St Anton - Reviews

Ski and party town

Mestdagt Dieter
04/10/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
Nice resort. The level of the skiers/tourists seems higher than in other resorts. Lift system is ok but can have improvement - the link to Lech is far to complicated and takes up a lot of time. Sometimes alot of people in one spot . On the other side of the village there is Rendl. Smaller but with a nice park and also good off piste possibilities. Nightlife in St Anton gives everybody what they want.

Absolutely Sick

Conor
16/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December
I went last winter, and even after skiing Banff, Winter Park and Steamboat, Park City, Aspen, and Sun Valley, this place is the most breathtaking!

The on piste was all good, I went in December so the snow definitely could have been better, but for December off-piste had plenty of fresh powder and some sick places to just have fun.

The sheer size and acreage is incomprehensible, its ridiculous. 100% the best place I have been, and definitely would say all skiers need to try to get there, because its worth the trip, just be prepared, European lift culture is vastly different from this side of the pond, to say the least

St. Anton (Whistler on Steroids)

Joe Rosenfeld
16/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
Valuga
Skied St. Anton for 7 days in late February/early March 2017 with a group of friends. Thought everything was terrific except the crowds, but then again we were there during Carnival week. The quantity and quality of terrain is incredible and the lift system is amazing, spreading the crowds most of the day. We were fortunate to have a good mix of sunny springlike days and powder days. Certain popular on-piste runs are extremely crowded but the vast array of off-piste options was incredible. Lot's of easily accessible off-piste runs with varying degrees of difficulty. Contrary to other reviews, we found the powder lasted well into the day. (Lunchtime freshies!) We were able to put three sets of undisturbed tracks into a section of Mattun before breaking for lunch. Also, we found the cost to be quite reasonable for food and lodging. Lift tickets are extremely cheap relative to North America prices.

We also enjoyed the town which has many fine lodging and restaurant options. The unanimous consensus was we'd all return in a heart beat. There was lots of terrain we didn't get a chance to explore (Rndl, Zug, etc.) necessitating a return visit. St. Anton is definitely a bucket list destination for any serious skier/rider.

St Anton has it all.

Powderhounds Europe
29/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
A real village, train station linking to Zurich and Innsbruck, lifts from the centre of town, skiing all the way back into town, modern massive integrated lift system, huge and diverse off piste terrain, high snowfall comparative to the best in Europe, massive apres and restaurant scene, not up itself. St Anton has it all.... and with it the crowds.

If the off piste snow has turned to crud or is completely skied out, the piste trails can get genuinely frightening by mid morning with the sheer volume of humans hurtling themselves down the hill. Best fortify yourself with a few beers if heading out after lunch. Four new gondolas linking to Zurs and the rest of Ski Arlberg are impressive to say the least.

Great fun ski area that everyone should go to at least once in their skiing lifetime. Get out early and in front of the seething horde.

St Anton

marcus allrighteous
08/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
My family and I spent 2 weeks in St Anton from early Feb 2016 having previously visited 7 years earlier. Not a lot has changed, plenty of good restaurant, bar and apres options, an exceptional lift system, some great skiing on and off-piste and plenty of snow despite the variable weather. Yes, it's relatively expensive for Austria but it is a true international resort.

We skied most of the main pistes and routes (when open) and some accessible off piste, particularly traversing high off the Valluga routes and over the back of the Kapall Tbar. Also managed to spend an excellent day up at Zurs and over to Lech and back via the Weiss Ring route. A tip: If you park at the top of the Flexen pass on the road before Zurs you can ski in/out to your car and enjoy an apres ski beverage at the refuge before heading back own to St Anton.

Although there was plenty of cover the skiing on Valluga was often restricted due to snow conditions & avalanche risk. In these instances the main Steissbachtal (no4-easy) run, which is piste in the valley between Valluga and Galzig, was often also closed. When Steissbachtal is closed the only option to ski out from the main Galzig slopes to St Anton is via the bottom of Kandahar (No2-difficult). Funneling large volumes of skiers of varying skill levels down a black cut-out bumps run has predictable results. An alternate pisted run from the top of Galzig to St Anton would be a huge improvement in these situations.

Amazing Arlberg!

Thomas Simper
21/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I visited the Arlberg region in Austria for 2 weeks in February 2014. The area itself is massive, bigger than anything I’ve ever skied before (Japan, NZ and Aus.) I skied for 10 days and each day was a new area with different runs, you definitely need a lot of time to fully explore the place and I can see why people keep coming back here year after year! I had heard/read a lot about how expensive skiing can be in this region and I found that for the most part this was not the case. There are countless options for accommodation, ranging from the inexpensive budget motel, to the + $5,000 euro a night luxurious chalets, and the same was for food/drinks/hire equipment. If you wanted to eat at a fantastic fancy restaurant with amazing service you can, but you pay for it. Alternatively eating at a cheap café or bakery is just as easy and viable and I often ate amazing food for about $15-$20 AUD a meal. Overall the holiday was fair cheaper than I anticipated and much cheaper than Aus/NZ.
Having skied the infamous Japan powder before I did notice that the snow in Austria is generally not as light or as dry, but still very nice to ski. Being such a large area, there are obviously large variances in the height of different runs, Lech village is at 1,300M, whilst some areas (Rendal, Valluga) have runs above 2,800m. So as you can assume, the snow quality can vary greatly between areas. We had days when it was pouring rain in the villages, but dumping snow up high. The same can be said for weather conditions, visibility can be horrendous in one place, but over the ridge in another area it’s a bluebird day. It’s just a matter of knowing where to go in what conditions and this is what makes skiing the Arlberg so fantastic. The grooming of the slopes is perfect, and the amount of off-piste terrain is literally endless. Combining this with amazing food (and drinks!), modern and comfortable lifts and the stunning vistas, the Arlberg region is a must visit destination for any snow lover. (tip: get up early and try and catch the first lifts up. Most ski schools don’t get on the mountain until about 10am so you can literally have the mountains to yourself!)

