The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 1 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 5 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Arlberg region

Key facts

Resort1305 m
Slopes1075-2650 m
Lifts97
Pistes340 km
Price index110

Linked resorts

St Anton

Austria

St Anton

The upside

  • Varied terrain for experts and adventurous intermediates
  • Now part of Austria’s biggest ski area
  • Heavy snowfalls, lots of snow-guns
  • Car-free village centre retains solid traditional charm
  • Very lively après-ski and nightlife
  • Improved lift system has cut queues from the base areas, but ...

The downside

  • Some pistes dangerously crowded
  • Slopes can be tough for near-beginners and timid intermediates
  • Most tough runs are unpatrolled
  • Snow quality can suffer from sun
  • Resort sprawls, with long treks from some lodgings to key lifts and bars
  • Centre can be noisy at night
  • Latest user reviews

    The new connecting lift to Zurs is a great addition.…

    Peelie 21 Feb 2017 

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    News – 2017/18

    Above Zürs, a new restaurant will open at the top of the Trittkopf gondola.

    News – 2016/17

    St Anton was linked to Lech-Zürs to form Austria’s biggest ski area. A new 10-person Flexenbahn gondola from Rauz, near Stuben, goes over a ridge to the mid-station of the new Trittkopf gondola above Zürs, from which point you can, after a bit of a walk), reach a piste down to Zürs; or you can ride the second stage of the gondola up to Trittkopf to ski the rather crowded piste from the top. You ride the Flexenbahn back towards St Anton – there is no piste down to Rauz.

    Also from Rauz, a new 10-person gondola takes you to near the top of the Stuben ski area – cutting out the need to use two successive slow, cold, double chair lifts from Stuben. The lower of these chairs remains in place for access to the slopes from Stuben.

    Summary

    St Anton is one of the world’s best resorts for competent skiers and riders, particularly those with the energy to après-ski as hard as they ski. If you want to, you can party from 3pm to 3am. Good luck!
    It is now part of Austria’s biggest lift-linked ski area. But the place doesn’t suit everyone. If you are thinking of trying an Austrian change from a major French resort, or of going up a gear from Kitzbühel or Söll, beware of the downside of St Anton’s local slopes: blues that get heavily mogulled, reds that might be black and runs that can be dangerously crowded. As we’ve been saying for years, the resort needs to create an alternative to the busy blue run down from its main mountain.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 5 out of 5
    • Intermediate 3 out of 5
    • Beginner 1 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 2 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 5 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Arlberg region

    Key facts

    Resort1305 m
    Slopes1075-2650 m
    Lifts97
    Pistes340 km
    Price index110

    Linked resorts