St. Anton’s skiing and boarding are legendary, attracting winter sports fans from all over the world to the Arlberg area of western Austria, one of the places where Alpine skiing began nearly a century ago. St. Anton is lift linked to St Christoph, where the snow is skiable into May, and on the same pass as Lech and Zurs (a short bus ride away).
The Arlberg Ski Pass covers St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech and Zurs, which are all connected by a lift and bus system.
St Anton is an off-piste paradise which attracts skiiers from everywhere. The village is spread out over several kilometres, access to the main part of the mountain at either end is via two gondolas, one at Galzig and one at Nasserein. Most skiiers head up the Galzig then onto the Vallugabahn for a truly special trip over to the Valluga peak - don't do this if you are afraid of heights! Lift passes cover the nearby resorts of Lech and Zurs. Go to Rendl for a fun day away from the crowds.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
St. Anton is 200 km from Zurich, Switzerland (the nearest international airport). Travel time from Zurich is about 3 hours.
- Very varied terrain,
- Excellent ski school,
- Off-piste skiing,
- Reliable snow cover,
- Interesting Tirolean village,
- Lots of Aussies.
- Good village bus system free with ski pass.
- Grooming can be a bit hit and miss,
- Variable snow conditions,
- Not a family mountain - no green/easy runs to speak of.
- Ski school doesn't really cater for beginners - you've been warned!
- Can be crowded
- European lift queues are a whole new experience; Christmas/New Year and Easter very busy (just find the quiet areas)
St. Anton Arlberg Tourism Association
Address: Dorfstraße 8, A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria / Phone: +43 5446 22690 - Fax 2532 / Email: info[at]stantonamarlberg.com / http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/
Tourist Information - Opening Hours
Monday through Friday 8.30 - 19.00, (Phone from 8.00) / Saturday: 8.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00 / Sunday & public holidays: 9.00 - 12.00
Fly to Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich and train/bus it to St Anton. From Munich check that you catch an express or it's 3 train changes - riding a commuter train with skis & 5 months worth of baggage is not fun!
Heaps, from super-expensive hotels to reasonable Pensionen (bed&breakfasts) There is a very good info office in the main part of town which has a 24-hr accommodation board. Not a cheap place to live on the whole, yet one of the most superb skiing resorts in the Alps.
- Schlosshotel Bergschlössl St.Anton
Address: Kandaharweg 13, A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria / Phone: +43 (0)5446 2220 / Mail: welcome[at]bergschloessl.at
The Schlosshotel Bergschlössl is a historic austrian mountain chalet. The Hotel offers 10 individually furnished rooms, suites and small holiday apartments. The St.Anton ski school, skiing slopes and lifts are situated right at the Bergschlössl's doorstep. St.Antons city center, sports shops and restaurants are in walking distance.
Good lift system - gondolas, many quads and a six-banger. Runs are numbered and named (and colour-graded). You can ski to the nearby towns of St Christoph (HQ of the Austrian ski team) and Stuben. Besides marked ski runs, there are ski-routes which are ungroomed and unpatrolled but lots of fun - some really require a guide/instructor, many though are DIY. Info-team officers are stationed around the mountain. Lots of on-mountain facilities - at a price. Layout is good - not many bottlenecks.
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Bars & Entertainment
Scottys is full of Pommie tourists & ski reps (good place to look for a job) Bobo's is a fun hangout, as is the Stanton bar at the bottom of the Galzigbahn. There is a 4km toboggan run at night from Gampen, accessed via the Nasserein gondola.
Out of Bounds
Some excellent out of bounds skiing. Guide a must if you don't know where you're going. Possible routes are off the back of Rendl and down into St Anton village. This requires some traversing but opens into a nice long powder bowl. Another route is off the top of the Valuga down to Lech and Zurs. Another route is off skiers right from Galzig down into St Anton village, a long tree run.
Parks & Pipes
Similar to Lech. Snow conditions - everything! Powder, ice, slush, bumps, perfect grooming, no grooming, hoop snakes etc.