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Sankt Anton am Arlberg

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Sankt Anton am Arlberg, also known as St. Anton, is a ski resort and hamlet in the Austrian state of Tyrol. St Anton lies in the Arlberg region of Austria, on the extreme western edge of the Tyrol. For added convenience, St Anton has its own railroad station. It is 100 kilometers west of Innsbruck (1 hour 10 minutes by rail or automobile) and 194 kilometers east of Zurich (2hrs 20mins by train or car).

St Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s ski capital and one of the world’s most popular ski resorts, is great for experienced skiers looking for tough terrain, outstanding mountain restaurants, lively après ski, and a variety of lodging options.

St. Anton is part of the Arlberg ski area, which has 94 cable cars and ski lifts, 340 kilometers (210 miles) of groomed pistes, and 200 kilometers (120 miles) of deep-snow slopes, all of which are covered by a single liftpass.

St Anton and the Arlberg ski region are a holy grail for advanced and expert skiers due to consistent snowfall and steep terrain, but there is also enough of decent skiing for intermediates and plenty of fun to be had by less experienced skiers and boarders.

St Anton is known for its tremendous party environment both on and off the slopes, with numerous well-known après ski bars strategically positioned on the lower routes returning to the town, as well as a plethora of other bars, restaurants, and nightlife options in the village.

The Arlberg ski region also includes the nearby communities of St Christoph and Stuben am Arlberg, as well as the luxury ski resorts of Lech-Zurs and the Sonnenkopf ski slope near Klosterle. In addition, since December 2013, the family-friendly Warth-Schrocken ski area has been linked to Lech by a ski lift.

St. Anton info card

Resort Altitude1304m
Highest Lift2811m
Total Piste305km
Longest Run9km
Directions of SlopesN,S,E,W
Total Lifts87
Gondolas/Cable cars12
Chairlifts47
Drag Lifts28
Snow Parks1

St Anton Skiing and Snowboard Terrain

Although there are relatively few black lines on-piste at St Anton, the off-piste trails and freeride terrain are extensive. Tight chutes at the Valluga top and other spots will frighten the pants off aggressive riders the most. Off-piste skiing is normally excellent in good snow conditions, however keep in mind that the bulk of the terrain is south facing and may get sun influenced if temperatures rise above freezing.

Because to the excellent grooming and snow-making facilities, there is wonderful terrain for intermediates in all conditions, and there is a vast selection of courses to pick from. The new ‘Run of Fame’ Ski Arlberg Tour is ideal for intermediates and above. It consists of 65 kilometers of skiing and 18,000 meters of vertical ascent. A fantastic way to view the whole area. The novice routes are pretty difficult, and since piste trails in St Anton tend to be busy, these runs may get laden with dangerous moguls, necessitating some quick ‘up skilling.’ Having saying that, there are some great novice skier facilities and lifts in the St Anton base area near Nasserein, as well as in St Christoph.

The St Anton ski resort lift system is cutting-edge, with modern cable cars, gondolas, and a variety of quick and comfortable chair lifts (many with hoods and heated seats). 5 large lifts run from the center of town to all points on the compass (3 gondolas and 2 chairs), implying that most accommodation is either ski-in or ski-out!

The most recent improvements to the lift system are a jaw-dropping quartet of gondola systems (Flexenbahn et al.) that open up new terrain and completely connect St Anton to the neighboring Ski Arlberg destinations of Zurs, Lech, and Warth Schroecken.

Great ski resorts like St Anton are always busy, and even with a contemporary and very efficient lift system, there are still lift lines. You’ll have to repress your memories of courteous Canadian elevator lineups and assert yourself (perhaps with your elbows) when attempting to line up in Europe!

St Anton am Arlberg Beginner Skiing

The ski area at St Anton is usually unsuitable for complete novices. While the Arlberg ski region offers several blue routes, the skiing at St Anton is challenging and best suited to intermediates and above.

