St Anton Ski Holidays

St Anton Ski Holidays


The Tyrolean ski resort and village of St Anton lies in the Tyrolean Alps 1,304m above sea level, with its highest pistes at 2,811m. It’s a skier’s town first and foremost, with its varied and extensive terrain together with high annual snowfall, excellent modern lifts, great après-ski and a wide choice of lodgings giving even the famous French resorts a run for their money. Austria is now firmly back on the winter sports map, offering top-class skiing, snowboarding and other activities at far less cost than in the giant French resorts, with better, friendlier service and a warmer welcome.

St Anton is considered by serious skiers as one of the three best European resorts, with its off-piste opportunities a special treat for the experienced. Unlike the concrete jungles of many of the French resorts, the compact and partly pedestrianised St Anton village is typically Tyrolean, with traditional buildings and a few sites of interest including a ski museum giving the history of the vast Arlberg ski area, the cradle of Alpine sport skiing, Austria’s national sport.

At night, St Anton becomes a party town Tyrolean-style, specialising in folk music and oompah bands as well as euro-pop, schuplatter slap-dancing and ski-booted dancing on tables. Yodelling, of course, is a must, as are vast quantities of schnapps and beer, with a morning on the slopes after a night on the town taking care of the hangover.

The terrain holds 262kms of groomed slopes classified between 36 per cent blues, 42 per cents reds and 22 per cent blacks, with another 184kms of deep snow trails. More than 120 lifts across the entire Arlberg ski area give access to the mountains, with the three St Anton peaks of Schindler, Valluga and Kapall, offering 1,500m of vertical skiing. The lift system is upgraded, comprising 10 gondolas, 38 chair lifts and 34 T-bars. The season starts in late November and runs until late April/early May with excellent snow coverage most of the time. Access to the resort from the gateway airports of Munich, Zurich and Innsbruck takes between one and a half and three hours, dependent on the weather and means of transport.