Austria Ski Accommodation in St Anton, Austria

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St. Anton, at the centre of the Arlberg Ski-Circus, is firmly established as one of Europe's top ski resorts, drawing keen skiers from all over the world. The ski area is simply vast; covering not only St. Anton's own mountains, but also the neighbouring villages of St. Christoph, Zürs and Lech and offers some of Austria's most extensive and most challenging skiing. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of this famous village also ensures plenty of activities off the piste for everyone with a multitude of lively bars, excellent restaurants and plenty of shopping opportunities!


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Apres

Of all the great reasons to make St Anton the destination for your next ski holiday, the resort’s lively après ski scene must surely be the best! For skiers keen to hit the bars and clubs, St Anton offers friendly, lively après and visitors can expect everything from traditional Austrian brass bands to foot stomping, table-top dancing oompah beats.

Top of the list has to be the mighty Mooserwirt bar. Sitting piste-side atop the home run above St Anton town centre, the Mooserwirt swings into action around 3pm each afternoon as tired skiers begin peeling off the pistes to come and enjoy a tasty gluwein after a hard day. Within a matter of hours the place is jumping. DJ Gerhaardt spins the latest Austrian dance classics (which always seem to sound the same as the previous year, oddly...) as inebriated revellers eagerly mount the tables to dance and sing in their ski boots like there’s no tomorrow! Waiters barge through the crowd bearing huge trays full of beer steins aloft, offering table service despite the place being packed to the rafters.

Aside from the Mooserwirt, St Anton’s selection of great après ski bars goes on and on. Taps and the Krazy Kanguruh are real highlights, both sitting in the same location piste-side, above the main run home. Popular amongst a pleasantly international crowd, Taps can often kick off like the Mooserwirt with table top dancing and hefty, foot-stomping oompah music. The Krazy Kanguruh is one of the resort’s oldest piste-side bars and the atmosphere is great. Popular amongst the younger crowd, visitors here seem to enjoy the beers and tequila slammers in equal measure.

Down in town the party continues, and bars such as Piccadilly and Kandahar throw open the doors at around 4pm to welcome après ski revellers in. You’re welcome here during the après ski hours in ski gear but as night closes in and the mood shifts, a smarter attire is required. Live music and a friendly atmosphere welcome merry skiers looking to continue the fun, but you must be quiet and respectful to the neighbours in the town centre as you stagger home after a hard night on the beers.

Over in the generally more peaceful Nasserein area, Fang House is the best place to go if you’re looking for lively après ski. It sits opposite the Nasserein gondola and after a session here you’ll only have a short walk home so you don’t have to worry about skiing drunk!

For something a little more low-key, the Base Camp sits at the base of the resort near the Gampen lift and is a great place to stop for a beer in the sun. Whilst it’s not as jumping as other places around resort, Base Camp gets busy later on so arriving early is recommended to make the most of it while it’s quieter.


Eating out

St Anton is a lively resort with a brilliant range of amenities, and the restaurant scene here is a big part of that. From hearty Tyrolean fare to high end international cuisine, pizza restaurants and basic burger joints, St Anton has something to suit every palette and wallet.

At the top end of the dining experience here, restaurants like Ben Venuto offer a broad selection of international cuisine prepared to an exceptionally high standard. This open-plan restaurant sits above the wellness centre in St Anton town centre and offers great food, superb service and a really special evening out. Unsurprisingly for food of this quality, Ben Venuto is on the pricey side!

The Hazienda is one of St Anton’s most popular restaurants and with good reason. Pre-booking is essential as the venue fills quickly, but for those keen for superb food in a welcoming, traditional setting the Hazienda works well. With a healthy international menu there’s certainly something for everyone but it’s the quality of the wines here that really sets the Hazienda apart from the competition.

For a real Austrian experience, try the Dorf Stub’n. This traditional eatery sits right in the town centre and offers a great range of those Tyrolean specialities you really should try while in Austria. The decor initially appears rather stark but once you settle in, the traditional dress of the waiting staff, the great beer selection and the great range of local cuisine really makes you feel very Austrian!

