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St. Anton am Arlberg

The village of St. Anton am Arlberg at 1,304m lies at the heart of the Arlberg ski region. A vaste ski area connecting 340km of piste and the villages of St. Christoph, Lech, Zurs and since 2013 Warth and Schröcken.

St Anton was a key player in the development of skiing as a recreational sport and the village and resort has grown into a worldwide top ski destination. The resort and surrounding villages have adapted over the years and embraced their international guests- successfully combining a cosmopolitan atmosphere whilst maintaining the traditional charm of the Tyrol.

The Arlberg ski area boasts one of Austria’s finest areas for off-piste skiing, and provides a magical backdrop for all mountain sports- ski touring, snow-shoe walking, cross-country skiing alike. Even away from the slopes there are discoveries to be made- from learning the art of tyrolean cooking to wine and local gourmet produce tasting. Furthermore wellness opportunities- from yoga, pilates, nutrition and detox workshops- complimenting and perfecting the winter sports experience.

For many the name St Anton is synonymous with an epic mountain hut après-ski scene- where dancing on benches in ski boots and singing along to classic pop hits from all eras is the norm. As such it is highly popular with men’s groups and has been known to be referred to as “St Manton” due to the high demographic of male guests!

Thankfully, with growing success and power in the female ski industry, more and more women are heading to the Arlberg, as it is a resort, which naturally combines great winter adventures, with fun and well-being.

Read what others have to say about St. Anton: 

The Telegraph 

I Died & Went to St. Anton by ThisAmericanGirl 

 

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Travel to St Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Only two and a half hours drive from the Southern German city of Munich and centrally located between several well-frequented airports means there are a range of options traveling to and from St Anton am Arlberg that will suit every budget. Booking in advance you can also snap up some great deals- saving money on your travel, making your money go further on your alpine experience!  

Public transportation between the various airports is frequent, easy and cost effective. 

Download our guide attached for suggested routes.

Travel to & from our Arlberg camps and events is not included. To help you organise your travel, we have put together some suggestions. These are independent organisations therefore schedules and prices are from information at the time of writing and are subject to change by these carriers or organisations. 

For departures from Munich City we assist in the coordination of car-sharing. Please let us know upon registration if you are interested in this option.

Munich

Flights: London Heathrow (British Airways, Lufthansa)

              London Gatwick (easyjet

Public transport: Train from Munich Central Station (1hr 45 mins) from €56 each way

Private transfer: www.tirol-taxi.at (3-3 1/2 hrs) - From €120 pp each way 

Car: (2hrs 30 mins) Munich - Garmisch- Fernpass - Landeck - to St. Anton am Arlberg

Don’t forget to buy the Vignette for the Austrian road toll if taking the motorway! You can buy this at most petrol stations and service stations in Austria and some on the German border.

N.B. Due to the current situation with border controls, please ensure that you have the relevant documentation (passport, ID card etc) to hand when crossing between Austria and Germany.

Innsbruck

Flights: London Gatwick (easyjet

Public transport: Bus & train 1hr 45 mins from €22 each way

Private transfer: www.tirol-taxi.at 1hr - From €123 pp each way 

Car: 1 hr

Zurich

Flights: London Luton (easyjet)

              London Heathrow (British Airways)

Public transport: Airport shuttle (2hrs 45 mins) €80 return

                             Train (2hrs 45mins) approx €50 each way 

Zurich Airport- Zurich Central Station- St Anton Am Arlberg

Friedrichshafen

Flights: London Gatwick (British Airways)

Public transport: Train (2 ½ hrs) Approx €31 each way 

 

Private transfer: www.ski-express-stanton.com (1 hr 30) Approx €80

Munich

Flights: London Heathrow (British Airways, Lufthansa)

              London Gatwick (easyjet

Public transport: Train from Munich Central Station (1hr 45 mins) from €56 each way

Private transfer: www.tirol-taxi.at (3-3 1/2 hrs) - From €120 pp each way 

Car: (2hrs 30 mins) Munich - Garmisch- Fernpass - Landeck - to St. Anton am Arlberg

Don’t forget to buy the Vignette for the Austrian road toll if taking the motorway! You can buy this at most petrol stations and service stations in Austria and some on the German border.

 

St Anton travel guide for summer events
Galzig

Getting your ski legs on Galzig

If this is your first ski of the season and you are looking for some runs to get your ski legs back, then a good place to start is Galzig. Take the impressive Galzig gondola to the top of Galzig. From there head down the Osthang Einfahrt (5) to the Osthang lift. The Osthang Einfahrt is a great run for breaking yourself gently back into the ski rhythm. It's a wide and well-maintained piste that you can do a couple of times and gradually build up your confidence and technique. 

Another few nice variations from the top of the Osthang lift lead to the Tanzböden lift – take the Schwarze Wand (9) from the top of the lift and look out for the Tanzböden (7) run to the right- Tanzböden literally means dance halls- and hopefully you will begin to feel by this point that you are dancing on your skis again! The Tanzböden lift is St Anton’s most modern lift- heated seats and bubble to keep you cosy- a good one to warm up on if it's a chilly day. 

A couple of runs at the start in the Galzig area will leave you feeling well warmed up and ready to adventure to other parts!

Nearest toilet: 

Galzigbahn gondola top station

Food & drink: 

Kandahar restaurant- self-service

Verwallstube - gourmet restaurant for the ultimate fine-dining experience

Exit strategy: 

Galzig gondola down

Head to Steissbachtal Einfahrt (4a) which takes you through Steissbachtal (4)- also known as Happy Valley and brings you down through Zammermoos (1) and all the way into the village.