Having said that, the lengthening of several lines and upgrades to the lift system have made it simpler for novices, who should make excellent progress with St Anton’s ski schools, and if you learn to ski in St. Anton, you should be comfortable skiing in any other resort.

The nursery slopes at Nasserein, where first-time skiers can gain confidence before progressing higher up the mountain to beginner slopes on Gampen, then higher still to ski blue runs on Kapall and on Galzig, where the wide slope served by the Osthang chairlift is a good training ground and popular with ski schools.

The long blue run (8) from Galzig to St. Christoph is a classic, especially in good weather, to enjoy lunch or a drink on the sun terrace at the famous Hospiz Alm restaurant slopeside in St Christoph, or to shelter inside in a white out and enjoy a superb lunch at one of the world’s best mountain restaurants.

While the run down to St Christoph is frequently busy, and while the middle section may intimidate nervous beginners, it can be skied reasonably easily by confident beginners who will be absolutely thrilled by the gastronomic delights and wine list at the Hospiz Alm, as well as the slide down to the toilets in the basement, if skied slowly and with the help of an instructor.

Beginners should feel at ease skiing the relatively easy blue slopes near the main restaurant and lift station at Rendl Beach, but the runs higher up Rendl and the long descent from Rendl Beach to St Anton range in difficulty from blue to red and can be difficult for beginners, especially when the snow conditions are icy.

St Anton am Arlberg Intermediate Skiing

St Anton is the starting point for the Arlberg ski region, which has 280 kilometers of groomed slopes, including lots of intermediate terrain in St Anton and much more in adjacent Stuben and neighboring Lech-Zurs.

Intermediate skiers and boarders may cut their way across breathtaking alpine scenery at St Anton. It’s over a mile downhill from the summit of St Anton’s three major mountains to town level. The longest route is 10.2 km (6.4 miles) from Valluga to St. Anton through Ulmer Hütte, and other renowned St. Anton red and black runs are high on the list of itineraries to be explored.

Kapall, where a long and testing black run winds its way down the World Cup downhill run to the village; Schindler, where the long-standing classic red to Ulmer Hütte and blue to Rauz will stretch even the fittest skiers’ leg muscles; and Galzig, where the busy Kandahar black run will test your thigh muscles and short turns.

Rendl is typically a quieter alternative for those looking to avoid the busier slopes on the Galzig side of St Anton, with intermediates having a choice of half a dozen blue runs, red runs, and ski routes on wide-open slopes, as well as a long red run descent from the top of the Gampberg lift down to St Anton and a slightly shorter variant from Rendl Beach.

Stuben has some of the best piste skiing in the world on the north-facing Albona (2,400m), where the snow stays in good condition far into May. Three chairlifts provide access to some fantastic red routes as well as the opportunity to test your snow talents away from St. Anton’s popular slopes. A blue slope from the Albona’s middle station runs to Alpe Rauz, where you rejoin the main St. Anton ski resort.

Further out, great intermediate skiing may be found in Lech-Zürs, which is readily accessible through frequent bus service. Begin at Zürs and follow the White Ring circuit through Zug to Oberlech for lunch, then down to Lech and take the cable car up the other side to finish the White Ring circuit by skiing back to Zürs and taking a ski bus or taxi back to St Anton.

If you’ve had a lengthy lunch in Oberlech and don’t want to ski from Lech to Zrs, the Hotel Krone apres ski bar and the bar in front of the Tannbergerhof Hotel bar in Lech are both active for apres ski and great for people watching. If you can’t afford a cab to St Anton, make sure you check the final bus time.

St Anton am Arlberg Advanced & Expert Skiing

With a variety of steep slopes, moguls, ski routes, and infinite off-piste skiing across the magnificent Arlberg ski region, St Anton’s is excellent for experienced and expert skiers.

