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St Anton Ski and Snowboard Resort
St Anton fits is one of the world’s premier ski resorts, on a par with such great names as Chamonix and Zermatt. Favoured with expert skiers and renowned for its powdery slopes, moguls and superb off-piste routes. Its proximity to Innsbruck (100kms) makes it easily accessible by road, rail or air transportation.
St Anton is characterised by 54 fantastic ski slopes, designed for all levels of ability and (combined with the rest of Arlberg’s slopes) spanning a massive 440kms. The resort’s longest run is 10kms, and it boasts 82 high-tech cable cars and lifts. Less experienced skiers are advised to stick to the gentler pistes at lower altitudes; experts will enjoy the runs on the Galzig and Valluga peaks.
St Anton is an excellent choice for a winter getaway, with all kinds of other pastimes on offer. Try hiking, tobogganing, curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, indoor tennis and squash, and bowling. Also of interest is the swimming complex, featuring indoor swimming, saunas, an ice-skating rink and fitness centre.
St Anton’s après-ski scene is an additional attraction, with several lively bars, live music venues and discos. The resort village is well-equipped with shops of all description, a children’s ski school, a nursery and babysitting facilities. Lodging is provided by a range of luxury and more affordable hotels, guesthouses, pensions and apartments.
If you want to explore some other ski venues in the area, check out Lech and Zurs, only a bus ride away. Innsbruck, 100kms east, is known for its fabulous architecture, and presents a seemingly endless range of cultural, recreational and nightlife possibilities.
The ski season at St Anton runs from late November to April, with cheaper rates offered in the beginning and towards the end of the season, and in mid-January. The easiest way to reach the resort is by flying to Innsbruck and taking the Skibus the rest of the way.