St. Anton am Arlberg

Ski resorts in Austria
St. Anton am Arlberg belong to Ski Arlberg.

When talking about the Alps, many different places probably come to mind no matter where in the world you may be at the moment. St. Anton am Arlberg is one of these places. This Austrian village has been one of the pioneers for things that we consider as must-haves at a ski resort today. The first ski club opened in 1901, the first skiing competition in the village took place in 1904 and the first ski school opened up as early as 1921! In the 1930's, Austria wasn't as much of a hot spot and many local ski instructors chose to emigrate to the US to teach Americans about skiing and to continue developing the sport in other parts of the world.

To sum it up, this is a village with impressive alpine ancestry and with strong motivation and spirit. Always at the front of the line and always the best. The village has kept its conviviality, but the ski system has to be the best and as modern as can be. The ski system today is also linked to places such as St. Christoph and Stuben.

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What do you think about St. Anton am Arlberg?
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Mia
Mia (Guest)
01/01/2019
St Anton have a lift/slope system that is very poorly conected and unpractical, you need to go up and down in strange ways to acctually get somewhere, and often the pists are badly marked out, once you are on 64, and then you are on 63 and no signs of 64, and 56 that all of a sudden is 59 and so it goes... The price level is substantially higher than ex Sölden or Schladming, everything from ski rental, hotel, skipass, lunch etc etc. Rather tight slopes and many transport slopes rather meaningless to ski in. Many show off super rich people - you wonder if they actually ski or if they just think its fancy to go to St Anton. It is also easy to get the illusion that you get long runns in St Anton since the high elevation, byt the slopes are not that long since the village is also highly elevated. The runns are way much longer in Sölden or Scladming. Summary..Not impressed, St Anton is severly overrated.

powderkingoftheworld
powderkingoftheworld (Guest)
15/02/2008
Stronger than ever.

St. Anton got hit by a big storm last week and the skiin after was fab. I have to say this is the best snow on earth and the coolest skiing I have done in a long time. Locals are cool and share their runs (if you can keep up).

Since last Friday the sun was pretty much all we saw every they. Pretty cold still so the snow stays good, but now all the hiking starts. Still good as they have plenty of lifts takeing you real high up.

Right now town seems to be packed full with familys which is good because they will stay onpiste 4 sure. But the ladys r getting more and hotter.

Stoked to be here and c all the riders from Oakley doin their shootings over in Stuben.

ski you later
the one and only
Powderking of the World

mrko
28/02/2007
For me best over-all ski resort in the world: Extreme freeride possible, vaste amount of challenging runs, nice views, typical environment, lively apres-ski, easy to reach. One negative aspect maybe is the high ratio of freeriders there, meaning that you have to be qucik on the mountain after fresh snow falls, if you want tp have some powder.

Manfred
Manfred (Guest)
28/02/2007
St. Anton offers all: Extreme freeride, difficult runs, lively apres-ski, wonderful views, typical environment. For me the best skiing resort in the world. Difficult to find some negative aspects: Maybe the hight percentage of freeriders, which means that you have to quick to ski in fresh powder after snowfalls.

lainenR
12/02/2019
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A mecca for the freeride enthusiast looking for off-piste skiing. The immense large areas with off-piste combined with, statistically, one of the alps most snowfall days makes it a great place for powder skiing. Of course, there are many who are there to go off-piste. A few days after snowfall, most of the lifts are up close but I can highly recommend renting a guide, they find pillows long after snowfall.
Since the construction of the Flexenbahn, it is possible to get to almost all locations within Arlberg (with the same lift pass), if you do not want to go with the buses that operate between the resorts.

There is a lot of piste skiing too, over 300 km within Arlberg, but because of a lot of snowfall they are quickly uplifted. The village in St. Anton is very pleasant with many restaurants and shops to use during down days.

PS.
Don't miss out on "Star Wars" in Stuben, classic!


tallialli
12/01/2019
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Went to St. Anton in late January and we just missed the dump that had come before. The review is based on 10 days of sunshine and almost just piste skiing and icing. We also got in contact with some seasons with the help of a facebook group, and it was really full of that. So you are going to the season it is a place with a lot of people and good community.

Skiing - Nice slopes, but nothing stands out. The possibilities for easily accessible lithographed off-piste are great.

Nightlife - This is one of the places you go to in the Alps to party. Here you will find good après ski, bars and nightclub. We went to a bar in the evening that ran live rock, which was totally unlike the crowded club.

Village - A cozy town with classic "alp-style" buildings. What I dislike about this village is that it is at such a low altitude and you have a lot of trees right outside you. Trees I have seen enough of in the Swedish mountains.

Food - Here you will find an incredible number of affordable restaurants on the slopes if you compare with many Swiss and French ski resorts. My tip is to settle down on an outdoor dining area with a nice view and order a "gröstl". Amazingly good after a few hours on the slopes.




