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

  • Saturday

    24.4 cm snow
    4 m/s
  • Sunday

    36.7 cm snow
    2 m/s
  • Monday

    38.2 cm snow
    Kraftigt snöfall
    3 m/s
What do you think about St. Anton am Arlberg?
powderkingoftheworld (Guest)
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.

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the one and only
Powderking of the World

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 (Guest)
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.

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


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

Björn (Guest)
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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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I have spent the last two seasons in St Anton. The system is large and much of the offpiste is easily accessible. Given the interconnection between St Anton, Zürs and Lech, very varied rides are offered. The atmosphere in St. Anton is wonderful and you can get the best of both worlds here. The party can be crazy and the skiing is the same. I prefer skiing and here are some of my favorite ski in the Alps. There is good slope and very open spaces. In addition, the cushion was not very big in recent years and we could find untouched several days after the dump. There is also a bus to Sonnenkopf which I recommend everyone to go to, it is a wonderful area where the snow can be really good.
One tip is to go here for the first weeks of January to get good snow, cold and in addition to avoid all tourists. Last week in April has gone beyond the usual!

+ easy access of pillows
+ large lift system
+ nice city with a lot to find
+ slope on the slopes
+ snow proof

- a lot of people during high season weeks
- narrow slopes and some transport in St. Anton (the piste is generally better in Lech and Zürs)

-All the pictures below are connected to the lift and taken last week of the season-

August Gille
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A very good ski resort that offered a lot of snow, I was there no later than 14206. The first day dumped at least 20cm. The rest of the long weekend was the sunny and clear blue sky. Unfortunately, the trip ended with a flight into a low-prison helicopter to the nearest hospital. The elbows straight off and a fracture in the back.

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If you like afterski and good skiing, then you have chosen the right one.

St. Anton is the capital of afterskins and has a great ride over many alpine peaks. Have done two seasons in the village so I have tried all the slopes a number of times, and I often dream back to the atmosphere that can be found down there, both as a tourist and seasonal!

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.

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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.

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