Thu, 2013-03-28 16:15 — Anonymous
St Anton is part of the huge Arlberg Ski Area which includes Lech, Zurs, Stuben and the very underrated Sonnenkopf!!
Rendl – 1 black, 3 reds. 3 blues and 4 itineraries
Rendl is a nice self contained are with some great reds and blues for cruising on the south facing slopes. The most popular part of Rendl is the ‘Rendlbeach’ at 2030m which sits just above the snowpark and has its fair share of poseurs and social skiers so if you want to see or be seen this is the place to go! More advance skiers will probably enjoy warming up in this area but ultimately will want to head elsewhere.
Gampen – 3 blacks, 5 reds, 9 blues and 2 itineraries
There is something for everyone in the Gamben area – to access it you can take either the Nasserein or the Gampen lifts up to around 1850m. Further up is the Kapall lift which takes you to 2330 and allows access to the whole area as well as some excellent off piste routes in the Mattun valley. This is one of the most beginner friendly parts of town so perfect for starting your holiday if you havnt been for a few years. Between the Nasserein and Gampen lifts are all of the nursery slopes, accessed by drag lifts, which will be where any first timers will start their lessons.
Galzig and St Christoph – 3 blacks, 6 reds, 13 blues and 7 itineraries
There is some really fantastic skiing in this part of St Anton, especially for intermediate and advanced skiers. The Galzig lift will take you up to 2100m and from there you can jump on the huge Valluga cable car or the Shindlergrat which take you up to 2650m and 2660m respectively and give you absolutely fantastic views! If you are in the mood for some real off piste then you can get in the tiny 6 person Valluga 2 cable car up to 2811 and ski all the way down to Lech – but be warned, you will need a guide or they wont let you on the lift! A guide for a half day costs about €240 for 2 people and is well worth it! If you want to stay on piste then the best runs to take are the red “14” and then the blue “17” from the top of Schlindler all the way down to Alpe Rauz – a phenomenal piste!!
Lech – 276km of pistes – 38% black, 51% red and 11% blue
If you are open to a 10 minute bus ride then the best option for developing intermediates and advanced skiers is to head down to St Christoph or Alpe Raux and then get on the regular bus to Lech! It only costs a few Euros each way and lets you access the phenomenal Weissen Ring (White Ring) which takes a good half day at least and lets you cover a huge amount of piste without going up the same lift twice (pics 7 and 8)
Piste Map of St Anton: http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/images/stories/panoramen/ski-panorama-jpg/PanoOst12-13_CMYK.jpg
And the whole Arlberg region: http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/images/stories/panoramen/ski-panorama-jpg/SkiarlbergPano12-13_CMYK.jpg