problem.While the ski map shows the locations of some mountain restaurants, usually only those situated at the top of the ski lifts, there are many better mountain restaurants the majority of which are privately owned:

Hospiz Alm

St Anton's best mountain restaurant (and one of the more expensive) is the legendary Hospiz Alm with its famous big bottle wine cellar in St Christoph and superb sun terrace. No visit to St Anton would be complete without visiting the Hospiz Alm at least once for lunch (or dinner). The food here is good, the wine list outstanding and the view from the popular sun terrace is among the best in the Arlberg. Immaculately dressed in "tracht" (traditional Austrian costume) the Hospiz Alm's friendly waiters and waitresses provide excellent service and if you show enough interest in the wine list they may even arrange for one of the sommeliers to give you a guided tour of the wine cellar. Tel: +43 5446 2611

Griabli

The Griabli restaurant and bar is located next to the Mooserwirt on the main piste leading back to St Anton, about 500m before the Galzigbahn gondola station. Griabli offers excellent food and service at lunchtimes and is popular for apres ski. The traditional welcoming interior includes a log fire in the main restaurant area and a great sound system for live music during apres ski which is vibrant from 4pm until 7:30pm daily. The restaurant is well regarded and open for dinner in the evenings from 7:30pm.  For those sunny days, there's also a small terrace overlooking the Mooserwirt.Tel:  +43 5446 3673

Mooserwirt

Better known for après-ski than for its restaurant and allegedly serving more beer than any other bar in Austria the Mooserwirt is busy at lunchtimes and packed to bursting point from mid-afternoon until long after dark. Food portions are often unnecessarily generous, but no doubt help to support the prices at this goldmine mountain restaurant and bar which recently added a luxury ski-in, ski-out hotel next door. To get to the Mooserwirt, ski the blue run (1) from the Zammermoosbahn chairlift to St Anton, continuing past Sennhűtte and Heustadl and you will find it on the right hand side of the piste next to Griabli. Arrive early to have any chance of getting a seat on the sun terrace. Tel: +43 5446 3588

Rodelhütte

The popuplar, but not so easy to find Rodelhűtte is located skiers left before the top of the Fangbahn as you ski from Gampen to Nasserein.  A traditional Tirolean restaurant with a large sun terrace, the Rodelhütte serves good food in a rustic alpine atmosphere and portions are generous. The cosy interior of the old hutte which includes a log fire is especially charming and fully booked on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for dinner and tobogganing.

Sennhütte

Sennhütte is a typical Tirolean hut offering wholesome food and excellent atmosphere inside and outside on the large sun terrace. From mid-afternoon, it's the domain of Austrian singer and comic DD Diesel whose music and jokes entertain a predominantly German speaking crowd, but the atmosphere is memorable whether you understand German or not and especially if you enjoy traditional Austrian après ski and drinking large glasses of beer. To get there, ski the blue run (1) from the bottom of the Samermoosbahn chairlift to St. Anton and you'll find Sennhütte below the right hand side - the roof of the restaurant is barely visible from the piste - before Heustadl. Arrive early to secure a good table. Tel: +43 5446 2048

Ulmer Hütte

The Ulmer Hütte is prominent on the left hand side of the red piste (14) running from Schindlergrat towards Rauz and Stuben. It's a delightful spot with great views and a popular place stop for a drink on sunny days. While the outside bar with tables and benches are an obvious pit stop, the Ulmer Hűtte restaurant is also worth considering and a welcome refuge when it's snowing. Tel: +43 5446 30200

Verwallstube

Located in the lift station building on Galzig, the Verwallstube gourmet restaurant serves excellent food with wines to match and has a sun terrace where you can enjoy a glass of wine or champagne. It's expensive, but very good and also open for dinner reservations on Friday evenings. Look out for the sun terrace on your left when skiing past the lift station building (on your left) en route to St Christoph. Tel: +043 5446 2352

Arlberghohe

Little known, but well worth visiting, the Arlberghohe in St Christoph offers a warm welcome, good service and an extensive choice of Tirolean traditional dishes in an old style setting. Phone ahead to reserve a table and in good weather you will need to arrive early to be sure of a seat on the sun terrace. Prices are cheaper and service faster than at the more illustrious Hospiz Alm, but the food is equally good. To get there ski the long blue run (8) from Galzig to St Christoph, then continue past the Hospiz Alm and you'll find the Arlberghoe to the left of the chairlift in St Christoph. Tel: +43 5446 2635

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