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A March 2004 trip to St. Anton by lcampbell

Sea of snow Photo, St. Anton, Austria More Photos
Quote: The alpine province of Tirol in Austria is home to almost 600 mountains over 3000 meters. With so many ski areas to choose from, it is hard to pick just one. But world -lass St. Anton is one of the best, not just for expert skiers, but for everyone.

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Sea of snow Photo, St. Anton, Austria
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Of course, the biggest highlight of St. Anton, in the wintertime anyway, is the 260km of groomed ski runs and 82 gondolas and lifts – you can ski for week and never retrace your tracks. This is a world-famous ski area, with plenty of high-profile ski professionals hanging around. Not being a big ski fan, of course, I have no idea who these might be, but my fellow travelers sure did. But never fear, the slopes are evenly divided between easy, intermediate, and expert – so there is something for everyone. Beginners and kids can go to one of the two ski schools as well. Another really great thing about St. Anton/Arlsberg area is that there is plenty to do for the non-skier or when the skier wan...Read More
Hospiz-Alm Restaurant and Hotel - St. Christoph Photo, St. Anton, Austria
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The village of St. Christoph is nestled high in the mountains, somewhat hidden from the rest of the world. I didn’t even know it was there until we had skied almost all the way into it. It was sort of a pleasant surprise, especially since it was our destination for lunch. The sun was shining brilliantly, and it was warm enough to eat out on the deck, which was crowded with other sun-worshipping people having the same idea. Despite how busy it was, we met the wait staff quickly and received our drinks and food efficiently as well. The Hospiz-Alm serves traditional Tyrolean food, and my choice was a classic – sausage and sauerkraut with a large roll, which was excellent and reasonably priced...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Hospiz-Alm Restaurant and Hotel - St. Christoph
St. Christoph
St. Anton, Austria
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Attraction

Ski St. Anton Photo, St. Anton, Austria
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Since I am not an avid skier, I had no idea that there are ski areas so large that you can ski for a week without retracing your tracks. I didn’t know that you could ski from village to village, stop for a mountainside lunch, then keep on skiing. To say the least, I was amazed at the ski life that exists in Europe, and specifically at St. Anton. Skiing in the USA is just not like this. As you can tell, my ski experience at St. Anton has convinced me that this sport might be worth more of my attention in the future. One of my first sights going up the first chair lift was two guys coming off the top of the mountain on a parachute. And get this – they had skis on! I assume this is a tandem t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

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Tirol province
St. Anton, Austria

Ski & Local Heritage Museum

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Ski & Local Heritage Museum Photo, St. Anton, Austria
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I only got a chance to visit the Ski & Local Heritage Museum in St. Anton very briefly, but I enjoyed it very much. The Arlberg area has a very interesting history, and there were some good photos and information about the history of skiing in the area as well. Of course, such a small museum, likely built on a small budget, could only touch on the subjects. Hopefully someday they will be able to expand. The first point I should make is that the museum is located in the upstairs of a small restaurant called the Kandahar House, a historical entity in itself, with excellent food, I’m sure. The restaurant/museum is near the main square in St. Anton (ask for someone to point the way). I...Read More

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Ski & Local Heritage Museum
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St. Anton, Austria

Aprés-ski Drinks and Dining

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Aprés-ski Drinks and Dining Photo, St. Anton, Austria
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After skiing all day, it is typical to have some après-ski entertainment, almost always involving alcoholic refreshments and loud music. On the final run down through the crowded Happy Valley, there are plenty of après-ski choices. Our first stop was Sennhütte, where we caught the last rays of sunshine out on the deck. We were having a drink and waiting for the rest of our group, when live music started up inside the bar. From the uncrowded sundeck, Sennhütte had seemed pretty tame. Inside was another story. There was a lively crowd – elbow to elbow at tables covered in empty and full glasses of varying mixtures - already singing along with the local favorite musician, Didi Diesel....Read More

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Aprés-ski Drinks and Dining
On the way down the mountain
St. Anton, Austria