St Anton is one of the world’s most picturesque destinations as well as one of the top Alpine ski resorts. This Austrian resort boasts a charming village set amidst unbeatable mountain scenery and it’s also an excellent family vacation destination, offering unforgettable Alpine skiing experiences for beginners as well as the more seasoned skier.
An enchanting location
Austria’s Arlberg region is indeed a place of natural beauty, featuring lush, forest-covered landscapes, the mountain ranges of the Tyrol and the meandering Rosanna River. This region receives one of the heaviest snowfalls in Europe, which means not only a prolonged ski season but also a fairytale setting. St Anton, with its 17thcentury church, atmospheric little restaurants and beautiful hotels is the ideal place to take in the views of the surrounding mountain scenery. There are also numerous retail outlets in the village that sell or hire out winter clothing and ski equipment.
Family skiing facilities
If you’re a first timer on the slopes then the ski schools in St Anton have a second to none reputation and some specialist travel companies run ski deals that include tuition. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for children as young as three years old. Child minding facilities are also available for younger children through local kindergartens.
St Anton has a wide range of slopes for more advanced skiers and you can access 340 km of changeable terrain. There’s also 180 km of off-piste terrain if you prefer something a little more challenging. Of course it’s not all about those gentle blue and difficult red runs, and there are plenty of activities available outside of the slopes. The surrounding scenery is ideal if you fancy trekking through forest trails to view the frozen waterfalls. Tour guides are available if you wish to take one of the challenging four to six hour hikes to points of interest such as the Ferwall Lake and the Rosanna Gorge.
When night falls it’s time to indulge in some entertainment and there’s no better place to do this than St Anton. Yes, there are numerous restaurants and bars, but if you’re still hungry for excitement then try out the indoor climbing center or take to the courts to play some squash, tennis or volleyball. You can even hit the bowling alley. If you’d prefer to take it much easier after a hard day on the slopes, you can soak in the village’s spas or saunas.
There’s a reason why St Anton towers above other ski resorts and it’s not just for the diverse terrain and slopes. This is also a destination for families looking to enjoy a European ski resort with much more than just snow-based activities.
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