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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 ski region is an area that claims the origin of the modern ski technique. The first ski club in the Alps began here in 1901.

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Last updated: 30.08.21

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The main clue is in the full name! St Anton is located in the Arlberg region on the border between the Tyrol and Austria's westernmost province, the Vorarlberg.

St Anton is situated at 1304 metres above sea level.

The 2021 ski season in St Anton will start on 03 December.

The ski season in St Anton is scheduled to end on 24 April 2022.

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Location: 6580 Sankt 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 ski 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.

All three are accessible by ski runs, lifts and a comprehensive ski bus service. The Arlberg pass also includes the resorts of Lech and Zürs (over the Flexen pass) on the ticket.

St Anton has a wide range of hotels, guest houses, apartments and chalet accommodation, either in the sprawling town at the foot of the slopes or in the suburb of Nasserein. Choosing an uncatered chalet or house rental has also become more popular in recent years.

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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 town. The train station is now on the other side of the main road to the central accommodation and ski lift area. 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, while the nursery slopes are easily accessible from the pedestrian town centre.

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.

The terrain of the massive Arlberg ski region is perfect for the advanced skier while those looking for ski lessons can choose a ski school from amongst the most renowned in the Tyrol.

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Why choose St Anton for your ski holiday...

  • extensive ski area with scope for all types of skier and boarder
  • high alpine skiing with generally excellent snow conditions
  • easy access from most directions with train station in town

What are the drawbacks...

  • lift queues at bottlenecks in ski area
  • expensive resort and lift pass prices
  • might be intimidating for beginner skiers or families
  • lively apres ski is no longer as intense on the homebound ski slope

Looking from the main Sankt Anton ski area across the valley at the Rendl lifts

Ski Resorts near St Anton

  • St Christoph
    St Christoph is part of the Ski Arlberg area with connecting runs and lifts from the Galzig section above the town of St Anton. It is situated right on the Arlberg Pass and from here skiers can descend towards the village of Stuben and the connecting lifts to Zürs and Lech am Arlberg. Public transport is also available between St Anton and St Christoph.
  • Lech am Arlberg
    The Lech-Zürs ski area is now a fully connected part of the Ski Arlberg region, with lifts linking the area between Stuben and St Christoph to the runs above Zürs. Access used to be by ski bus and this public transport service still links Lech and St Anton, for those who want to head straight over to the ski runs above Lech.

St Anton Video

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St Anton am Arlberg