St Anton Ski Resort Guide

Situated in one of the snowiest areas in Europe, St Anton is a well-loved resort known for its bustling atmosphere and off-piste terrain. As part of the Arlberg ski region – the largest ski area in Austria – you’re never short of pistes to explore in St Anton. It’s one of six resorts in the Arlberg region including Stuben, Lech, Zürs, Warth, and Schröken.

Often rated one of the top 5 ski resorts in the Alps, this premier Austrian ski resort is popular with Brits and Austrians alike. St Anton is a lively resort with a happening après scene (Mooserwirt & Krazy Kanguruh are not to be missed!) and a plethora of trendy restaurants and hotels to choose from.

Known as the ‘Cradle of Alpine Skiing’, St Anton is renowned for it’s off-piste and challenging slopes, however less experienced skiers fear not. St Anton is home to the first ever ski school, which offers beginner-friendly slopes around Nasserein and Gampen for first-timers and Rendl provides some nice blues for those who have a couple of weeks under their belt. 

Find the lesson that suits you in our St Anton Ski School.

St Anton Resort Information

St Anton Key Facts

  • Part of Arlberg ski area
  • 305km of pistes
  • 131km of blue pistes
  • 123km of red pistes
  • 51km of black pistes
  • 88 lifts
  • Valluga is the highest peak at 2811m
  • Skiing in St Anton started around the year 1900
  • Part of the movie ‘Chalet Girl’ was filmed in St Anton & surrounding areas

St Anton Piste Map

Click on the image for high res downloadable piste map of St Anton.

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Best Ski Runs in St Anton – our pick of the bunch

Although often touted as a resort for advanced skiers, St Anton has plenty to offer no matter what your level. Where to ski in St Anton, no matter what your level.

For Beginners:

  • Nasserein button lift – Just above the bottom station of the Nasserein gondola, this is a great training slope.
  • Gampen – At the top of this gondola (also accessible via the Gampenbahn chair from the Galzig end of town).
  • Osthang – After you’ve been managing these for a while, head up higher on the mountain towards Osthang, where you can keep practising those turns.

For Intermediates:

  • Rendl – This area tends to be a bit quieter with some nice blues and a couple of easier reds to push your boundaries on. Rendl is also home to the fun park, but if you’re not brave enough to try it, grab a deckchair and cold drink and watch others take on the kickers and obstacles.
  • Gampen, Kapall and Galzig – All of these areas have a vast variety of runs for you to choose from. For the higher-intermediate, these offer a multitude of reds and blue to pick from these area’s make up some of the best skiing in St. Anton.

For Advanced:

  • Run of Fame – More advanced skiers cannot skip out on this famous run! It will take you from St Anton to the far end of the Arlberg ski area in Warth. A perfect opportunity to experience the variety of slopes and lifts that the Arlberg has to offer with some fantastic scenery to boot.
  • Fang Run – Also known as black 34, this run will definitely test you. A mix of steep groomers and mountain-like moguls, you’ll most likely be rubbing quads after this beast.

St Anton Restaurants

St Anton has a plethora to offer when it comes to dining options.

Keep in mind if you’re heading out to eat on a Thursday night most chalet staff have their day off. Therefore it will be busy in the restaurants and we highly recommend making a reservation early in the week.

Best Cheap Eats

  • Scotty’s – Just in the middle of town on the Gemeindegasse, their pizzas shouldn’t be missed when in St Anton! And they serve them until 10, so it’s perfect for a dinner after après.
  • Pomodoro – If you’re craving some Italian, you’ll recognise this place by its red tomato. Good, fresh pasta, amazing lasagne, delicious pizza, and have recently added gluten-free options to their menu.

