Skiing in St Anton
In a nutshell: One of the world’s best for good skiers who like to party as hard as they ski
- Incredible skiing for intermediate and advanced skiers; steep pistes and fantastic off-piste
- The new lift links to Lech-Zurs and onward to Warth-Schroeken make it Austria’s biggest linked ski area. There’s a lot of terrain to explore
- Great apres-ski. This place really likes to party
- There’s an excellent snow record. St Anton is one of the snowiest ski resorts in the Alps
- The pedestrianised town centre is actually really lovely, and retains its alpine charm
- Easy access from Innsbruck on the train
We don’t like:
- St Anton is not a place for beginners. There are some decent nursery slopes in town, but progressing onto the rest of the mountain will require nerves of steel
- Given St Anton’s popularity, runs can become crowded – especially the runs to resort at the end of the day
- Resort altitude: 1,300m
- Highest lift: 2,800m
- Lowest piste: 1,300m
- Transfer time from most convenient airport:
- Innsbruck – 1h10m
- Zurich – 2h10m
- Friedrichshafen – 1h 30m
- Munich – 3h
- Number of lifts: 87
- Number of runs:
- Blue: 85
- Red: 129
- Black: 35
- Ski area size: Enormous – 340km of piste
- Apres ski
- High altitude
- Big ski area
- Traditional charm
- Great for intermediates
- Great for advanced
- Great for snowboarders
St Anton is consistently rated one of the top ski resorts in the Alps, and for good reason. The brilliant ski area is served by a modern and efficient lift network, the charming town centre has lots to offer (especially in the way of apres-ski), and there’s a great range of accommodation options.
St Anton particularly appeals to advanced skiers and powderhounds, coming to challenge themselves on St Anton’s world famous steep slopes. The pistes are challenging, and the off-piste is up there with the best in the world. Throw in St Anton’s excellent snow record and it’s easy to see the appeal for expert skiers.
Adventurous intermediates will love St Anton too. The ski area is vast and the new lift link over the Lech makes it much easier to explore the gentler slopes on the other side of the ski area. Given the amount and variety of challenging skiing, it’s almost guaranteed that intermediates will return from their ski holiday as better skiers.
Beginners are likely to find St Anton a difficult place for a ski holiday. There are some good beginner slopes on the Nasserein side of town and some excellent ski schools, but on the ejole the slopes are steep, busy and challenging and likely to put timid beginners off.
The apres-ski in St Anton stands head and shoulders above most other resorts. For skiers looking to party hard, some apres sessions at the infamous Moosewirt are a must (trying to avoid broken bones skiing back down to town in the dark), and there are countless other bars and clubs or dancing the afternoon, evening and night away in a typically raucous Austrian fashion.