St. Anton has a tremendous quantity of terrain for advanced and expert skiers, with a range of steep slopes to put even the best to the test. Favorites include the ungroomed Schindlerkar and Mattun ski routes, which each have multiple steep descents and lots of moguls. Stuben offers a plethora of options, including the red routes on the Albona north face, which drop over 1,000m of varied terrain. The legendary Valluga north face off-piste, one of the longest lift accessible off-piste descents in the Alps, is also available to professionals. Further away, the Flexenbahn lift connects St Anton skiers to roughly 30 ungroomed but designated trails as well as lots of off-piste in Lech Zurs, as well as a few additional steep lines, both on and off the piste, in Warth Schroecken.

Schindler

The Schindlergrat triple chairlift to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) is one of St Anton’s most popular (and now one of its oldest) chairlifts. It leads to some of the most accessible off-piste routes, such as wide bowls, steep chutes, and small gullies, as well as the highly delightful red run to Ulmer Htte. There is some exciting off-piste on south-facing slopes underneath the chairlift, which may be accessed with a guiding from the chairlift’s top or by skiing and then travelling west along Schindler Spitze’s shoulder. The steep west-facing chutes at the summit of the Schindlergrat chairlift (covered by a high fence) are reserved for professionals. If these choices are too strenuous, consider the Schindlerkar (86) trek. Another well-known descent is the Mattunjoch (90) difficult ski path.

Valluga

The Valluga cable, which runs from Galzig (2,165m) to Vallugagrat (2,650m), provides access to the same runs as the Schindlergrat. However, it also takes you to the little (4-person) Valluga II cable car, which ascends to the observation platform on top of the Valluga (2,811m) for breathtaking views or to ski off-piste down the renowned Valluga north face. Skis and snowboards are only permitted on the Valluga II cable car when accompanied by a licensed guide. The first slopes seem to plummet into the abyss; avoid falls as you weave your way left down between cliffs and boulders to the Pazieljoch saddle before skiing the wonderful wide powder fields all the way down to Zürs. The gradient is reasonably easy after the Pazieljoch, but the first exposed drop from the Valluga top is actually perilous to fall on and not for the faint of heart.

Stuben

Stuben, the Arlberg’s powder snow mecca, offers many lifetimes of off-piste skiing. Open mountain sides and thick woods await the daring skier accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. There are several off-piste options on the Albonagrat’s North Face, as well as quite a number on the south side. But be warned: there is a belt of rocks that encircle practically the whole North face, and although there are several routes through, some are considerably steeper and narrower than others, so use caution or, better yet, hire a guide. Also, avoid skiing into Stuben by any means other than the recognized pistes and paths, since there are sheer precipices and rocky gullies. Longer off-piste routes (both accessed from the top of Albonagrat) include: the moderately difficult Geisleger on the north face, which often holds great powder and is good for short turns; and the harder Maroikopf-Langen route, which involves booting up 20-30 minutes to Maroikopf followed by 4 miles off-piste and 1,300 m vertical, taking in the “Krachel” snow bowl and the narrow “Wasserfall” gully past

Rendl

Rendl’s distinct section provides a more relaxed atmosphere. The black run and ungroomed trails from the top of the Gampberg lift that connect to the long red run home, the ‘good skiers only’ ungroomed area at the top of the Riffel II lift, the extreme route between the Salzboden drag and the Maass chair (which also has off-piste to the side), and the off-piste chutes and gullies beneath the Riffel 1 chair that you can assess while riding up on this lift are the most easily t The most difficult terrain, however, is buried far from the lifts, so hire a local mountain guide and, if circumstances permit, explore the deep snow in Hinter Rendl, Malfontal, and Rossfall. Favorites include the moderately difficult Rendlscharte-Malfontal, which can be reached by dropping off the back of Rendl into Hinter Rendl; after skiing towards Rendlscharte, shoulder your skis for a 30 minute climb before enjoying 10 km (6 miles) of fantastic backcountry skiing and 1,350 m vertical through the Malfon valley to Pettneu, returning to St. Anton by taxi.

