The skiing in St Anton & the Arlberg region peaks at 2,811m, and the resort offers a skiable range of 1,507m, with St Anton village itself sitting at 1,300m. The resort is fast becoming one of the most popular in Europe, and for good reason; it has an excellent snow record and sits within a two-hour drive of three major international airports.
Easily accessible, and retaining a cosy, village atmosphere, St Anton is known for it's incredibly warm and welcoming hospitality.
St Anton is a legendary Austrian ski resort in the South Tyrolean Alps, boasting both fantastic skiing and its own infamous brand of après ski. It was an early starter in terms of winter Alpinism; the first skiing in the Arlberg regions was actually recorded in 1895 when the parish priest of Lech made a first attempt at skiing – to the ridicule of his parishioners. Despite their obvious amusement the sport steadily grew, and on 3rd January 1901 a group of friends together formed the Arlberg Ski Club – which still exists today. They held their first internal races in 1903, and since have hosted many international racing competitions including several Alpine Skiing World Championships – the most recent in 2001.
The skiing in St Anton & the Arlberg region peaks at 2,811m, and the resort offers a skiable range of 1,507 m, with St Anton village itself sitting at 1,300m. The resort is fast becoming one of the most popular in Europe, and for good reason; it has an excellent snow record, sits within a two-hour drive of three major international airports, and has a train station if you prefer to travel by rail. Easily accessible, and retaining a cosy, village atmosphere, St Anton is known for being incredibly warm and welcoming.
It is also the home of modern Alpine skiing, as the birthplace of Johann ‘Hannes’ Schneider, who invented the ‘Arlberg Technique’ of downhill skiing and tuition. He was the first to pioneer the stages of instruction from snowplough to parallel turns that is still taught today. Schneider himself was self-taught, crafting his own makeshift skis as a child from a sledge maker’s scraps and a sieve nailed on to the runners as a binding. He often practised by moonlight to avoid the laughter of friends and family.
St Anton remains an innovator, with spectacular new lifts such as the pioneering Galzig gondola, which uses Ferris wheel technology to allow visitors to enter the lift at ground level. It is also a member of the US Epic Pass scheme, which allows holders of season passes in many of the US’ major resorts (including Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek & Heavenly) to spend 5 days skiing in St Anton, included on their lift pass. Likewise holders of an Arlberg season pass can return the favour by visiting each of the US resorts for up to 5 days. Fantastic, and sure to recommend St Anton to a whole new crowd of skiers from the US – and Perisher in Australia, who are also members of the scheme.
The layout of St Anton has of course changed over the years with the resort’s continued development, but it has retained the village feel and has avoided the pitfalls of over-development. The village sits in the valley with steep mountains either side, and the beautiful Rosanna River running through the middle. The centre of the village is also pedestrianised, and the main street ‘Dorfstrasse’ is often snow covered, with many of the resort’s hotels, bars and restaurants spilling off it. Many of these are still the original, timber-clad buildings and contribute to the unique ambiance of St Anton, as does the church with its ‘onion dome’ roof, dating back to the 17th century.
Accommodation in St Anton is still predominantly located in the centre of the village, however prime location is certainly to be close to the Galzig gondola if you want to catch that first lift. That said, taking a chalet a little further out will offer you more space and privacy, and with the chauffeur service included you will not miss out on that first lift – but be transported to it in total comfort and warmth, avoiding any un-necessary walking in ski boots. Taking this into consideration Nasserein opens itself up as an excellent location; previously its own little hamlet it has now ‘merged’ with St Anton, and is home to the nursery slopes so a great spot with small children just beginning to learn.
While there is a wide variety of skiing available to skiers of all levels, St Anton is perhaps best for intermediate and advanced skiers; from the nursery slopes at the bottom it is quite a step up to the blue pistes further up the mountain. The blue runs here are known to be tricky, the reds tougher still. It is however perfect for enthusiastic intermediates looking to improve their technique and relish the challenge, and experienced skiers will have lots to keep them interested with steep reds and blacks, and challenging off-piste itineraries, especially in the Valluga area.
St Anton is a world-renowned top ski destination, and has a long and distinguished ski heritage - with a quantity and range of skiing that more than matches its fearsome reputation as an après ski hot spot. The Arlberg ski region of which St Anton is a part covers more than 340 km of pistes – but with an additional 180 km of off-piste itineraries this should tell you that this is a serious skier’s resort.