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View across Rendl

Up on Rendl

If you are looking for a good area for to play around for a few hours then head to Rendl. There really is something for everyone- from a variety of runs for warming up, practising technique and having a blast to the fun park for those wanting some free-style kicks and fun. Finally, on a sunny day the Rendl beach is the perfect spot and meeting point- where you can sit back, soak up some sun and stunning mountain views in between the action.

Here are a few of our tips:

R4 (Salzböden)-  a nice wide blue run, giving you a chance to practice some nice wide turns and build up confidence.

R11 (Riffl 1) – from the Riffl I lift take the route to the right down. This is another nice wide blue with plenty of room to practice wide turns.

R12 (Rifflkar) - one of my favourite runs in resort, as it winds around the southern most part of Rendl,  you can enjoy fantastic views along the Moostal (Moos valley). It is a great run for blowing away the cobwebs!

R14 (Rifflscharte)- For advanced skiers wanting a longer run, take the Riffl II and take the Rifflscharte ski-route back to the R11 /12 - really recommended in good snow conditions! Just make sure you are wrapped up well for the two Riffl lifts- it can be very windy at the top!

R2- The other side of the Rendl Gondola head up the Gampberg lift (the only chair on Rendl with a wind bubble- good for warming up a bit on a cold day) and enjoy the wide R2 slope which takes you back towards the central Rendl area.

R2a- for those that have built up their confidence and want a steeper challenge, this is another great run for a blast down to Rendl.

R6- Speed demons can try out the race course set on the R6- or just head to R6, as it is a great run in itself and fun to enjoy watching the skills involved as people practice winding their ways at high speed through these gates. Just be careful not to ski through the gates or finish – you won’t be very popular!

Nearest toilet: 

Rendlbahn

Food & drink: 

Rendl Restaurant- self-service

Bifang Alm- Hut restaurant on the last stretch of the R1 which takes you back into the valley. Very cosy hut with good Austrian mountain food. 

Exit strategy: 

Rendl gondola down.

The R1 (Rendl Talabfahrt) is a long red run bringing you back into the village. Most of the time a great run down, but as it is a red run there are a few steeper sections, so if you’re not so confident yet on red runs, the lift back down the village may be the pleasanter option!  

The White Ring

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The White Ring

The White Ring

A stunning ski safari day out from St Anton am Arlberg

The Weiße Ring is a great day’s tour from St Anton am Arlberg and takes you through the Zürs and Lech ski area. It makes a full day of new scenery and adventure as you also pass by the small picturesque Vorarlberg village of Zug and the fancy terraces of Oberlech. The official route around is 22km with over 5000m of altitude (actually based around the annual race circuit) but you can use this as a springboard to further explore these ski areas.

Here are our top tips for a super Weiße Ring day. Have fun!

Route

With the brand new Flexenbahn, the loop between St. Anton, Zürs, Zug and Lech is now closed- no more crammed ski busses or waiting for taxis! 

See here for the official route 

To do the full loop- you can only go in one direction the full way around, so the route you want to take is Zürs – Zug – Lech - Zürs

Timing

Start early- you have 305km of possible skiing to do!

Leave enough time to get the last connection across to Alpe Rauz and the Valfagehrbahn (last lift approx 16:15)

Alternatively you can get the Post Bus back from most villages direct to St Anton if your legs have had enough! (see exit strategy)

Favourite runs

33- Madloch-Zug Great ski route and a nice alternative when there’s fresh snow on the ground. From both runs enjoy the stunning views that open up across to Zug and Lech.

43 & 50 –Both wide and nice runs in nearly all snow conditions

38a Steinmännle  Wide undulating run on the Zürs side with alternative of 38b Rossgraben ski route for more advanced skiers to have some fun.

 

Refreshment stops

Seekopf Restaurant- take in 360 degree views of the Zürs ski area as you enjoy a mid-morning hot chocolate

Balmalp – top spot for counting champagne bottles during another pit stop or lunch.

Rüfikopf - at 2350m the highest point of your tour soak up splendid views from the panoramic restaurant. The official start of the Weiße Ring, you can also get a nice picture with the sign marking the start of the Weiße Ring.

 

Exit strategy

From Lech & Zürs- the post buses go every hour between Lech (Postamt bus stop) and St Anton via Zürs. Last bus from Lech is just after 7pm, if you fancy sampling the Lech après-ski scene.

 

 

Panorama map
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Piste grading in St Anton in Austria

St Anton am Arlberg uses the Austrian piste-grading system for its prepared pistes. The classification of runs from blue to black is based mainly according to the gradient of the runs.

The range is as follows:

- BLUE easy under 20% gradient

- RED middle under 40% gradient

- BLACK difficult above 40% gradient

In total the Arlberg ski area boasts:

- 143km blue runs

- 142km red runs

- 55km black runs

It has to be said that there are a few blue runs in resort that due to their width or the conditions can sometimes feel like a good red run and likewise reds to blacks!

In addition you will see red numbered diamonds- these indicate ski routes- these are within the secured piste area (only checked against risk of avalanche), but are generally unprepared and unchecked. They are where you may find fresh powder without leaving the secured ski area- and are often quite mogully! A good place to start training for off-piste skiing. 

At the base of all lifts you can check on the information boards which runs/lifts are open and closed. Remember if runs/ routes are closed- it is for a very good reason. Possibly for avalanche blasting or piste preparation, which could pose a big danger if you are on that slope when you shouldn't be!

Off-piste

The Arlberg is famed for its expansive backcountry possibilities and you will see freeriders heading off in many directions- especially on blue sky powder days. There are huge possibilities and a lot of fun to be had! 

If you want to have a go at backcountry skiing or explore the off-piste terrain, then do so with one of the many great ski schools. It is tempting to follow others that look like they know what they're doing, but having the local knowledge and correct equipment means you will be in the best hands- in terms of safety and finding the best spots for the conditions.