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Austria - St Anton am Arlberg

Overall Rating: 4
Austria - St Anton am Arlberg
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Ratings

Accomodation 4.00 Town 5.00 Local facilities 4.00 (i.e. restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4.00 Lift system 4.00 Skiing / Snowboarding experience 4.00 Apres-ski 5.00

Lifts

Drag: 28
Chair: 46
Gondola: 4
Cable Car: 6

Resort Facts

Ski Area: 276km

Base Altitude: 1304m
Summit Altitude: 2650m

Nearest Airports: Innsbruck (100km), Friedrichshafen (126km), Zurich (193km)

Connected Resorts: Lech, St Christophe, Stuben, Zurs

Resort Website: www.stantonamarlberg.com

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ianonedge
8 Reviews
" If you can't do steep don't come! " Austria - St Anton am Arlberg 5 Review date: 25/10/2014 Date of trip: January - 2010 The area is massive if you want to travel, It is a...
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Accomodation 4 Town 4 Local facilities 3 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 5 Lift system 3 Skiing / boarding experience 5 Apres ski 4
The area is massive if you want to travel, It is also party central if that is your thing, the Skiing is for the advanced and the off piste if you know where to go is rewarding.

It has some very long and rewarding slopes even if the queues can be a bit long. They will get bumpy if there is not much fresh snow however, and busy late on.

If you head down to Stuben you can get on a bus to Zurs, once you have done these slopes take te back route into Lech and if you can keep going do everything as far as Zug! You have had an epic journey and covered a huge area. Now put your feet up and get the bus bck to St Anton, or Stuben and ski back in if you still have the energy!

The are some cracking off piste runs, my favourite was up the back of Stuben and down into a valley in between there and Verwel.

It is not cheap with most bars charging you to hang up your coats at night but it is a party town. There are a number of lively bars not only in the town but the on piste bars are the best in Europe.
Nicola Diggins
2 Reviews
" The craziest après ski - ever!!!!! " Austria - St Anton am Arlberg 4 Review date: 12/10/2014 Date of trip: February - 2013 This place is a fabulous place for a lively group ...
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Accomodation 3 Town 4 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4 Lift system 4 Skiing / boarding experience 3 Apres ski 5
This place is a fabulous place for a lively group wanting some good ski days and some crazy après ski afternoons!!!! And I'm not kidding when I say this.

Located 2 hours away from the airport (Innsbruck) this resort is stylish and modern yet authentic. It is one of the resorts which boasts the most snow and the lifts are plentiful- I am a skier and was with a few boarders who didn't find the ski so good- as well as this particular year being unusually bad for snow the boarders came across some lengthy flats which they didn't enjoy and found hard work. On this note I'd say a better resort for skiers with some great runs- great scenery and the lifts are excellent.

Let's move onto the après ski.... this is another level of crazy- so many wild bars for example Krazy Kanguruh which has all sorts of table dancing - lively music and fantastic atmosphere - I've not really been anywhere like it in the world- you must visit this place if you go as well as a visit to the notorious Mooserwirt bar which has a similar theme.

All in all a great resort- a must do for the experienced skier- it's quite a challenging resort and the routes down the slopes from après ski are quite tricky(especially after a few Aperol) Beware!!!!!!!
Matt_skier
9 Reviews
" Mixed feelings " Austria - St Anton am Arlberg 3 Review date: 27/09/2014 Date of trip: January - 2013 Having built up a picture in my mind from what fri...
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Accomodation 4 Town 5 Local facilities 5 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 2 Lift system 4 Skiing / boarding experience 3 Apres ski 5
Having built up a picture in my mind from what friends had said I expected St Anton to be at the top of the 'ski experience' list, but sadly my expectations fell somewhat short. I may be doing the resort an injustice by saying this - we picked a particularly bad week for weather, but when the skiing is the main thing about your trip, that is going to be the judge of a good holiday!

During the week there was significant snowfall which is generally considered good, but not when a lot of this comes during the day and is coupled with low light and fog. This meant that several days we were back in the hotel early (or by lunchtime on one day). What was more annoying was that on many of the main runs they didn't even attempt to do any mid day grooming, which meant horrible mounds of soft snow everywhere.

On a positive note, what I would say is that the town has everything you would wish for - lots of lively bars, a good party atmosphere, and an excellent choice of restaurants. There is plenty going on, and we were luckily able to see the womens downhill whilst we were there (although this was nearly cancelled due to the weather). The lift infrastructure is also very efficient, and well interlinked.

In terms of the skiing I can't really recall any particular highlights from the St Anton area, although on one day we took the bus to nearby Zurs, and skied the Lech-Zurs circuit which I really enjoyed (run 33 into Zug is a good challenge). Of the ski areas I would probably say Zurs was my favourite - a number of long reds all sweeping into the valley below.

I've no doubt that I will return there one day, but maybe not for a few years!
Lisa
3 Reviews
" Great Town - poor slope conditions " Austria - St Anton am Arlberg 4 Review date: 05/09/2014 Date of trip: January - 2013 This was my third ski trip. The slopes did not app...
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Accomodation 5 Town 5 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 3 Lift system 3 Skiing / boarding experience 3 Apres ski 4
This was my third ski trip. The slopes did not appear to be well maintained. The bumps on the lower slopes were waist high and was really heavy going for a novice. Definitely need to get out early to get the best conditions, most days I would only ski till 2pm. Overall the skiing experience was poor.

The town is great with lots of choices of restaurants and bars. All the meals we had were good. We particularly liked the tapas, but you may need to book as it's only small and very popular. The Anthony's hotel has 2 great restaurants, in particular the steak house. Lots of lively bars.

We stayed at the Rundeck which was a lovely modern hotel within a couple of minutes walk to the nearest lift - good if like me you hate to walk in ski boots! Would definitely recommend this hotel.

I probably wouldn't choose St Anton again because the slopes aren't as well maintained as other resorts. St Anton is a lively resort though, ideally suited to groups.
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