Skiable Range 1300 – 2,811m
Highest lift 2,811m, the Valluga II cable car
Longest Run: 10.2km Valluga to St Anton
Ski terrain (Arlberg region)
Blue 39%, Red 50%, Black 11%
*skiing with a qualified mountain guide advised
The ‘off the back’ descents in St Anton are infamous, and the Valluga north face descent to Zürs is world famous, a ‘must ski’ off-piste descent and what’s more totally lift accessible.
The Valluga to St Anton 10.2 km piste via Ulmerhütte, the Kapall World Cup piste (35), or the Mattun (16) and Schindler Kar (15) mogul fields.
Start off at the gentle nursery slopes around the Nasserein, and then the beginner slopes of Gampen, before progressing to Rendl where it is usually quieter and with wide runs great for gaining confidence.
The long blue run from Galzig to St Christoph is a classic, and should be achievable for beginners too if taken slowly and with instruction.
No.14 from Schindler to Ulmer-Hütte is well known, and testing, or try the long run back from Rendl into St Anton; start from the top of the Riffel 2 to extend this taking the R2, leading onto R1 – a fast and flowing piste that drops 1,300m.
In Kapall there is a long and testing black, no.35, which descends the World Cup downhill run to the village. Or try no.2 on Glazig, ‘the Kandahar’ black that is a real test on the legs and requires short sharp turns.
Though the region saw the birth of modern ski instruction, St Anton is arguably not a beginner’s resort. The nursery slopes at Nasserein are perfect, but to progress on from these to the blue pistes higher up is a big leap – and as blue pistes go these ones are tricky. The reds are also known for being challenging. It is then a resort best suited to enthusiastic intermediates, and advanced skiers – and a pure playground for off-piste and powder enthusiasts.
However the little ones generally thrive here – there's a superb children's ski school and youth centre in Nasserein (a quiet hamlet which has been absorbed into St Anton as the resort has grown), plenty of non-skiing activities and lots of family-friendly hotels, chalets and eateries.
The Arlberg ski region is covered by one lift pass; by comparison with other top European resorts excellent value at only €252 for 6 days in the 2015/2016 season. The region is made up of 11 villages all lift linked; St Anton is surely the best known, but with Lech and Zürs also packing a punch in their own right. Looking at the different areas on offer across the region each certainly has it’s own appeal and distinctive flavour - and with so much skiing on offer the lift pass price looks better and better value.
Galzig offers much of the best skiing especially when using St Anton as your accommodation base for the week. The pioneering Galzigbahn gondola will give you direct access from St Anton village – or head across from Gampen taking the Zammermoos chair. The skiing above Galzig on Schindler Spitze (2,660m) and Valluga (2,811m) is incredible, including the long run from Schindler down to Rauz and two itineraries. These are patrolled to make safe, but unpisted and offer to die for views of the Arlberg and some amazing off-piste options.
At Schindler Spitze the skiing is certainly geared toward the more advanced skier; you can take the black run (10) northwest from Galzig to the Schindlergrat chair, taking this to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) and ski down the popular red run (14) to the Ulmer Hütte. Then taking the blue run (17) down to Rauz you have a choice of a high-speed 8-seater chairlift (with heated seats) if you want to head back to St Anton, or you may continue past Rauz through a small tunnel under the road, and ski down to Stuben. For the more challenging routes from the top of Schindler Spitze try the steep and narrow Schindler chutes - for expert skiers only, or the Schindlerkar mogul field (15).
Stuben is a tiny village, but it packs a punch with excellent skiing on the north facing Albonagrat – with typically the best snow in the Arlberg region. It also boasts the longest uninterrupted; lift accessible off-piste descent in Europe - the 1,000 vertical meter decent from the Albonagrat to Stuben.
Valluga is accessed by the middle lift station at Galzig, via the Valluga I cable car which takes you as high as 2,650m where you will be treated to panoramic views. The hard–core skiers (if accompanied by a guide) can then take the small 5-seater Valluga II cable car on up to the peak at 2,811m where there is an observation platform. This is the starting point for the Valluga north face descent into Zürs. You may ride this lift unaccompanied if you leave your skis at the mid station, and if you have a head for heights this is well worth doing for the views.
