As Austria’s leading ski resort, situated at the relatively low altitude of 1305m, St Anton has earned itself a well-deserved spot in the world’s top 5 ski resorts with big skiing, soft snow and serious nightlife. It is suited more for the intermediate and advanced skiers owing to the steep gradient of the slopes although beginners need not to be dissuaded as there are nursery slopes in the edge of the village and various easier runs to master. For a morale boost on perfectly groomed pistes, head over to Lech and Zürs, which is the big story for the 2017 season.
Situated in Stuben (a sweet tiny village) will be a lift in two parts taking you over the crest and then over into Zurs. Called the Flenbahn this is a major hit for St Anton that now will be part of the biggest ski area in Austria. There are actually 4 lists being built but the biggest game changer is now you don’t have to get the bus to Zurs which takes 20 min, you can take the list which will take about 6 min.
Its reputation for the Austrian Alpine après ski, starting early and hard, is nothing short of legendary. Bars such as the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaroo put on charming yet utterly unique après-ski with shots, steins, lederhosen and plenty of Euro-classics – perfect after a hard day on the slopes!
Domaine: St Anton am Alberg
Resort Height: 1304m
Skiing Elevation: 1304m – 2811m
Vertical Drop: 1507m
- Visit St Anton’s of skiing and learn about the history of the sport
- Treat yourself to a candle lit dinner up the mountain at Verwallstube
- Have a well-earned enormous après-ski jar of beer whilst dancing on the tables at arguably the world’s best après ski destination – The Mooserwirt
- How about a romantichorse-drawn sleigh ride along the snowy Verwall Valley?
- Fly down the 4 km lit tobogaan run to Rode Stall Restaurant for a cheesy fondue or raclette
- Enjoy an evening of ice skating or curling and then head to the traditionally Austrian Restaurant Sonnbichl
Piste Summary: Green: Blue: 42%, Red: 42%, Black: 16%
Adult Ski Pass: Approx. 225€ for 6 days
What we love
- Short transfer from Innsbruck
- Great Off Piste
- Fantastic family skiing in Nazzarine, Zurs and Lech
- The best apres ski in Europe
- The Hospitz Alm
What needs improving
- St Anton caters better to intermediates than beginners
- Depending on the season Innsbruck can close due to fog
Regonal flights from the UK to Innsbruck (1hr transfer by road) or Zurich (2hrs 30min by road). Train from Zurich to St Anton (approximately 2hrs 30min)