Overview of St Anton am Arlberg
St Anton am Arlberg is widely regarded as one of the worlds best ski resorts. Although it has earned a glowing reputation for its legendary apres-ski, there is so much more to St Anton that makes it one of the most sought after ski resorts in Europe. Sitting at the edge of Austria’s largest linked ski area, Arlberg, St Anton is a wonderful combination of excellent snow conditions, world class accommodation, and a vibrant atmosphere against the backdrop of some of the Alp’s most stylish hotels, chalets and restaurants. Through all the glamour and fanfare about its apres-ski and celebrity appearances, St Anton is really just an old, charming and traditional Tyrolean ski resort that is full of character and has efficiently evolved with the times.
With a snow sports history that stretches back to the early 1900’s, St Anton is easily one of the best places and terrains to ski in Europe. A powder lover's dream, the area has up to 305 kilometres of pistes that range on altitudes between 1,305 metres and 2,811 metres; with the majority of pistes here more suitable to experienced and advanced skiers.
The village itself is very charismatic with an attractive pedestrianised centre, stylish chalet style buildings and its onion domed mediaeval church. It is also only 2 a hour transfer from the closest international airport so it also makes for standard transfer time.
The ski area at St Anton is regarded as one of the best for advanced skiers and there isn't too much for beginners here at St Anton. The nursery slopes can be found on the Nasserein slopes and are perfect for new starters to gain some practice and confidence on. With hardly any beginner friendly slopes, head over to Lech for some easier and gentle runs.
St Anton is awash with long reds which are great for intermediate skiers. There are long scenic runs from the top of the Schindlergratbahn chairlift to the neighbouring Stuben Hamlet. Checkout the wide open runs above the Galzig gondola for additional runs. Intermediates can also checkout the Rendl area across the valley from St Anton for quieter slopes.
Advanced skiers have the most enjoyment at St Anton with seemingly endless options of challenging and thrilling runs; both on and off-piste. The terrain features a lot of steep and narrow black runs, bumps and gullies. The conditions are always fantastic as the area receives very frequent snowfall.
St Anton has great terrain for snowboarders thanks to its numerous long, wide-open reds. The area is also blessed with lots of powders which is a delight to carvers and free-riders with the areas just under the Valluga peak the favoured spot for freeriders. St Anton also has a terrain park for freestyles across the ski area in Rendl. Great for most snow board abilities, it is well equipped with rails, jumps and kickers.
Snow Conditions in St Anton am Arlberg
St Anton and the Arlberg ski area are both very well known to have some of the highest snowfall levels in the region, which is why the resort is often referred to as a powder paradise. Regradles, the resort has close to over 85% of its slopes covered with snow cannons
St Anton has a legendary reputation for nightlife, with bars clustered around the bottom of the home runs and along the main street. You can expect every genre of music possible and to be dancing until the sun comes up.
St Anton’s apres-ski scene and nightlife are legendary across the European Alps and it has set the standard by which a lot of other resorts in the area aspire to achieve. It is widely referred to as the most fun and best party destination among all other ski resorts. It has a plethora of lively bars and clubs that are known for throwing large, memorable parties. For a relatively small, Austrian village it does seem almost bizarre, the amount of seemingly endless options there are for an apres-ski evening. We have selected a few great options that may be of interest to you.
Mooserwirt, St Anton
You really cannot mention or talk about St Antons apres-ski without mentioning the Mooserwirt in the same breath. A legendary staple of the apres-ski scene here, the Mooserwirt is just as iconic in Austria and St Anton as La Folie Douce is in Tignes. It has been awarded the best Apres ski location prize by Ski Magazine in 2018. Has also been featured and revered in world-renowned magazines and television channels across Europe. In operation since 1989, the Mooserwirt has aimed to be the “baddest” apres-ski attraction in St Anton ( as stated in their philosophy ). Open every day from 11 am serving delicious meals, the party starts kicking off at 15:30 pm. Some of the best dance music, lively DJ sets, performances from famous artists and more.
One of Alp's most recognised party franchises, the Krazy Kanguruh stays true to form in its St Anton chapter. They also have the esteemed reputation of being the first apres-ski bar in St Anton since its launch in 1965! Located on the slope coming down from Gampen, it is open every morning serving food, it comes alive from late afternoon with the party lasting till about 8 pm every night. At the Krazy Kanguruh, you are treated to a fantastic bar atmosphere, great food and a wide selection of drinks. The Krazy Kanguruh is also very well known for its themed parties throughout the season offering some of the best fun anywhere on the slopes. It has a wonderful sun terrace offering breathtaking views of St Anton as well as providing a perfect spot to soak up the sun or a makeshift dance floor!
When you come down the slopes from Gampen ( presumably on your way down from the Krazy Kanguruh), you can hardly miss Das Basecamp ( or its massive umbrella) located at the foot of the Gampen lift. It's also centrally located making it quite easy to access from most parts of the resort. It has a very vibrant and friendly atmosphere thereby making it the perfect place to grab a beer and catch up with friends after a day on the slopes, offering a great kick-off to the apres-ski evening. You can order drinks and delicious food to load up before the party starts. The live DJ comes on set from about afternoon time and plays until evening. Basecamp also features a lot of live music with a good number of bands across different genres visiting more often.
Bobo's Bar & Restaurant
Bobo’s gets a proper mention on our list. Located in the lovely Hotel Kristall, it is the perfect place for the late-night, after hours, party personnel. It is a restaurant, bar and nightclub all rolled into one. Open every day except Sundays from 4 pm, the menu includes very tasty meals from local delicacies to international cuisine including American and Mexican specialities which have also earned Bobo's its reputation as being one the best nightspots in the village. It is also known for its vibrant atmosphere aided by its evening karaoke sessions which feature a lot of merry-making skiers. If you are out for a bit of fun and laughs, there are plenty at Bobo’s.