For families with kids looking for something a little more basic, the Floriani is a superb option. They do a cracking line in home-made pizzas and the central location means it’s easy to get to from all parts of the main resort area. Those staying in Nasserein would be better off choosing from one of the great eateries over on that side of town though, especially with tired children in tow.



Activities

As a traditional mountain town, St Anton offers just as much off the slopes as on them, and the range of non-ski activities is very good indeed. If there are non-skiers in your group St Anton is certainly a resort worth bearing in mind.

Skating and ice curling sessions are available at the resort’s ice rink, situated in front of the wellness centre near the middle of town. You can skate between the hours of 13:00-17:30 and curling takes place between 18:00-22:00. It’s all pleasantly inexpensive too, with entry to the skating rink costing 3 Euros for adults and 2.5 Euros for children. Skate hire is a little pricier at 4.50 Euros for adults and 2.50 Euros for children but all in all it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon off the slopes, or an evening having fun with friends.

St Anton boasts one of the finest Wellness Centres of any resort in the country and for an afternoon of relaxation and pampering is a wonderful option. The centre offers everything you’d expect from such a facility, including swimming pools, fitness suites, sauna areas and spa.

Winter hiking is a popular pastime for St Anton locals and visitors alike, and if you’re in need of a day off the pistes then heading off along some of the 70 kilometres of marked trails around the area is a most wonderful experience. Well signposted paths wend their way through the countryside outside St Anton offering walks through beautiful mountain and forest scenery, and visitors keen to explore it all can simply pick up maps and advice from the resort's tourist office.

For something a little more exhilarating, snow shoeing trails are also to be found on the slopes above town. You’ll need a guide to experience the best of the trails as they go deep into uncharted territory! But the resort’s ski schools offer tours and guides with a wealth of local knowledge, happy to take groups deep into the alpine wilderness.

Aside from these activities, St Anton also offers cross country skiing trails, parapente flights, horse-drawn sleigh rides, racket sports and climbing walls to enjoy



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These days more than ever, St Anton is a great resort for parents taking their children to the snow. The gentle slopes on the Nasserein side are great for learners and children and, for bad weather days or afternoons when the kids just want to do something a little different, the resort also offers a wealth of non-ski activities to choose from.

One big highlight is the resort’s arl.rock sports centre where a wealth of exciting and fun activities can be found. Climbing is popular here and the centre offers around 100 different climbing routes across boulders, climbing towers and the outdoor ice-climbing wall. The 17 metre high abseiling tower is also great for young thrill seekers, so long as mum is comfortable letting the kids have a go! The sport centre offers more than just climbing though, and visitors can enjoy the tennis courts, squash courts, football pitches and volleyball courts for nominal fees.

The resort’s toboggan run is a real highlight, and perfect for parents looking for a fun way to keep the kids entertained off the skis. The 4km run starts atop the Gampen area and leads down the mountainside to the base of the Nasserein area. It’s a descent of about 500 metres and costs nothing to use, meaning parents with children can enjoy it to their heart’s content for free! Toboggan rental is available in many of the resort’s ski hire shops, it costs around 7 Euros for the toboggan and a returnable deposit of 20 Euros is payable.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are also readily available in St Anton, offering a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment for youngsters and adults alike. The rides take place through the Verwall Valley and last around an hour, though you can make a half an hour stop off for a snack half way round. The rides depart from the Oberdorf area, up the hill to the west of town, and more information is readily available at the tourist office.

And of course, no ski resort is complete without a decent bowling alley and St Anton is no exception. Located inside the arl.rock sports centre, the resorts alley is a great way to spend an afternoon if the weather closes in or an evening’s fun as a family.


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St Anton, Austria Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 1° C
Wind: 9mph
Direction: s
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 220cm
Base: 65cm

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Ski Chalets in St Anton

Ski chalets in St Anton

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