St Anton & St Christoph Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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St Anton & St Christoph
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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Innsbruck,Munich or Salzburg
Ski Area 440km
Ski Lifts 82
Ski Runs 128
Longest Run 10km
Resort Height 1305m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

St. Anton Ski Resort

St Anton is a bustling and very lively resort,being part of a large area which includes Lech,Zurs, St Christophe and Stuben.St Anton is an attractive town of mainly traditional buildings,with the charm and atmosphere normally associated with Austria.St Anton offers a  wide range of accommodation from low cost self catered apartments to 5 star catered chalets and hotels.In our opinion Its one of THE best resorts in Europe,offering over 400km of slopes,many off piste runs,steep and deep moguls and pretty reliable snow conditions, due to its height.Its busy most of the ski season with its renowned ski area and rather active and wild nightlife, which often starts just after lunch.

Thanks to the World Cup held here a few years ago,St Anton dramatically changed as the station was moved and no longer separates the village from the slopes. The station is now just outside the village and more convenient for skiers. New pedestrian areas have opened up and there are now more facilities for visitors, such as a public heated,outdoor swimming pool and an activity centre.Lift lines getting up to the pistes in the morning used to be long, but new lifts have cut the waiting time dramatically,apart from the peak periods.Nasserein, a popular suberb some 10 minutes from the centre,never used to have any lifts but now has its own, which helps cut down any queues around the area and is now a better place for beginners or parties with mixed abilities to stay.Many catered chalets are based here. Once up on the mountain, the vastness of the slopes spreads everyone out and queues are minimal.

St. Christoph, the highest Arlberg village at 5,400 feet, is a smaller, more exclusive and more expensive version of St. Anton. It’s a good place to get away from it all. New high speed lifts have eased the lines prevalant just a few years ago.

Lech and Zürs. Only a few miles apart and on the same Arlberg Pass as St Anton, are Lech and Zürs.Shoppers love visiting Sporthaus Strolz,in Zurs where you can buy custom-foamed boots, designer jeans, home décor and Austrian crafts all under the one roof. Offering a more exclusive feel, Lech is a proper town with more nightlife and shopping than Zürs, though geared more for those wanting a quieter apres ski, or families.Thanks to their location at the end of the valley and their exclusive air, Lech and Zürs have shorter queues and less crowded slopes than St. Anton. From most hotels or chalets it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the nearest lift and from there you can check out the main resorts above until you find one that you like.Lech and Zurs are also twinned with Beaver Creek in Colorado.The new lift for 2016/17 season connects St Anton with Lech so no shuttle now required.

St Anton...The Apres Ski.

The ski resort of St Anton has some excellent facilities for non-skiers or for those wishing to relax or chill out after skiing. Sports facilities are on hand at the recently built arlberg-wellness centre  which offers impressive options such as three swimming pools: an indoor pool, a children’s pool and an outdoor pool, and a range of sauna facilities (Finnish sauna, kelo sauna, samarium, steam bath, two solariums and massage showers). Additionallly you will find a fitness studio and ice skating rink. Horse-drawn sleigh rides can take you into the Verwall valley.

Tandem Paragliding flights can be taken and squash and tennis can be played at the Tennis Centre. Tobogganing is a favourite après ski activity in St Anton. The 4km floodlit toboggan run from Gampenplateau down to the valley takes 10–15 minutes and covers a 500m drop in altitude.

St Anton has an excellent variety of restaurants, if you are not in a catered chalet or have taken a half board option at a hotel. The offbeat Hazienda has top notch steaks, fish, salads and pasta, which should always be preceded by cocktails in front of the open fire. Bobo’s  is a busy Mexican restaurant/bar which attracts a younger crowd. Pomodoro and Scotty’s are both great pizzerias. For something a little different, the contemporary Ben.Venuto at the arlberg-well.com building is worth a visit to sample its fabulous food and stylish, minimalist décor.

Apres ski in St Anton offers something to suit everyone. For a drinking-based après ski activity, you should hit the Krazy Kanguruh or the Mooserwirt, both destined to mark the beginnings of a serious après ski session. The staff at Krazy’s three bars (Krazy bar, Down Under bar and Ice bar) are ready to ensure you dont go thirsty, but the really crazy apres ski fun is going on across the piste at the Mooserwirt, until at least early evening.Drinking and skiing appears to be compulsory around here and many somehow  manage to ski down to the bottom, after many hours in the slopeside bars.

Back in town you could stop for a drink at the Anton bar at the bottom of the slopes – a modern bar with good snacks and meals until 9.30pm. From there it’s a short walk to the ever popular Funky Chicken a crowded après spot, that maintains the hordes through the evening by serving dinner (tasty roast chicken or curry), followed by the dangerous Margarita Happy Hour (11pm–midnight). The nearby Platzl bar is rustic, cosy, and well lit with a large open fire and live music 10pm–2am.

At the centre of the main street is the Piccadilly, more of a British-style pub, once again with live music from 4pm. Post Keller and Kandahar are the clubs to head to, and they often don’t throw you out until gone 6am.....then you can head straight to the slopes cutting out the sleeping!!


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