St Anton is better suited to intermediate or advanced skiers
rather than beginners, and is known for its challenging
on-and-off-piste terrain. The Arlberg region, of which St. Anton
forms an integral part, is famous for its good snow reliability and
offers over 160 miles of runs in total. If that's not enough,
experts can hire a mountain guide and enjoy some renowned off-piste
descents. Snowboarders are also well provided for with an excellent
fun park, and there are permanent racecourses for those who want to
test themselves against the clock.
The resort itself is compact, with a pedestrianised main street,
and boasts arguably the best après-ski scene in the Alps. This
draws a young crowd that likes to ski hard and party harder, and
the glühwein flows into the small hours at the resort's dozens of
By contrast, nearby St. Christoph is a small, peaceful alpine
village that makes a good alternative for families or those seeking
quieter surroundings. At 5,900ft, St. Christoph is one of the
highest resorts in the Alps, which more or less ensures decent snow
conditions. Beginners can take lessons at the excellent ski school,
and the resort links into the same huge Arlberg ski area as St.
Anton, Lech and Zürs.