St Anton Overview
Situated in the heart of the Arlberg, St Anton fully deserves its reputation as a world-class ski & snowboard resort. You can expect spectacular scenery, state-of-the-art lift systems and incredibly vast terrain. Renowned for its après ski, a ski weekend in St Anton offers the perfect combination of skiing and entertainment.
As you may expect in an industry-leading resort, there is constant investment in St Anton. The Flexenbahn lift (completed for the 2016/17 season) links St Anton to Lech and Zürs, creating the largest linked ski region in Austria with a whopping 305km of pistes. But it’s not just what's on-slope that matters, because in the town of St Anton you'll find a range of fantastic public amenities such as the ARLBERG-well.com centre for all your spa needs. Here, you'll find heated pools, waterfalls, saunas, steam rooms, and massage options. There's also been a wave of recent hotel refurbishments and new restaurant openings, plus an impressive concert hall in St Christoph.
The pedestrianised village centre has a bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere and retains much of the original wooden and stone farmhouse buildings. St Anton's distinctive 17th-century onion-domed church gives the resort a traditional Tyrolean charm. As you would expect, there is also a good selection of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and accommodation – the resort feels much smaller than you might expect, nothing is too far away.
St Anton is also easily accessible (it's just a one hour drive from Innsbruck) and train transfers are offered from Zurich or Innsbruck airports - a great option for short breaks.
Ski Breaks In St Anton
Forming part of the Arlberg ski area, St Anton offers extensive skiing which links into the neighbouring resorts of Lech, Zürs and St Christoph, covering 305km of pistes and 111 lifts.
Skiing and snowboarding in St Anton is particularly suited to confident intermediates and experts due to the challenging runs and fantastic off-piste. Located close to the village are plenty of cruisy intermediate runs, whilst experts will be spoilt for choice with powdery bowls, steep descents, long runs and challenging mogul fields further afield. Off-piste possibilities are endless due to the great powder levels enjoyed in the Arlberg and the enormous diversity of terrain.
St Anton boasts an impressive snow record due to regular heavy snowfalls and superior average snow levels at the end of the season in April.
Après ski in St Anton
Après ski in St Anton has a reputation as one of the best in the Alps (if not the world), and once you have visited this resort it’s easy to see why. The party gets going in the afternoon, starting at one of the lively slope-side bars such as the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh before a fairly hectic run down to town. Basecamp is a nice spot to grab a pre-dinner snack at the bottom of the slopes.
After the evening meal, the celebrations continue throughout the resort until the early hours if you so wish, and thankfully everything is within easy walking distance. Alternatively, if you're looking for a more relaxing evening, there's something to suit all tastes with plenty of quiet hideaways, cosmopolitan cafes and sophisticated live music venues.
Looking for things to do? Take a look at our roundup of non-ski activities.
Want the low down on the best restaurants? Read through our guide to dining in St Anton.
Planning your ski route? Discover our favourite ski runs in the Arlberg area.
Dreaming of après ski? Find out where to party in style.