7 Great Non-Ski Activities In St Anton You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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Not only is St Anton one of the best ski resorts in the world, but there are also plenty of ways to spend your time off the slopes that you may not even know existed…

  1. Go climbing indoors at the arl.rock centre

The ‘arl.rock’ sport centre offers tennis, volleyball, squash and four-lane bowling alley, but is best known for the great climbing and bouldering options on offer.

Climbing fans and energic kids can enjoy 80 square metres of indoor bouldering and 70 different climbing routes of varying levels of difficulty rated from 3 to 9.

For holidaymakers who like to keep their feet on the ground, the tennis courts can also be used for basketball, volleyball, table tennis or badminton.

The arl.rock in St Anton

 

  1. Enjoy the weekly ‘Schneetreiben Ski Show’

 With giant images projected onto the slope, over one hundred actors on skis and a literally explosive finale – the ‘Schneetreiben: The Snow Must Go On’ ski show should be part of every visit to St Anton.

The famous 45-minute show is free and tells the story of skiing. It’s performed every Wednesday at 9pm in front of the Karl Schranz Finish Stadium. Alternatively, limited tickets for the Show Lounge cost €30 per person, including a buffet and drinks.

 

 

  1. Take a walk through the woods

 Hikers and keen walkers can explore the area around St Anton on a dozen clearly marked routes. Options include a 10km circular walk along the mystical Verwalltal Valley or the ice crystal coated terrain of Erlen on the longer 18km ‘Stanzertaler Rundwanderweg’.

Cross-country skiers can also enjoy six cross-country ski trails, varying in length from 1.5km to 22km.

Snowshoeing in St Anton

 

  1. Try the Tirol’s only winter ‘via ferrata’

If you have a head for heights and would like to see the stunning Arlberg from a new angle, as well as access some rare off-piste, then maybe Tirol’s only winter ‘via ferrata’ is for you.

You can find ‘via ferrata’ – also known as ‘Klettersteig’ in Austria – all over the Alps: they are routes along and over rock faces by way of fixed ladders, cables and bridges.

Head to the top of the Riffel II chairlift in Rendl at 2645m, where you start the 850m long high alpine ridge crossing to the Rossfallscharte Ridge (2732m). From here you put your skis back on and ski the backcountry, either through the Montafon Valley to Pettneu or via Moostal to St. Anton.

Unless you are very experienced, we recommend booking a guide, which we can arrange for you. They will also provide your climbing harness and carabiner.

Via Ferrata St Anton

 

  1. Relax at the Arlberg Wellness Centre

If you’ve been to St Anton and not visited the Arlberg-well complex, then you are really missing out. Built when the resort was redesigned for the 2001 Alpine Ski World Championships, the building is stylish on the outside and inside.

There are five different saunas and steam rooms, ranging in temperature from 45C-95C, most of which offer amazing views of the mountains.

Or you could take a dip in one of the spectacular indoor or outdoor (don’t worry, it’s heated!) swimming pools, complete with jet pools and and children’s area.

Take a sauna in St Anton

 

  1. Go tobogganing!

The 4km toboggan run from Gampen to the valley is brilliant fun and takes about 10 to 15 minutes with a vertical drop of around 500m.

It’s open during the day with access via the Nasserein gondola. Depending on weather conditions it’s open every Tuesday and Thursday evening too.

 

  1. Visit St Anton’s museum

A visit to the St. Anton am Arlberg museum will take you back in time as you learn all sorts of fascinating information on days gone by.

The history of the region and skiing as well as the cultural traditions are on display, including how the Brotherhood of St Christoph am Arlberg was founded to collect money and build a hospice on the Arlbergpass, as a shelter for travelers who had fallen on hard times.

And if the building looks familiar, you may have watched the movie ‘Chalet Girl‘, which was filmed there!

 

Visit the museum

 

Accommodation in St Anton

Ski Val offer a choice of 14 catered chalets in St Anton for groups of 4 to 20. For advice on the best chalet for you, please contact our team on 01822 611 200.

 

Photo by Wolfgang Burger
 

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