St Anton at a Glance:
Summit Elevation: 9,222′
Vertical Drop: 4,944′
Trails: 305 km of prepared pistes – virtually unlimited off-piste adventures await.
Longest Run: 6.3 miles
St Anton am Arlberg is historic and charming and must-ski terrain for any skier that loves extraordinary scenery, alpine heritage, big mountain skiing, luxury lodging and après ski fun. St Anton is part of Austria’s vast Arlberg ski region with 88 lifts and over 211 miles, including interconnected St Christoph and Stuben, Lech and Zurs all on one ski ticket, with thousands of acres of off-piste terrain.
The ski village of St Anton is a postcard of Austrian chalet hotels, boutiques and lively après ski bars, a perfect alpine valley after a day skiing and riding modern ski lifts – like the Galzigbahn 24 passenger gondola that rivals an amusement park attraction, but serves this time revered ski terrain. From the summit of the 6,555’ Galzig, skiers have dozens of groomed and prepared ski slopes to choose from. Or continue up the Valluga Tram to the summit for steep, long and super scenic skiing from the highest point at 9,222′, hire a guide to ski the backside to Zurs and Lech.
Skiing Valluga, Galzig or Spitze you can reach neighboring Stuben, or the delightful ski town of St Christoph where we recommend a delightful traditional Austrian ski lunch at the Hospize Alm complete with lederhosen waiters, beer, brat, cheese, apple strudel and traditional Austrian music (check out the slide to the water closets and wine cellar).
Apres ski at St Anton is legendary, with great bars around the base of the ski slopes. Stop at the world famous Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh on your last run for the best après ski – The Moosewirt claims to be “the worst ski bar in the Alps,” with humor, here hundreds of skiers drink shot skis, and dance to a DJ in ski boots inside the chalet, and out on the sun deck in spring. St Anton actaully has an ordinance that après ski must end by 8pm, you should change out of ski clothes by then, drunkiness in ski boots has been a St Anton problem …
St Anton best ski hotels are in the historic village. We loved the Hotel Bergschlössl – right next to the Galzigbahn lift with authentic Austrian architecture, friendly innkeepers, tastefully decorated rooms and an extensive buffet breakfast served with a ski slope view. The Mooser Hotel is a more modern spa retreat, adjacent to the après ski Moosewirt bar up on the slopes.
St Anton is The Cradle of Alpine Skiing, legendary ski instructor Hannes Schneider trademarked his “Arlberg ski technique” here (later known as the Stem Christie) before bringing it to Cranmore in the US in the 1930s. Be sure to visit the St Anton Ski Museum to learn the lore and legend of skiing here since 1901, and dine in this beautiful 1912 chalet as well.