Warth-Schroecken and Lech-Zurs

The Flexenbahn lift at Alpe Rauz links St Anton to Zurs, from whence it’s reasonably simple to continue on to Lech and even Warth Schroecken. (The bus from St Anton to Zurs and then to Lech is still the shortest route to go from one side of the Arlberg to the other, so it’s worth considering as well, particularly if you want to spend as much time as possible in Warth or Schroecken.) In Lech and Zurs, there are roughly 30 ungroomed trails, including a few ‘severe’ courses. There are also a few noteworthy black pistes near Warth Schroecken (number 283 is supposedly the steepest groomed piste in the whole Arlberg region) and some fascinating off-slope, notably around the Jageralp Express, which also has the only designated Extreme Route. Skiers from St Anton may also reach a larger range of snow conditions at Lech, Zurs, Warth, and Schroecken. Most years, more fresh powder falls in Warth and Zurs than in St Anton, and it tends to remain untracked for a longer period of time. The Lech meadows also need less snow cover than the rocky slopes near St Anton, thus off-piste skiing may be more fun here if just a small snowfall has fallen.

St Anton am Arlberg Boarding & Freestyle

Despite lengthy walk-outs from certain runs, St Anton’s diverse and demanding terrain is a magnet for skilled snowboarders drawn by the vast off-piste chances.

Boarders and freestylers may check out Rendl’s terrain park, which contains a 40m x 17m half-pipe, 8-10 barriers, a pro-jump, two quarter pipes, a washboard, table top, slide, and a long jump. Three or four times every week, the half pipe is maintained. Rendl is ideal for beginning and intermediate snowboarders because to its big, open slopes and plenty of groomed routes that are primarily appropriate for beginners and intermediate riders.

The unavoidable flat areas of St. Anton’s connecting valleys, such as Steissbachtal, are not obvious snowboard terrain, yet lots of riders return. Despite the lengthy walk-outs from some of the greatest climbs, they are usually experienced and drawn to St Anton’s limitless off-piste chances. Beyond St Anton, there is lots of great boarding, both on and off-piste, at Stuben and Lech-Zurs.

St Anton am Arlberg Off-Piste

Some of the greatest off-piste skiing in the Alps can be found in St Anton and the Arlberg ski resort. Off-piste terrain abounds, including high altitude ski slopes, tiny chutes and couloirs, and secret valleys for deep-snow skiing away from the ski lifts.

Valluga North Face Off-Piste St. Anton’s ‘off the back’ descents are legendary and may be busy on a powder day, but these’must do’ descents, particularly the Valluga north face descent to Zürs, are worth skiing even several days after a new snow fall. The gut-wrenching Valluga summit descent into the Paziel-Tal to Zurs is rightly recognized as one of the “must ski” off-piste descents accessible from a lift station. This incredible off-piste descent is not for the faint of heart! A tiny gondola transports visitors and skiers to the Valluga top viewing platform, however only those accompanied by a competent guide are permitted to bring their skis or board.

The slopes on all sides descend into the abyss from the exposed peak, and the first timer is unsure where to begin skiing since they are confronted with a convex slope and what looks to be a labyrinth of cliffs and rocks. It may help to remember that an experienced mountain guide is unlikely to allow you to attempt the descent unless you are already confident in your skiing ability, and the truth is that nervously straining your eyes will not make this gut-wrenching descent any easier, so relax, enjoy the scenery, and pretend you are not a little bit afraid.

Following the guide’s precise directions, the descent starts with two options from the peak. The iconic Valluga North Face starts with tight bends in the fall line on the far left of the face, where a precarious traverse goes right; here, extreme care is required since a fall may result in a rocket slide heading to a cliff that one would not want to see again. A successful traverse skiers right, followed by a traverse skiers left, results in exhilaration among the group, as the initial challenge has been overcome and the terrain now seems to be nearly delightful. Only fantastic twists are ahead, but caution is required to escape the 40-meter drop at its foot. During this adrenaline-pumping skiing, try to remain calm, gaze up from the tips of your skis, and enjoy your skiing while admiring the scenery ahead.