Average

Rhett
24/01/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Boarded in St Anton early January 2014 for 5 nights. So far have done all my boarding in Japan and this may have spoiled me regarding snowfall as in general I found snow conditions pretty poor in this part of the world. For most of my stay temperatures were above zero which contributed to some slushy riding and in general the cover was very thin, so much so that toward the end of my stay brown dirt stained some of the piste runs (most unattractive!). This may have been a bit of a seasonal anomaly as I did overhear a bit of conversation that the year so far had been very poor regarding snowfall. Had a decent fall on the last day I was there however and I did genuinely enjoy myself (would have rated snow one paw if not for the last day). Cover was so thin that I couldn't really get off-piste even with some fresh stuff but surveying the place you could see that it certainly had potential in this area, if only the season had been better. Had no inclination to rip the bottom out of my board on the alpine rocks (although this happened in Switzerland regardless!).

I also had my partner along on this trip (only her second time) and got to say that it really wasn't that attractive to new entrants either. As seemed the norm for Austria in general piste runs seemed to be icy, really steep blacks and reds (definitely not what boarders like to see), or gentle blue's with too many flat spots. With some exploration, did manage to find a couple of decent training runs however.

One thing that can't be knocked regarding the area is the scale. Huge area to traverse and if you get bored, a short bus ride will land you in Lech or Zurs, all on the same lift ticket. Some breathtaking scenery too, lovely vistas perfect for some great memorable photos. Great lift infrastructure too, first class in this regard, only a couple of older style installations.

Another positive (depending on your point of view) was the village itself. I tend to favour quieter, more sedate skiing experiences, and St Anton's reputation as a party town was a bit of a negative when I was booking. However, I found the village to be really lovely, a great mix of bars and restaurants for the party lovers while still retaining a nice overall atmosphere that would appeal to family's and couples seeking a break for city life.

Overall, I wouldn't be back. There were certainly positives but for me, the snow conditions just weren't up to scratch in my opinion. Crowding on the runs was also a downer.

St. Anton - Amazing Experience

Hannes Schneider
26/11/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A
St. Anton gets a lot of snow, but will get pretty skied up on a good powder day. Be ready to hike and tour for the best lines. Seemingly endless off-piste runs are also accessible by lifts. The skiing here is a must have experience. The off-piste is amazing and the views are mesmerizing.
 
The on-piste skiing is quite extensive with over 90 lifts and 8 villages accessible on the same ticket. However most of the lower trails become very skied up and crowded by the afternoon.

The town has an amazing traditional feel, but has plenty of modern architecture and amenities as well. Beautiful smaller traditional villages accessible by on-piste runs and buses also.

The Apre-ski is some of the best in the world. The world famous MooserWirt is insane by 3 in the afternoon and is another must have experience. The night life and party scene is equally incredible with dozens of bars and clubs right in down town that remain open until 4 in the morning.

My nearly dozen trips to St. Anton have been the greatest experiences of my life.

Been Once, Will Go Again

I am Captain Snow
27/07/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
OK hot shots, this is where you go.
 
Fabulous terrain, snow, nightlife, food. And bars. Plenty of bars. Lech and Zurs are on the same lift ticket too. Apparently has a rep for being too challenging but there are plenty of cruisers for when you want to take it easy. And plenty of steep when you don't. Rendl is on the other side of the valley and easy to get to, you must go to the ski shop that hangs off the side of the cliff there. Spectacular.

Crazy Kangaroo bar is a must, it's owned by a .....Swede. No cars in the middle of town, so the pub crawl along the main street is sort of safe.

This is one for the bucket list. And I will be back.

Good But Crowded

Tomas
12/05/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
St. Anton is often hailed as the best off-piste ski resort in Austria, and that's what most people go there for. As a result, powder gets tracked out everywhere within minutes after opening. Sure the terrain is awesome, but there's just too many powder seekers to compete with.

I still enjoyed it by taking some shorter lower lines instead of going to the peaks. The snow was very good in December, dumped almost every night. I wasn't very surprised by the groomed trails, not that many, turn to moguls by midday, not very favorable for snowboarders since there are a lot of flat or uphill sections. Lifts are impressive, but the whole layout is not that convenient.

If apres ski is your thing, then St. Anton all the way ;)
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