Skiing up to 2,811 metres
Family Ski St Anton
High Altitude Skiing in one of the world’s top ski resorts
Fully deserving its position in the ‘top ten’ of world ski areas, St Anton has also made successful efforts in recent years to make the resort child-friendly too.
The Nasserein area of St Anton is the perfect location for family skiing. Two of the main children’s ski areas are convenient to our chalets – one at the foot of the gondola and one at the top. The Pepi Gabl Chalet is just next to the gondola and the Markus and the Adler are a short stroll away to make life easy for our Esprit ski classes.
Meanwhile, it is the appeal of the biggest ski area in Austria which will make keen skiing parents’ eyes light up, with 260 kms of pistes and 180kms of unpisted ‘deep snow runs’ to choose from and a snow record to be proud of. The new 8-person gondola from the village centre to the Rendl area has further opened up skiers’ choice of superb pistes to enjoy. Not only St Anton and St Christoph, but also neighbouring Lech and Zürs and the generally quiet but fabulous Sonnenkopf area (all reached by ski-bus), are covered on the Arlberg lift-pass.
Work has already started on the new Auenfeldjet Gondola, due to open December 2013, connecting Lech/Zurs with Warth/Schrocken opening up an extra 66km of piste, 16 more lifts and numerous deep snow runs to the Arlberg ski area, all covered by the one lift pass!
As for the village itself, St Anton has retained all its traditional Austrian charm, and its part-pedestrianised centre makes an attractive and atmospheric heart to the resort, perfect for family skiing and a host of facilities to add to your holiday enjoyment. Our St Anton ski chalets are situated in the quieter Nasserein area, which has excellent access to the ski area with its own high-speed 8-person gondola up to Gampen, and a regular free shuttle-bus service for the short ride to the lively resort centre.
“Excellent holiday – ran like clockwork. The staff, chalet, and child care were all brilliant and both adults and children had a really enjoyable week. We will be rebooking”
Chalet Pepi Gabl, St Anton, March 2013
Five mornings a week, children in Beginner, Improver, Improver Xtra and Intermediate Xtra Sprite classes are collected by our staff and either walk or are taken by minibus to the meeting point at the Nasserein Gondola for their lessons. Beginner and Improver children joining Snow Club will be collected at the end of their lesson and returned to the Chalet Pepi Gabl for lunch.
Xtra Sprites classes include lunch with the ski school, and these children will be collected at the end of their lessons in the afternoon and taken back to the Chalet Mountain Star, where they will re-join the other children for fun and games. Alternatively, parents may collect them at the designated time and location.
Spritelet Snow Clubbers will be collected by our staff for their morning’s fun and will be taken to their lessons in the Nasserein Nursery Garden after lunch and returned to the Chalet Mountain Star to join the other children in Snow Club when their lesson ends.
In the mornings we ask that Nursery children are delivered to the Nursery in the Chalet Pepi (just opposite the Pepi Gabl) by their parents and are collected by their parents at 5pm, whilst all other children will be returned to their ‘home’ chalet by our staff and supervised through high tea until 6pm.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room in Chalet Mountain Star and in the Chalet Pepi Nursery and children will be collected and returned by our staff. Mini Cocoa Club runs in the children’s snugs in Chalets Markus and Pepi Gabl for children aged 3-5 staying in these chalets and in the Nursery in Chalet Mountain Star for Adler guests. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children. Parents in the Pepi Gabl can then put their children to bed and make the most of our baby listening patrol, which runs till 10.30pm.
See our Esprit Classic Child Care page for more details
Ski range from 1,300m – 2,650m
There is a beginners’ area for adults too in Nasserein, and some lovely blue runs down from Gampen at the top of the gondola to progress to as you improve. The ski-school has an excellent reputation for helping first-time skiers through those early days, to reach a level you can be proud of at the end of the week.
St Anton has incredible skiing for intermediates, with the ‘Happy Valley’ for those who are looking for lovely cruising runs, and the wide open slopes of Lech and Zürs offering sensational scenery and great snow. There are plentifiul challenges too at all levels, including bumps and unpisted ‘deep snow trails’ to explore, and the men’s World Cup downhill run is not to be missed!
Quite simply, this is one of the world’s absolute best resorts for expert skiers, with a magical variety of consistently challenging skiing, including fiendish blacks, exhilarating off-piste and bumps galore. In short, this is definitely one of those resorts every keen skier wants to notch up on their ski-pole.
The off-piste here is unequalled, and the snow record outstanding, with St Anton regularly getting a lot more snow than French resorts of the same height. Powder is left unpisted on 180kms of marked ‘trails’, and there are endless acres of off-piste to explore as well, for some of which a guide is recommended.
The steady upgrade of the lift system, with more and more chairlifts replacing T-bars, clearly benefits boarders too, and the steep terrain and plentiful powder add to the appeal, particularly for more experienced boarders.
St Anton is justly renowned for its extensive and lively après ski scene. For the energetic, there is ice-skating, tobogganing and indoor tennis, plus the superb new Wellness Centre, or for an après-ski drink, there are plentiful bars and cafés, ranging from loud and lively to atmospheric and relaxing. At night, the liveliest nightlife is concentrated in the resort centre – well away from our chalets in Nasserein.
- Fitness Centre
- Natural skating rink
- Indoor and outdoor swimming-pools
- Cross-country skiing
- Winter walks
- Climbing wall
- Banks with cashpoints
- Large selection of shops, restaurants and bars
- Massage available
- Tourist office
We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal with us.