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ST ANTON

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St Anton, AUSTRIA is one of Europe’s most popular resorts. St Anton has a picturesque village, diverse appealing skiing and snowboarding terrain, an excellent snow record and breathtaking scenery.

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© Tourist Association St. Anton am Arlberg

St Anton Skiing and Snowboarding

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at St Anton consists of wide open treeless powder bowls, steep cliff drops and tight chutes, massive moguls, boundless linking groomed trails and gentle beginner areas. All the terrain is supported by a fast and efficient lift system.

St Anton is lift linked to the neighbouring resorts of St. Christoph, Lech and Zurs. The four linked resorts are referred to as the ‘Arlberg Ski Area’. They are all accessible on the one hands free ARLBERG CARD ski pass. The pass is placed in your upper jacket pocket to automatically enable lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestionFor more information on Lech and Zurs click here

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at St Anton

Advanced skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice at St Anton with endless off piste options.

The Vallugabahn I Gondola reaches St Anton’s highest peak, Valluga Peak at 2,811 meters. From there feel free to pick your own off piste ski or snowboard route all the way back down into the village. Head right to the Kapall area for huge wide open and steep powder fields or stay in the middle of the resort for natural powder filled rolling gullies and drops.

The sharp and fast Kandahar Galzig trail heads off to the right hand side of the new Galzigbahn Gondola. After a big snowfall cut off the trail after you have gone under the Osthangbahn Chairlift into open wide deep superb powder.

From the top of the Kapallbahn Chairlift turn right to access the steep mogul covered Kandahar-Kapall trail that eventually links with the Fang trail for a bumpy challenging long run down to the lift base area.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at St Anton

Intermediates can happily cover the St Anton terrain on long well groomed wide trails.

For an extraordinary long run take the new Galzigbahn Gondola from the St Anton Village to access the Vallugabahn I Cable Car leading up to Valluga Peak. From there take the groomed steep Vallugagrat trail down to the Schindlerkar trail which eventually links up with the Kandahar and Osthang trails leading all the way back down to the village. It’s such a long run most people need to stop for a rest at least once on the way down!

Head to the Grun-St Anton and Standard-Platti trails located on either side of the Gampenbahn Chairlift for some steep and fast early morning warm up carving turns.

The new Galzigbahn Gondola opened in 2007. It is based on a Ferris wheel design with twenty eight separate gondolas on a cableway entering a round glass base station before dropping down to floor level enabling passengers to enter then rising straight back up to the cable height. It increases passenger numbers by three times making the long morning queue in the valley a thing of the past.

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© Tourist Association St. Anton am Arlberg

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at St Anton

The gentle and wide lower slopes leading into the St Anton Village are perfect for first time beginner skiers and snowboarders.

Once beginner confidence grows catch the Gampenbahn Chairlift to the Gampen area to access more gentle slopes. From the top of the chairlift turn left onto the wide and winding Plattiwald trail leading back down to the base area.

The Kapallbahn Chairlift located next to the Gampenbahn Chairlift transports beginners up to 2,330 meters for an enjoyable fun and long run back down to the base area.

The Rendl Area behind the St Anton Village has a couple of good beginner runs and in peak season tends to have fewer crowds.

St Anton has two ski and snowboard schools; Skischool Arlberg and Skischool St Anton. Both offer group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors. Mountain guides, freestyle and off piste powder lessons are also available.

St Anton Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The new STANTON Snowpark in the Rendl Area has jumps, boxes, obstacles, rails, tabletops and kickers of varying sizes. There is also a small funpark for beginners and a well maintained halfpipe.

Other Activities at St Anton

Outdoor activities at St Anton include ice skating, ice curling, winter walking trails, horse drawn sleigh rides, paragliding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

St Anton has many tobogganing runs. A particular favourite is the Rodelbahn Gampen run which is 4.3 kilometres long starting at the top of the Gampenbahn Chairlift leading all the way down to the edge of the Village. It is illuminated in the evenings and takes about fifteen minutes from start to finish.

The Skischool Arlberg and the Skischool St Anton combine to create a weekly multi media ski show demonstrating the history of skiing. Over 145 instructors are involved in the show which is titled "SCHNEETREIBEN – THE SNOW MUST GO ON". It runs for 45 minutes every Wednesday night from 9pm at the World Cup stadium. Admission is free.

