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Skiing at St Anton, Austria – St Anton, Rendl and Lech

By on December 22, 2010 in Austria

I keep returning to St Anton in Austria to ski….  why?

Well, the town is stunning, the slopes are challenging, and the nightlife is extraordinary.

St Anton has some truly great skiing, both on and off piste.  I would certainly describe the resort as being for intermediate/advanced skiers, and not for the beginner.

The resort can be split broadly into two areas:  Rendl and the rest.

Rendl

The Rendl ski area is served by its own lift from the town (a cable car) and consists of an area of 4 lifts and one drag.  The area needs a lot of snow and is not usually open before Christmas. The terrain is mixed (and has a snowboard park) and mountain facilities are limited (two cafes and a shop at the top).

The ski back from the Rendl area is via a long road that winds it way back to St Anton.  The entrance to this run (R1) can be difficult to spot as it is hidden over a lip behind the main high-speed lift next to the mountaintop gondola station.

The ski back to St Anton is worth doing if only for the Apple Strudel served at a small mountain restaurant on the right-hand side of the piste about three-quarters of the way down.

St Anton

St Anton is a fantastic ski area with lots to do, both on and off piste.

Split over 3 or 4 mountains with interconnecting runs and lifts.  Mountain facilities are good with a lot of high-speed lifts with bubbles for cold days and a number of mountain restaurants.

For lunch, it is worth trying the restaurant just off the piste in St Christoph (the lower one of the two), if only to use the slide to the toilets. The food can be a little pricey.

Another fun trip is to take the run down to Stubben (but don’t go to Stubben) and the catch the free bus to Lech (bus number 3).  You can either go all the way to Lech (the standard St Anton pass covers Lech), or get off at Zurs and ski that area, or ski from Zurs to Lech on the white ring.  From Lech (or Zurs) you can catch the bus back to the bottom of a drag lift near Stubben for the ski back to St Anton.

Lech

Lech is a charming Austrian village that was a favourite of Princess Diana.

The ski area is not particularly challenging, and there is a great selection of cruiser trails available which are easy to ski and compliment your skiing ability.

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