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Almanac: St. Anton, Austria

Almanac: St. Anton, Austria

Travel
By Jay Cowan
posted: 09/18/2000
  • Population St. Anton 2,400; Arlberg Region 5,500
  • Property Values By law, only Austrians and EU citizens are allowed to own property in St. Anton.
  • Apartment Rent Resort workers get free or subsidized housing; visitors pay up to $2,000+/month for one bedrooms.
  • Main Businesses Tourism, some construction, dairy and timber
  • School Population 326
  • Local Ski Areas The slopes of St. Anton interconnect with the entire Arlberg.
  • Vertical Rise 4,921 feet
  • Skiable Area 160 miles groomed, 114 miles marked off-piste
  • Average Annual Snowfall 240 inches
  • Season Pass adults, $625; children under 16, $360
  • Lift Ticket adults, $34; children under 16, $21; 6 and under, free.
  • Best Local Events The world-famous Arlberg/Kandahar downhill. The World Alpine Championships (Jan. 28-Feb. 10) will be huge.
  • Locals' Favorite Restaurants The Dorfbackerei for coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The Einkehr for Tirolean gourmet cuisine. Instructors meet their favorite clients for dinner at the Hotel Fahrner Restaurant.
  • Locals' Favorite Hangouts At day's end, the Cafe Hoeferl fills with smoke and locals knocking down Red Bulls and beer. On-mountain the legendary, high-octane après scene at the Krazy Kanguruh amazes even party-hardened locals.
  • Best Places to Stay Luxe: the five-star St. Antoner Hof (011-43-5446-2910). Three and Four Stars: Montiola (011-43-5446-2302), Hotel Fahrner (011-43-5446-223632), Pirker Apartments (011-43-5446-2310). Budget: Bergwelt Pension (St. Jakob) (011-43-5446-2995).
  • Best-Kept Secret Off-piste lines to Stuben from Zurs that require a guide to find and navigate.
  • How To Get There Swissair flies direct to Zurich, and St. Anton is three hours east on trains that leave from the airport.
  • Information Tourist Office, A-6580, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria; 011-43-5446-37270, www.tiscover.com/stanton; www.stantonarlberg.com; www.ski-arlberg.com.
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