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.