St Anton's reputation as a lively apres-ski resort with a nightlife to rival Ibiza’s doesn’t come from nowhere. If you’re spending New Year week in this vibrant resort, here’s what’s in store for the 2015/16 celebrations.
After a day of skiing, warm up at the Krazy Kanguruh bar before heading to the Mooserwirt, which has garnered a reputation nearly as large as St. Anton itself. It presides on the piste, welcoming thirsty skiers from mid-afternoon until the early evening. It’s loud Europop. It’s dancing on tables. It’s one of the busiest and liveliest apres-ski spots in Europe. Most can only imagine what it’s like on New Year’s Eve!
If you decide to head into the resort for your second phase of NYE celebrations, you’ll find special events taking place across all of St Anton’s restaurants and bars, including live bands and deck-spinning DJs right through the night. Take your pick from the Piccadilly/Postkeller in the middle of town, the Kandahar across the road, plus a whole host of other bars and clubs to see the New Year in.
At 11pm, be sure to drag yourself away from whichever establishment you find yourself in to join the crowds as they gather on the main street, champagne in hand, for the big countdown and fireworks display. Of course, you can then return to the bars and clubs to continue the celebrations well into the small hours.
If you're looking for something a little less hectic – perhaps you’re bringing the kids along for a week of skiing – St. Anton is still a viable option over New Year. The Nasserein area is a peaceful part of the resort that’s particularly ideal for families. What’s more, if you’re not partying well into the night, you'll be able to enjoy having the slopes pretty much to yourselves in the early morning on New Year's Day, while all the partygoers nurse hangovers until at least midday.
For an entirely different tone to St. Anton’s lively apres-ski scene, there’s also the Arlberger New Year's Concert for fans of classical music. This takes place on 3rd January and sees the Ambassade Orchestra Vienna perform at the Championship Hall at 4:30pm.