When you reach the col that separates the two prominent peaks of Valluga and Rogspitze, you look back at what you’ve skied and either thank your lucky stars that you survived or ask your guide when you can ski it again! The landscape is spectacular, with two towering peaks above providing a threatening but wonderful mood. As you ski away from the col, you’ll be met with seemingly limitless snow slopes down to Zürs.

The second alternative from the top, Valluga Bridge Couloir, is as exhilarating, and to add to the excitement, your basic mountaineering abilities and fear of heights will be put to the test as you descend the roped stairs to get access to the ancient wooden bridge that spans the famed “Bridge Couloir.” After a step down under the bridge’s wooden planks, a narrow 40-degree couloir requires great jump turn technique. After 15 turns, the couloir vanishes behind a left banking corner before ultimately opening out onto the Valluga’s vast west slope, where sweeping bends bring you safely to a meeting place at the foot of the west face. A short northwest journey brings you around a secret corner, revealing a treasure trove of powder and adventure that extends all the way to the Zürs ski resort.

Off-Piste Galzig

The Galzig ski area is reached by an impressive high-speed gondola from St. Anton and includes some excellent off-piste ski terrain, but you’ll need to be quick here as well, as Galzig is one of the first areas that gets skied on a powder day, especially when the Valluga and Schindler are closed due to wind or avalanche risk.

You’re greeted with a plethora of alternatives as soon as you get off the cable car. The first stop is Zwischen, which is located between Ostang (blue 5) and Kandahar (black 2). Powder slopes and steep lines through the woods await you here, bringing you close to the Feldherrnhugel lift. Backseite is a Galzig classic: it’s north-facing, steep, and ideal for honing off-piste skills on steeper terrain down into Steissbachtal (Happy Valley). The red ski route (3) from Galzig to St Anton is a reincarnation of the black Ostang, and the mogulled part between the woods is often fairly difficult.

Backseite can be reached by riding the Zammermoos chairlift or the Tanzboden T-bar, then skiing towards red ski route (4a), which has multiple entry points and allows skiers to choose the steepest terrain, or by heading skiers left at the top of the Kandahar run towards the bottom of Tanzboden, then skiing off-piste down the steep north facing pitch into Steissbachtal (Happy Valley). On a powder day, you may perform fantastic laps utilizing the Zammermoos lifts and heading right at the summit.

It is easily accessible from the ground level of the Galzig cable car. Even when visibility is limited, Maienwassen is genuinely world class on a powder day, as the trees are never far away to aid with contrast, but considerable caution is required both the left and right sides of this descent are deep cutting valleys that may provide high avalanche hazard on fresh snow days.

Off-Piste Kapall Schonegraben

Schonegraben, which means “Beautiful Grave,” is located off the Kapall lift to the east of the resort. This descent has steep trees and open sides, and the proper path must be selected to avoid any avalanche hazards. When you reach the region, you should go towards the woods and be cautious of the higher hills to the left of the forest line. Looking towards Schonegraben from the top of Kapall is a very inviting bowl; however, this bowl should never be skied in its entirety as it ends in an ever increasingly convex form to end in a steep narrow gauge known as “The plug hole,” which has claimed many avalanche deaths in the area over the years. To bypass this, take the high logical traverse to the right to obtain access to the bottom of the drag lift and the top of the Kapall lift.

Off-Piste Rendl

The Rendl ski region on the other side of the valley is now simpler to access, thanks to the replacement of the old gondola station outside the town with the stunning new Rendlbahn gondola station in St Anton. Rendl’s off-piste skiing is popular for guiding because to its varied terrain and consistent snow. There is superb off-piste skiing between the pistes to the left and right of the Maass Bahn, with moderate slopes flowing through the woods; this is a popular spot on rainy days since the trees aid with visibility. Moving up the mountain, take the Gampberg six-man chair lift and skiers right, skiing the line under the chair lift, which is long and perfect for getting into that powder rhythm. You can either traverse out left back to the piste or continue further for more fall line turns to reach the Tobel T-bar, which will take you back to the restaurant area.

