Like every other resort- well in fact like the whole
sport of skiing, the St. Anton Austria ski area is
adapting and evolving. It moves and improves with the
times. Although this evolution is both unstoppable and
good for the resort, the industry and holidaymakers,
there will be some who will swear the resort is "not
what it used to be".
see, this area of The Arlberg has long been thought of as the "serious skiers"
resort, and almost since time began (as far as skiers were concerned) it
attracted those who awoke at the crack of dawn in search of the "steep and the
deep". Hard ski, hard party was and still is the name of the game. And these
loyal and welcomed skiers were largely responsible for both St. Anton's
formidable reputation as a ski resort, as well as the development of one of the
most awesome après ski line-ups in the Alps. Great: more power to them.
However, many lost sight of the fact that, in order to survive and prosper, any
great resort has got to attract a wider base of skier, and must market to the
beginner, the families well as the ever-aging ski population. And let's face it.
This section of the Arlberg has always had the facilities to attract and please
all comers, it was just that its "bad boy of the Alps" reputation preceded it.
This marketing is paying off and more recreational and holiday skiers, including
families and beginners are enjoying all St. Anton has to offer.
However some things never
change. The Austrian Arlberg resort of St. Anton still
draws and still delights in the attentions of the
serious skier. In late November the annual migration to
the powder Mecca begins, and there is no let up until
An early local pioneer,
Hannes Schneider, developed ski instruction methods that
are not all that different than those we know today, and
as the progress of St. Anton went over the years, so too
did the progress in the sport world-wide. St. Anton is a
leader in the skiing business.
Much of St. Anton's
following is, as we have pointed out, largely made up of
younger "serious" skiers who dearly love the challenge
presented by the resort. For the skiing here can be very
stiff indeed. Names like the Valluga, the Tanzboden and
the Kapall will be familiar with "clued in" skiers. And
the opportunity for "off piste" or powder skiing here is
A look at some of the wild
places showing fresh ski tracks will bear this out. But
no resort can live by challenge alone. A good resort
must provide ski terrain for all standards of skiers. A
good resort must provide easy access at different levels
so beginners can be assured of decent snow to make their
mistakes on. A good
resort must feature well groomed intermediate grade
slopes, so not-so-proficient skiers can feel and look a
bit more proficient, confident, stylish even. This St.
Anton provides; St Anton is a good resort.
Then you have the bonus of
the other resorts in the immediate vicinity on the same
lift pass. St. Christoph is one such entry just a little
ways up on the Arlberg pass.
This much smaller and much
quieter resort, has immediate access into the mainstream
of skiing in the area, and allows those looking for the
opportunity to get away from it all, in style. The
little resort of Stuben offers that elusive special
Austrian resort atmosphere that is coveted by so many
winter holiday makers. It too has a lift system that is
immediately connected into the St. Anton network.
Skiers based in Stuben can
enjoy skiing almost directly above the resort via the
Albona lift system, and also use it as an entry point
into the main skiing areas. If that's not enough to
satisfy you top it all off with Lech and Zürs on the
same lift pass (but not interconnected by ski lifts) and
you have got a major league ski area for major and minor
Lech and Zurs of course are also world class resorts and
as such deserve their own story; even their own web