At St. Anton am Arlberg [www.skiarlberg.at], you’ll find snowy pistes reaching all the way up to 2,811m. This beautiful mountain is nestled in the Alps not far from Switzerland and Italy. Great slopes and off-piste areas combine with this HUGE connected resort to give you a great ski vacation. The massive 278km of pistes are distributed well: 110km beginner, 138km intermediate, and 30km expert. For this great package you pay a bit more, as the price is €43.50 per day or €182 for a 5-day pass.
Getting to St. Anton
St. Anton am Arlberg is a bit farther to drive than many other resorts. It’s 190km from Munich, 100km from Innsbruck, and 280km from Salzburg. Note, the Munich distance is if you take A95 and then go on some smaller mountain roads; otherwise via Innsbruck it’s 260km. You can also reach St. Anton by train without problems, which would work well if you’re staying directly in town.
Tips for St. Anton
The very cool Galzigbahn is a must to ride up, it has a really neat giant-wheel-system so you don’t have to walk up the usual flights of steps to board the gondola. There is a sledding area for the non-skiers (or worn-out beginners), operating from the Gampen chairlift. Sledding is called “Rodeln” in German.
St. Anton has a lot of powder potential if there’s any fresh snow. There are good powder stashes to be found in many areas around the resort. The town of St. Anton is already at 1,304m. Due to the high altitude, the sky is very blue – so take your pocket camera along for some great shots 🙂
For Apres Ski you should try the Krazy Kanguruh, directly on slope 21. It’s a great atmosphere to have a beer or a Jagermeister, and there’s usually a lot of dancing and partying at the end of the day! At this Map below you can see the center of town, with the Galzigbahn on the left, and B&B’s, restaurants, shops, and bars sprinkled around.
If you’re there on the right week, the nightlife in St. Anton is quite good. The last time I was there it was an Easter holiday weekend, and we had quite the night out. Enjoy your trip to St. Anton and tell us all about it when you’re back!