Written by jim on 28 Jun, 2004
Several times a month a group of locals from St. Anton perform a wonderful mix of traditional dance and music numbers. The performance lasts about two hours and is a blend of local folk music, athletic dance moves, and humor. The dance troupe…Read More
Several times a month a group of locals from St. Anton perform a wonderful mix of traditional dance and music numbers. The performance lasts about two hours and is a blend of local folk music, athletic dance moves, and humor. The dance troupe clearly has a good time and genuinely seems to relish being onstage. Not surprisingly, the performers all seem to be very close friends, and that familiarity makes the performance that much more engaging.
Regarding the dancing, the moves are extremely strenuous and athletic. The men who perform the more difficult maneuvers are definitely studs. For perspective, one of them had just returned from the Himalayas where he summated one of the 8,000-meter (around 25,000 feet) peaks. The other dancers are mostly mountain guides, ski instructors, and at the very least people who enjoy staying in shape. They throw each other around, jump on and off the stage, spin very quickly on stilts, kick each other in the butt, and various other things that keep the show entertaining throughout. The dancing and music also tells several stories. For instance, one number was called jealousy and involved two of the men arguing over one of the women. I didn’t understand the words, but I certainly understood the plot. It was funny stuff. Several women also dance, but their parts are much less demanding (although they are much prettier).
Regarding the music, it mostly consists of a three-or four-person band playing the guitar, the bass, and various other instruments including traditional horns (some up to ten feet long). The musicians and dancers rotate throughout, and many of the songs include singing by the dancers.
Throughout the performance, beer and drinks are served, and at the end of the performance, you can meet the performers and have yet another drink for the road. I give this performance an unqualified, enthusiastic recommendation and given that summer nights in St. Anton aren’t exactly hopping, the show is even more of a must-see.
After a long day of hiking, biking, and running around, a trip to the spa and pool at Well.com was quite nice. For a small fee you can spend the day using facilities that include an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam bath, workout…Read More
After a long day of hiking, biking, and running around, a trip to the spa and pool at Well.com was quite nice. For a small fee you can spend the day using facilities that include an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam bath, workout room (with weights and exercise equipment), tennis courts, and a nice café. You can also get a massage and take classes for things like Nordic walking. I spent most of my time in the pools--which are heated and have a metallic bottom that I rarely see in a pool--and the fitness center. The fitness center has enough weights, machines, and equipment to get a good workout (although it is a little bit lacking in the free weight area), and it is well taken care of.
There were a couple of things I liked in particular. One, the sauna that had a view of the mountains was pretty neat. It was very large, the walls were made of logs, and it had a very relaxing feel to it (plus the view was very nice).
Two, the outdoor jet pool was something I had never experienced before. You can sit in the middle or on the sides and feel a variety of jets. Nothing new there, but about every 15 minutes some massively powerful jets work in unison to literally propel you in a counter clockwise circular motion around the pool (which is about 10 yards by 10 yards). It's fun to fight the jets or just lay back and be taken away.
Third, I thought the café was an excellent choice. You get a nice, healthy meal and can sit outside by the pool. Finally, everyone at the facility was very helpful and friendly. All said, I recommend you spend some time here while in St. Anton.