When you want to go away from the lifts, St Anton’s Rendl ski area truly comes into its own, with a number of small side-stepping climbs leading to fantastic concealed off-piste stashes. The Hinter Rendl bowl, the difficult North Face, and picturesque solitude in the relatively moderate Rossfall are just a few of Rendl’s numerous ‘off the back’ alternatives.

Off-Piste Hinter Rendl

Hinter Rendl is a massive north-facing bowl with steep and broad untracked powder runs in high alpine ski terrain and open forest lines. It can be tracked early, but because of its immensity and limitless lines, you can nearly always discover something untracked several days after the last snowfall. Ride the Riffel 1 and 2 chair lifts to get to the bowl, then cross through a roped-off zone with a notice informing you’re leaving the guarded area. To ski here, you must have avalanche judgment experience. After riding the Gampberg lift, proceed right along Schimalegg ridge and once the terrain flattens, follow a line right to reach a spectacular wide bowl that leads to trees and the track down to the Rendl Bahn, but be careful that this route demands competence in route finding and avalanche judgment. It is important not to ski in the couloirs straight soon after a strong wind or new snow, since they contain hazardous snow and have been the site of numerous accidents.

North Face Rendl Off-Piste

Rendl’s North Face, just south of St Anton, is long and commanding, casting a shadow over the hamlet and offering a fantastic powder route that lures you to its higher open faces and lower tricky tree lines. This approach, on the other hand, requires great route-finding abilities, since taking the incorrect path may leave you surrounded by cliffs and drops, with a tough, if not impossible, walk back up the mountain.

You may reach this region by skiing the itinerary route number R5 to its halfway point, traversing right till you reach a radio antenna and skiing the fall line to reach the woods, and then taking the mandatory right traverse line to avoid the cliffs. This face has multiple convex slopes that should be avoided on powder days since they are major potential avalanche areas.

Off-Piste at Rossfall

Rossfall’s broad undulating pitches provide delicious powder for those who aren’t quite up to the task of Rendl’s north face. A short traverse and steep side-step climb up the right side of the Riffel 1 chair lift leads to this tiny heaven, where the breathtaking vistas and mountain stillness remind you that off-piste skiing is what life is all about! Experience with route finding is also useful here, as you must avoid specific convex slopes and possible terrain traps in this section.

Off-Piste Schindlerkar

The ski slopes Schindlerkar (15) and Mattun (16) may be accessed by using the chairlift to Schindler Spitze (2,660m) or the Valluga I cable car to Vallugagrat (2,650m), then skiing red 19 and riding the cable car to the ski routes. Here you’ll find skiers cutting consecutive lines as they go high and wide in search of favorable lines back down to the main ski path. However, with so many off-piste powder hunters around, you must be fast to discover new tracks in these heavy traffic locations.

If you like skiing steep and tight couloirs with boulders on each side, try out the Schindler West experts-only chutes that plunge down to your left from the summit of the Schindlergratbahn. A sturdy wooden barrier prohibits unintentional access to these couloirs, and you can bet there’ll be quite a crowd when pros scale the fence and sit rather uncomfortably before leaping in and vanishing from view after only a few spins, or even faster if they fall. And, save for the absolute greatest new snow conditions, when local ski instructors and ski bums will have arrived ahead of you, it’s moguls all the way.

On a powder day, the Schindler South slopes beneath the Schindlergratbahn triple chair offer excellent deep snow opportunities and can be accessed high up from behind the top lift station, but you’ll need an instructor or guide for safe route finding and a safe descent through rocky couloirs higher up and on avalanche prone south facing slopes. Ski down on piste from the Schindlergratbahn, then not long from the top, as you head left towards Ulmer Hutte, traverse skiers left off-piste quite some way over Schindler’s shoulder, then a short boot up and you can drop on to the slopes flowing down under the chairlift.

