Luxury ski holiday in St Anton

Working at the sales end of the ski industry, you always come across chalets that make you think “I wish I could stay there”, so when the opportunity arose for several friends and I to stay in one such chalet, we naturally grabbed it with both hands. Chalet Seeberger has long been on my hit list for several reasons:

  1. The chalet is as central as you could possibly want.
  2. The catering is of a very high standard.
  3. The wines served would be good enough to grace a quality restaurant.

<--break- />The chalet does not come with flights and transfers included in the price so we pounced on some very good value Easyjet Gatwick to Innsbruck flights and hopped on the train up to resort. Whilst the traditional package holidays give you the ultimate convenience, I do think that making your own way to resort is a great adventure and part of the holiday itself. For those of you that haven’t done this journey, once you arrive at Innsbruck Airport and proceed into the main hall, directly outside the terminal is a bus-stop.

Hop onto bus route F which is clearly marked with Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and after a short 15 minute drive through Innsbruck you arrive at the station. The trains run about twice an hour and take an hour and a half. The route itself is spectacular, starting off in the valley before winding its way through the mountains before reaching St Anton Am Arlberg itself. This is another great thing about the resort, the train station is right in the town centre so after a brief but chilly walk of approximately 300m, we were warmly welcomed into Chalet Seeberger.

Matt, Interactive Resorts' sales manager, at the high point of his snowboarding career

The rooms in the chalet are all very spacious and all have their own cavernous en suite bathrooms. I know this may sound a little vulgar, but ours even had a urinal! Once settled in, we headed out to sort ski hire and get the week's first Flugel down us before settling back down in the chalet for a delicious meal. I cannot praise the chalet staff enough; on the third night in the chalet we were served with one of the best chalet meals I have ever eaten (and I have eaten quite a few...).

The fillet steak with pepper sauce was cooked perfectly and this was followed by a delicious Crème Brulee. The wines served with the meal were a Cotes-du-Beaune and a Sancerre, both went down very smoothly. The next morning we awoke to a blizzard, but having a St. Anton skiing veteran in our group we decided to head out and brave the conditions. We spent the day in and around the trees just above the resort, sticking to the Galzig gondola and the Gampen chair and enjoyed powder run after powder run before falling into Bar Cuba for some much needed refreshment. That’s about the last I remember of that day...

The next day we awoke to bright blue skies and deep powder. During our sumptuous breakfast we decided to head over to Lech. The bus to Lech leaves from the bus stop right outside and takes about 25 minutes. It's not free but good value at roughly €3. Lech is an absolutely stunning resort and picture perfect in a way that only the Tiroleans manage to achieve.

The Lech ski area is very different to St Anton - it is made of long sweeping blues and reds but also offers a first rate snow park as well as the most lift-served off piste that I think I have ever seen. Despite it being so accessible, we were finding plenty of fresh snow throughout the day! We found the “Ski Tour” runs to be of great help as they are unpisted runs but marked on the map, making it very easy to find first rate off piste terrain. The next day was another bluebird sky affair, and seeing as this was our last day on the slopes we decided to get some serious kilometres under our belt. We started very early and managed to get to St Christoph, Stuben, Zürs and Zug before heading back to the (in)famous Mooserwirt for some Euro-Party and Jaeger-bombs.

For the uninitiated, the Mooserwirt is a reason it itself to visit St Anton. Picture the scene, you have just finished an epic day enjoying some of the best powder you've ever seen, you come across a seemingly innocuous looking mountain restaurant and settle down for some well earned drinks when suddenly the windows are blacked out, the disco ball descends and the Final Countdown from the aptly named 80’s band Europe blasts out of every speaker in the place.

This sends locals and tourists alike crazy and before you know it it’s 8pm and you're tackling the short but precarious ski home to try and make it back to the chalet in time for dinner.

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