If you do plan to tackle this famous off-piste route you will only be allowed access to the lift with ski equipment if accompanied by a qualified guide. Two routes are available to you, both equally challenging, and rewarding. Choose the classic route requiring some skill at traversing, or the Valluga Bridge couloir – requiring you to negotiate the roped steps leading to the old wooden bridge before a tight 40-degree couloir. This route will test your skill at jump turns. There are cliff faces to be aware of along the routes so accuracy is required and you must follow your guide at all times.
Rendl is now made more easily accessible by the impressive new Rendlebahn lift; the station is in the centre of St Anton village next to Sport Jennewein. This modern lift leads to a wide and open ski area with good slopes for both beginners and intermediates. The sun does not hit this side of the mountain until late morning, so it may be best to wait awhile and head over this side for lunchtime.
The Riffel I & II chairlifts take skiers and boarders up to Riffelscharte (2,645 m) from where there are challenging on and off-piste descents. Access to the higher slopes has been improved with the addition of a new 6-man chairlift, which rises to 2,390m and boarders in particular will be pleased to hear this replaces the long Gampberg draglift. Rendl also plays host to the St Anton snowpark, which offers kickers, roller, rails and boxers for those new and experienced – in addition to the Snowboard Academy who can fine-tune your park skills. The popular Rendl Beach Bar is here – good to stop off at for a drink and to watch the fun before taking the long red, which descends over 1,300m, back into St Anton.
Lech-Zürs are better accessed by taxi or bus ride from St Anton, and mostly offer easier blue and red piste skiing for beginner and intermediates. Worth considering staying here then if this better matches your ski level – these are classic Austrian family resorts. There' is also some challenging off-piste terrain here though, including great options for heli-skiing on Mehlsack (2,652m). Intermediate skiers will enjoy the White Ring circuit, which links the two villages.
Galzig Bistrot, bottom of Galzigbahn. Cool little bar/café smack bang in the centre of St. Anton with lots of outdoor seating for sunny days. Great food in the evening as well.
Jennewein main store near Rendlbahn which has an excellent selection of skis, clothes and all things alpine.
Rodelalm above Nasserein. Not fine dining but does fantastic food (try the slow roasted pork knuckle if you’re brave enough as it’s huge!) with a great view.
Mooserwirt, Krazy Kangaroo and Taps need no introduction.
Hospiz Alm. Technically in St. Christoph (a short taxi ride up the valley), but without doubt the No.1 choice of just about everyone looking for fine dining in St. Anton. Wine menu to die for as well.
Après ski of course, it’s St. Anton! Failing that spending a relaxing few hours being massaged in chalet by the Reload Sports Massage team or popping down to the swimming pool and spa in town.
On-piste - Red and blue 17 from the top of the Schindlergratbahn skiing down into Stuben. A confidence building long run spanning over 10kms. Off-piste - The back of Rendl, or Sonnenkopf trees on a snowy powder day.
Maria Schnee located in Nasserein - easily the finest chalet available to rent in the resort.
Definitely make the effort to get over to Lech and Zurs where the slopes are often quieter and skiing as good, if not better than in St. Anton. The mountain restaurants and huts here are first class as well.
THE mountain restaurant, and a must visit for foodies in St Anton. Located at the top of the Galzig gondola, serving sophisticated food in a friendly and welcoming environment, with a gorgeous sun terrace. The restaurant also opens on Thursday evenings for a very special dining experience; the Galzigbahn opens specially to transport you to and fro.
Newly open for lunches this is the much talked about gourmet restaurant attached to the Mooser hotel. This is à la Carte fine dining with a view, using only the freshest ingredients and the area’s finest produce.
The Hospiz Alm is a local legend, deservedly famous for its remarkable wine cellar (accessed by a slide to avoid ski booted stair incidents), long list of celebrity fans (photographs of whom line the walls) and for its vast portions of delicious Tiroler Gröstl, warming goulash soup, tender ribs and oysters. Enjoy a romantic lunch à deux on the terrace or a rowdy group affair around the large wooden tables indoors. It is at by the St Christoph chairlift and reservations are essential.
The Griabli restaurant and bar is located next to the Mooserwirt on the main piste leading back to St Anton, about 500m before the Galzigbahn gondola station. Griabli offers excellent food and service at lunchtimes and is popular for apres ski. The traditional welcoming interior includes a log fire in the main restaurant area and a great sound system for live music during apres ski which is vibrant from 4pm until 7:30pm daily. The restaurant is well regarded and open for dinner in the evenings from 7:30pm. For those sunny days, there's also a small terrace overlooking the Mooserwirt.
