A 5 Day Ski Holiday in St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton is possibly Austria’s best ski resorts, and one of the most prestigious in the Alps. Although you will most likely go there to ski, there are other things to do while you’re there.

Day 1 – Arrive in St. Anton

The best airport to fly to on your way to St. Anton is Friedrichshafen in Germany. It’s only a 90 minute drive away from the resort, but you’re probably better off getting an airport transfer, particularly if you’re not used to driving in heavy snow. It will also give you a chance to take in the stunning Alpine scenery. Once you’re there, drop your bags off at your chalet and then go out to one of St. Anton’s many fine restaurants where you’ll be able to get traditional, hearty Austrian food cooked well past midnight if you’re turning up late.

Day 2 – Piste Skiing

Go for some skiing! It’s what you came here for after all. St. Anton offers world class skiing, having hosted the Alpine World Championships in 2001 and caters for all abilities. All in all, there are 280km of pisted runs, providing plenty of entertainment for more than one day. The nursery slopes are located next to the village centre, whilst intermediates will find plenty of medium red runs in the Rendl area. Finish your day in one of St. Anton’s excellent bars – but don’t get too drunk, you’ve got an exciting day ahead.

Day 3 – Off-Piste Skiing

Strictly for experts, not only does St. Anton boast 280km of pisted runs, but it is surrounded by 180km of off-piste terrain, ripe for the picking. Make sure you hire a guide to show you the best spots and stay safe, particularly if you plan of visiting the famous descent down from Valluga peak. If you’re not ready for off-piste, spend another day on the pisted runs, or perhaps try your hand at snowboarding with lessons from one of the hundreds of instructors employed by the two ski schools.

Day 4 – Shopping

If you’re a little worn out from all that skiing, perhaps your fourth day in St. Anton would be a great opportunity to visit the shops. St. Anton features a pedestrianised main street, so it’s the perfect way to relax meandering around the ski shops and local arts and crafts outlets. There are also plenty of cafes to rest your feet. Of course, if you really can’t get enough of those slopes – start the day with a good ski and leave the shopping until after lunch.

If you’re on a group ski holiday, perhaps extend your day in the town by doing the famous ‘Run-1’ bar crawl. If you’ve been skiing or snowboarding at all during the day, make sure to check in your equipment at the Krazy Kangeroo for €2 so you don’t have to worry about it.

Day 5 – Other activities (and more skiing)

You’ll probably want to spend your last day in St. Anton skiing, but if you fancy something else, particularly if you’re on a family ski holiday, there are plenty of other activities to try. The Arlberg offers spa, swimming and other indoor sports facilities, and there is even an open-air heated pool on the wooded mountainside that makes for spectacular swimming. If you’re visiting round Christmas time, take a trip on a horse drawn sleigh. It may not be reindeers but the kids are certain to love it.

Spend your evening relaxing in one of the quieter, more sophisticated bars offered by the local hotels, and make sure you’re all packed for the long trip home.

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