Go to the St Anton Wellness and Leisure Centre for a swim in one of two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) or have a sauna, spa, massage therapy treatment or take a class in the equipped gymnasium. More activities at St Anton

Shopping at St Anton

The main street in the St Anton Village is lined with a myriad of shops. Ski and snowboard equipment and rental shops, fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, art galleries, newsagencies, pharmacies, jewellery shops, antique shops, children’s clothing boutiques and beauty salons.

The Village has excellent food grocery markets, butchers, bakeries and delicatessens.

St Anton Restaurants

St Anton has 90+ restaurants, cafes and bars. Choose from German, Austrian, Swiss, French, Italian, Thai, Indian and Mexican cuisine.

For a fine dining a la carte experience go to the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel Restaurant. It serves award winning Austrian cuisine and boasts one of the largest wine cellars in the region.

The established Museum Restaurant located in a very old and small wooden house has a delightful atmosphere serving delicious local Austrian and Mediterranean dishes.

Cheese lovers go to Robi’s Rodel Stall Restaurant for cheese fondue and raclette. The family friendly and busy Floriani Restaurant serves tasty gourmet pizzas and grilled meats.

St Anton has takeaway outlets throughout the Village selling pizzas, hamburgers (meat and vegetarian), kebabs, crepes and sweet snacks all day and late into the evenings.

On the mountain the Krazy Kanguruh Restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine and fast food. It has an ice bar which is very popular for après ski drinks and a large sun terrace.

The self service cafeteria style Galzig Kandahar Restaurant serves local Tyrolean hot dishes soups salads and a good selection of desserts.

St Anton Nightlife

The St Anton Village comes alive in the evenings. You can literally ski all day and party all night in the many pubs, bars and nightclubs littered throughout the Village.

The popular Funky Chicken serves the best margaritas in the village and has great music, huge plasma screen televisions and cheap meals.

Scotty’s Bar attracts the British crowd for daily après ski happy hour and live music.
The modern and trendy Anton Bar found behind the new Galzigbahn Gondola station serves cocktails and gluvine (mulled warm wine).

St Anton has two nightclubs; the Postkeller Bar and Kandahar both open all night with international DJs, dancing and lots of fun!

The Vino Bar attracts those looking for a quiet drink and a game of pool.

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Donny Mackinnon-Ross, Germany. Hi, just back from a week skiing in St Anton area, stayed just 5 km outside in Pettnau, sorry to say that the information is correct 30-40 Euros for a Taxi for this 5km trip. No après skiing as last bus left 17:35 come on St Anton play the game. I also thought as other people that grading of runs way out. I maybe was unlucky in that there was a lot of snow last week with blizzard conditions, the pistes were bashed at night but with large deposits of snow soon turned into moguls very quickly in morning very hard work. Not sure if I will return to this area as I found Solden better in the past.

Anna Withers, Switzerland. St Anton is the home of extreme off piste powder riding, it is one of the most challenging resorts of all. The sheer expanse, the long groomed pistes, the endless off piste, open wide fields all extending over an area of 250 kilometers. I especially enjoy the natural rolls and gullies in the Schindlerkar area and the lower tree areas of the Schongraben area after a large snowfall. The village is as vibrant as the mountain, it never sleeps, I am not too sure how I manage it but when I am visiting St Anton I can always seem to be able to survive on about 3 hours sleep a night then ride all day

S. Mathews, Australia. Wow what a place. I had only ever boarded in Australia before I went to St Anton - what a sheltered life I led! I tell you - plan on going spend as long as you can afford. I only got 1 week in, next time I'm going to stay for 4 or more. hint - on a weekend go to Rendl - you can catch a bus or hitch - it is not busy first thing and after a dump there are some wicked powder spots around the Riffel 2 lift and the cruise back down to the car park really gets the legs burning - and is longer than anything you will find in Australia Valluga is awesome, you have to catch the cable cars all the way to the top then spend hours exploring - off the groomed trails is powder powder and more powder. There is also some wicked riding heading down to St Christoph - steep and deep an understatement. Also buy the ski pass Arlberg it means that you can board at St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben and Lech/Zurs on the one pass. We stayed about 1 km from the center at Hotel Alpenhof - you catch the bus to the lifts each day - only took a few minutes- then at night we just walked into town to the pubs after tea. I met as many Aussies as i did international people, it is a mix of people from all over the world, all going hard at it at night, the night life rocks, just schnapps, beer, bands and chicks!!!!

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,226
2,812
Base
4,274
1,303
Average Snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
85
135
440km
Terrain %
advanced
22
intermediate
42
beginner
36
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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