The Rodelalm and Rodelstall (toboggan hut and barn) are rustic old mountain huts, which serve Tyrolean classics with bags of atmosphere on the side. Located at the base of the toboggan run, the Alm is open from 11am until the Alber family "hop on a toboggan and go home" (usually around 5.30pm), while the Stall opens for dinner from 6pm. The Alm is a great spot for hearty lunches on the sunny terrace and the Stall is particularly popular on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when there's night-time tobogganing. You’ll find them by the top of the Fang chairlift, as you ski from Gampen to Nasserein.
The gourmet restaurant attached to the Mooser hotel and named after Vinzenz Klimmer, the executive chef at the hotel. À la Carte fine dining with a view, the restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients and the area’s finest produce, is located in a old dairy and cowshed.
In one of St Anton’s most historic buildings, museum by day and a delightful restaurant by night. Combining international and Austrian cuisine, with the emphasis on the use of regional and fresh produce.
The newest addition to Tirol’s gourmet cuisine, which was awarded 3 Chef Hats by the Gault & Millau Guide in its first year, is the restaurant in the Hotel Tannenhof in Nassereine. Christoph Zangerl and Markus Kurz at Tannenhof have surprised even locals by emerging as a standout dining choice in St. Anton. Using finest ingredients, “great effort and meticulousness”, the two master chefs aim to achieve nothing less than plated perfection in dishes.
In Nasserein and in fact slopeside, this restaurant run by two young local brothers, serves Austrian tapas – small portions of traditional local dishes. Eat in the chic bar, ideal for après snacking or have more substantial dishes which are served in the à la carte restaurant in the evening.
A lively little tapas bar, which serves great wine and music. It doesn’t take reservations so best to go early; you will find it tucked away up a side street opposite the Hotel Post.
The sister ‘hut’ to the Rodelalm restaurant, only this one is at the bottom of the toboggan run, and opens at 18:00 for evening meals of the same style; Tyrolean classics. Always especially popular on Tuesdays and Thursdays when there is floodlit night tobogganing available.
Since opening in 2013, this atmospheric bistro located near the railway station has become a firm favourite in St Anton. Invariably packed at the end of the ski day, the bistro serves generous portions of locally sourced food with a varied menu stretching from delicious burgers to Thai curries.
Put St Anton on the map for being the après capital of the world back in the 60’s. The Mooser claims to be the “world’s baddest” après bar and is truly the spirit of Austrian ompah après, with tabletop dancing, lots of beer and cheesy (mostly German) music.
lso known as the KK, and has been an icon of St Anton almost as long as the Mooser. Bought and renovated recently by local ski hero Mario Matt, other than the now very pink colour scheme it remains pretty true to it’s roots attracting a crowd of young Scandinavians & Australians as well as seasonnaires – a hipper vibe to the Mooser.
A little lower down the slopes you will find this little gem tucked inside an old wooden chalet. Run by eccentric Australian Joan, often with a live acoustic band playing, and always beer flowing freely.
Right at the base of the slopes by the Galzig Gondola, this is a more contemporary bar and will turn into a full on dance floor from 18:00.
Also at the foot of the slopes, with a covered outdoor bar and a great little menu for après snacks. They also have a BBQ outside from March onwards serving great burgers.
Great for pre dinner drinks and popular with the locals, this is part of the Montana Hotel in the centre of St Anton village. Informal wine tastings with the owner are a winner.
New on the scene this is a great looking wine bar sure to grow in popularity.
The hotel bar here is warm and cosy with fabulous cocktails ideal for a pre dinner drink.
Part of the Hotel Post this is a British-style pub with live music every après, and busy again from 9pm each evening, open late, and under the same roof as Postkeller.
A late night venue with the dance floor packed until 3.30am.
Sometimes has live bands playing, but more usually is backed by its Buddah Bar-style soundtrack, and is always open late, until the very last guests leave.
As one of the prettiest and certainly the largest of the Arlberg region’s ski towns St Anton is much more than ‘destination ski’. There are plenty of other activities and sites to amuse in St Anton, and below we give our recommendations on the best of the bunch.
A family friendly day activity or a fun night out, this is more than just a bowling alley; they also have a great little bar serving drinks and food so you can make a proper evening of it here.
