St. Anton am Arlberg Trail Map
St. Anton am Arlberg Skiing Terrain
Although St. Anton is most famous for its off-piste terrain and ungroomed itineraries, it’s a little known (and perhaps in the circumstances, slightly ironic) fact that it was here that trails were first groomed to make skiing easier – this was before automated machinery, just a few men with a hand-pulled roller flattening the snow surface back in 1949.
Back in St. Anton, some of the gentler terrain is found right next to the village where there’s an excellent children’s ski school area incorporating protected nursery slopes for young learners. More extensive gentle terrain with mostly blue-graded runs are located in the Gampen area above.
Intermediates are spoilt for choice, but should certainly take a look at the separate Rendl sector, reached by new gondola from the village center, and home to almost entirely red rated pistes with a maximum steepness of 40%.
There are still tough groomed runs for advanced skiers as well as all the freeride terrain. Mattun and Schindlergrat are infamous bump runs for example. The Ski Arlberg Pass includes the neighboring ski slopes of Lech Zurs (reached by bus from St. Anton), which has a tamer reputation than St. Anton.
Most of the legend that is St. Anton relies on the tiny Valluga 2 cable car which climbs up the slopes to the region’s highest point at 2,811 meters and opens up some seriously extreme terrain. So serious in fact that you are not allowed to enter the cable car with skis or board unless accompanied by a qualified guide. Those challenges include the option to ski through the Pazieltal towards Lech, but are only suited to extremely skilled expert skiers who won’t be unnerved by the danger of death if a wrong move is made. However, for the rest, the top of Valluga 1 at Vallugagrat (2,650 meters) provides ample access to lots of steep and deep terrain, and it is exposed to some of the most abundant snowfall of any area in Austria and much of the Alps. These are just some of the numerous itinerary routes, open bowls for which perhaps St. Anton is most famous, chutes and steep gullies that abound in the sector – although it does have to be powder day for them to be at their most epic of course.
St. Anton’s main terrain park is located on the resort’s Rendl mountain. The Stanton Park area is home to a plethora of kickers, ramps, pipes, boxes and rails, and keeps getting larger each season. It now has three main lines, a Pro-line, medium line and jib-line, so there’s something for all ability levels. The park has also been designed for easy access and fast laps thanks to its location next to two lifts. With the Ski Arlberg ticket, you can access multiple terrain parks and the Funslope on Galzig.