St Anton has a well-deserved reputation as a play hard, party harder kind of place. There’s plenty of amazing steep faces and powder to hunt out and plenty of après ski bars to quench your thirst at. It’s an attractive, typically alpine town, requiring a suitably large wallet if you’re looking to really make the most of it.
- Highest Point: 2,800m
- Descent: 1,496m
- No. lifts: 107
St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben combine with Lech and Zürs to create the Arlberg ski area, totalling 305km of pistes with a mouth-watering 200km of off-piste trails. The relatively new Flexenbahn connects Stuben to Zürs, eliminating the need to get a bus, and it’s well worth the trip over as it can be almost deserted during the week.
A few years ago the Audenfeldjet, a project that had been on the drawing board for more than 40 years, was finally realised. A 2km long lift system, boasting 10 cable cars, connects Lech and Zürs to nearby Warth-Schrocken, giving you even more bang for your (admittedly considerable) buck.
The Parks – 3/5
There is a lot more effort going into the park up on Rendl these days. It is now maintained by the experienced QParks crew, and head shaper René Friedl manages to cram a lot of features into what is still a relatively small space.
“Riders who know what they’re doing should worm their way up to Kapall, where they’ll find loads of great freeride terrain“
Located just below the top station of the main gondola, it’s served by its very own tow-lift. When it’s fully set up, you can expect a pro, medium and easy kicker and rail line totalling around 20 features. It’s well-shaped, and never too busy. There is a further terrain park in Lech, but it’s not really up to much these days.