Our top 5 runs in St Anton
You’ve already booked a short ski break to St Anton and know you’ve only got a few days to cram in as much of the wonderful Arlberg ski area as possible. But where do you start? Our in-resort team at the Chalet Amalien Haus give us the rundown of their top five places to ski to help you make the most of your St Anton ski holiday. They’ve even included the piste grading and numbers so you can find them on the piste map!
1. Schindler Spitze down to Stuben (Red 14, Blue 17, S1)
A firm favourite with skiers and boarders of all abilities - everybody loves a good, long, uninterrupted ski! Starting at 2660m with stunning views at the top of Schindlergrat, this run drops over 1200m all the way down to the quaint mountain village of Stuben. From the Red 14, the run curls around the shoulder of Valluga peak revealing a breathtaking vista down the valley. This then opens up to the slopes of Blue 17 providing the perfect place for practising smooth carve turns. Finally, S1 winds its way through the bottom of a steep gorge giving a sense of adventure before ending in Stuben. A beautiful ski that everyone can enjoy!
2. Rendl Home Run (Red R1)
The last run following a hard day on the slopes can be heaven or hell, whilst some can be crowded and full of moguls, the Rendl home run can be perfect for a last blast before a well-earned beer. Starting in the late afternoon sun at the top of the Rendl cable car, the R1 piste dives into the trees but remains open enough for some final carve turns at as high a speed as you trust your tired legs to handle. Don’t forget to glance up as you go for great views over St Anton from a different perspective.
3. Schonengraben Valley
The name of this stunning valley translates as ‘Beautiful Graves’ hinting at the extreme nature of this amazing off-piste route. From the top of the Kapall lift, this tree-lined valley extends all the way down to St Jakob providing stunning views, hidden powder stashes and tight tree skiing on the way. On a perfect day, this run is a skier’s paradise. Do be aware that this route is not to be attempted without proper avalanche safety equipment and a qualified guide as it has been known to avalanche, hence the foreboding name!
4. Mittelstation to Stuben (Red S2)
Linking Stuben Mittelstation to the village itself, skiing down this twisting red run is like taking on a pisted boarder-cross course. Hairpin turns and exciting undulations mean there’s always something grabbing the senses on this run. After a snowfall, cutting the corners can lead to a blast of powder before returning to the piste. This gem is often overlooked as the crowds return to St Anton from the Mittelstation.
5. Muggengrat- Tali (Red 10 - Zurs)
There’s nothing quite like feeling you have the mountain to yourself and the R10 can be like your own private piste. As the crowds dash out the top of Zurs on The White Ring route, those who look off the beaten track are well rewarded with a long open red run that loops around the Hasenfluh peak and into a stunning valley before appearing at one end of Zurs. Boarders beware of the short push at the bottom!
This list should hopefully be enough to keep you occupied for a few days at least. And if you don’t get to do all of it, you’ll just have to come back for another weekend!
Liam’s Top 5 tips for St Anton!
After recently taking a little trip to the Austrian Alps, our ski specialist Liam has come up with these handy hints to make sure you have the best time possible in St Anton:
- Work on your powder legs before you visit, St Anton is a playground of off-piste runs which you don’t want to be caught short getting tired legs midway down. This happened to me and I was still feeling it a week later.
- Bring your dancing shoes, prepare to boogie the evening away in the many après bars, I’d recommend the Krazy Kanguruh or Mooserwirt.
- Take cash everywhere you go. Austria is much cheaper when it comes to mountainside restaurants and cafes, you cannot beat currywurst and fries for seven euros but they only take cash in many places. Don’t get caught with only plastic in your wallet.
- Bring a towel and swimwear, there is a fantastic sports centre (the ARLBERG-well) which features an amazing indoor pool, and a more daring outdoor pool if you can make the chilly run to it. As well as numerous saunas, steam rooms and massage facilities.
- Prepare to be blown away by engineering at its finest - the Galzig lift has got to be the coolest ski lift you will ever see. I won’t ruin the surprise.
Our 5 favourite ski runs with a view:
If its views you're after then the next few runs might be right up your street. With less emphasis on the skiing (though they are all still fabulous ski runs), here we focus on taking it slow and admiring the view. If there's a nice spot to grab a hot chocolate on the way down then even better. Here are our St Anton chalet staff's favourite runs to admire the scenery. Arguably the best ski runs in St Anton.
1. Schindler Spitze (Red 14- Blue 17- S1a)
At the top of the Schindlergrat lift at 2660m, start off on Red 14, making your way down to Blue 17 and then on to S1 – it’s a real treat. As you go over the peak, the view opens up and really takes your breath away… something that never gets old.
Early morning can be a little busy but the Blue 17 itself is a lovely wide run with some nice big rollers to fly off (it can get choppy near the bottom so be careful not to pick up too much speed). This leads you onto S1, the run down to Stuben which takes you through a narrow valley and makes for some impressive scenery. This run is a favourite of skiers and boarders alike – you just can’t beat a long uninterrupted ski down!
2. Monzabonsee (Blue 38)- Lech to Zürs
One of the main routes from Lech to Zürs is a breathtaking blue from the top of the Rüfikopf I + II cable cars. Starting at 2362m, the view down the valley towards Zürs is phenomenal, with huge rolling pillows of snow lining the run. This is another long ski down, only interrupted by the Trittalp lift. This run connects to part of the famous ski route, Der Weiβe Ring and gives you the opportunity to explore Zurs, Zug and Lech.
3. Fasch / Gstans (Red 37/ Blue 36)
Both Red 37 and Blue 36 are lovely runs from the top of Kapall in St Anton. A quick ski down the steep red or the cruisey blue takes you to the Gampen Bar and Restaurant which had a €12 million facelift over the summer and is now a nice little pit stop to rest those weary legs and grab a bite to eat. From 2330m at the Kapall Restaurant or from 1850m on the Gampen terrace, the views are stunning and you can see for miles right down the valley towards St Jakob and Pettneu.
4. Gampberg to Rendl Talabfahrt (Red R2 to R1)
Another favourite is the red run (R2) from the top of the Gampberg lift at 2400m which connects to the Rendl home run (R1). This run can be a perfect way to end to your day; a wide, flat piste takes you down to Rendl beach where you can grab a quick drink before tackling the last leg home. Doing this means you avoid the mad dash down into town on the other side of the mountain. Plus, you’ll see the best views of St Anton from Rendl. Boarders beware, there are a few flat parts on the way down.
5. Albona (Red S5) - Stuben
The masses of snow we've had has completely transformed the runs around Stuben and the Red S5 at the top of the Albona II lift is fantastic. This steep wide red takes you all the way down to Alp Rauz (the bus stop in Stuben) and the Valfagehr lift to get you back to St Anton. From the top of this run, you’ll see the Blue 17 you skied earlier across the valley. You can also see right down the valley towards Klösterle and Sonnenkopf - it’s a wonderful place to be when the sun is just shining over the tips of the mountain at the end of the day, the view is incredible.
So that was our list of the best ski runs in St Anton. I know the red 14 to blue 17 made it onto both lists but it is a pretty spectacular slope. Take a look at our flexible ski breaks in St Anton guide for more ideas about skiing in St Anton.