ST ANTON – AUSTRIA
St Anton is easily accessible from all parts of Europe. Thanks to its network of tunnels, all the roads lead to this beautiful area.
You will find three fantastic ski stations there, all equipped for easy access to the slopes. Cable cars and buses take you from the centre of the town to the top of the hills at Galzig, Gampen and Rendl, which is great because parking your car in the actual stations is a little bit problematic at peak times.
The station offers the usual array of hotels, restaurants and other facilities that will ensure that your stay there runs smooth and that you have a great time and wonderful memories.
St Anton is Austria’s number one ski station, even though there might be other stations that are more skier-friendly in the surroundings. It’s all a question of opinion I’d say. Anyway, really, it’s made for French-style skiers. If you like long and difficult slopes full of bumps, this will be heaven for you. Slopes will cater for beginners and more experienced skiers alike.
The first and best thing to do, especially if you’re new to the area and you’re not sure where to start, is to climb up to Galzig and from there, to assess the itineraries offered by St Christoph and Stuben, and the wonderful slopes that are accessed via Valluga or Schindlergrat. You just need to decide, and off you go!
The cold weather conditions ensure that the slopes are always covered in a thick layer of lush, powdery snow. But beware, when there is a cold snap or the weather is a little mischievous, it gets really bad up there. To the point where the cable car operators give you a cover so you can wrap up warm on your way up.
St Anton is really worth it, but do do your homework before you go, as it might not be suitable. If you’re looking for an eventless holiday, this might not be the best place for you. But if you’re willing to tough it out a little, the mountains will reward you with a fantastic skiing experience. To go or not to go, that is the question.
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