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Elevation

  • 9222ft
    Summit
  • 4944ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 4278ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 15
  • 1
  • 16
  • 9
  • 4
  • 1
  • 14
  • 28
  • 88
    Total

Terrain

  • Intermediate Runs

    43%

  • Advanced Runs

    40%

  • Expert Runs

    17%

  • Runs

    141

  • mi Pistes

    190.1 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    4

  • Longest Run

    5.6 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    1102 ac

  • Snow Making

    793 ac

  • mi Snow Making

    136.7 mi

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Overview

What’s the skiing like? St. Anton is part of the giant Arlberg ski region (340km), the biggest connected ski area in the country, with links to Lech-Zuers, St. Christoph and Warth. St. Anton also has a very impressive snow record as well as a fast, modern lift system. Freeriders are in their element here with 200km of off-piste itineraries (marked but ungroomed pistes). The big Stanton fun park is ideal for all levels of freestyler.

Best suited to? Advanced skiers

Beginners will find the nursery slopes at the base of the mountain and a very popular children's ski school. A little further up the mountain are gentle blue runs. Intermediates have a good choice of more challenging blues and reds. St. Anton is also the perfect place for confident intermediates to dip their toe into freeriding, thanks to the off-piste itineraries of varying levels.

Advanced skiers will find plenty of challenging pistes as well as a huge number of exhilarating steep, ungroomed off-piste itineraries - many of which are located on the wide valluga bowl. After fresh snow it's best to hire a guide to find the best powder spots as competition is high.

What’s the resort like? A pretty, Tyrolean mountain village with a pedestrianised main street and family-friendly restaurants and hotels. The apres-ski scene is legendary largely thanks to the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars where dancing on tables in your ski boots is the norm. 

Off the slopes? For a relaxing afternoon, take a stroll to the wellness cente, Arlberg-well.com, with indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, saunas, treatments, gym and range of fitness classes. There's also tobogganing, indoor and outdoor climbing at the Arl.Rock Center, and lunch at the top of the Valluga.

Downside? Tentative beginners may find the terrain a little limiting as the blue runs here are more challenging than most resorts.

Nearest airport(s): Innsbruck Airport 95km/75 mins

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/29/201904/26/2020
  • Years Open
    82

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St. Anton am Arlberg Skiing Terrain

Although St. Anton is most famous for its off-piste terrain and ungroomed itineraries, it’s a little known (and perhaps in the circumstances, slightly ironic) fact that it was here that trails were first groomed to make skiing easier – this was before automated machinery, just a few men with a hand-pulled roller flattening the snow surface back in 1949.

Back in St. Anton, some of the gentler terrain is found right next to the village where there’s an excellent children’s ski school area incorporating protected nursery slopes for young learners. More extensive gentle terrain with mostly blue-graded runs are located in the Gampen area above.

Intermediates are spoilt for choice, but should certainly take a look at the separate Rendl sector, reached by new gondola from the village center, and home to almost entirely red rated pistes with a maximum steepness of 40%.

There are still tough groomed runs for advanced skiers as well as all the freeride terrain. Mattun and Schindlergrat are infamous bump runs for example. The Ski Arlberg Pass includes the neighboring ski slopes of Lech Zurs (reached by bus from St. Anton), which has a tamer reputation than St. Anton.

Off-Piste

Most of the legend that is St. Anton relies on the tiny Valluga 2 cable car which climbs up the slopes to the region’s highest point at 2,811 meters and opens up some seriously extreme terrain. So serious in fact that you are not allowed to enter the cable car with skis or board unless accompanied by a qualified guide. Those challenges include the option to ski through the Pazieltal towards Lech, but are only suited to extremely skilled expert skiers who won’t be unnerved by the danger of death if a wrong move is made. However, for the rest, the top of Valluga 1 at Vallugagrat (2,650 meters) provides ample access to lots of steep and deep terrain, and it is exposed to some of the most abundant snowfall of any area in Austria and much of the Alps. These are just some of the numerous itinerary routes, open bowls for which perhaps St. Anton is most famous, chutes and steep gullies that abound in the sector – although it does have to be powder day for them to be at their most epic of course.

Park/Pipe

St. Anton’s main terrain park is located on the resort’s Rendl mountain. The Stanton Park area is home to a plethora of kickers, ramps, pipes, boxes and rails, and keeps getting larger each season. It now has three main lines, a Pro-line, medium line and jib-line, so there’s something for all ability levels. The park has also been designed for easy access and fast laps thanks to its location next to two lifts. With the Ski Arlberg ticket, you can access multiple terrain parks and the Funslope on Galzig.

The White Thrill race that takes place on Valluga each spring is one of the most exciting and testing races in the skiing world.  The race starts on an agreed date in late. The race isn’t downhill all the way: the race includes a 150 meters ascent.

Breakfast

  • Der Bäcker Ruetz is the main village bakery and is open early daily so a great early stop if you want to grab the first turns of the day. There’s an option to preorder your fresh baked goodies the day before if you wish. Arlbergstraße 83, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Lunch

  • Verwallstube Restaurant is run by head chef Bernhard Neuhold and located at 2,085 meters. It has built a reputation for wonderful gourmet cuisine, such as exquisite Bouillabaisse et Aioli as well as Tyrolean delicacies and exquisite gourmet creations. Kandaharweg 9, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Dinner

  • Hazienda has an eclectic, international menu. Popular with locals, advanced booking is usually essential in peak season. Dorfstraße 56, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Apres/Nightlife

  • Krazy Kanguruh at the base of the slopes is one of the most popular bars in the area. Dancing on tables in ski boots while knocking back shots is the norm here, and it’s almost impossible to get in between 4 pm and 7 pm as it’s so popular (arrive by 3pm to bag your space). Don’t forget you still need to ski the final stretch back to the resort when the bar closes around 8pm so watch alcohol consumption. Mooserweg 19, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
  • Mooserwirt is the place that is tipped by some St. Anton insiders as better, these days, than the Krazy Kangaruh. But it has the same “too popular” problem as the Krazy Kangaruh – normally impossible to get in much after 3 pm as its packed full. Unterer Mooserweg 2, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

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St. Anton am Arlberg Reviews

Andy Moore - Jan 22 19
22nd February 20195
A great ski area. one of the best in Europe.Full review
Dan
30th December 20175
Best in Europe, but you'd better get ready to suck up your bottom lip if all you want is boring corduroy all...Full review
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