St Anton Ski Resort

St Anton ski resort Austria, part of the huge Ski Arlberg ski region.
St Anton is a beautiful traditonal village with serious after dark action.
St Anton lifts and terrain are world class.
St Anton ski resort has terrain for everyone - beginner to extreme snow riders.
Ski St Anton.
St Anton ski resort's Nassereinbahn gondola with part of its huge off piste behind.
Alpine village of St Christoph nestled in the valley, part of St Anton ski resort.
St Anton's mountain huts provide wonderful food, drink and apres fun.
St Anton has some of Europe's most consistant snow packs = more powder.
St Anton is now fully lift linked with Zurs ski resort.
St Anton ski resort has great child friendly ski areas.
The new 'Run of Fame' - 65km and 18000m vertical - starts in St Anton.
St Anton has oodles of terrain for intermediates and advanced skiiers.
Easy access, challenging off piste terrain abounds in St Anton (St Christoph!).
St Anton ski resort's extreme chutes willscare any expert skier or snowboarder.
Après starts early in St Anton. Buckle up for a long day (and night).
Lifts direct from the centre of town help make St Anton a premier ski resort.
Travel in style to St Anton by train from anywhere in Europe.
St Anton village.
Ski St Anton. Put it on your bucket list and do it before your knees fail!

St Anton Ski Resort

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St Anton

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Best Powder in Austria
Wagner Custome Skis

Interlinked Ski Resorts

Lech
Warth Schroecken
Zurs

    St Anton Ski Trail Map
  • St Anton Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,304m – 2,811m (1,507m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 - 11m
  • Lifts (88)
    Ski Arlberg
    18 Gondolas / cable cars
    44 Chairs

    St Anton only
    9 Gondolas / cable cars
    15 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to end April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 305km (Ski Arlberg area)
    Longest run – 10 km
    Advanced (incl. ski routes) - 38%
    Intermediate - 26%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Ski Arlberg
    Adult - €56.50
    Child - €34
    Child u/5yr - €10
     Ski Arlberg Trail Map
  • Ski Arlberg Trail Map

St Anton Ski Resort Austria

The pedigree of St Anton am Arlberg as a premier ski destination is difficult for other ski resorts to rival. St Anton ski resort has vast off-piste terrain plus consistent, deep snow-pack and powder. It is particularly popular with expert skiers, but equally enjoyed by families and intermediates. How do you improve one the world's great ski resorts? Fully lift link it into one of the world's largest fully interlinked ski areas - Ski Arlberg.

The village of St Anton is cosy with a distinct Austrian charm, in contrast to the vibrant St Anton après & party atmosphere. You come for the skiing; you stay for the world-renowned nightlife!

Pros & Cons for St Anton Ski Resort

Pros

  • Quality snow & deep reliable snow pack;
  • Modern & efficient lift system;
  • Endless variety of piste trails for all abilities;
  • Sensational off-piste powder, marked routes & challenging terrain;
  • Quality food in mountain restaurants;
  • Some of the world’s best après ski action & nightlife;
  • Great value for money lift pass considering the size & quality of the resort;
  • Superb access by train;
  • Ski in accommodation options in a village that has retained much of its tradition.
  • Village is easy to get around on foot.

Cons

  • Piste trails can get extremely busy during peak periods;
  • Lunchtimes at most on mountain restaurants & bars is bedlam;
  • Accommodation can be expensive;
  • There is a lot of competition on a powder day.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Can sometimes be difficult getting into pubs for après, especially when there is live music;
  • Very popular ski resort.

Skiing & Snowboard Terrain

St Anton has something for everyone but is an especially good experience for advanced skiers. Even though there are relatively few black runs on-piste, the off-piste routes & freeride terrain is vast. For extreme riders, the tight chutes near the Valluga summit and other areas will scare the pants off most. In good snow conditions the off-piste skiing is generally superb but note that most of the terrain is south facing and can become sun affected if temperatures creep up above freezing.

See the St Anton ski trail map here.

For intermediates there is wonderful terrain in any conditions due to superb grooming & snow-making facilities, plus a huge range of runs to choose from. The 'Run of Fame' is a great Ski Arlberg Tour for intermediates. It involves 65km of skiing & 18,000m of vertical. Great way to see the entire region but can get busy, so start early 7 only do it once!

 

St Anton's beginner runs are relatively challenging. The piste trails tend to be crowded & runs can become loaded with nasty moguls requiring some rapid 'up skilling'. That said, some excellent learn-to-ski & family skiing facilities are located at the St Anton base area in Nasserein & St Christoph.

The Saint Anton ski resort lift system is state of the art & includes a range of new cable cars & gondolas plus various fast, comfortable chairlifts (many with hoods & heated seats). 5 major lifts extend from the centre of town to all points on the compass (3 gondolas & 2 chairs), meaning most accommodation is either ski in, or very close to it!

Aside from a new gondola for season 2019/20, the most significant additions to the lift system were in 2016/17. A gob-smacking group of four gondola systems (Flexenbahn et al) were installed, opening up new terrain & fully linking St Anton with the other Ski Arlberg resorts of Zurs, Lech & Warth Schroecken. The ski resorts of Zürs, Lech, Warth Schroecken & Zug are all covered by the same lift ticket as St Anton. The Ski Arlberg trail map highlights the massive terrain with a total of 88 lifts & over 305km of interconnected piste trails - not to mention the endless off-piste & freeride areas.

