Thu, 2013-03-28 16:15 — Anonymous
The Austrian ski resort is St Anton is steeped in history and tradition and boasts a rich, diverse and entertaining events programme throughout the winter and summer. The forthcoming winter ski season is set to be no exception, and there’s already an impressive list of activities and events lined up from the start of the season in December all the way through to season’s close in late April.
Christmas Market in Flirsch
With it’s beautiful Alpine setting and plethora of traditional arts and crafts on show, the annual Christmas Market In the small Tyrolean village of Flirsch near St Anton is a truly wonderful event to be a part of. Local artisans sell their wares alongside producers and craftspeople of all descriptions and the market is generally a wonderfully eclectic affair. This year the market takes place from the 30th November 2013.
Christmas Market in St Anton
The market takes place in the resort’s central pedestrianised area and, like its counterpart in Flirsch, sees a wonderful selection of local artisans and food producers join together to highlight the rich cultural tapestry the area boasts. Visitors to St Anton over the Christmas period will be bowled over by the wonderfully festive atmosphere, with hot mulled wine and local foods readily available to enjoy. The St Anton Christmas Market will take place from the 5th-7th December 2013.
Opening of the Winter Ski Season 2013/14
The ski season opens to great fanfare in St Anton and this year is due to take place on the 6th-8th December 2013. This ever-popular ski resort sits at a good altitude with a superb early-season snowfall record, meaning skiers heading out over the pre-Christmas weeks are often treated to huge dumps of fresh snow to enjoy before the peak date hordes arrive!
Aprés-Ski-Hits 2014 at the Mooserwirt
A huge part of St Anton’s early-season celebrations, the annual après ski hits performances at the mighty Mooserwirt bar draw huge crowds keen for a drink and a dance in true Austrian style! The event takes place in and around the Mooserwirt après ski bar, which is located by the side of the home piste above St Anton. You can expect the full-on Austrian après ski party atmosphere at this event, with trashy Euro-beats blaring out of speakers throughout the bar and terrace area! This year the event will take place on the 13th and 14th December 2013.
Skishow “The Snow Must Go On”
The early season celebrations continue with St Anton’s regular winter ski show. Laser lights, loud music, fireworks displays and torch-lit group ski demonstrations from the various ski schools combine to give visitors a really impressive show. From the New Year performance on the 30th December through to the 8th January, the show takes place every Wednesday night. Wrap up warm and head over to the Gampen lift where the show takes place – it’s well worth a watch!
Red Bull Hüttenrallye
This high-octane skiercross race takes place from the 25th January to the 1st February 2014 on the slopes above St Anton, and sees skiers from all corners of the globe competing for the coveted first place in the race. Red Bull’s Hüttenrallye, literally Hut Rally, sees skiers racing across the terrain riding the roofs of mountain huts wherever possible. Those keen to catch a glimpse of the action will see some of the world’s most impressive skiers taking on fantastic terrain in their bid to beat the competition and win the coveted trophy. And when it’s all over the après ski party really takes off!
The ‘Weisse Rausch’ Wintersport Competition
A highlight of the Spring weeks of St Anton’s ski season, the Weisse Rausch (White Thrill) Race sees skiers, telemarkers, snowbladers and snowboarders in their hundreds convening on the Valluga peak at 2650 metres to start the race en masse. Competitors race from the Valluga peak to Valfagehrjoch, Ulmerhütte, Steißbachtal, Moos then back to St. Anton for prizegiving and partying! This is the first stage of the Arlberg Eagle alpine triathlon, and sees competitors racing each other around the Arlberg ski area to win the 2000 Euro prize money.