St Anton, Austria: Travel / Tourist Information Guide
St Anton am Arlberg, also known as St Anton, is a village and a ski resort in the federal state of Tyrol. It lies on the Rosanna River and situated on the main east-west rail line between Austria and Switzerland. It is also rated as one of the top five resorts in the Alps because it is located in one of the most snowiest areas in Europe. It is also the birthplace of Johann "Hannes" Schneider, Father of Modern Skiing, who conceived the Arlberg technique of downhill skiing and tuition.
St Anton continuously invests in new infrastructures. Some of these are the lifts like the pioneering ferris wheel Galzig Gondola and the lift link to the Warth-Schröcken ski area. Another addition to the resort is the Arlberg 1800 Art & Concert Hall in St Christoph. It is a contemporary underground space for art exhibits and concerts. The complex also has two country houses with suites managed by the Hospiz Alm that are all linked by a tunnel to the hotel. St Anton also welcomed a new wave of hotels, bars and restaurants as the number of tourists continues to grow. Some of these new establishments are the Tannenhof, Hotel Tyrol and refurbished Rendl Restaurant. Although there is a huge expansion in the tourism industry, the place remains to be a traditional and an authentic Tyrolean mountain village. There are some old structures in St Anton that are still visible today like the 17th century onion-domed church in Dorfstrasse.
St Anton is not just a wonderful ski resort during the winter season, but it is also a fun place during the summer season. The place is filled with activities like hiking, climbing, and biking.
St Anton is the "Cradle of Alpine Skiing" and is a snowy paradise. It has always been famous for its reliable snow that extends right down to the villages and the excellent slopes. The ski area has 350 kilometers of marked ski runs with slopes for all ability levels and 200 kilometer of off-piste and challenging steep slopes and deep-snow ski runs. It also offers snowboard fun parks, carving areas, racing circuits, and meeting places. The ski resort features 97 state-of-the-art cable cars and lifts. With an Arlberg Card, ski lift entrance fees are for free.
For snowboarding, the Stanton Park offers a unique arena-like feeling and creative park elements.It has three lines: the Proline with huge kickers, the Medium Kickerline with jumps between 7 and 11 meters, and the Jibline with different rails and boxes.
Other activities during winter are cross country skiing and cross country report, winter and snow shoe hiking, tobogganning, horse sleigh riding, climbing the Arlberg Winter Climbing Route, paragliding, and ice skating or curling. St Anton also offers programs for children and their parents in the Children's Paradise where children learn ski lessons.
The fun never stops during the summer season as well. There is a free St. Anton Summer Card free of charge on the first day of the vacation valid until the day of departure. It offers a one-day use of all the cable cars, a one admission to the swimming pools, one guided hiking tour, one summer activity like e-bike tours, archery, or Yoga, free admission to the Museum St. Anton am Arlberg, one attendance to the torchlight hike, unlimited use of buses between Landeck and St. Christoph am Arlberg, and children's program during the weekdays. There is also St. Anton Premium Card for an added extra benefits. The price of this premium card is €55 for adults and €28 for children for 3 days, €66 for adults and €33 for children for 5 days, and €77 for adults and €38 for children for 7 days. The premium card offers unlimited and free use of cable cars, daily free admission to the swimming pools, free summer activities like hiking, e-biking, archery, yoga, Nordic walking, summer curling, football, volleyball and six cup, and a free St. Anton am Arlberg 9-hole golf course's green fee.
Activities during summer includes hiking in a network of paths with a total distance of 300 kilometers. There are also race biking at the neighboring province of Vorarlberg and the other Tyrolean places, mountain biking in a total of 200 kilometers tracks, running and Nordic walking, golf, tennis or squash, tenpin bowling, swimming, and paragliding. There are also water sports like kayaking, rafting, canyoning, and tubing. There is also a high ropes course in the Verwall Valley.