Underground on the Piste
Perhaps one of St Anton's most unique bars, the Underground on the Piste is a curveball of a bar in comparison to St Anton's bar and club scene. It is located in an old, charming, wooden chalet that is so full of Alpine character. Its dim lights and candlelit interior allow it a very rustic vibe and on a night with an acoustic band, you will be forgiven to think you were on set of a Hollywood rom-com. It has a buzzing atmosphere and the air is constantly filled with laughs and chatter among excited skiers. The food is fantastic, there is a wide variety of drinks to choose from and the live bands often feature an interactive session where the band gets the crowd involved in their act somehow. Great place for a bit of something different on your night out in St Anton.
St Anton has very good facilities on-site and is well equipped to cater to all its visitors all season. It tends to get very busy with it being one of the Alp's most sought after ski resorts receiving a large influx of visitors every season; however, as expected from a world-class ski destination, St Anton is primed with fantastic facilities from its superb accommodation options, in-resort amenities ( ski hire etc), non-ski activities and much more.
St Anton has a wide selection of ski equipment hire stores across the village to choose from, however, if you are booking your ski holiday with us, we have made it super easy for you to hire your ski equipment. You can simply select the option to hire your ski equipment online directly from us at Erna Low as part of your overall holiday booking. We have established and maintained very good relationships with some of the Alp's most reputed ski equipment stores that deal in the best brands and quality equipment. Securing your ski hire with us as part of your holiday booking not only ensures you receive quality equipment but it also saves you a great deal of precious time at the resort. Forget trying to look for an equipment store to hire stuff for you and your family when you can complete it within a few minutes online and simply pick up the equipment upon arrival at St Anton.
Avoid the long queues at the ticket machines and ticket offices during the peak seasons at St Anton and secure your ski passes within minutes with us directly online. This is by far the easiest and quickest way to secure your St Anton lift pass. It is also very convenient as you can secure your pass many weeks and even months in advance and simply pick it up when you arrive at the resort. Just arrive at the resort, drop your bags, get suited up and hit the slopes with your ski pass already purchased. This is particularly convenient when travelling with family or a group of friends. Buying your ski pass online also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of online-only offers and any potential early-bird offers.
There's no better way to unwind in the Alps after a lovely but tiring stint on the pistes than a lovely spa session to help your muscles relax and recover. If you love your spa sessions and a bit of swimming, St Anton is perhaps one of the best places to visit to enjoy a bit of self-indulging and TLC. You will find that most hotels and chalets here have fantastic world-class spa facilities, however, if your accommodation did not have any of these facilities, you can visit the Arlberg WellCom leisure and wellness centre. Built in 2001 as part of the preparations for the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships taking place in the same year in St Anton, Arlberg WellCom is a fantastic wellness complex with superb spa, sauna and swimming facilities. It has an indoor jet-powered swimming pool as well as an outdoor heated lap pool. In addition, it has a kelo, dry-heat and herbal sauna, a sanarium and a steam room. You can also book massage sessions from a long list of therapies available to choose from. For an extra touch of luxury and first-class facilities, some of St Antons luxury hotels offer some of the best spa experiences you can find across the Alps. Make sure to check if their services are exclusive to guests only.
You can find a variety of all kinds of shops in St Anton's lively and vibrant pedestrian zone. The area also makes for a very charming stroll where you can do a bit of window shopping if you weren't interested in buying anything. You can find just about anything from high-fashion designer brands, ski equipment stores, souvenir shops, a local grocery store and more.
St. Anton am Arlberg is a superb holiday destination for the entire family and it certainly goes without saying that children are not only very welcome but very well looked after. St Anton is very well equipped with child-friendly facilities that ensure children are catered to, entertainment and are safe at all times.
There are multiple ski schools and ski instructors at St Anton am Arlberg; all of which are of very good rankings. If you are visiting the resort this season, why not book your children's ski lessons directly with us as part of your ski holiday booking? We have partnered with some of the very best and most experienced ski school instructors across the Alps including St Anton am Arlberg, and as such, booking your ski schools/lessons with us ensures your children will be enrolled in some of the St Antons most experienced ski school instructors. It also saves you a lot of time and hassle trying to find a school and enrol the kids upon arrival when it could have already been completed in advance if done with us directly.
St. Anton am Arlberg serves as an excellent holiday world for children. From children as young as 3 years old to late teens, St Anton is very well prepared and equipped to provide children entertainment both on and off the slopes. Children are also subject to certain discounts at St Anton with a particularly inexpensive ski ticket called ‘Snowman’. From the age of 3, the next generation is getting ready to conquer the slopes. And thanks to the extensive holiday offerings available for the little ones, parents enjoy maximum freedom and skiing pleasure. And for the youngest, there’s a particularly inexpensive ski ticket called ‘Snowman’. Children can also get involved with Hase Hoppl and Kiki Club, two ski clubs for kids which offer great entertainment as well as teaching and helping children gain more confidence on the slopes. There is also a large toboggan slope for children and families, offering the perfect opportunity to race your loved ones down the slopes. There is also a large ice skating rink is another family favourite at the resort. Away from the cold and snow outside, take the children for a warm dip and splash about at Arlberg WellCom. It has a paddling pool, water slides and a children's wet play area.
Most of the ski schools in St Anton offer child-minding and babysitting services, however, there are also independent childcare services available such as Alpine Angels and Merinannies. We also would always recommend checking with the tourist office and accommodation held desks for any recommendations.
The pistes at St Anton range between 1,305 metres and 2,811 metres with the area serviced by up to 88 modern lifts. The area ski areas are split between the Galzig-Valluga, Gampen-Kapall, Rendl, Stuben and Lech ski areas.