Erik Weiland
Erik Weiland (Guest)
08/01/2019
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We went to St. Anton (Ski Arlberg) now in New Year 2018-2019. We stayed centrally at a guest house (Haus Genwein, highly recommended), with only about 50 meters walking distance to three different lifts which all led up to three different peaks. (Galzigbahn, Rendlbahn and Gampenbahn). In any case, even though it was early in the season, it was extremely snowy, it snowed in a great way every day, and even though St. Anton is considered one of the ski resorts with the most powder in the world, there were such large open spaces so that in combination with more snow every day there were always fresh powder. In the afternoon, of course, it will be quite busy in large parts of st. The Anton part of the ski resort, but away from Lech / Zürs is not as much people. It was a very large and modern lift system, and the lifts swallowed so much people that we almost never had to stand in any longer lift queue (with the exception of the Nassereinbahn). I would arrange the lift system for all types of skiers, both powder foxes, park rats and even families with children. Several cozy villages but still a large modern lift system that suits everyone. We must have been lucky with the weather, but whatever a fifth is quite clear! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 PS. Check in my videos from the trip on youtube, erikweiland.






hammarling
15/02/2018
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Sankt Anton am Arlberg I visited week 9 in 2017. There was plenty of snow and it came more during the week. The weather was varied and the temperature was between -8 to -10 C. The resort is located in the middle of a narrow valley ending in a mountain pass over to the next valley. The ski areas are located mainly north of St. Anton, but also south of. The slopes in the surrounding ski areas are halfway above and half below the tree line. It is therefore easy to adjust the skiing due to sun and wind.

The area north of St. Anton consists of two parts. From the mountain Kapall 2330, it goes down the entire color palace slopes. At the top there is an open ski area which then looks down via slopes through the forest to St. Anton. The other part is the north-western part down from the mountain Galzig 2185 m. Here are mostly nice pistes. You can go further up the system to the mountain Valluga 2841 möh. Here it is usually at the lift station to get to the top so it is good to be here early in the day. Up to Valluga you have a lovely high altitude feeling. To the last lift up to the view building there is also a queue, since the lift is both small and slow. From the view you can see in clear weather the Bodensjön. For skiing, here is a mountain guide recommended. From Ullmer Hytte, a long classic ski route runs along the cliff side parallel to the ski lift Valfagehr down to the Flexenbahn. However, it is easily harvested.

The stump is a smaller ski area with wilderness feeling as there is open mountain around. A new lift for the season takes a quick up to the top. From the bottom station, Flexenbahn goes new to the season. It allows St. Anton's ski system is connected to Lech / Zurs, which usually has even better snow conditions. Together they form one of the absolute largest skiing systems in the Alps, so much more than one week to drive through the system.

South of the resort is the smaller part of the system. The whole area is open and easy to understand with nice slopes. There is a short but good ski route down from the mountain Riffelacharta 2646 m.

Everything is well maintained on the slopes and the lift system is in the top class like the gondola up to Galtzig. There are plenty of mountain guides and instructors. The negative is that it's easy to get the last part down to the village. The entertainment offer is great and for all purses, tastes and ages. Up in the hill there are the classic afterski stands like Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaroo. Down in the village there is a plentiful selection of live music and live music pubs. There is a large activity house at the train station to visit in the evening. Many branded sports stores are available with a wide range for all ages and at all prices. One of the evenings they had a skiing show that was very good, where they told us that St. Anton had the world's oldest ski club founded in 1901 and ski school from 1921.

The first time in 2005, I visited St. Anton alone. Now I traveled with a 16 year old relative who drove snowboarding. Which he thought was fun and it worked well with quite a little dull for him. The positive with St. Anton is that the resort still holds a high class and has developed for the better. It was nice to show the place of a younger relative who visited the Alps for the first time as an uncle.

In summary, St. Anton is a classic ski resort with top class skiing with good lifts and slopes. The area is very big and snow proof. Many international guests for many years have created an international environment with a wealth of shops, entertainment, restaurants and services. There is something for all ages and in varying prices. The resort has good rail links and close to the airport in Innsbruck. St. Anton is a classic ski resort that every ski enthusiast should visit sometime. Rating 5 of 5 possible. By Börje Hammarling

SofiaHoglund
09/01/2018 (Modified: 09/01/2018)
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We were there 2016 week 15.
Since we were there quite late in the season, the availability of snow in the slopes at the bottom of the village was limited. but beyond that, the amount of snow was no problem. We drove a car down which went smoothly and did not take too much time. Because Zürs and Lech two other systems are so close, we took the car to take advantage of all systems.

The village is very nice and charming and there is a lot to look at here. We lived in the middle of the village and were both close to the shops and the elevator.

Because the system is large, the slopes are not overcrowded, which may also be because we went so late in the season. Can guess that in the peak season there are more people.
Many of the slopes are quite narrow and not as tall as the slopes of the French Alps. But there is a lot of slope on the slopes and there is a great opportunity for offpiste skiing.
Unfortunately, the risk of avalanches is high in this area. A avalanche went straight through the system and across the slopes when we were there. There have also been incidents when the avalanches descend into the village in st. Anton.

The range of afterski is great and there are also some nightclubs. We went mostly on après ski and this is probably the case. Anton is best known for.
The quality of accommodation in Austria is generally better than in ex. the French Alps. By contrast, st. Anton very expensive to be in Austria.

+ Large system with proximity to Zürs and Lech
+ Cozy place with a good atmosphere
sure of snow +
+ Good après ski

-Lavinrisk
Expensive

I can recommend St. Anton, since it is a very nice ski resort with good skiing and I would like to go back.


Björn
Björn (Guest)
08/01/2018
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+ Fantastic lift system, now with Flexenbahn.
+ Extremely snow proof
+ Good skiing, easily accessible offpiste
+ Superb town with awesome afterski and fresh restaurants
- Most expensive in Austria?
- Low risk, even close to / in the skirouterna
- Always a lot of people, at least in St. Antondelen of the system

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