Neningastal Off-Piste – Sonnenkopf

Sonnenkopf is largely a family resort that just entered the Arlberg region. Sonnenkopf is about thirty minutes by car or bus from St Anton and is included in the main Arlberg lift pass. The ski region is comparable in style to many ski mountains in North America, with spread out trees and bowl-like skiing options. The very impressive Nesingastal off-piste run, however, is hidden over the back of the top lift, offering 1,500m vertical of exciting steep lines, huge open faces in impressive scenery, and the obligatory steep exit line through a demanding and gullied steep section studded with bushes leading to the Nesingastal. This amazing excursion concludes at Langen, where you board the train back to St. Anton in time for a well-deserved après ski!

St Anton Snow & Weather

St Anton sits in the center of one of Europe’s snowiest regions, with adjacent Warth Schroecken receiving an estimated 11m of snow every year. St Anton receives an average of 7m of snow each year, ensuring enough skiing powder days. Despite the fact that the bulk of the terrain is south facing, elevation and low temperatures will maintain the snow in excellent condition for the remainder of the winter. The highest snow quality is found on north-facing slopes near Stuben and on Rendl.

St Anton Accommodation

The town of St Anton and the neighboring villages provide a variety of lodging options. There is a wide variety of excellent hotels, chalets, pensions, and apartments to suit all interests and budgets, many of which include ski-in/ski-out access.

Après ski, restaurants and activities in St Anton

This is really where St Anton sets the standard for the whole world. No other resort anywhere can match the on-piste après ski entertainment of St Anton. It really is the most fun resort on the planet. There are so many great après bars I can’t mention them all but I will name the most famous ones like the Krazy Kangaruh and the Mooserwirt.

The Moose sells more beer than any other bar in the Alps. They are delivered by immensely strong bar men carrying up to 30 large beers to your table (that you are dancing on) and come with shots of Jaeger or Willys mit Pear (Williams Christ Birne pear Schnapps with a ball of Pear in the shot glass). Many partiers walk up the slopes to get to the Mooserwirt or KK just to join the party. At 3pm everyday the DJ at the Moose starts the party by playing ‘The Final Countdown’ by Swedish Band, Europe, and have been doing so since 1986.

Other worthy on-piste bars with live music include the Heustadl (great bands rather than DJs) , the Rodelhütte (Piano accordion traditional oom-pah music), Taps for cheap beers next to KKs and The Fang House right next to the Nasserein Gondola – The Fang is a big favourite with the Iglu team. There are at least another 10 worth a visit.

After your aprés ski session at the on-piste bars there is the carnage of the final descent from the bars to the bottom of the pistes. Although inebriated skiing is frowned upon in many resorts, this St Anton tradition is hilarious and better than walking. We recommend one final drink to celebrate making it to the bottom of the slopes at Basecamp. This large bar is the final stop for many skiers and they do a range of excellent snacks to nibble on before heading back to your Chalet or Hotel for dinner.

St Anton has a pedestrianised village centre and offers plenty of activities away from the piste including a cinema, ice skating, bowling, curling, sleigh rides, tobogganing and the ‘Arlberg-well.com’ leisure complex. The 4.2 km long illuminated tobaggan run from Gampen via the Rodelhütte to “Rodelstall” in Nasserein has to be the best in Europe. Non skiers can also make their way to many of the après ski bars and lunch restaurants to meet their groups on-piste.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from in St. Anton. You can find a great range of cuisine including traditional Tyrolean fare. Some notable eateries are San Antonio, Rosanna’s, Pomodoro, Dixies 1 and 2, Nassereinerhof and Bobo’s. For a dinner experience that turns into a nightclub we recommend Hugos.

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