St Anton has come a long way since the days of impromptu ski bum parties on the steps of the town hall and cheap eats in the station buffet. The move of the railway station away from the centre means the whole resort is now more open to the slopes.
St Anton is one of Austria's top resorts. The town has a distinguished history and the Arlberg region is a ski area that claims the origin of the modern ski technique. The first ski club in the Alps began here in 1901.
Elevation: 1304 metres
Location: 6580 St Anton am Arlberg - Tyrol - Austria
St Anton is on the Tyrolean side of the Arlberg pass, which separates the Tyrol and the Vorarlberg. The Arlberg tunnel, under the surrounding mountain ranges, ensures all-weather access in either direction.
On the old Arlberg road, two further resorts lie hidden in the winter snows. One is the exclusive high-altitude hamlet of St Christoph with its ski training centre and top-class accommodation, just before the Arlberg pass. At the base of the other side of the pass, the tiny village of Stuben offers charming hotels and guest houses and was the birthplace of well-known local skier Hannes Schneider.
St Anton has a wide range of hotels, guest houses, apartments and chalets, either in the sprawling town at the foot of the slopes or in the suburb of Nasserein.
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To the east, new road tunnels along the motorway have improved the links between St Anton and Innsbruck. A car-free area has replaced the former railway station in the centre of the village. The train station is now over the main road opposite the town. Visitors from Switzerland and the northern side of Lake Constance have good motorway access and the toll tunnel under the Arlberg Pass.
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An extensive selection of lifts leaves from the town centre and the suburb of Nasserein. The Galzig, Gampen and Rendl ski areas are all served by cable cars or gondolas. Parking in the resort can be expensive and problematic - day trippers are best using one of the big car parks found at the entrance to the resort.
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