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: 01.09.22
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 2022 ski season in St Anton will start on 02 December.
The ski season in St Anton is scheduled to end on 23 April 2023.
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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