WHERE TO STAY
Within St. Anton and the surrounding areas, St. Jakob, Pettneu am Arlberg Stuben and St. Christoph there is a good range of accommodation to suit most budgets. Most hotels and lodges can be found on the local listing site or through booking.com and AirBnB.
As with most properties in the Alberg region you really need to book a long way in advance, to have a complete pick of everything on offer it is best to look for accommodation 12-18 months in advance.
Across the resort you have four distinct accommodation areas, each with there own advantages and disadvantages:
- St. Anton – This is the main village located at the base of the main mountain. Here you are close to all the main slopes, shops, train station and the cable car lifts. If you love the nightlife and have the money to match this is the area for you, but for most budget constraints will keep St. Anton off the shortlist.
- St. Christoph – Located to the west of St. Anton, St. Christoph is an exceptional small cluster of premium hotels and restaurants, all of which have great access to the slopes. Prices here are as steep as the slopes but the area is generally quieter than St. Anton at night.
- St. Jakob – Directly between St. Anton and Pettnau am Arlberg is St. Jakob. Although there is no direct slope access St. Jakob it is close to the slopes in both St. Anton and Pettnau. Accommodation is generally cheaper here and strikes a good balance between being close to the action and not emptying your bank account. Bus transfer between the slopes makes it easy to hit the mountains in the morning.
- Pettnau – Perhaps the most popular area to stay is Pettnau and neighbouring Schnann. Being slightly further from St. Anton helps to keep the price down, while you still have great access to the slopes and towns via bus transfer.
Prices vary massively, budget accommodation booked a long way in advance can be as cheap as £100 per night, sometimes less. Luxury accommodation will easily cost upward of £1000 per night for four people in March. Generally this area is more costly than your average European resort.
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!