Mid Range

  • Rodelalm – Fancy going tobogganing, but afraid of going hungry during the run down? Don’t worry, you can have a break in the middle of the run a this spot! Its also open for dinner during tobogganing evenings (Tue and Thu). We recommend making a reservation.
  • Rodelstall – Owned by the same family as Rodelalm, is at the bottom of the rodel track at the top end of Nasserein.
  • Maximillian – One of our favourite places for Austrian cuisine and international food. Their staff are really friendly and they serve quickly, you can find this restaurant on the Dorfstrasse near the church.
  • Skiing Buddha Restaurant – Situated inside Arl.Rock, its anything but your typical Austrian ski meal. Traditional flavors of the east meet modern techniques for a truly unique dining experience

Fine Dining

  • Galzigbham Station One of the restaurants at the top station of the Galzigbahn opens up on Thursday evenings for something a little bit different and special. Take the Galzigbahn up at night and enjoy a candlelit dinner with fantastic views over an illuminated St Anton and the Rosanna valley. Book a window table a few days in advance.
  • The Museum – It’s not just a museum and filming location for ‘Chalet Girl’, but also a very good restaurant. Located in the same building as St. Anton’s own little museum about the town’s history and skiing. They are open for both lunch and dinner and offer something that little bit special in a cosy, traditional setting.
  • Bodega – Had enough of knodels and gröstls? Grab some tapas at this little bar/restaurant. Serving a great variety of tapas dishes, it’s one of our personal favorites.

St Anton Après & Nightlife

As you probably already know, St Anton is famous for it’s huge après scene. And coming from experience, those Austrians know how to party!

But whether you’re looking for a quiet beer after a long day of skiing or want to go dancing until the late hours, there are plenty of options in St Anton. The bars on the slopes can be found along the blue 50 run and stay open until 8:00. Don’t fancy skiing down? Walk towards the road and grab a taxi instead!

  • Taps Bar & Krazy Kanguruh – Located in the same building, take a left on the blue 50 run just after Heustadl, you’ll see signs and a large balcony. You’ll know you’ve found it when you hear the music! Expect the evening to end with dancing on tables…
  • Mooserwirt – Probably the most famous après bar, or the worst one as they like to call it. Along the right side of the blue 50 home run back to resort, you can’t miss the crowds, the red umbrella bar, and the illuminated tree off to skiers right as you approach. They serve great food during their civilized lunchtime and then turn it into a massive party, starting with the Final Countdown at precisely 15.30.
  • Underground – If you’ve survived the ski down from the après bars, don’t worry the night is still young! Head to the Underground at the bottom of the slopes. Settle down a bit after all the crazy with a hamburger or some tapas, they have easy-going live music with sing-alongs every day. Hours: 16.00 – 01.00
  • Anthony’s – If you’re still standing at this point, head here for a night out. The steakhouse turns into a club at night.

A bit of history

St Anton started as a small farming village, but as alpine skiing started to grow in popularity it soon started to lead the way. The Ski Club Arlberg has been around since 1901, and formed the first ski school ever in 1921. The Galzigbahn was built in 1937, following by the original Gampen, St Christoph, Valluga and Kappal lift. Tourism in St Anton kept growing over the years, which allowed for the opening of the lifts on Rendl around 1975.

In 2001 the Ski World Cup was held in St Anton, to make this possible the multifunctional wellness centre was built, as well as the Nassereinbahn and the World Cup stadium. In 2016 the Flexenbahn was completed, connecting St. Anton to the other villages in the Arlberg area. 

St Anton Village Map

St Anton FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Fly

There are several airports within a couple of hours of St Anton, Innsbruck and Friedrichshafen in Germany are the closest. Other options include Zurich, Munich, and Salzburg. There are several companies that operate bus and taxi transfers between airports and resort. From Zurich, we recommend Arlberg Express who run regular shuttles between the airport and various location in the Arlberg.

Drive

It’s about a 10hr drive once in mainland Europe to reach St Anton. If driving, you will need a Vignette for driving on the motorways and certain other main roads, including the S16 which is the main road serving St Anton. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday.

Train

Conveniently located on the main train line between Zurich and Vienna, St Anton is easy to reach by train with direct services from the main stations in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Zurich and Vienna amongst others.

