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St Anton Ski & Snowboard Terrain

The St Anton ski resort is part of the vast Ski Arlberg region that includes St Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Warth Schroecken and Zurs ski resorts (to name a few). St Anton is now fully interconnected via lifts and piste with all of the Ski Arlberg resorts. The combined ski areas of the Ski Arlberg alliance provide 87 lifts, and 305km of groomed piste, plus a vast off piste limited only by your imagination (and perhaps skill).

The St Anton skiing terrain is divided into two areas on either side of the town. Both are accessed directly from the centre of town. Rendl is the smaller, more northerly facing ski area on the opposite side of the valley to the main sun-soaked St Anton ski area. Snow conditions are sometimes better on Rendl due to its northerly aspect.

St Anton is particularly suited to advanced skiers even though there are very few black runs on-piste. Most of the vast advanced and expert terrain is off-piste. A huge number of intermediate trails criss-cross the resort. Many of the blue 'beginner' runs are pitched well enough to be red or intermediate runs anywhere else in the world.

St Anton Lifts & Crowds

In 2016/17, four new gondolas were installed to replace some old lifts above Stuben and finally link the St Anton ski resort to nearby Zurs and the rest of the Ski Arlberg area. The gondolas, called Flexenbahn, Albonabahn II, and Trittkopfbahn I & II, are a showcase of engineering excellence as well as a skiers boon - exceptional views, comfortable, fast and no more bus rides to Zurs from St Anton.

In the centre of town the 24 person Galzigbahn funitel gondola moves vast numbers of skiers up the hill with supreme efficiency. The lift base station is also an engineering marvel and is worthy of a few moments to fully comprehend. It is also incredibly amusing to watch the disorderly manner in which people push to get into the gondolas, assuming of course that you are not one of them.

Most other lifts are modern, but even with the super efficient lift infrastructure, there can  still be some amazing lift queues. It’s hard to remain relaxed considering the very unattractive culture of pushing and shoving to get to the front of the queue.

Some of the slopes get very busy and when combined with bumps and ice, they can become incredibly unsafe for those who are not confident and assertive skiers. On the plus side, the mayhem makes for an interesting spectator sport!

For snowboarders, there are a few unfortunate terrain shortcomings in the middle of the resort where there are major dips. Even if you go at top speed in a tuck, you’ll often need to herringbone or walk up part of the rise – very frustrating for the knuckle dragging wet-bum fraternity.

St Anton Trail Map

The St Anton ski trail map and the whole Ski Arlberg trail map somewhat simplifies what is an extremely complex ski area. Whilst it can be great fun trying to work it all out, if in doubt get a guide for the day. There are some fantastic guiding companies in St Anton that can show you all the sweet spots without the drama!

St. Anton Ski Terrain - Beginners

The beginners’ runs are relatively challenging, and as St Anton ski resort has a tendency to be crowded, these “green” runs can quickly become bumped making them even more difficult. Even advanced skiers may find it challenging to navigate all the moving obstacles and fixed bumps on the main runs.

The bottom half of the no. 1 run is particularly perilous towards the end of the day, but you’ll be rewarded by some fantastic action in one of the slope-side après bars.

Intermediate Skiing St Anton

Similarly for intermediates, the red and blue runs at St Anton are probably more difficult than many other Europe ski resorts. Some are quite steep and those on major routes become covered in bumps fairly readily.

There is plenty of variety for intermediates with our favourite run being the long highway down to Stuben. The Rendl area is great, particularly in the afternoon when it catches the sunshine.

St Anton Skiing for the Kids

Even though St Anton is party central, it’s still quite family-friendly. The learning area on the village side is where the pistes from the Gampen and Galzig converge. Ski school is available for children aged two and above. Other learning areas are on Gampen itself, and in St Christoph.

Terrain Park & Pipe

There is a small terrain park in the Rendl area which has limited jumps, table tops, slides, rails, and a fairly simple halfpipe.

St Anton Ski and Snowboard Terrain - Advanced

There is little on-piste for advanced skiers, although some of the intermediate runs may be challenging enough. The best descents are runs served by the Valluga and Kapall lifts.

Other advanced skiing and boarding is off-piste, with many wide areas to choose from. The Mattun run is nice with powder, otherwise it is a great spot to practise bumps. Another nice place to explore off-piste is across at Rendl where the fear factor is not too extreme, and there is enjoyable tree skiing.

Expert Skiing St Anton

With most of the resort above the tree line, there’s a large range of off-piste areas to be consumed by experts at St Anton. There are some serious frighteners reached from the Valluga summit. There are also scary chutes off the triple chair. As you turn left on the chair, the first run is fenced off and accessed via stairs, perhaps to make sure no one accidentally skis the run! Don’t be fooled by the easy-looking wide entry because it tapers off into a tight chute.

If accompanied by a guide, the route off the backside of Valluga down to Zurs is popular. And for first-timers to St Anton, it may be beneficial to hire a guide to aid your orientation to some of the best runs.

For the Powderhound

Like the rest of Europe it can be a case of luck for powderhounds. The frequency of powder days is not too bad with an annual snowfall of 7 metres on average. The majority of the resort is above the tree line, so there are plenty of open areas to sniff out the powder. The downside of course is that there is only minimal tree skiing. Another disadvantage of St Anton is that there are many local powderhounds, and after a big dump they appear on the slopes en-masse. The chances of finding fresh tracks after 10am are minimal.

The north facing terrain in Stuben was the highlight for us, where five days after a snowfall it was still possible to find fresh snow. This area also has a little tree skiing, or at least shrub skiing.

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    St Anton Ski Trail Map
  • St Anton Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,304 – 2,811 (1,507)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 to 10m
  • Lifts (88)
    Ski Arlberg
    16 Gondolas / cable cars
    45 Chairs

    St Anton only
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Dec 1 to mid April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 305km (Ski Arlberg area)
    Longest run – 10 km
    Advanced (incl. ski routes) - 38%
    Intermediate - 26%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Ski Arlberg
    Adult - €54.50
    Child - €32.50

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