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St Anton, Austria
Non-stop on- and off- slope action and pretty village base.
St. Anton, Austria: Best of the Alps ski resort.

St Anton is at the foot of the road up to the Arlberg pass, at the eastern end of a lift network that spreads across to St Christoph and above the pass to Rauz and Stuben. The resort is a long, sprawling mixture of traditional and modern buildings crammed into a narrow valley. It used to sandwiched between a busy road and the mainline railway - but the railway was moved before the start of the 2000/01 World Championship season, and this area is landscaped into a park and ice rink.

It has also become one of the world's Meccas for ski bums. That's a reflection of the wonderful, tough off-slope runs available in the bowls below the Valluga - the best that Austria has to offer. In good snow conditions they are superb. Sadly, conditions are often less than perfect except just after a fresh snowfall, because of their south-facing aspect. But if you are lucky with the snow you'll have the time of your life. There's a lot to offer adventurous intermediates too, both locally and at Lech and Zürs, a short bus-ride away.

There are lots of lively discos and bars, which keep going from 3 pm to 2 am. The resort is an ideal choice for the hard-drinking, disco-loving, keen-for-action holiday maker who can stand the pace of getting to bed late and being up for the first lift - it's not for those who like a quiet life and gentle, uncrowded slopes.

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What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Extensive slopes for adventurous intermediates and experts

+ Heavy snowfalls, backed up by snowmakers, generally give good cover despite sunny slopes

+ Much-improved lift system has greatly reduced queuing problems

+ Very lively après-ski

+ Despite resort expansion, village retains distinct Tyrolean charm

Slopes not ideal for beginners or timid intermediates

Most of the tough stuff is off-slope

Slopes can get very crowded

Nightlife can get rowdy, with noisy drunks in the early hours

Surprisingly little to amuse non-slope-users

 

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