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.

Snow forecast

  • Monday

    2.2 cm snow
    Snow
    -6°
    2 m/s
  • Tuesday

    2.9 cm snow
    Partly cloudy
    -4°
    2 m/s
  • Wednesday

    0 cm
    Sun/clear sky
    -3°
    1 m/s
What do you think about St. Anton am Arlberg?
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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.

godin63
18/01/2016 (Modified: 22/01/2016)
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Positive: I have been with Piste two Powder in St. Anton (see their website) for several years.
Their mountain guides always find a good offpiste even when all marked ski routers have become a puck piste.
I have traveled with them in St. Anton, the Rends side also down towards Pessnau, in the stump, down towards Langen and beyond in Zûrs,
Should you go from the top of Valluga towards Zürs, you must have a mountain guide with you.
And they also find when there is total fog before coming down into the woods. Okay, it costs a slant but for me it's worth the money. Tip: Buy a good topographic hiking map on the bookstore, so you can find out where the offpiste routes are located somewhere.
Negative: A lot of people in the slopes and ski rows even when it is not direct peak season. Dangerous here and there. There was a avalanche from the Kapall side down to many skiers in the ski route when I was there. Then hang on the low end.

hnry
28/08/2013
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Be in the Arlberg area week 10-12, ie in Mars. Had rented cars from Salzburg that we drove down with. The cars gave us good mobility throughout the Arlberg area: St. Anton, Zurs and Lech. We also went to Ischgl for a couple of days.

My personal feeling was that St. Anton is overrated as a ski resort. This because:

The backs are relatively narrow, and not too long
-Better afterski is found in the Alps (knowing we were not there during the most touristy time, but anyway ..)
-Dored to be in Austria
-Offpisten gets very quickly upbeat (easier to find untouched in Lech and Zurs)
-Lift systems between Lech / Zurs customer integrated
-The majority of the "longer " road ends down in the village
-For many people

+ Easy offpiste
+ Relatively snow proof
+ The opportunity to go to Lech and Zurs with the same lift pass
+ Many locals nearby if you have a car, the above Ischgl is 40min away

If you want a ride with good lift systems, long runs and good offpiste travel to Verbier, Les Arcs, Cervinia / Zermatt or Chamonix. On a smaller scale, Bad Gastein, Engelberg or Courmayeur are the way to go.

St. Anton is, however, a place that every skier must ever visit, party jersey or not.

Andreas
Andreas (Guest)
06/03/2012
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A good ski resort, but maybe slightly overrated.
Was the 2001/2002 season and again 2012 2 days in week 8-9.
Going for snowboarding and skiing.

+ Alternating rides, with many systems.
+ Very many easily accessible offpiste areas and very large areas in their places.
+ Crazy party to be the alps.
+ Always travel to Lech and Zurich if there are a lot of people in Anton and for alternating rides.
+ Snow proof, often the most snow in the Alps (though not in the 2001/2002 season).

-Super to find the real bricks in the offpiste in comparison with Switzerland and France.
-Our slopes, but not very wide and long. Nasserein is a classic in the morning, and also for some reason.
-Offpisten gets excited very quickly.
-Expect week 8 and 9. The lift system does not cope with the hype when German and Dutch pour in.

Andreas
Andreas (Guest)
06/03/2012
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A good ski resort, but maybe slightly overrated.
Was the 2001/2002 season and again 2012 2 days in week 8-9.
Going for snowboarding and skiing.

+ Alternating rides, with many systems.
+ Very many easily accessible offpiste areas and very large areas in their places.
+ Crazy party to be the alps.
+ Always travel to Lech and Zurich if there are a lot of people in Anton and for alternating rides.
+ Snow proof, often the most snow in the Alps (though not in the 2001/2002 season).

-Super to find the real bricks in the offpiste in comparison with Switzerland and France.
-Our slopes, but not very wide and long. Nasserein is a classic in the morning, and also for some reason.
-Offpisten gets excited very quickly.
-Expect week 8 and 9. The lift system does not cope with the hype when German and Dutch pour in.

Vakteman
09/11/2011
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Had a canoe week there in February 2010. Cozy, a lot of snow, cruel offpiste, a lot of people, good après ski, even more snow, sunshine, snowfall, good lifting capacity with some exceptions, nice backcoutry with long runs.

Hajkbenet
04/04/2011
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+ The train we went went directly from the outskirts of Copenhagen into the village, no bytes. As practical as Åre. Took 1 day single trip Stockholm - St. Anton. About the same as the Riksgränsen.
+ as good as many here testify. Much skiing.
+ There is plenty of off-piste.
+ Lech is a day trip.
+ At the age of 10 and 12, the children were mature for anything but Åre.
+ very organic goods at the store
+ bakery on the pedestrian street
+ good bus system for those who lived a bit outside.

- Our apartment smelled of mold

ericjohansson
10/09/2010
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+ Best party in the Alps
+ Extremely wide range (access to many other systems with the passport, such as Lech)
+ Nice people

- German

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