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St Anton is a spectacular ski holiday resort, where serious skiers flock to pit themselves against it's heart-stopping chutes and faces. Considered to be one of the best high-alpine resorts on the planet, it is a spectacular beauty of a resort, filled with awesome off-piste, moguls and powder. For a long time, the resort has been a magnet for those who like to get up at the crack of dawn and ski hard all day - and then party hard into the night in the fantastic après-ski atmosphere. Today this is still true, but St. Anton has upped its game by improving facilities to make this a great intermediate resort as well.

The resort is the largest in the huge Arlberg Ski-Circus region, which joins it with the neighbouring villages of St. Christoph, Zürs and Lech to offer some of Austria's most extensive and thrilling skiing. You also have access to Sonnekopf and Stuben. Natural obstacles, steep powder fields and drop-offs litter the mountain, and the off-piste opportunities are legendary. Check out the tough slopes in the bowls below the Valluga in good snow conditions. An expert's paradise, those looking to push themselves will never be bored here.

The terrain gets increasingly demanding the higher up you go - try the superb runs off the Galzig and Valluga peaks, and for truly advanced skiers there's the Valluga 2 lift, which requires a qualified guide to accompany you on it! There are also many runs that adventurous intermediates will love to tackle, both around St. Anton and in nearby Lech and Zürs where there are great cruisy blues and reds. While there is a fantastic ski school here with hundreds of great instructors, St. Anton is not really the best resort for beginners to start out at. The town is a sprawling mix of the old and the new, set along a narrow valley. The après-ski is cosmopolitan and rowdy, with afternoon drinks kicking on into late in the night. It's a lively, bustling atmosphere, but if you need to relax after the extremely testing skiing, there is a luxurious leisure and spa facility with connected indoor and outdoor pools, waterfalls, saunas, a solarium and a relaxation area.

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St Anton for Different Ski Abilities

Beginner skiers

St Anton is not really the best place to start your skiing or snowboarding career, as most of the mountain terrain is not suitable for first-timers. That said, they are constantly working to improve the attraction of the mountain to all levels, and there are nursery slopes at the edge of the village as well as the nursery slopes at Nasserein and above the restaurant at Gampen. There are also good beginner runs at Rendl and from Galzig to St Christoph. And one great advantage is - if you learn to ski here, you should be able to ski anywhere.

Intermediate skiers

While St Anton has traditionally been the base for expert skiers who hunger for steep, steep slopes, the intermediate skiing here is also very good. The pistes are well groomed, and are perfect for a confident intermediate looking to push themselves. You'll get long, long red runs here with beautiful mountain scenery all around, the longest being the 10.2 km Valluga to Ulmer Hütte to St. Anton route. Rendl offers wide-open slopes and a long, quieter route back down to the village when you're tired after a day of pushing yourself.

Expert skiers

Advanced skiers - start doing your skiing exercises now if you're thinking about heading to St Anton! There is so much varied, exciting expert terrain here that you'll never want to leave the slopes. Mix it up and ski both the scarily steep pisted runs and the mountains of un-pisted bowls and gullies. Pick your choice of routes from the top of the Valluga, and try the ultimate extreme - the Pfannenköpfe by the Valfagehr chair. There are good cliff drops, gullies and natural obstacles that snowboarders will love across the mountain. The ungroomed ski routes Schindlerkar and Mattun are amongst the favourite choices here.

St Anton Ski Schools

The ski schools at St Anton have a great reputation, and thy take pride in their high standard of teaching.

Après Ski and off mountain activities

Après Ski

The nightlife in St Anton is famous for its buzzing, lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. They like to get things underway early here, with many kicking things off at the spectacularly located Mooserwirt bar. For your next couple of drinks try one of the three bars at Krazy Kanguruh - Krazy bar, Down Under bar and Ice bar. Later on you can hit happy hour at the Funky Chicken. Also popular: Bar Cuba, Post Keller and Bobo's. There are 60 plus bars and cafes to choose from in the area, with traditional and international cuisine on offer. If you're in the mood for fish, steak or pasta try Hazienda or grab a pizza from Scotty's.

Off the mountain 

There's a decent range of things to do in your time off the slopes in the pedestrianised village. Relax in the stylish spa centre and work your way through the indoor / outdoor pools, saunas, waterfalls and relaxation areas. The large area in front of the leisure complex is a frozen lake for ice-skating and curling. You can also try: Ice skating, curling, bowling, tobogganing, sleigh rides, sledding, shopping, walking trails, parapenting and snowshoeing.

How to get to St Anton

By air

The closest airports to St Anton are Innsbruck (96 km) and Friedrichshafen (140 km), with regular budget airline flights mid-winter. However you'll usually get more options if you fly into either Zurich (200 km) or Munich (250 km) airport. Zurich and Munich both involve transfer times of around 2-3 hours by road or 3-4 hours by international train.

From Innsbruck airport, you can take bus F from the terminal (every 15 min, (journey time 17 min) to Innsbruck railway station. From there, trains to St Anton run hourly and take just over an hour. From Zurich airport, there are eight trains to St Anton daily, most with a change at Zurich main station (2 hours 45 min)

By train

To get to St Anton by train, first take the Eurostar from London to Paris. From Paris you can get a train to St Anton via Munich. One overnight option is: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, leaves Paris 11pm and arrives Munich 9am Saturday. It takes two hours via train to St Anton, so you will arrive at the resort by noon.

By car

Driving to St Anton from the UK is not as arduous as one might think, the resorts in the Arlberg region are the best placed in Austria for drives from Calais. The trip from Calais to the resort is approximately 965 km. There is an obligatory toll label on Austria's motorways and expressways (also on S16).

St Anton Childcare


Merinannies provides first class childcare in St Anton. Their testimonials and returning clientele show the level of care they provide which relies on the quality of their nannies. Merinannies offers flexible a reliable private nanny service to suit every family's requirements. Their team consists of qualified, experienced and checked nannies, first aided, specialh needs trained and multilingual nannies. They take care of babies from the age of four weeks to 14 years for short weekends or full weeks and long term.