5 Top-Rated Ski Resorts in Austria, 2019

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St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton am Arlberg

The best known of the ski resorts in Austria’s Arlberg, St. Anton is one of Europe’s top resorts for serious skiers, with some of the most challenging runs in the Alps. It holds an important place in ski history as the site of the first ski club in the Alps, which began here in 1901. It’s no place for beginners, although strong intermediates will find plenty of skiing in its 280 kilometers of terrain. Reaching heights of 2,800 meters, St. Anton is known for its off-piste opportunities for advanced skiers and its mega-moguls.

Lifts leave right from the village, a car-free cluster of shops, cafés, inns, and hotels. The latter include some highly-rated luxury properties at mid-range prices, such as the beautiful Himmlhof or the traditional Tyrolean Hotel am Dorfplatz, both within a short walk of ski lifts. The village is a lively place, well-known for its boisterous après-ski scene. A ski bus can take less accomplished (and less daring) skiers to the nearby slopes of Lech and Zürs, both of which are included in the regional Arlberg lift pass, covering a total of 340 kilometers of slopes and pistes. Some of these other areas are also connected to St. Anton by new lifts that link to ski pistes on the other side of the Flexen Pass. St. Anton has one other advantage: you can reach it by train.

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