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Review of St. Anton

St. Anton
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Owner description: One of the more popular ski resorts in the Tirols.
Reviewed August 26, 2008

Have been to St Anton about 6 times in last 4 years, twice staying in Oberlech, and love the place. Whilst you could argue that some of the mega French resorts have better on piste skiing, they in no way have anywhere near the fun factor. The skiing is awesome and the off piste looks amazing (never tried it as I'm not quite good enough).

There are a couple of negatives about the skiing - 1) some undergraded blue runs, which can get pretty steep and very busy mid afternoon (the main run back to village via happy valley). These are only minor negatives but timid skiers should beware and maybe stick to the Rendl section or to Lech/Zurs. 2) lack of tree skiing, which in poor visability means that you have a lot of flat light.

Despite the numbers the queues are pretty minimal, especially since the installation of the new Galzig gondola.

The skiing is only half the fun though. The apres ski is without doubt the best. I tend to favour the Mooserwirt over the Krazy Kanguruh, but that's only because I have come to love the cheesy German apres pop that gets blasted out (sad, I know, but you'll appreciate that once you've been). Even took my 3 kids there for an afternoon this year and even they loved it too. The Griabli accross from the Mooserwirt used to be our favourite haunt as they had a great rock/soul/blues band called The CCJ's but they split up a couple of years ago and they haven't been replaced, although bumpped into one of them in March and he said that they were getting back - fingers crossed then. After several beers, ski down in the dark (not to be missed!) to Post Kellar (Hotel Post in main st) for Gunnar - brilliant German singer/musician. The place is jumping till around 8.

The mountain restaurants are all good too, although there could be more of them. Oberlech is a lovely spot to lunch if skiing in Lech. I have stayed at Hotel Montana in Oberlech a couple of times ond the food there is the best I have ever tasted.

Innsbruck is best airport to reach St Anton and is now only about an hour away thanks to a new tunnel.

3  Thank boabski
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Reviewed March 10, 2008

St Anton is the top Austrian resort and has some good and bad points. Austria is cheaper than France/Switz but St A is getting more expensive than a couple of years back. It has never been a budget holiday but you can drink/lunch in St A or Lech for the same price or less than London. Fabulous food and wine. I would not eat in St Christoph (exp) or Zurs town.

If you are a good skier, St A is for you and you've got to do the Valuga. And get up early when it snows, there's so much off piste best guided. If you are not so confident there is lots of skiing on Gampen (and Rendl although never been). I'm a good skier for a Brit and I wouldn't class St A as bumpy or steep, no comparison with Val D'Isere or Les Arcs. For cruisers, take the bus to Lech you'll like that - head for Oberlech for lunch. Best skiing in Lech is above Zug or over the other side in the big bowl -Rufibahn I think. Stuben is like skiing in the 70's. Old chairlifts but quiet and some good reds. One very nice veranda'd restaurant - self serve but quality.

There are more places to ski, eat and drink than you could cover in a guidebook but here is a very short list. The Krazy Kangaroo and Mooserwirt are on the same run back to town and are manic after skiing. Don't know why people want to stand around in the cold with a beer looking bored. Much better is the live music and sunset veranda at Sennhutte and the one next door with a huge sign saying live music. All on run No. 1.

If you find yourself in town, you can't beat the real Austrian food and prices at Haxen just below (50m) the new Galzigbahn.

If you stay at Nasserein to save money, a bit out of the way, there are some good bars and the gondola in the morning is very good. It's 10mins max from town and you can ski close to it from the Kangaroo area if you are careful. Better, leave your skis and boots at the Intersport next to Galzigbahn, only a few euros.

8  Thank breakfan
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Reviewed February 29, 2008

Well, I have just returned from St Anton, and it was my first ever snowbound holiday, i made the decision to Snowboard. The long and short of it, i absolutely loved it. I booked to go on a Whim, and it wasn't until after i read reviews that said not ideal for beginners or Timid Intermediates, so at that point i started to pap myself. The reviews are generally true, its not ideal, but there are plenty of Blue runs to keep us Newbs entertained.
The runs are generally all very 'Mogully' (not the boy from Jungle book), and therefore not ideal for Boarders but with Lech a short ride away where the runs are wider, that caters very well.
Now, as Apres ski goes, this was what made the Holiday, with numerous mountain Bars and Restaurants, there is so much to keep you going. The Craziest place is the Mooserwirt, just on the last stretch of Blue run number 1, to see what i mean, type Mooserwirt into You Tube, thats the easiest way to see what i mean, absolutely Mental. St Anton town has loads of bars(100ish) open until the early hours, all very enjoyable with various laid back or up for it atmospheres.
All in all i loved it and plan to go back next year, highly recommended, though not cheap.

3  Thank veedubjunky
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Reviewed January 28, 2008

i loved st anton.

i am not so good at skiing - i read reviews that said bumpy - what they shoul have said was moguls on every run and steep!.

i lost my confidence.

it is a beautiful resort and the lift pass covers lech which is much more appropriate for skiers like me.

i would go back but i felt i wanted to write this so that others in my position would know what they should expect.

have fun!

5  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed January 1, 2007

Stayed in the Appartments of Haus Am Fang owned by the Bastisti family. Very clean, large size, tyrolean style rooms.with lots of wood decoration. Excellent facilities for self catering. Also additional offer of breakfast (10 Euros per person per day) in the morning if you want. Lovely friendly and attentive owner who comes to the station to pick you up for free. They even have their own ski hire shop in town. As long as there is snow you can ski in and out of the appartments. Nice quiet position up high near the swimming pool complex. Highly recommended.

6  Thank kootenaylass
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