The Arlberg-well.com is a modern centre for relaxation and events – which are held in the Championship Hall. The swimming complex here includes an indoor and a heated outdoor sports pool. The indoor pool has an elliptical flume leading outside. In addition there are several smaller slides around the wading pools for younger children, and there is a whirlpool and waterfall too. The complex also houses ‘Sauna World’ - a multi-level wellness zone that extends to the roof where there is a green roof area featuring a unique dry-heat sauna and outside relaxation area. The facilities here include a Finish sauna, Kelo sauna, Sanarium, steam bath, massage showers and 2 solariums.
Well equipped sports centre with a couple of indoor tennis courts, which can also be converted to an indoor football pitch or volleyball court and squash courts, the bowling alley and restaurant/bar.
There are many beautiful spas to choose from in St Anton – indeed you may well have excellent facilities at your own chalet or hotel. The modern swimming pool and sports centre at Arlberg-Well.com is in fact a very well equipped and beautiful spa also offering massage treatments, however you could also visit the Valluga Hotel spa as an outside guest for a fee, and have access to their beautiful facilities which include a large indoor pool with Jacuzzi beds, 4 saunas & thermal showers, a relaxing room with waterbeds and a fitness suite. A wide range of massage and beauty treatments are of course available here.
An incredible way to see the mountains from above, and what an adrenaline rush. No experience is required, as you will take a tandem flight with a qualified instructor – but you will need to be an intermediate level skier (advanced snowboarder) for the take-off. The departure point is at Kapall at 2,330m and it’s sure to be an exhilarating ride to remember.
The only official winter climbing route in the Tyrol is located in the Rendl area and accessed from the top of the Riffle II chair; 850m long and safeguarded with a steel cable. Not only does it access some incredible off-piste options (making it a favourite with ski tourers), but it is also regarded as being an incredibly scenic route. Views reach to the Verwall mountain range, the Lechtaler Alps and also into South Tyrol in the right weather. Good climbing shoes as well as touring boots are certainly necessary for this, and at the end of the climb fabulous descents await you – either the Malfon valley to Pettneu or over the Rossfall and the Moss valley back again to St Anton.
Enjoy ice-skating in the open air at the outdoor rink in front of the Arlbergwell.com centre, open daily from 13:00-17:30 and later on Sun/Mon/Weds & Fri. Prices are very reasonable at €3 per adult, and €4.50 to rent skates.
We all love watching it at the Winter Olympics don’t we? On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 18:30 you can try your hand at curling on the outdoor ice rink. Book an alley with all the equipment at €30 for a group of 4 people (additional people €4 pp.).
Try out the 4km sled run from Gampen to Nasserein to the Rodelstall; taking approximately 15 minutes to complete, the course has a vertical elevation of 1,670 feet (500 m). The run itself is free to use and you can hire toboggans from most sports shops, though groups should hire from Nasserein. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there is evening tobogganing, and the Rodelstall restaurant is open at the end of the run for local specialties and a gluhwein or two to warm up.
Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride in the snowy Verwall valley, wrap up under cosy fur blankets and stop off en-route at the Verwall Inn for coffee and cake. Alternatively explore St Anton on board a traditional sleigh, a great way to explore and get your bearings.
Part of the Arl.rock sports centre you will find 65 indoor climbing routes, and some 80 square metres of bouldering. All equipment can be rented through the sports centre.
Heli-skiing is the experience of a lifetime, and in fact in Austria it is unique to St Anton. The trip will be designed to fit your group’s requirements and based on ability level – which must be good off-piste to undertake this activity. The target slopes are the Mehlsak (2,652m) or the Schneetäli (2,450 m). You can also opt to have a second guide accompany the group – to take video and photographs of the flight and your powdery descents.
Also known as Nordic skiing, St Anton has over 40km of trails situated across the region, and was awarded a ‘quality seal of approval’ from the Tyrol region for the variety and maintenance of the cross country trails. It’s great aerobic exercise, you can take it as quickly – or as leisurely – as you like, and enjoy the peaceful mountain surrounds. Most sports shops will rent the equipment needed – perilously narrow skis and specialist boots – and we can arrange tuition with the Arlberg Ski School. You can choose from two styles; classic (slightly easier) or skating (available on most tracks) – and the instructor will be there to teach you all the tricks.
