St Anton is a Mecca for all serious skiers and snowboarders. Widely considered to be one of the world’s top 10 ski resorts, it’s also one of our favourites here at i-ski.
St Anton is part of the huge Arlberg Ski-Circus along with Lech, Zurs, Stuben, St Christoph and Warth; the whole group offers skiers a 340km playground of pistes. St Anton is known for its beautiful surrounding, reliable snow, epic skiing and crazy après ski, making it perfect for group ski trips.
St Anton am Arlberg, better known as St. Anton is a ski resort in Tyrol in western Austria at the height of 1304m and with its highest lift reaching a dizzyingly high 2811m.
Although not as high as some of the French ski resorts, it has an excellent snow record and is often an early season skiing hotspot.
It’s been argued that if your group travels with non-skiers accompanying it, St Anton is the perfect destination as there is a beautiful pedestrianized centre filled with boutiques, exciting cafes, exquisite restaurants and inviting shops.
And, of course, St Anton’s legendary après ski and many discos, bars and nightclubs are open till the early hours of the morning.
It’s not going too far to say that the resort is renowned for its amazing après ski scene; it’s rated first in our ranking of the best après ski resorts and attracts skiers and snowboarders alike from across the globe for their skiing holiday.
It is home to the one and only Mooserwirt, a slope-side bar that might just be the best après bar in the world. Here, table dancing, shots and drinking games are the norm; it attracts hundreds of holidaymakers daily from about 3pm till 9pm, after which most will ski the 300m home to their chalet or hotel.
Other popular slope-side après bars include Krazy Kangeruh and Taps. These bars may not be the sort of thing you do every day, but they have to be experienced to be believed, and will have you coming back year after year.
Click to enlarge
* Locations are for guidance use only.
St Anton is renowned the world over for its breath taking views, huge variety of terrain, and epic off piste. There are over 86 ski lifts as well as cable cars to cover the 340km of pistes where the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships took place.
Located at the top of the town the main ski lift is the Galzigbahn, the world’s first Funitel gondola which allows passengers to board a gondola on the ground before being rotated up to the main high speed cables.
This ski resort has a reputation as a challenging place to ski and is primarily considered to be for intermediates and above. With that said, however, there are a good number of beginner pistes and novices should not be put off as St Anton’s ski schools have a very good reputation. Easy nursery slopes can be found in nearby Nasserein.
St Anton is the perfect place to improve your skiing skills. The best area for intermediates is the pistes in Gampen; these slopes can be reached from the Gampen chairlift or the Nasserein gondola. You can then take the 6-person chair to Kampen, which is a great Freeride area.
St Anton, is a must-visit for any experienced skier; famous routes include the backside of Valluga 1 and 2, off piste from 2,811m (9,222 feet) into Zurs and requiring a guide. Other popular routes for advanced skiers include the Schindlerkar, Mattun and Stuben trails that are less frequently groomed than other routes - and heli-skiing is also available.
Snowboarding in St Anton ****
Opposite St Anton there is the Rendl ski area which is separate from the main St Anton ski area. Here you’ll find a well-groomed snow park which is often less busy than the St Anton side which has become a favourite with the locals.
St Anton après ski is renowned around the world for being one of the best places for après ski. You’ll have a great choice of bars both on and off the slopes. Up on the mountain the action can get pretty crazy as drinking shots and table dancing is the norm. Après ski usually kicks off around 3pm and finishes about 9pm though you’ll feel as though it’s run much longer.
The legendary Mooservirt arguably the best and most popular après ski bar in the world and here at i-ski it’s one of our favourites, a hit since its founding in 1989. You’ll find it at the bottom of the Galzig blue 1 slope where you can enjoy its unique atmosphere. The music is a kind of crazy blend of Austrian and German songs mixed with Euro-techno and cheesy classics.
It may not sound like your thing but we promise if you go, you will be coming back most days. It really is a must try at least once during your trip. In the Mooservirt table dancing and Jagerbombs are everywhere and people get so drunk they have problems skiing the 300m of piste to take them home.
The Krazy Kangaruh is just as popular as the Mooservirt, and dare we say it, may be even livelier. It tends to play host to a slightly younger crowd where girls pour shots of tequila and Jager constantly. There’s a great outside area but the party really starts in the downstairs disco known as the Down Under bar.