Great ski resorts like St Anton are inevitably popular & even with the modern, super-efficient lifting system there are still lift queues. When in Europe you will have to suppress your memories of polite Japanese & Canadian lift queues & assert yourself (possibly with the use of your elbows) whilst trying to line up on a busy day! Or avoid any queues & stay in Zürs.

See our Skiing St Anton page for more information.

Snow & Weather

St Anton is in the heart of one of the snowiest places in Europe. With nearby Warth Schroecken getting a reputed 11m of snow per year. St Anton itself gets a very healthy average of 7m of snow per year, guaranteeing powder days. Whilst much of the terrain is south facing (i.e. sunny), elevation & cold temperatures will tend to keep the snow in good condition for the majority of winter. North-facing terrain in Stuben & on Rendl has the best snow quality (& the fewest people!).

Where is St Anton, Austria?

St Anton is located on the far western border of the Tyrol in the Arlberg region of Austria. Otherwise known as Sankt Anton am Arlberg, the town is blessed with its own train station for a wonderful ease of access from all over Europe. It is perfectly located 100km west of Innsbruck (1hr 10min by train or car) and 194km east of Zurich (2hr 20min by train or car).

St Anton ski resort has been interlinked with the adjacent resorts of St Christoph & Stuben for so long that for the purposes of this overview we are including them all as the one 'resort'.

The train is the recommended mode of transport to St Anton. Once in town, numerous local buses (cheap) or taxis (costly!) will get you where you need to be. The main village & lifts are a short across the river from the station. Search timetables & book train tickets to St Anton here.

For some visitors, public transport may not appeal. A private airport transfer, particularly if in a group of 3 or more people is the best alternative. Search & book all private transfers to St Anton here.

See our Travel to St Anton page for more information.

St Anton Accommodation

The town of Sankt Anton am Arlberg & the surrounding villages have a massive range of accommodation to choose from. And unlike many ski resort villages, it has worked hard to avoid the development excesses so prevalent in some ski areas (i.e. many French resorts). Excellent hotels, chalets, pensions & apartments for all tastes & budgets abound, many of which have ski-in convenience. St Anton has 2 main centres for direct ski lift access. The central village near the station being one & the Nasserein area the second. Both are within walking distance of each other.

Search & book all St Anton ski accommodation here.

The two villages of St Christoph & Stuben have traditionally been associated with St Anton. Both provide quieter options to the excitement at St Anton. St Christoph accommodation is in a sunny location with its own beginner area & chairlift access to the main ski slopes. The Stuben hotels & pensions are deep in shadow for much of the day in winter, but prices tend to be cheaper & access is awesome to near-deserted slopes above the village.

For more information see or St Anton Accommodation page.

Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in prime locations near the ski lift base areas in central St Anton & Nasserein. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.

A confusing amount of ski instructors, ski schools & mountain guides ply their trade in the St Anton ski resort & adjoining valleys. To narrow down the field, search & book a private lesson or mountain guide with the best providers here.

Also see the Resort Facilities & Services page for more information.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The vibrant après & nightlife in St Anton is world-famous. The main street & side lanes of St Anton are lined with restaurants & bars. In the evenings the streets are characterised by euphoric skiers & boarders returning from a big day on the slopes and in the après bars. At night the live music venues are overflowing, so get in early.

See the St Anton Food & Nightlife page for more information.

Other Activities

St Anton is not just about skiing. Numerous on & off slope activities are available to widen the scope of a St Anton snow holiday. On the slopes there is winter Klettersteg (via ferrata) on Rendl, a 4.5km long 500m vertical sledding trail from Gampen into Nasserein & limited heli-skiing drops are also available.

Off the alpine slopes, a cinema, curling, sleigh rides, ice-skating & saunas. tobogganing, saunas, squash, swimming in the local pool, indoor rock climbing, & meandering along winter hiking trails are all on the cards. Maybe even a spot of shopping?

See the St Anton Activities page for more information.

More Reasons to Ski St Anton

You may think that a trendy ski resort like St Anton would be incredibly expensive, but like most other Austria ski resorts, St Anton provides good value for money & can cater to a range of budgets. You can pick a luxurious St Anton hotel or chalet if you wish or stay in an inexpensive pension. The expense of your St Anton ski holiday will largely be dependent upon how much you want to spend in the bars & restaurants!

St Anton should be on the bucket list of every serious (and not so serious) skier because it is a great all-round ski experience. The only problem is it’s no secret how fabulous the resort is, & as such St Anton is one of the busiest ski resorts in Austria. St Anton is an ideal choice for the hard-drinking, action-loving holiday maker who can hack the pace. It is less suited to those who like a quiet skiing holiday & uncrowded slopes. If the latter is your style, perhaps head north to Zürs, Zug or the outskirts of Warth Schroecken.

Reviews

The Powderhounds are constantly reviewing new ski resorts & having a second or third look at old ones. We most recently were in the Ski Arlberg areas of Zuers, Lech & Warth Schroecken in season 2018/19. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see where we are currently skiing.

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
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USD 3,495
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone & meet new friends.
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USD 1,642
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St Anton Arlberg Ski Safari
PRIVATE GUIDED POWDER SKIING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Get the most out of a ski trip to St Anton with a knowledgeable guide, discovering powder stashes and visiting nearby ski areas including Zurs, Lech & Sonnenkopf. Private tours only. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,189
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