Every week we will be highlighting ski resorts from around the world! Today we are looking at St Anton ski resort in Austria! A popular destination with avid British skiers and snowboards with so much on offer. Whilst your here make sure you check out our fantastic St Anton ski resort guide full of useful information to help you make the perfect choice for your next ski holiday! If you are eager to get away make sure you check out of Holiday Offers where you will find some of the best holidays available across the Alps and beyond!
A truly world-class location in the heart of the Austrian Alps, the St Anton piste map is renowned for its superb slopes as much as its breathtaking and traditional Tyrolean scenery. With something for everyone, St Anton’s bustling après ski is a great choice.
LET’S TALK SKIING IN ST ANTON
The St Anton piste map is split into two main ski areas, with three more areas that you can reach by bus; all covered by your St Anton lift pass for Ski Arlberg. With St Anton’s status as an expert resort, it’s still a welcoming location for beginners, with some great nursery slopes to be found at Gampen and Nasserin. The infamous ski slopes of St Anton are topped by the well-known peaks of the Galzing and Valluga. Here you’ll find some excellent blue and challenging red runs; ideal for intermediate skiers.
And expert skiers on the St Anton pistes will certainly enjoy the black slopes and the extensive ‘ski route’ descents and off-piste of the upper valleys and powder-filled high bowls that surround the summit of Schindler Spitze which towers above St Christoph.
The highest accessible point of the ski slopes of St Anton is Valluga’s minor summit – Vallugagrat which is found at 2650m; fantastic for both skiers and snowboarders alike. However, with a guide, or if you take the gondola, you can reach just under the summit of Valluga at 2811m, and enjoy the off-piste routes that take you back down to neighbouring Zurs. Alternatively, Rendl can be reached by a gondola from St Anton’s centre.
This area is not quite as busy and better for intermediate skiers. Here you’ll also find St Anton’s well-designed snow park and long red run that takes you back to the gondola terminal.
You can also make use of your St Anton lift pass in the Ski Arlberg area in a variety of areas. On the far side of the Flexen Pass you’ll find the Lech-Zurs and Warth-Schroken slopes. You’ve got the smaller Pettneu ski slope just down the valley, plus the Sonnenkopf ski piste at Klosterle found after Stuben.
THE RESORT OF ST ANTON
Although widely recognised as the place to visit for its wealth of winter sports, you’ll find lots to do for non-skiers in St Anton with its pedestrianised centre and excellent range of St Anton restaurants and bars. A lively location both day and night that still possesses all the charm of a traditional Tyrolean village, it has a good reputation for huge snowfalls; with an extensive choice of accommodation for visitors.
STAYING IN ST ANTON
A great benefit of choosing St Anton is its extensive list of places to stay. St Anton ski accommodation has something for all budgets. Whether you’re looking for a British-run chalet, or a guest hotel or one of St Anton’s hotels – which range from 3 stars to 5 stars, you can also expect a high standard of accommodation, regardless of where you choose to stay. Most of the places can be found in the centre of St Anton, or further away in Nasserein.
You’ll find that both locations provide you with access to the slopes, with Nasserein being a particularly good choice for the quieter nursery slopes. In particular, the hotels near to the main lifts are highly recommended.
ST ANTON SNOW CONDITIONS
For St Anton weather-wise, it sees on average 3.7 snow days per week. With an average of 36cm of snowfall per week, you’ll find the best month to enjoy the ski slopes of St Anton is January; seeing an average of 43cm per week. They’re also set up for poor snowfall too, with snow-making machines ensuring that 95% of the slopes are still covered.
THE SNOWRESORT VERDICT
There’s no questioning that St Anton isn’t right up there in the top choices for skiing resorts. With its mix of superb slopes that offer great skiing and activities for non-skiers, it’s in the night-time that St Anton really comes to life. Renowned for its buzzing evening scene, it’s a great location for younger singles, couples and groups looking for excitement on and off the slopes.
If you like the sound of St Anton do not forget to check out our fantastic St Anton ski resort guide! If you fancy making Austria your next ski destination then also check out our Saalbach Hinterglemm & Ischgl resort guides.