From St Anton the shortest track is a loop linking into the neighbouring village of St Christoph; at 2.5 km this is a good starting point, and links with the downhill piste in several places for mixed groups wanting to meet up during the day. The Ganderau loop at 3km is perhaps a little gentler though for the total beginner, and allows dogs. For a longer leg stretch try the 22 km Stanzertal loop beginning at Wertstoffhof Farm at the Aubrücke Bridge – it’s an easy track running along the Rosanna River to Flirsch. For something a little more challenging take the 10km long Verwall loop. Starting close to the hotel Mooserkreuz this track is moderately challenging with some ascents and some of the finest scenery across the pretty Verwalltal valley and reservoir. Further details and maps are available through the Tourist Office.
There are a number of marked and cleared trails in the area, extending to approximately 70km in total. On these trails snowshoes are not necessarily required; though you may decide to explore further afield in the untouched snow, in which case they are a must. Maps can be picked up from the Tourist Office. If you want to really explore the mountains and go off the beaten track do hire a guide who can help you to explore in safety. Snowshoes and poles can be hired from most sports shops in St Anton.
St Anton is not perhaps a resort known for its abundance and variety of shops, however it is improving in this regard. The central street, Dorfstrasse is a pedestrianised zone, and often snow covered, making it is an idyllic setting for some leisurely window-shopping. For a little more glitz and glamour you should hop on the bus to nearby Lech where the retail therapy is certainly up a notch.
The one type of shop there is in abundance here of course is the ski sports shop. There is somewhat of a monopoly on these stores with several being owned by the same family, however they are of an excellent quality and the service is noticeably friendlier in the typically Austrian way than in many of their counterparts in the rest of the Alps.
One of these families is the Alber family, who own Sport-Alber with a number of stores in the area. The largest of these and the flagship is Alber – Sport on Dorfstrasse, offering excellent quality ski rental equipment, in addition to selling high-end equipment, ski wear and ski fashion. Brands include Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Bogner, Fire & Ice, Hestra, Leki, Kjus, Moncler and Ray Ban to name just a few. The Alber family are currently working on a major new site in the town centre rumoured to house yet another ski shop, with an underground tunnel linking it to the flagship store. They also have smaller sites at many of the key lift stations including Galzig, Nasserein and one in St Christoph.
The main rival to the Alber sports stores then is the Sporthaus Jennewein, with their main store at Rendlebahn. Again they offer excellent equipment with a very friendly and helpful service – changing your skis mid week is no problem, and they can store your equipment at their shop overnight so you can head out to enjoy the après in your comfortable footwear (although if you don’t mind us saying, that is contrary to the spirit of après somewhat). They also offer a very ‘boutique’ style store with lots of top fashion brands and smaller stores located at Nasserein, Dorf and Galzig.
Other big brands with stores in St Anton are Peak Performance, North Faceand Napapijri; you guessed it, all located on Dorfstrasse.
Don’t forget to stop in at Plangger, a well stocked delicatessen on Dorfstrasse offering products from all over the region as well as further afield; local cheeses, cured meats and wines. For fresh bread and pastries Arlberger Dorfbäckereiagain on Dorfstrasse is excellent, as is Ruetz on Arlbergstrasse.
If you are self-catering – or just looking to pick up a few extra snacks in town, the best places to shop are Billa – a supermarket just off Dorfstrasse on Arlbergstrasse 73, or the Spar on Dorfstrasse itself. If you have a car definitely shop a little out of town for the best value, at M-Preis, which is 1 km from the town centre heading in the direction of Innsbruck. Most SkiBoutique properties will also offer a fridge fill service in advance at self-catered properties.
There are of course many gift shops from which to purchase your souvenirs, and these are all scattered along Dorfstrasse; take your pick. For newspapers the News Agent is located just off Dorfstrasse opposite the pharmacy.
If you’re a non-skier, or looking to take a break from the slopes
for a day and rest the legs there are lots of options to choose from in St Anton. The Arlberg region has lots to offer and the bus ride across from St Anton to Lech may well be worth it for an afternoon of exploring the shopping sans ski boots. For trips a little further afield:
As the capital of the Tyrol region, and only an hour by train from St Anton, this city is well worth a visit during your stay. There are many wonderful sites and historical, medieval buildings, and it’s charming to just wander through the cobbled streets and painted buildings with the Nordkette mountain range creating a wonderful backdrop. There are many boutiques in the arched passageways of the old town, and it is well worth climbing the steps of the City Tower for the views it affords over the city and towards the famous Golden Roof, which is just meters away.