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of our favourite tour operators and agents in St Anton:

Alpine Elements
Catered ski chalets at sensible prices in St Anton.

Neilson
Ski & board holidays in world-class resorts.

Powder White
Chalet holidays ‘tailor-made for you’.

Scott Dunn
Holidays without compromise. Chalets at the ‘higher’ end of the market.

How can I reach other villages in the Arlberg region?

There is a good network of free ski buses that can take you around St. Anton and surrounding villages. There are paid busses that’ll take you further away such as to Lech, and there are night buses that will take you home after a night out in town.

Use the St Anton bus timetables, or use Google maps to plan your trips.

Where can I get my skis and snowboard equipment?

We recommend the following ski hire service in St Anton:

Hervis Sport Shop
Quality ski hire at a reasonable price. Our shop also is located just inside.

What is the snow like? St Anton webcams

These can be accessed on the St Anton website.

Where can I find more information about St Anton?

If you’re looking for more information about resort including where to eat, what’s on during your stay and general hints and tips then try one of the following websites:

Tourist Information
This website includes bus timetables, information about skiing, other activities, accommodation etc.

Ski Arlberg Website
Information about lift tickets and opening times, what slopes and pistes are open across the region as well as a link to download the Ski Arlberg app.

What shopping is available?

Food Shopping

  • There are 2 supermarkets in St Anton, the Spar on the main Dorfstrasse running through the middle of resort and Billa along the main road. If you have a car and would like to go somewhere a little larger, you can go to the big MPreis on the main road towards St Jakob.
  • Ruetz Bakery – At the bottom end of the Nasserein car park (short walk from the Nasserienbahn bus stop), is great for fresh bread and pastries.
  • Cafe Schneider in the main pedestrian zone also sells bread, pastries etc.
  • Bipa – Located on the Dorfstrasse where you can buy toiletries and stock up on sunscreen.

Ski Shops

  • If you’re looking to buy your own ski boots or get some fitted, we recommend Kamax in the Gemeindegasse.
  • For regular gear check out Hervis sport shop in the middle of the main pedestrian zone, our St Anton office is located inside, so while you’re there, come in to say hi!

What services are available in St Anton?

Doctors – There are 2 doctors in town, Doctor Sprenger (located next to the church) and Doctor Knierzinger (next to the tourist office).

Pharmacy – Located on the Gemeindgasse, just follow the signs saying ‘Apotheke’.  

Dentist – There is a private dentist located in the same building as the pharmacy.

Post Office – Can be found on the Postplatz, here you can also buy stationery and some electronics. If you are looking for things to do you can visit the tourist information, at the bottom of the big roundabout. 

What non-skiing activities are there in St Anton?

One of our favourite non-skiing activities is rodeling, this is tobogganing down a road covered in snow and is great fun! Take the Nassereinbahn up and then head down the 4.2km track towards Nasserein. During the day (open from 12:00) it is included in your lift pass, and then on Tuesday and Thursday evening they turn on the floodlights and operate the Nassereinbahn for rodeling from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The rodelbahn will only be open when the snow conditions allow it. 

The ski show on Wednesdays night is definitely worth your time! Put on some warm clothes and take one of the extra free buses to town to watch the show. It starts at 9:00pm and lasts for about an hour. You’ll get to see demo skiing, learn something about the history of skiing and watch some fireworks! It takes place at the Karl Schranz Stadion, just follow the crowds heading for the bottom of the floodlit piste.

Visit the wellness centre to go for a swim, relax in the sauna or try the ice skating rink.

Arl.Rock is a “sports park” located near the train station. The park offers world class indoor sports facilities and indoor and outdoor climbing in a friendly and fun environment. There‟s something for everyone – Climbing, Tennis, Bowling, bouldering, squash, and more. It‟s a great way to get out with family or friends, cut loose and grab some smiles.

How about childcare?

If you’re looking for childcare service in St Anton we recommend one company:

Merinannies
Babysitters and nannies to look after your wee ones.

Check out what our St Anton Ski School has on offer