St. Anton am Arlberg is a ski resort located in a Tyrol village in Austria. It lies among the Tyrolean Alps, a historical mountain region in Northern Italy and Western Austria. It has also been a popular summer destination among hikers, mountaineers, and skiers.
Speaking of the ski, St. Anton is among the top five resorts in the Alps. It is the broadest connected ski area in Austria and is one of Europe’s snowiest regions. The place has accessible routes to Lech, a neighboring mountain village that also has a beginner-friendly ski-resort. Did you know that this quiet village is the birthplace of the father of modern skiing, Hannes Schneider?
St. Anton Village
St. Anton boasts rich geography with aerial tramways and chairlifts and slopes of up to 9,200 feet and a yielding vertical drop of around 5000 feet. It also has 305 kilometers of groomed slopes, 200 kilometers of off-piste itineraries (an ungroomed and unmarked terrain, usually described for backcountry skiing). The ski-resort lies along the Rosanna River and is the main rail line between Switzerland and Austria.
In addition to its alpine wonders, St. Anton village has a highly efficient lift system and a culturally rich town bursting with distinctive building styles, hotels, and restaurants. The iconic apres is believed to have started here. Apres, or ski apres, is an entertainment-filled dinner, usually a concert or party with live music. Thanks to the infamous Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars on one of the village slopes, tourists can now experience that coolest snow party in town.
St. Anton is part of the Alberg ski-resorts. The Alberg region claims 88 cable cars and ski lifts, costing around €313 per pass. The nearest airport to the resort is Innsbruck, aka Kranebitten Airport (95km) and Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen (130 km). Hotel accommodations are found in the village center, only a walking distance from the main access lifts. However, chalets are located a little further, especially in Nasserein, where there is a ski-in/ski-out location.
Skiing in St. Anton
The Alberg region, specifically St. Anton, is Europe’s pride in winter sports. St. Anton once hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships. Its 305-kilometer marked ski-runs is perfect for all ability levels, while the 200-km unmarked terrains are every challenger’s cup of tea.
On the western edge, there is a gondola that includes a “Ferris Wheel.” This Ferris wheel allows passengers to board the gondola from the ground and then bringing them up to the main high-speed cables. The gondola is connected to the Glazig slopes and Schindler and Vallluga peaks.
Meanwhile, on the eastern part, the Nassereinbahn lifts both tourists and locals to the Nasserien area that links to the Kapall peak. The Kapall, Valluga, and Schindler peaks all provide skiers with up to 5000-feet skiing.
The groomed trails of St. Anton caters to all levels. About 43% of the course is marked blue for beginners, 41% is marked red for intermediate skiers, and 16% is marked black for advanced adventurers (there is a 200km deep snow runs around the area, so watch out. Besides, if you are a total newbie with zero background in skiing, St. Anton got you covered. The village has the two largest, world-famous ski schools, with around 300 instructors who are well-practiced in the famous Arlberg technique.
The terrains marked for the experts are less frequently groomed. Examples are the Schindlerkar and Mattun, and the ski-routes in some parts in Valluga and Zurs. There is also a ski-area notable fortis 14th-century history. The St. Christoph ski site is where a shepherd named Heinrich Fidelkind once built a temporary shelter for travelers and merchants crossing the Alberg pass.
In the 1930s, St. Anton opened its first ski lift – the Galzibaghn. Today, St. Anton has the Galzig-Valluga cable cars that carry skiers to the more challenging runs and other ski resorts. Other lifts give intermediate and expert skiers the chance to travel all the way up to the highest point in the resort. However, to reach other ski resorts like Lech and Zurs, skiers must travel along the narrow roads and tunnels in the Alpine peaks.
For freestyle skiers and snowboarders, St. Anton also sports several fun parks, including the famous Stanton Park.