Austria is the undoubted home of Alpine skiing, the sheer number of resorts, the status of their skiing athletes. You cannot deny that Austrian’s live and breath skiing but with so many choices where is the best place to go?
That answer may come down to personal preference, perhaps you’re a fan of Mayrhofen, Kitzbuhel or Soll, but what about the Arlberg region?
Since the 2016/17 season the entire Arlberg region has been linked creating 305 km of interconnected downhill skiing, the largest area in Austria.
The expansive region links the resorts of St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Oberlech, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken, with some of the most consistent snowfall in all of the Alps and literally hundreds of slopes to choose from the Arlberg region is something special!
So What’s There?
There is no shortage of activities around the Arlberg mountain, with a wide range of high-quality on and off-slope action. Park rats need to check out the fantastic Stanton snowpark, which is a perfect home for any freestyle skier with easy access ski lifts and the Rendl-terrace complete with bars and restaurants mean you never have to leave!
Off-slope there is the wellness centre located in the heart of St. Anton, think large indoor and outdoor pools, spas, gym facilities and saunas, and you’ll have a good idea of what’s on offer. It is the ideal place to spend the evening relaxing after a long
Located next to the train station is the new sports centre, where there is a range of activities on offer from tennis, squash, ten-pin bowling and rock climbing. There really is no shortage of activities and amenities in the St. Anton/St. Christoph/Stuben region, while on holiday you can go:
- Ten-pin bowling,
- 4 km toboggan run!
- Horse Sleigh Riding,
- Rock climbing,
- Cross-country skiing,
- Ice Skating,
At the heart of the resort is the village of St. Anton, this idyllic Austrian village area houses many shops, bars and restaurants.
Rated as one of the go-to resorts for nightlife there is no shortage of bars and restaurants, the highlights for partygoers are undoubtedly The Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh.
There is a wide range of chain, fast food, cafe and independent restaurants in and around the slopes.
Prices in Austria can sometimes be a little steep but having a packed lunch every few days or eating away from the main congestion points (Major lifts, the bottom of slopes and village centres) can help to keep the prices down.
How Do I Get There?
The closest airport to the Arlberg region is Innsbruck, you can fly here from most major terminals across Europe.
From the airport, you have three options to complete your journey to car hire, bus transfer or train.
Driving from the airport usually takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes, can rental is available from the main terminal. The journey itself is pretty straight forward, you essentially head West on the A12 and stay with the road as it changes to the S16. The route passes right through St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben.
Where to Stay?
Most people skiing in the Arlberg region choose to stay at the Southern-end around either St. Anton, St. Jakob, Pettneu is Arlberg Stuben and St. Christoph.
Tips and Tricks
There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a Ski holiday in Austria:
- Try to avoid half terms, specifically UK dates. Austrian resorts are popular with Brits and their holidays often inflate the cost of accommodation.
- Book miles in advance! Austria is popular for skiing and this is reflected in the cost. Book in advance to save money.
- Consider camping, Austria is very popular with campers, there are hundreds of fantastic campsites across the Alps. Provided you have the right gear (Not a tent!) you could save a fortune camping!
For more information read our in-depth guide!