Top Lift: 2811m
Ski Area: 305km of piste
Adult Lift Pass: 262€ for six days
In a Nutshell
The opening of two lifts linking St Anton with Lech-Zurs has created one of the most exciting mega-resorts in the Alps. But it hasn’t fundamentally changed St Anton’s appeal. This is where you go for steep pistes, big off-piste adventures, and wild nights.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
Ski from the Rendl sector of St Anton, all the way over to Warth at the northern end of the lift system, and it feels like you’ve explored half the Alps. An ever-changing panorama of stunning peaks unwinds in front of you, while under your skis you’ll find every conceivable kind of piste, from easy blues to knee-mashing moguls. Off piste, the terrain ranges from gentle powder fields to oh-my-god couloirs. To do it justice requires nerves of steel, and some very precise turns.
In fact, you won’t believe it when you look at the map and discover that, end-to-end, the Arlberg is only 22km long as the crow flies.
But the new lifts haven’t changed the fundamental nature of St Anton. This is still primarily a resort for athletic skiers and party animals. Yes, it’s now much easier to ski over to Lech-Zurs, and discover a world of gentler terrain and posher hotels: but if that’s your taste, then Lech-Zurs is where you should stay, too. St Anton is for young hearts and strong legs.
It’s also a place for big appetites. One thing that has changed lately is the quality of the food. At the top end, it’s not quite on a par with the best of the Italian Dolomites or the French Alps – but there are some great chefs working here now. What’s more, the cheaper eats tend to be much better value than in St Anton’s A-list rivals in France.