In recent years the popularity of ski holidays in the Arlberg Ski Area has increase two fold. The is mainly down to the reputation of St Anton as a great place to head for snow security, a larger ski area and off course the legendary apres ski. St Anton is now without a doubt one of the most popular resorts for British skiers and it it is easy to see why. There is almost 400km of piste that is covered on the lift pass and with with world famous apres ski bars such as the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh there is no doubt that St Anton everything that you need to a fantastic ski holiday. However, ski holidays in the Alberg Ski Area is not just about St Anton. There are other resorts that add to the area and are also well worth checking out.
On top of St Anton the other main resort in the Arlberg area is Lech. Lech has long been one of the most sort after ski holiday destination in Austria but the hotels that are there can often be very expensive and book out well in advance for peak dates such as new year. That said there are still some good value chalets chalet hotels to be found if you are lucky enough to have a look and see what you can find. Zurs is another of the resorts in the Arlberg and it is located in the same part of the ski area as Lech. As is the case with Lech the accommodation in Zurs does not come cheap but most of the accommodation there is of a high standard and is ski in ski out. It is also well worth thinking about St Christoph. St Christoph is a small hamlet in the same part of the area as St Anton and as with Zurs nearly all of the accommodation is ski in ski out. The Chalet Hotel St Christoph offers great value for money and decent group discounts.
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As whole the arlberg ski circus looks after beginner skiers very well. There are loads of easy access nursery slopes in Lech and 20% of the whole area is classified as blue runs. It does have to be said that St Anton does not cater for beginners as well as Lech but if you have a mixed ability group who are thinking about going to St Anton then do not let this put you off. The only real down side to St Anton for beginners is that you have to go up the mountain to get to the majority of the easier skiing, rather than having it all right on your door step. As long as anyone who is not confident at skiing is in ski school then they will be fine in St Anton.
More than 50% of all of the runs on the Arlberg Ski Area are red runs. If you then add the 20% blue runs that gives you 70% of the area that is ideal for intermediate skiers which a few black runs that you can do to challenge yourself if you wish to do so. All in all the Arlberg ski area is fantastic for intermediate skiers especially if you are looking to push yourself.
Expert skiers are very well catered for throughout the entire Alberg. The skiing in Lech and St Anton (with the addition of Warth for the 2014-2015 winter season) is perfect for those who want to ski all day and go in search of some challenging black runs. There are almost 400km of piste covered on the full area lift pass and there are roughly 20 black runs to be found. As well as this you will find some of the best off piste skiing that Austria has to offer.
St Anton is the place to head if you are in search of a serious apres ski scene. It is without a doubt one of the best resorts that Austria, if not Europe as a whole, as to offer in terms apres ski. The Mooserwirt in St Anton is a world famous apres ski bars (see images above) and Krazy Kanguruh is also a favourite with holiday makers in search of dancing on tables and plenty of singing!
The apres ski scene in Lech is a bit more laid back that St Anton. As with nearly any Austrian resort you will still find plenty of people who stop for an apres ski drink but the apres ski bars just aren't quite on the same scale as St Anton