The only way to describe St. Anton am Arlberg is in superlatives. Nestled in the stunning Tyrolean Alps, St. Anton offers an unforgettable skiing experience with its breathtaking mountain vistas, world-class ski lifts, and an energetic alpine atmosphere. Whether you're an avid skier or a first-timer, a swinging single, a family or a group, St. Anton has something to offer for everyone.
Let’s start with a few impressive stats:
Elevated Excellence: St. Anton, known as the “gateway to the Arlberg”, lies at 1,300 meters above sea level and climbs dramatically to 2,811 meters. It is easily accessible by car and train and Innsbruck and Zurich airports are not far away. The alpine playground comprises of 300 km of ski slopes, 200 km of off-piste trails and a massive state of the art network of 87 chair lifts and gondolas to shuttle skiers across the entire Arlberg region, including Zuers am Arlberg and Lech am Arlberg. The range of slopes, from the gentle bunny hills to heart-pounding black diamond runs, is dazzling. If there is a skiing version of heaven, this must be it.
Something for Everyone: It is obvious that shredding the slopes is the main attraction in St. Anton, yet there is so very much more. Alpine skiing was literally invented in St. Anton so it’s a great place to learn “the Arlberg technique”. It’s also a great place for off-piste skiing, snow shoeing, winter hiking, husky sleigh riding, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, swimming, spa indulgence, tennis and indoor climbing. A day trip to scenic Innsbruck is also possible. St. Anton really does offer something for everyone seeking an active holiday.
The Time is Right: St. Anton is renowned for its excellent snow conditions, making it a winter wonderland for skiers from early December to early April. The peak season between Christmas and New Year brings a festive atmosphere and lively après-ski activities, however it can be rather crowded both on and off the slopes. For a quieter and more relaxed skiing experience, January and March tend to be less crowded. April can also offer some awesome, if unpredictable, spring skiing under sunny skies.
Insider tip: St. Anton has a bustling winter schedule hosting exciting events and ski competitions. Before you book your holiday, check the St. Anton town calendar to see what’s happening and decide if you want to join the crowd or find a quieter week to ski.
Living in Style: St. Anton has elegant hotels, catered chalets, and every imaginable type of B&B accommodation. Prices range from reasonable to eye-watering.
“Dorf” is the lively center of St. Anton and near to all three main lift stations – Galzig, Gampen and Rendl – as well as the pedestrian area where restaurants and charming shops are located. Think pricey.
Nasserein is the east end of St. Anton and hosts the Nasserein gondola. It is quieter and prices are more moderate. There is a walking trail on the north side of the town, which takes you to the center of St. Anton in less than 20 minutes. It’s a nice evening stroll to stretch your tired legs.
There are also some residential areas further to the west of St. Anton, including Gastig and Oberdorf. If you stay in the west end, however, keep in mind that it will also require a bit of walking to get to the ski lifts. It’s only 1.5 km, however 1.5 km can feel like 150 km on the uphill side at the end of a long ski day.
Insider tip: If you choose accommodation in either Nasserein or Gastig and Oberdorf, renting a ski locker at one of the lift stations or sports shops next door is a pragmatic alternative to trekking across town in your ski boots.
Cuisine & Kebab: At the risk of sounding repetitive, St. Anton offers something for everyone in terms of food too! TripAdvisor and RestaurantGuru provide an excellent overview of where to eat in St. Anton. The one restaurant it would be remiss to not mention is The Museum Restaurant, which is literally in a ski museum. The Museum is not cheap, however the experience and thrill of being in “the cradle of alpine skiing” is worth the splurge.
Insider tip: Pizza Kebab House at the base of the Nasserein gondola offers surprisingly good kebabs and durum! It’s a good place to economically recover after an evening at The Museum.
The Ultimate in Aprés Ski: St. Anton is synonymous with amazing skiing … and amazing après ski. Mooserwirt, Taps, Basecamp and the Krazy Kanguruh are world-renowned for some of the most raucous après-ski parties in the Alps with live DJs and electric dance music. You haven’t fully experienced St. Anton until you have partied in St. Anton.
Gear Up: St. Anton offers a plethora of ski rental shops where you can easily find top-quality ski and snowboard equipment. It is best to reserve your equipment in advance so you have full choice of gear. Usually online rental platforms offer early booking discounts too.
Elevate your skiing experience in St. Anton with SkiGala’s exclusive ski clothing rental service. They provide top-notch ski jackets and ski pants as well as ski goggles and gloves. Rental skiwear is delivered directly to your hotel accommodation on the day of your arrival. Embrace the slopes in utmost style and comfort, all made possible by St. Anton's specialized ski clothing rental service.
Super Summary: St. Anton is a skier's paradise, where snow-capped mountains meet charming alpine hospitality. With its excellent ski lift system, diverse terrain, and 100 years of experience in alpine skiing, St. Anton offers an unmatched skiing experience for enthusiasts of all levels. If you are looking for an unforgettable winter getaway filled with adventure and natural beauty, St. Anton is the place to be. Pack your bags, hit the slopes, and let the alpine magic unfold before your eyes.