St Anton 

St Anton is one of the most iconic and well-known resorts in the world. For good reason too – it boasts a huge ski area with some excellent on-piste and off-piste terrain as well as a vibrant town with a long history in the ski industry. It is a popular destination for tourists internationally with many German and English speakers.

St Anton and its’ linked resorts have a wide variety of good quality skiing and training terrain. Entering our sixth winter, the school is a successful and ambitious place to be. 

Ski Instructor Training in St Anton

  • BASI Level Full Cert ISTD Work and Train
  • 2021/22 Applications Open
  • 1,500

  • BASI Level 3 ISIA Work and Train
  • 2021/22 Applications Open
  • 2,500

The Skiing

St Anton is part of Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski area with over 300km of pistes, and 55km2 of off-piste terrain. From beginners slopes right through to off-piste itineraries, there is a great variety of terrain. The majority (83%) of pistes are red or black, meaning the resort does favour more experienced skiers. However, the links to St Christophe, Zurs, Lech and Stuben mean all levels of skiers can find their own slice of heaven in the Arlberg.
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The infrastructure is modern and up to date- the most recent addition is a “chondola” – the Weibermahd is a hybrid of 6-seater chairlift and 8-seat gondolas to increase uplift and ease of use. The bus service is second to none, and free to use throughout the day.
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On the Slopes
There’s a great diversity of slopes for all levels in St Anton. Beginners can get their ski legs back on the Nasserein area before heading to Rendl, on the North-facing slopes to avoid the crowds. More experienced skiers can cruise around the Galzig area (between St Christophe and St Anton), looping back around to try the many different blue runs, or take the smooth reds down to St Christophe itself. If you’re looking for a challenge, try Kandahar – this black slope sports some serious moguls by the afternoon. If your legs aren’t jelly by the end, we salute you!
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St Anton Arlberg Piste Map
Cross-country
St Anton loves its cross-country! There is a 40km network of tracks along the valley floor, connecting the villages of St Christophe, St Anton, Pettneu and Flirsch. On Mondays and Fridays, you can even cross-country in Pettneu right through to 9 pm. Our favourite run is St Christophe – St Anton trail, which is an intermediate track at 1,800m and offers amazing views of the valley.
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Off-Piste
Arlberg is renowned for its off-piste, with lots of open faces and accessible entry points. That means if you want first tracks, you’d better be on the first lifts – or even better, hike up in the early hours.
The top of Valluga 1 (2,650m) allows access to valley walls, open bowls, chutes and steep gullies. It receives some of the highest snowfall levels in Austria, making those powder days even more epic. If you are looking for a serious challenge, head up Valluga 2 to 2,811m for more extreme terrain. Beware – you won’t be allowed to ride the gondola without a qualified guide – that’s the level of experience required to tackle this mountain.
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Remember, you should never ski off-piste without the correct kit and expertise. Always Respect the Mountain.
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Off – Snow

Eating Out

Harry’s Burger-Grill, Pettneu (£) – Found in the town of Pettneu, this American-style diner is popular with seasonnaires and the budget-conscious. For only €8 you can enjoy a Harry’s Special XXL – stuffed with fillings and two burgers, served with fries – washed down with an Austrian beer, of course!

The Galzig Bistro Bar (££) – This smart bistro is found a few minutes walk from the train station, and is the perfect spot to lunch on sunny afternoons. Armed with a terraced dining area and outside bar, it also doubles as a cosy après place after lifts close. The portions are generous – we highly recommend the Galzig burger or the Pork Schnitzel.

The Museum Restaurant (£££) – If you’ve seen Chalet Girl, you’ll probably recognise the chalet on the slopes above the Galzig lift. Unlike the movie, this charming mansion holds the area’s ski museum and a rather fancy restaurant. Each dining room is originally preserved, and the food is “a fusion of Austrian-international”.

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