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The resort of St Anton is one of Europe’s premier ski destinations for serious winter sports fans. The town is ideally situated at the gateway of an extensive ski region that includes St Christoph and Stuben. It is an attractive town and its busy streets have retained their charming traditional character. It does pay for its popularity however and is inclined to be crowded both on and off the slopes. St Anton is well blessed with a good variety of accommodation that will suit all tastes and pockets. The better quality hotels are mainly four star establishments that are conveniently located in the main street near to the more popular bars and the shops. It is one of Austria’s premier catered chalet resorts and there are also some good value self catering apartment blocks near to the Nasserein ski lift base.


St Anton stands at 1305m and provides access to an extensive ski area that offers 260 km of pistes that are served by a total of 82 lift systems. Despite its relatively modest height, the resort enjoys a very good reputation for snow surety and excellent skiing can often be had here well into the Spring. The resort benefits from plenty of snow making equipment that ensures the lower runs to the resort are always negotiable. It is a favourite destination for the expert skiers who have an impressive variety of both on and off piste runs at their disposal.

The confident intermediates also have a massive choice of runs to enjoy, although the less advanced intermediate will find fewer suitable runs to suit them and will find the lack of decent cruising runs somewhat frustrating. Beginners will be similarly frustrated by this resort, because while there are some good nursery slopes, there are few runs suitable for progression once the basics have been learned. Boarders have the same problem, as while the competent experts will enjoy the open free riding country, novices will struggle. Cross country skiers are not well catered for either. There are mixed reports about the standards of the local ski schools although facilities for children are said to be excellent.

Mountain Information

The slopes are located at three sectors, the Valluga that is linked to Gampen — Kapall and the Rendl. The Valluga Grat station just below the Valluga peak is the start of a memorable red (turning to blue) run that leads to Rauz that is suitable for decent intermediates upwards. This in turn gives access to the slopes around Stuben where experts will find some of the best off piste country. The Kapall station is the start of the Kandahar World Championship run that leads down to Gampen and the start of the Fang that leads down to St Anton itself. Mountain restaurants providing good service and quality food are to be found right across all sectors.

Apres Ski

The après ski scene in St Anton starts in the mid afternoon and goes on right into the wee small hours. The Krazy Kangaroo, The Mooserwirt and the Griabaldi are all situated on the slopes above the town and a stop off at any of these establishments, means a dodgy but amusing slide down the last bit of piste in the dark. In the town, there is a vast choice of bars including the Underground and the Piccadilly, all of which compete with one another to provide a raucous good time.

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Resort Information • St Anton

Resort Height Resort Height 1304m
Top Station Top Station 2811m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1304m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1507m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 16
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 12
High Capacity High Capacity 6
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - End of April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 8
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 8
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 6
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 8
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 6

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