What’s on in St. Anton: The 2014/2015 Winter Season Calendar

 
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the only events in St. Anton’s winter season calendar are those relating to the notorious après-ski of the MooserWirt. However, there’s a whole host of events happening in St. Anton this 2014/2015 season with not so much as a Jagerbomb in sight. The season extends from early December to late April and here’s a rundown of all that's in store during that time...
 

When: 5th December 2014

What: Lifts open/Stanton Ski Open

At 08:45 hours on 5th December, the lifts in St. Anton will ceremoniously open for the 2014/2015 winter season. The season opens with the Stanton Ski Open, where winter sports fans can test drive the latest ski and snowboard equipment lent out by various manufacturers. The “Ski Test Days” run from 5th to 7th December. 
 

When: 5th December 2014

What: Christmas Market in the Village

With all the excitement of the lifts opening, don’t miss spending a bit of time (and let’s face it – money) at St. Anton’s Christmas market. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere as you shop for Christmas gifts, feast on local food and glug down some Gluhwein.
 

When: 5th December 2014

What: Arlberg-Pass Krampalar Devil’s Run 

Krampalar St. Anton

Yes, the Krampalar Devil's Run in St. Anton is EXACTLY as weird as it looks. Image credit: St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Board.

Another (ever-so-slightly stranger) start to the season custom is the Krampalar Devil’s Run. This traditional custom celebrates a centuries-old tradition with grown adults dressing up in carved masks and “devil’s fur” to accompany St. Nicholas through the streets of St. Anton. Well, why on earth not?

 
 

When: 30th November/14th and 21st December 2014

What: Advent Magic in the Park

Advent Magic in the Park takes place in themed areas around the St. Anton Museum. Make your own family Christmas cards in the photo corner and force the kids to enjoy handicraft sessions at the elves workshops. Elsewhere, in a quaint log cabin in front of a roaring fire, St. Anton locals tell Christmas stories of yesteryear in Tyrolean dialect.
 

When: 28th December 2014

What: Concert by the Wiltener Boys Choir

The Wiltener Boys Choir St Anton

The Wiltener Boys Choir draw the festive season to a close in St Anton. Image credit: St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Board.

If you haven’t drowned in Christmas cheer by the end of the calendar year, get yourself to the great Arlbergsaal Hall on 28th December where the Wiltener Boys Choir will soothe you with their festive melodies. With around 160 members, the young choir from Innsbruck is one of the oldest and most traditional in the Alps.
 

When: 4th January 2015

What: Arlberg New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Ambassade Orchestra

New Years concert in St. Anton

New Years concert in St. Anton. Image credit: St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Board.

Classical music fans will be treated to the sounds of the annual New Year Concert at the ARLBERG-well.com on the evening of 4th January. Conducted by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Streicher, President of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and honorary citizen of St. Anton, the Vienna Ambassade Orchestra promise a fine performance.
 

When: 3rd to 5th April 2015

What: Snow Volleyball Tour

Extreme sports, extreme partying and heaps of mountain air and adrenalin promise to make the Snow Volleyball World Tour in April one helluva few days. Luring hundreds of spectators into unfamiliar, icy terrain some 2000 or so metres above sea level, the international snow volleyball elite will compete at the top of the Rendl lift station for the much coveted “King of the Snow 2015” title.
 

When: 7th January 2015 onwards

What: Ski-Show 

Names such as Hannes Schneider and Karl Schranz are inextricably linked to St. Anton’s history. During the weekly Ski-Show beginning on 7th January, ski instructors will demonstrate how the initial Telemark style developed into modern-day carving techniques. The piste will serve as an oversized screen in front of the World Cup stadium, brought to life with 3D effects and multi-media images.
 

When: 10th to 12th April 2015

What: New Orleans Meets Snow

For three days, bands will jam out rhythm ’n’ blues plus soul, funk and swing tunes in the resort and streets of St. Anton – and encourage you to get involved and dance along. This is the second time that New Orleans Meets Snow has enticed the jazz elite to St. Anton and it promises to be a right good knees-up.
 

When: 18th April 2015

What: The White Thrill

The White Thrill

Ready, set... go: A mass start for The White Thrill participants. Image credit: St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Board.

 
At a time when most ski resorts have already closed for the season, The White Thrill race kicks off in St. Anton. Nine kilometres of unprepped slopes, 1300 metres in altitude difference and a gruelling 150-metre uphill segment brings most participants to their knees even before the finish line.
 
So that’s what to look forward to in St. Anton over the course of the much-anticipated 2014/2015 season. To get in on the action, book your St. Anton ski holiday by clicking here or by calling 020 3080 0244.