St. Anton: Great skiing and Apres Ski. Worth a visit for Sure.

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I have just come back from a week of skiing in St. Anton and I must say that I loved it.

Sankt Anton got its name in the 1930’s when a lot of Austrian ski instructors immigrated to America to try and popularize the sport and they sure did. Many Americans still visit St Anton now and enjoy what it offers. St Anton also hosted the 2001 Alpine ski world championships. With chairlifts, up to 2800 meters 340km of groomed pistes and 120 miles of deep snow. you certainly won’t get bored.

Getting to St Anton is relatively easy as British Airways and Easy Jet fly to Innsbruck there and there are around four flights a day from London. On arrival at Innsbruck airport there are a few ways to get to St Anton.  Innsbruck airport does not have a train connecting from it so you can get a bus or taxi to the center which is approximately 2 miles from the airport you can then get the train from the center of Innsbruck direct to St Anton which take just over an hour and costs €26. A shuttle bus starts at €50 euros per person each way and a taxi cost approximately €140 each way which can be the most cost effective the 3 or more passengers are travelling.

On arrival at St. Anton we checked in to a little hotel called M3 a 4-star property.  It was nice to check in to a modern clean ski hotel with wooden floors and an infrared sauna. It was not your typical Austrian or Swiss outdated hotel room. I was also happy to be staying in the center of St. Anton where there was a Spar Supermarket and we were five minutes’ walk to the main ski lifts and ski schools for my daughter.

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The slopes in St Anton were well connected and I loved skiing there. Approximately 40% of the slopes are blue but I personally think that a lot of them should have been red, so I would not recommend this resort for beginners. The Après ski bars were fantastic with fabulous music that I had not heard for years. My favorite bar where I spent most of my time was called Heustadl the food was good the staff were welcoming I just wished they had something similar in the center of St Anton.

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The restaurants in the main town were ok, that is is all that I can say they are nothing to scream about as were as were the shops. The best thing was having a large supermarket a few steps from the hotel. The one thing I noticed in the main town was that a lot of the youngster and students that were working and serving in the restaurants and ski shops had very rude and unfriendly attitudes. It seemed they resented the customer.  It was shocking to be honest that they are allowed by the management and owners to act like this. I found out that a lot of the staff were family members so they felt safe in doing this. I mean I know charity starts at home but they need to read the reviews being written about them. Never become complacent as there are other great resorts around the world that are not rude to the customers eating their salary.

The Ski school Arlberg that my daughter went to was great. She is four years old and it was her second-time skiing and by the end of the week they had her skiing down the mountain. I was amazed. They also gave them a medal at the end of the week and the rabbit came out each day during skiing and gave the children sweets to motivate them. At the end of the week she cried as she did not want to leave.

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I would go back again to St Anton and will probably go next year as it is very convenient and easy with young children. The only difference being is that I might rent an apartment so I can cook for myself.

Go to St Anton you won’t regret it especially with kids.

 

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