St. Christoph: How to Ski for Less in the Arlberg


Want to ski all day in a major ski area, then escape to a quiet mountain village away from all the hustle and bustle? Then you might want to consider St. Christoph as the base for your next ski holiday. This charming little satellite village above St. Anton enjoys easy access to the resort and all the major lifts, meaning those staying here can truly enjoy the best of both worlds.


Situated on the Arlberg Pass, the village was established in the 15th century when Heinrich Findelkind von Kempten, a shepherd who discovered travellers perished on the pass each spring, opened up an inn as a way to reduce the death toll here. Later the inn became the Hospiz Hotel, which still stands today, alongside St. Christoph’s small collection of other accommodation offerings.


At 1800 metres altitude, St. Christoph is one of the Alps’ highest ski resorts and therefore sees reliable snow both early and late in the season. Beginners are particularly well taken care of, as they’re able to spend ample time finding their ski legs on St. Christoph’s gentle slopes, before heading into neighbouring St. Anton when ready for something a little more challenging.



Image courtesy of Alan & Flora Botting on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.‏


Getting there is easy too; the slopes run from St. Christoph right into the heart of St. Anton, while the neighbouring resorts of Lech and Zurs are easily accessed by the dramatic Arlberg pass. Holidaymakers staying in the village are able to enjoy the famed apres-ski scene of St. Anton, before heading back to their peaceful mountain retreat for a relaxed evening meal and a good night’s sleep!


Forming part of the best ski region in Austria, the tiny village of St Christoph couldn’t be more different than the raucous party scene of St Anton, yet both share the same fantastic Arlberg ski area, making this an ideal choice for those looking for incredible skiing in a peaceful setting.


Oh, and did we mention? It’s often cheaper to stay in St. Christoph than it is to stay in St. Anton. Yet another bonus.