Visit Helbling House, an original 15th century Gothic mansion, and the Cathedral. If you have time, to the east of the Old Town you will find the magnificent ‘Hofburg’ imperial palace where tours are available, and if you don’t have time for a full tour you can pop into the ‘Hofkirche’ (imperial church) next door, which houses the empty tomb of Emperor Maximilllian I and the bronze figures known as the ‘Schwarze Mander’ (black men). There are also fantastic little cafés and restaurants along the cobbled streets for a culinary taste of the city.
If you like thermal baths it would be worth taking a day trip to the Tamina Therme thermal health spa in Bad Ragaz – actually just over the border in Switzerland. About an hour and a half by car, or similar by train, and you can enjoy the thermal waters at 36.5 degrees, piped up from the Tamina Gorge. Famed for it’s healing and relaxing properties this is a wonderful way to spend the day.
This is an historic, medieval city on the border of Liechtenstein, which is only 1h by train from St Anton. The highlight is the Schattenburg castle, and the city is said to be the best preserved and scenic of Voralberg’s cities. Whilst here you should visit the St Nikolaus Cathedral; original foundations date to the 13th century, but after fires it was re-built in the Gothic style in 1478. Several of the city’s gates and defensive towers dating from the Medieval era are well preserved and can be viewed, including ‘Chuer Tor’, and ‘Wasserturm’.
The capital of Vorarlberg, and located on the eastern shores of Lake Constance (Europe’s third largest freshwater lake). The setting is glorious, with lovely old cobbled streets to explore and reachable from St Anton by train in under 1.5 hours. Lots of medieval architecture on show, with the ‘Martinsturm Tower’ well worth a visit and the Gothic Church of St. Gall.
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Innsbruck (INN): 1h / 100km
Zurich (ZHR): 2h / 200km
Munich (MUC): 2h 50m / 226Km
SkiBoutique works with a number of taxi firms to provide shared, private and luxury road transfers from the airport of your choice to St Anton. If you prefer to arrive by helicopter then of course we can arrange that too.
The route to St Anton by train from London at least is not the most straightforward, but it is possible if this is your preferred method of transport or you’re not fond of flying. The route takes you from St Pancras to Paris-Nord by Eurostar, where you will then need to cross Paris, either by metro or by taxi, from Paris Gare du Nord where you arrive, to Paris Gare du Lyon. Here you board the train to Zurich on the TGV, where you will then change one final time and board the Railjet service to St Anton. Setting out from the UK around 08:00 this route will take approximately 10 hours of travel.
It may be however that you choose to fly to Zurich – and then travel onwards by train to resort; the connection between the two is just under 2.5 hours with no changes.
If you choose to drive to St Anton from the UK it is a fairly straightforward 950km journey from Calais taking you through north-eastern France and Switzerland, on average taking 10-11 hours including some stops en route. When you drive in Austria on the motorways, a road tax sticker "Vignette" is obligatory. It can be purchased at the border and at petrol stations. There are 3 types of sticker: 10-Days, 2-Months and 1-Year. You must also have adequate snow equipment, such as snow chains.
Alternatively, you may decide to hire a car from one of the 3 airports servicing St Anton. St Anton Centre co-ordinates for your satellite navigation system are:
*Please be aware that Sat Navs are not always accurate and particularly in winter they will not show Alpine road closures so please check the route chosen
Bronze - EUR 186
You like discover the mountain with equipment that’s safe
and easy to use.
Silver - EUR 225
You prefer to ski with comfortable high-performance equipment which allows you to take full advantage of the ski area on offer.
Gold - EUR 255
You only ski with the newest and best equipment
each season, for enjoyable high performance skiing.
Arlberg 6 day adult pass - EUR 289
With our partner Arlberg Ski School
Private 2 hour lesson - EUR 204
Private 3 hour lesson - EUR 250
All day guiding (6 hrs) - EUR 388
Your SkiBoutique PA can organise all of the above for you
Bottle of Veurve Clicquot EUR 105
Small beer EUR 4
Bottle of house wine EUR 38
Vin chaud/Gluwein EUR 4.50
Hot chocolate EUR 4.50
Cup of coffee EUR 3.50
Glass of coke EUR 3.70
Pizza EUR 13