Skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg is known primarily for two things: steep powder and hardcore nightlife.
The resort is best suited to experienced skiers; beginners should head for the gentle slopes of neighbouring Lech or Stuben - accessible via shuttle bus. The Arlberg ski pass covers St Anton, Lech-Zurs, Stuben, St. Christoph and Sonnenkopf.
OnTheSnow's Emma Rault spent three days skiing in St. Anton . . .
DAY 1 - Into the wild
Off-piste skiing is particular popular in St Anton, with its deep powder, steep slopes and challenging couloirs.
The certified instructors of the Powder Club (part of the Arlberg Ski School) off freeride fans the opportunity to explore the backcountry terrain with tailormade outings. Suitable for everyone from relatively inexperienced skiers to hardcore off-pisters, it's up to you how challenging you want to make it. The guides know the area back like the back of their hand and takes you to the best spots. A day trip can be booked by groups of between four and seven people and costs € 97 per person. The required safety equipment is included.
Another idea for off-piste fans looking to enjoy a challenge is the Big Arlberg Tour, organised by the Ski School Arlberg. This tour lasts six hours. The route is as follows: St. Anton - Valluga - (Pazültal) - Zurs - Zug - (Madloch) - Upper Lech - Lech - Zurs - Stuben - Albona - (Maroi) - and finally back to St. Anton. The big Arlberg tour is suitable for a group of up to seven people; €63 per person. Note: this is only for experienced skiers.
For the ultimate apres-ski experience, hit the Krazy Känguruh - one of the most famous bars in The Alps dating back to 1974. Expect loud music, dancing on the tables and necking shots. This is a popular spot for skiers and snowboarders, particularly at sunset. If you still have energy by 11 p.m, the Kandahar nightclub is open all night long.
DAY 2 - Long, winding runs
The longest run in St. Anton is is 8.5 miles, with a 1350-metre vertical. Take the Galzigbahn and Vallugabahn to the top of the Valluga (2,811 meters). From there you ski the steep, downhill and groomed Vallugagrat Schindlerkar descent to the Kandahar and Osthang slopes. Eventually you'll pop out in St. Anton. Be sure to take a break on the way down to take in the awesome views from the Ulmer Hütte.
St. Anton is one of the oldest ski resorts in the world, the "cradle of alpine skiing". Visit the Arlberg Kandahar museum to learn about the resort's history through old maps of the area and photographs. After the museum, enjoy late afternoon snack at the adjoining restaurant, which serves homemade pie and ice cream from the farm. The museum is open daily from three o'clock to ten o'clock opening.
Of the numerous après-ski facilities in the pedestrian area of St. Anton, Mooserwirt is a must. Playboy Mooserwirt "mother of all the huts" is open every day from 3:30-8 p.m. complete with DJ sessions. You'll find a lively drinking scene whatever time of the day you arrive. Other après-ski venues for live music and cocktails include: Piccadilly, Scottys and Bar Cuba.
DAY 3 - Snow fields & freestyle fun
After a night of partying you'll probably want a relaxing start. Head for the Gampenbahn chairlift where you'll find some nice slopes to practice your carving. Once you've found your ski legs again, hit the deep powder of the Kandahar Galzig route (downhill number 5, just below the Galzigbahn) for great open plains with deep powder snow.
After lunch, the best afternoon snow is found in Rendl. For a challenging steep run, take the descent from the top of Gampberg to the village. Freestylers can hit Stanton Park, which is located directly below the Rendl Beach Bar and has three lines: Proline (with super kickers), the medium kicker line, and Jibline. Those who prefer to watch can take a drink on the sun terrace of Rendl Beach Bar.
Round off the day with a ride on the 4.3-kilometre-long floodlit toboggan run. It starts at the top of the Gampen chairlift and takes approximately 15 minutes. Once back in the village, head for the Funky Chicken for a frozen margarita.
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