I came to St Anton as a beginner and left as one; I was here for the Aprés
For the non-skier who wishes to still experience mountain life, I highly recommend getting the Nasserbahn Gondola up to the top of the mountain.
For 25 Euro (5 Euro refunded on return of the lift card) you get to take in some incredible views, placate yourself that St Anton is far too advanced slopes for your level of competence anyway, and get out on top of the world. There is a Hutt once you get off which has a large open area covered in deck chairs, grab a free one and open your book and relax in the sun and fresh mountain air.
The views are amazing of the surrounding mountains and back down into St Anton, and there is a large food hall offering all things Austrian, buffet style, as well as drinks. This is a good place to meet for lunch if members of your travel party are on the slopes, be warned though the deck gets slippery from the snow and ice so wear appropriate shoes (and be prepared to catch the odd person slipping in ski boots).
Now more about what I was here for. Village life. Fabulous food, energetic nightlife and gorgeous and energising walks are what springs to mind when I think about St Anton. The food was what impressed me most about this ski resort; my only regret is that I wasn't there longer than a week to try out more restaurants or go back to my favorites.
Spanish Tapas at Bodega one night, Mexican at Bobos another night, not to mention all the traditional Austrian/Tyrolean cuisine I indulged in, especially at Dorfstube and Furmerstube. I didn't know it was possible to eat so many schnitzels in a week and not be sick of them. St Anton rates up there with Aspen regarding food and drink, and the best thing was that there was never much trouble getting into any of the restaurants. Word of advice, when the Austrians tell you it will be a 45-minute wait, it equates to roughly 15 minutes. Enough time to sit at the bar and kick back with an Austrian Gruner Veltliner and people watch.
For people like myself who is a social skier and more into fashion, it isn't so good for this, as Euro snow fashion is a little different to what people wear in Australia. But I have to shout out to a store that I spent all my husband's money in while he was on the slopes, "Edelweiss". This shop is stocked with plenty of Austrian made goods that aren't touristy I picked up some gorgeous cushion covers and rug for my apartment in Sydney, as well as some Christmas decorations, jewellery, home wares, in fact, my husband and his friend even got drawn in by the shop and purchased various items. There are also two supermarkets (great for purchasing champagne amongst other things), a speciality meat shop, a gorgeous florist, shoe shop, bookstore (English and German items) amongst the snowboard and ski stores.
For the non-skier or those who need a break from the slopes, there is plenty to do in St Anton. I stayed for a week, did not ski once and was never bored. There are various walking trails around St Anton and neighbouring villages I used to do the walk above the village each morning which has beautiful views, crisp mountain air, and various sculptures along the way. It was made even more magical when the Church bells would ring.
There is also a large Wellness Centre located just above the town which offers an indoor and outdoor heated pool (Austrian version of heated a tad different to Australian version), sauna, massage, and gym. There is also an ice skating rink out the front for those who want to relive the Mighty Ducks. In town, you can find a hair salon, massage facilities, rock climbing, bowling, and a strong cafe culture. There are indoor cafes, but there is nothing quite like sitting on a lambswool covered seat under an outdoor canopy having a hot chocolate or Gluhwein whilst people watching or reading.
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