Thu, 2013-03-28 16:15 — Anonymous
St Anton am Alberg, generally known simply as St Anton, is part of the Arlberg Ski Circus. The altitude of the resort is 1304m and the skiing reaches 2811m at the uppermost points, with access to over 280m of piste and 134 groomed pistes. With such an extensive ski area, St Anton is extremely popular and attracts groups of all kinds from all over the world.
The ski area stretches over to Lech and Zurs with enough varied terrain to bring skiers back year after year. St Anton is very well equipped with up-to-date and rapid ski lifts, meaning no time is wasted on old-fashioned gondolas and cable cars.
St Anton is one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria and it is naturally busy throughout most of the season, especially during the peak dates. But with three separate lifts heading from resort up into the valley and a fleet of modern chairlifts for swift uplift, queues are kept to a minimum and getting around the ski area is easy.
The two largest gondola lifts which whisk you up into the mountains from St Anton are the Galzigbahn and the Nassereinbahn. The former is located at the western edge of the village and connects to the Schindler and Valluga peaks, and the latter is on the eastern edge of town near the entrance to the resort, and connects to the Kapall peak. These lifts mean most areas of St Anton village are well connected to the slopes.
St Anton used to cater far more to intermediate and advanced level skiers, but this is no longer the case. Gentle terrain can be found on the Nasserein side as well as up the other end of the resort on the Rendle side. A couple of the best blue pistes in the area run straight past the infamous après-ski bars Krazy Kanguruh and the Mooserwirt, which is ideal if you need to rest your legs and grab a drink if it all becomes too much! The Valfagehr and the run to St Christoph are also particularly gentle runs to practice on.
help you gain confidence on skis, there are some great ski schools in St Anton. The St Anton Ski School and the Am Alberg Ski School are prime examples, and learners can take lessons for just a couple of mornings or for the 5 full days.
Intermediate skiers looking for a little bit of a challenge will be very satisfied in St Anton, making real progression throughout the week. There are many long blue runs to help clock up the hours as well as plenty of steeper reds to build confidence and get those legs working!
The Rendl side of St Anton, known as the ‘Rendl Beach’ due to its sunny aspect, also has great intermediate pistes. This is a great part of the valley to spend an afternoon soaking up some sun and, if you feel up to it, there’s also a great terrain park with beginner and intermediate routes to practice your tricks in!
With regard to advanced skiers, St Anton is a dream. There are many challenging red pistes which, in other resorts, would be considered blacks, and there’s also plenty of steeper terrain to test and challenge competent advanced skiers. The FIS downhill course from Kapall to Fang is just one of the many great runs to sample! For freeride skiers looking for off-piste powder fields, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Stuben is the best place to start, with the Waterfall run and the descents into Verwall Valley being particular favourites.