The Arlberg is known as one of the top ski resorts in the European Alps. Boasting an expansive area of challenging skiing terrain and lively après scenes it’s not surprising that the area is one of the most popular ski regions in Europe.
So if you’re looking to find some of the greatest places to explore in the Arlberg region, look no further. This insider guide aims to take you off the beaten track, give you the best St Anton tips and guide you through some of best kept secrets in the region.
Brunch with a view
Head to the Galzig, one of the three main connecting gondolas from the centre of St Anton and catch the connecting Valluga cable car. Follow red 19 to experience a stunning view point and a superb spot for morning brunch.
The viewpoint overlooks the expanse of the Arlberg mountain range and provides the opportunity for a fantastic spot for a coffee break at the Valluga View restaurant.
Ready for a challenge?
After taking in the expansive views from the Valluga it is time to challenge yourself on the longest run in the Alberg region. 7km long – Red 20, Blue 17 and S1 connects this challenging on and off piste run. A popular run for the whole group as the run is suitable for skiers of all abilities. The wide pisted terrain allows the beginners to feel comfortable on the slope whilst allowing the more advanced skier and boarder to attack the powder off piste. This is simply a must for everyone visiting St Anton!
At the Bottom of S1 catch the Albona 1 and Albona 11 chairlifts into the Stuben ski area. These lifts offer the skier a novelty of a rug for the journey whilst the chair follows the snow covered tree tops towards the pisted terrain.
As you exit the Albona II follow S4 towards the Albonagrat chairlift to reach one of the best lunch spots in the Arlberg region. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic and a thermos of gluhwein whilst taking in the picturesque panoramic views of Lech, St Christoph, St Anton, Stüben and the mountain ranges towards Sonnenkopf.
Off piste heaven
Ski pants or salopettes, also have key technical features you should consider. The most versatile ski pants are uninsulated shells with a lining for warmth, although if you feel the cold maybe consider buying a pair of base layer bottoms. Waterproof ski pants or salopettes are a must no matter what the time of year or destination, as we’re all prone to the occasional fall, and we recommend checking they have snow gaiters to prevent snow from getting in! Also look out for thigh vents, as they help with air circulation and temperature regulation. Material composition is also an important factor: some ski pants are reinforced in areas to prevent damage from boots and rips, and many salopettes will incorporate stretch materials to increase range of movement and flexibility.
After a challenging day attacking the off piste in Stüben, head to Heustadl to unwind with a glass of Gluwein in the traditional mountain hut. The Heustadl provides traditional Austrian charm with an upbeat atmosphere as skiers party on the tables to live music every afternoon from 4pm. Give those tired legs some well deserved rest though, before hitting the dance floor!