St Anton Austria Ski Vacation
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St Anton am Arlberg is the heart of the famous Arlberg ski region, and
best known for its classic ski village and immense ski
terrain that has been enjoyed by skiers for over a century. St Anton
is an idyllic resort for a family ski holiday, with a ski town
offering a plethora of lodging and dining, big mountain skiing
with modern lifts, and an excellent ski school. St Anton is vast,
with a summit of 9,222-feet, and 41 ski lifts servicing 91 miles of
prepared (groomed) ski slopes plus limitless off-piste terrain.
From St Anton you can ski to the nearby towns of St Christoph and
St Anton's vertical is 4,944-feet, with the longest run spanning 6
miles. If that is not enough for you... your Ski Arlberg pass, an
electronic ticket, provides access to 87 lifts and 211 miles of
skiing in the region. Ride the free bus (included with your ski ticket) to
nearby Lech and Zurs and take a
gondola to Warth – there is
a season's worth of
skiing for a family ski holiday in St Anton.
The ski village of St Anton looks like a ski fairy tale postcard
with Austrian chalet hotels, ski boutiques, après ski umbrella bars
and cafes. Meanwhile, the ski lifts are modern and impressive, like
the Galzigbahn lift, a one of a kind Ferris Wheel24 passenger gondola that whisks
skiers from St Anton village to mid mountain in scenic swift
style. This lift simply must be ridden to be appreciated. From the summit of Galzig at 6,555-feet, families can choose
from plenty of groomed (prepared) ski slopes, or head
up the amazing Valluga for steep, long and super scenic skiing. To ski
true Valluga summit requires a guide and a gondola ride to
9,222-feet where you can ski the backside to Zurs and connect to
Lech but you should be an expert
and a guide is strongly recommended.
For a delightful Austrian chalet lunch, ski to St Christoph’s
Hospize Alm where lederhosen waiters serve beer, brat, cheese, and
apple strudel while Austrian music plays in this amiable historic
alpine setting (the kids will love the slide to the restrooms ).
St Anton’s Schindler Spitze and the Gampen area provide more great
skiing, both on and off piste with views of the Alps and St Anton village.
Gampen is where ski racing, children’s ski lessons, and the
Rodelbahn toboggan run are based. A short walk across
St Anton village with your
skis brings you to Rendl, the north facing area with
more trail skiing and off piste terrain. On a sunny day, stop at the
sun terrace called Rendl Beach at the top of the gondola for awesome
scenery and a snack (beer or wine for Mom and Dad).
St Anton's après ski is legendary, with many bars
at or near the base of the ski slopes. Kids can enjoy the Toboggan
run, or the Sports Club, while Mom and Dad stop for
apres ski at the world famous Mooserwirt on the way down the last ski run. The Mooserewirt ski bar fills
with hundreds of skiers drinking beer and dancing in ski boots to a
DJ inside and on the sun terrace from 3 to 8pm. St Anton has
instituted a "volunteer policy" that après ski ends at 8, and skiers
should change out of their ski attire by then, to curb ski boot
stumbling revelers in the village after dark - these are Austrian
Evenings in St Anton, classic fondue restaurants and more casual
cafes cater to families. Dining at "The Ski Museum" is a must,
Austrian cuisine is served in this 1912 Chalet featuring extraordinary
woodwork. Upstairs is a Ski Museum tracing the history of St Anton skiing, known as “The Cradle of Alpine Skiing," and home to ski
instructor Hannes Schneider who trademarked his Arlberg technique
which he introduced in the US, at Cranmore NH in the 1930s.
Weekly during the winter ski season, St Anton hosts a Wednesday Ski Show
that lights up the slopes, as St
Anton ski instructors put on a fantastic on snow display of skiers jumping
through fire rings and fun acrobatics on skis. Other great St Anton
events include the White Thrill in April and the Synchro Ski World Cup in
Where to Stay in St Anton
Hotel Bergschlossl – An Austrian castle, located
right next to the impressive Galzigbahn lift.
Convenient and charming for families. This
3rd generation family-owned, four star hotel offers all the latest
amenities, WiFi, iMac, a spa, ski room, and an extensive buffet breakfast,
with Tyrolean decor.
Mooser Hotel – A newer hotel, located on
the slopes above St Anton village, this 17 suite hotel is modern and
spa inspired inside, while the exterior is chalet style. Luxurious
rooms, a stunning spa, and a sophisticated dining room overlook the
slopes and village. While located next to the rowdy Mooserwirt Bar,
the Mooser Hotel is quiet and zen-like in its atmosphere.
Valuga Hotel St Anton – A stylish hotel in the
village featuring alpine modern suites for
families with Jacuzzis, and excellent in hotel dining, a block to
the ski lifts.
St Anton Stats: 9,222' summit, 4,944' vertical, 41
lifts, longest run 6.3 miles including Stuben and St Christoph. 116
kilometers of trails and 85% snowmaking coverage. Your Ski Arlberg
Pass is valid on 94 Ski Lifts in the region including
nearby Lech Zurs (an expert only
guided run away or more likely a short bus ride).
See our St Anton Ski Photo Gallery
Austrian Ski Reviews
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All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke